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    Re: De Meglio Bowlback Strings Question

    Ah, I should have checked, but Dogal specs don't seem widely available. If you try the Black Label, I am curious for your impressions.
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    Re: De Meglio Bowlback Strings Question

    I'm familiar with their existence. Unfortunately, I've never tried them to form an opinion. My favorites on Neapolitan-type mandolins are Dogal's "Calace" brand carbon steel, which are gauged only...
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    PS: Here's a photo they sent me (1.7" long): 186197
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    By the way, I just peeked in on the Clifford Essex version and was surprised by its stumpiness, more like a weird, conjoined-twin Neapolitan plectrum than what I ordinarily think of as the Roman...
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    Red Bear makes Neapolitan-type picks on request, started doing so after some consultation with Carlo Aonzo in 2004. They don't advertise the Neapolitans among their standard "models."
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    FYI, if you're really burning with curiosity and willing to drop too much hard-earned scratch into a single plectrum, I'm about to order several Neapolitan-type plectra in Tortis from Red Bear...
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    Re: Gertrud Tröster - Jiro Nakano - Calace

    I also agree with Robert's sentiments above, of course. I'll add that hearing Gertrud's recording of the Calace preludes—which I think I first obtained in '99 or so after some digging through...
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    Re: Gertrud Tröster - Jiro Nakano - Calace

    Calace himself (1906) on the Calace. Klaus Knorr on the Nakano.
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    Oops. Sorry I missed the link. Part of the expense of Red Bear's plectra is that they use Tortis, a synthetic that's claimed to be at least chemically (if not structurally) very similar to the...
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    Re: Gertrud Tröster - Jiro Nakano - Calace

    Maiden name. She was also credited as Weyhofen on the first volume of the Duo Capriccioso albums.
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    Re: Gertrud Tröster - Jiro Nakano - Calace

    I love these recordings, especially the Calace. She delivers the Nakano repertoire with her customary skill, but I'm simply a little less fond of Nakano's solos than Calace's. I also like the sound...
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    No personal interest, have never used one of their Roman-type plectra, but I have used other plectra of synthetic Tor-tis and liked to tone and feel:...
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    Re: De Meglio Bowlback Strings Question

    0.011" is higher than I'd go for continuous long-term tension on a canted soundboard. The only way to really find out for your individual instrument is the hard way.
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    My limited experience with buffalo horn plectra hasn't been very good. I'm keen to read the comments of those with better experience.
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    Re: Classical Mandolin Videos

    Groovy. I love Ysa˙e's sonatas . . . especially because I don't feel obliged to play them. Exhausting. Congratulations for this fine effort.
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    Understood. Still willing to help you source mandolins . . . eventually—or to make my collection available for your dabbling to explore what instrument type you might like, perhaps if you're...
  17. Re: Luthier for Fouchetti-period mandoline? Or Bortolazzi style?

    Ha!
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    A recording that I haven't obtained yet, this post borrowed from one I made in December:
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    FYI, my primary mandolins are this 1908 Martin (don't know why those photos decided to lay on their sides):

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    . . . and 1922 Lyon & Healy:

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  20. Re: Help with type of Mandolin for string orchestra

    Welcome, Marie! Try as many as you can and ultimately get what you feel you like best. I personally prefer the feel of my right arm position with a Neapolitan-type mandolin (a bowlback) when...
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    Re: Recordings of Mandolins as String Quartets

    I enjoyed Noonan's book. That one is on my own shelves.
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    Re: Recordings of Mandolins as String Quartets

    . . . and there's nothing to prevent you from eventually amassing at least one of every type, eh?
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    Re: Recordings of Mandolins as String Quartets

    Very cool. Enjoy in good health. Of course, plenty of great music involves mandola in G, including orchestral parts and as an important player in the so-called "quartetto romantico" (two mandolins,...
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    Re: Recordings of Mandolins as String Quartets

    Not much, at least not until recently. There seems to be modern and growing fandom for Roman-type instruments. However, "golden-era" U.S. builds pretty exclusively tended to emulate the Neapolitan...
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    Re: Recordings of Mandolins as String Quartets

    Also of course, U.S. makers had their own strong tradition of building Neapolitan-type mandolins, especially in the northeast and Chicago. Granted, most were built to serve amateur interests, but...
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