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    Re: Thile goes Neo Old Time

    Man, a lot of folks getting their knickers in a twist over not much here. Someone likes it, someone doesn't, big deal.

    I have to say no one's pointed out the most controversial bit here - the...
  2. Re: "Sweet" and other annoying words to describe music instrument

    I have to say that this is my favorite MC thread in a while. I now have a new arsenal of words to describe a hated mandolin sound.

    "Well, this is really the ideal instrument if you're going for...
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    Re: Mandolin scale, blues conversions

    A lot of confusing responses to the original question. Here's how I learned it, in the context of jazz-style improvisation.

    I'm going to use the key of A major an example: (for purists - I ignore...
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    Re: Wear spot on the top: Fix it or Mojo?

    Depends how much you think of the instrument as a player, and how much you think of it as an investment (ie - do you have any plans to resell it; if not now, maybe in the future?). The idea of mojo...
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    Re: Getting Beyond M.A.S

    I`m with the OP. With not enough time to satisfy all my competing interests and responsibilities, any additional mandos would just be gathering dust. Once I got the Collings, a light went off - bing,...
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    Re: Schertler or LR Baggs?

    Unless things have changed, the PZ-Pre doesn't have a balanced XLR input jack (just a couple of 1/4 inchers), and so it won't work with the stock Schertler Dyn-M. It could work with the...
  7. Re: Well-known builders who say instruments don't open up?

    Uh, to present a differing opinion, that's 20 minutes I'll never get back.... I don't think I needed to be patronized with endless yammering on Freud, group psychology, the Illuminati, Chicago...
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    Re: Eastman or Big Muddy

    The correct description of your dilemma, in my humble opinion, is trying to decide between an 'excellent' oval hole flattop and a 'pretty good', or even 'not bad' f-hole archtop. The fact that their...
  9. Re: Well-known builders who say instruments don't open up?

    This is as close to an online abstract as I could find (fulltext not available online). It would certainly be interesting to hear a bit more about the methods (ie, in the first article, did 'most...
  10. Thread: What's going on?

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    Re: What's going on?

    This thread just shows that mandos are just like stocks - some people think it's the right time to buy; some think it's the right time to sell. Over the next few years we'll all look back with 20/20...
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    Re: Mandolins in Toronto?

    My parents live about 2 blocks away from the OFC and I drop in a couple times a year when visiting. As I remember, they tend to have a selection of low end mandos on the wall (I recall one with...
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    Re: What is that one bluegrass song?

    Oh yeah, and Vincent Black Lightning, as done by the McCourys, gets me everytime too. I know they didn't write it and have heard a few versions, but that one definitely gets me turning the volume...
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    Re: What is that one bluegrass song?

    Contemporary - Summertime Gal of Mine (Hot Buttered Rum String Band)
    Newgrass - Valley of the Rogue (Fleck/Bluegrass Sessions - Sam Bush on mando)
    Traditional - Jerusalem Ridge, or Rocky Top, or...
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    Re: Easiest, Most forgiving mandolin ?

    Another vote for the Big Muddy/Mid-Missouri. Also Tacoma mandos - although they look ugly (to me) and are considered somewhat inferior instruments, I've heard a few people rave about their excellent...
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    Re: finally got the amp done

    Nice work on what looks like a really cool project. I'm sure I'm not the only one would would enjoy seeing a video or seeing some more pics (maybe a tad less blurry?!) from different angles.
  16. Thread: Pickup options

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    Re: Pickup options

    Daniel - Not sure if you've seen all the threads on the K&K Silver Bullet; lots of discussion a year or so ago. The sound out of the Silver Bullet (and other mini-condensors) is really good. The...
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    Re: Radial Tonebone PZ?

    The one I'm saving up for is the D-Tar Solstice - independent controls, 1/4" and XLR inputs for each channel, and with a top-notch reputation for quality.

    Also, I looked at the PZ-Pre a couple...
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    Re: The Sam Bush Interview

    Marylin Manson? The Ramones? Oh my! Here's to musical open-mindedness.

    Thanks, Scott, for another great interview from a musical hero. Love that 'One Tin Soldier' version from '71 too.
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    Re: Upgrade From Collings MT?

    I dunno, if you're that new, I don't think you're ready for an upgrade from your MT. Unless there's something wrong with your instrument, MT's are nice mandos, and the instrument isn't what's holding...
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    Re: Article About Chinese Violin Builders

    Nothing too surprising there, but an interesting read nonetheless.
  21. Thread: Mandolin/capos

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    Re: Mandolin/capos

    I'm surprised this discussion is still ongoing, but have thought of a compromise of sort. It has to do with one's objectives for picking on the mandolin at a particular time. I learned a while ago...
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    Travels with Mandolin: Thailand and Malaysia

    I recently got back from a wonderful 2 months of backpacking around Thailand and Malaysia. Forest hikes, beaches, wildlife, great food, culture - it was a spectacular feast for the senses. I...
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    Re: what to get for 5k?

    I agree with the 'critical' posters here. That being said, maybe Chubbakah just found a pot of money and wants to buy a nice mando, and that's all there is to it. I'd be happy to recommend a...
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    Re: Pickups vs. Mounted Mics

    For what it's worth, I tried both the K&K Silver and Gold bullet versions of the mini-mic before buying the Silver Bullet. There wasn't a huge difference, but I was having better luck with feedback...
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    Re: Collings Owners,,,tell me about your mando!!

    I have a 2004 MF custom (blackface, ivoroid, adirondack top). I love it, and get heaps of compliments. In my tests, the adi top (which is used in the MF5 as well) responds a bit differently than the...
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