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    Re: Small rattle in soundboard...

    Rory, the instrument looks great and it sounds amazing for a brand-new instrument. You can be proud of your creation, both in appearance and in its sound.
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    Re: Another Ashokan and Turkey in the Straw

    Great playing there. That turkey was leaping!
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    Re: Irish Mandolin Recordings

    Dagger Gordon and Kevin MacLeod are both Scottish players though Kevin played a lot with Alex Finn, the late bouzouki player.
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    Re: hand held recorder

    When you talk about "going in and adding whatever.." are you thinking about multitrack recording, overdubbing another layer on to your existing track. I use the Tascam DR-05 and like it a lot, but...
  5. Re: looking for nylon string instrument 4 strings tuned in 5ths,

    I too have a soprano uke with the Aquila Nylgut string set (GDAE) and as Bunnyf says, it is fine for playing quietly in the house and very easy on the fingers. I adjusted the nut height on the uke...
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    Re: Dagger Gordon video

    Certainly a big move outside the Scottish comfort zone, David. A bit like some of the material our new young bands are playing on the Scottish scene, I feel.
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Tips

    Kyra, with your small hands I would suggest that you learn to play using guitar fingering rather than mandolin fingering for your fretting hand. At the risk of sounding patronising (you say it is...
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    Re: Brendan o'Regan mandolin playing

    I assume those are the titles at the start of the video, on the bottom left: Mr O'Connor and The Medina Reel.
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    Re: Worried Man Blues

    Went to have a listen just now and got a "This track is not found" message over on your SoundCloud page.
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    Re: Two German songs in honour of meadows

    Interesting, and the video with the live sound in the meadow is lovely. First tune has strong similarities with the French song "Alouette", which I remember learning as a young student in my French...
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    Re: Faraway Grandchild

    Lovely delivery of your tune here, Dagger. There is a wee phrase in there that reminds me slightly of Mary Morrison. Hope the drifting smoke is just the barbecue preparing the outdoor repast!
  12. Re: Muleskinner Instruments - Guitar Bodied Octave Mandolins #1 a

    Absolutely beautiful creations, Andy. Lovely design, choice of materials and hardware. Both sound really great too.
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    Dagger, I can totally agree with you, and I have seven more years on the clock too! I too find that music keeps me from feeling the creeping onset of old age, and I too had a great duo with a...
  14. Re: "Tuomi on virran reunalla" ("Under the bird cherry")

    A haunting tune and lovely playing again, Toomas.
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    Re: Do I need a brace under the bridge?

    Is the soundboard going to be in contact with the centre block? I am guessing not as you say "There's nothing solid under the bridge, which I plan to let float rather than glue in place." If the...
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    Re: Renaissance wax

    I have used it regularly over Tru Oil finishes on my own guilds, and I also use it sparingly on my Lowden guitar, It gives a protective coating to the instrument. No problems and I have been using...
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    I love the octave for playing Scottish music, particularly pipe marches and a lot of Scottish and other fiddle music, where the octave's extra sustain is a valuable tool - it works quite well on slow...
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    Re: From Violin to Mandolin - Questions

    I am reposting this item I have already posted on the thread on the Celtic group. There seem to be two threads started by LilHobbit going at the same time on this topic, so here it is in case the...
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    Re: Violinist to Mandolin Questions

    Welcome to the Cafe, the best place to be for anything mandolin related.

    I would agree that for Scottish or other Celtic music the round hole or oval hole instrument is maybe preferable, though...
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    Re: Looking for tips!

    Go over to the Song-A-Week Social group - under the Learn/Listen heading - and you will find loads of ideas there with a lot of current activity which the lockdown has helped! There is also a very...
  21. Re: Semi-accoustic Mandolin build + various questions

    One caveat to think about when sanding in this way on a flat surface is that you need to ensure that you have the edge of your board kept vertical as you sand. it is very easy to end up with a...
  22. Re: “Juba linnukesed” (“Already the birds”)

    A very simple but beautiful arrangement, Toomas. Suits your picking style really well.
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    Re: 40 Somre (Danish folk)

    I totally agree with your comment that we play a tune in a particular way so often that it becomes our recognised way of playing it. The recent posting of Over the Waterfall on the SAW group is a...
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    Re: Microphone for recording at home?

    I generally record to my laptop via REAPER software and use a Rode NT1A most of the time, but recently, thanks to recommendation from another poster over on the Song-A-Week Social Group I have...
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    Re: 40 Somre (Danish folk)

    Great tune and arrangement, Martin, but I am in agreement with the earlier posters re Schottische from a Scottish perspective. Our Schottisches are more in the rhythm of the Strathspey with a...
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