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  1. Re: mass produced instruments & size variations

    Heady
    Do not rule out a used Morris. I have never played one but have only heard and read good things.
    Also, When you are ready to bite do not hesitate to write a "WANTED" ad here in the Cafe...
  2. Re: mass produced instruments & size variations

    Heady
    If you follow the Cafe Classifieds daily between now and Christmas you are likely to find a used 304. Buy with a 48 hr. trial period with you paying shipping both ways if you are not...
  3. Re: mass produced instruments & size variations

    My personal experience has demonstrated to me that differences in standard mandolins to have small variances. Small differences in scale length & width, with the most significant difference in neck...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    Be dismissive of no method of learning new music. Many of the best musicians I know use neither notation or tab. They instead have either a learned or natural ability I envy. And as one respondent...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    (I really think this thread belongs in the Technique etc. forum).[/QUOTE]

    Perhaps, as the responses have addressed a wider range of issues beyond that which I posed in the thread. However,...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    Sblock
    Your point is well taken. I prefer to never sight read in front of others. I do learn my music mostly from notation and then memorize it so as to not sound stilted as you describe. Often...
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    Sight read tab?

    I’m curious if any followers on this site sight reads tab. During Covid 2020 I find myself with more time on my hands and am once again, after many previous attempts, trying to master the art of...
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    Re: Peter Ostroushko's podcast

    Thank you for this post. Peter was my first mandolin inspiration in the late 80’s or early 90’s when we hung out in Elkins, WV at the Augusta Music Festival. He started my appreciation of the...
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    Re: First song to learn on mandolin

    Rhythm. Blow’n in the Wind (chord changes very recognizable)

    Most Hank Williams tunes are easy play for melody or rhythm.

    Melody : Beatles “Yesterday” (don’t try this for rhythm)

    When I...
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    As you know mandola cases are rarer than mandolas. I placed a wanted ad here in the classifieds and came up with a very nice Collings mandola case for my Coleman. It didn't come cheap. Supply and...
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    I previously owned a Trinity College Mandola that now resides with our youngest son. I liked it quite alot and sometimes wish I hadn't given it up. It gave my Weber a good run and for less than half...
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    Re: Narrowed it down to three

    I second the Kentucky as per Mark.
    And as per pops1 do not depend upon a guitar tech to set it up. Usually under a $100.00 depending upon where you live.
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    Re: Instruments on a Road Trip

    Northern Michigan ( U P ) in October is more likely to have snow.
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    Re: Instruments on a Road Trip

    No real good answer. We travel about 260 days a year in our RV. This is a well insulated trailer (as RVs go) and I take precautions such as case covers and blanket wraps to eliminate extremes and...
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    Re: F-Style vs A-style ergonomics...

    I started out playing mandolin with a preference for f styles as many newbies do (and many seasoned pros). It didn’t take long for me to discover I could get a much better A style for the same money...
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    Re: Timing issues

    I was going to mention The Band. Not just “The Weight”, but all of their tunes. Same with playing Hank Williams tunes and many or perhaps even most bands. Again I say play it your way as they did. ...
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    Re: Timing issues

    I often find that when I learn a tune from notation and then practice it with a metronome it fails to follow a recorded tune. Bands often seem to play it their way. They perhaps wrote and learned the...
  18. Re: Looking for Music Documentary Recommendations

    Black & White (Roy Orbison and Friends)
    The Traveling Wilburys
  19. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Thank you all for your input as this has reminded me of many of my old listening interests and introduced me to new. It is nice to see the broad spectrum of genres indicative of the varied mandolin...
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    Re: Has Waverly Jumped the Shark?

    Recently had new mandolins built. When ordering I suggested Waverly’s. My builder talked me out of them saying that he has done some luthier work changing them out for people due to stiffness.
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    Re: Automation replacing mandolins?

    Progress! You tell me.
    I stop listening to music as soon as I detect the use of a synthesizer.
  22. What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    I have many that are amongst my favorites. The genre of music I most currently enjoy playing and listening to is 40’s and 50’s country & honkey tonk and I try to listen to all the great mandolin...
  23. Re: Day by day (instrumental, for lead mandolin)

    [QUOTE=Maurizio Vitagliani;1782602]Hi everybody, I hope someone likes it.
    Greetings from Italy.
    Maurizio Vitagliani

    What’s not to like? I enjoyed it very much!
  24. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    Guitars, pianos, and cellos are too big for our retirement life style.
    We live in our RV and travel about 260 days per year and spend only about 100 days per year at home. Musical gear and...
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    Re: New Big Muddy - Myrtlewood!?

    Happy pick'n
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