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    Re: Do I need a mandola?

    I didn’t think I needed a mandola till I “accidentally” played an Eastman MDA315 at the store. The deep voice really grabbed me and I called my wife and asked if she wanted to buy it for my Christmas...
  2. Re: Does anyone own one of the Eastman varnish finish mandolins?

    A couple of years ago I went on a road trip from Kansas City to a couple of music stores in southern Missouri where some nice mandolins were in stock. I played some nice Collings, Gibson, Eastman,...
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    Re: Mandolin to Violin

    I played mandolin before fiddle. I love both, but I do find the mandolin a lot easier to play decently than the fiddle. GDAE, the strings are tuned the same (at least until you decide to play your...
  4. Re: Trouble with my mandolin not agreeing with my straps

    I was reading Jill’s post above and that made me go back and analyze my mandolin hold. Sure enough, my right forearm keeps the mandolin from pivoting toward the headstock. My left hand provides a...
  5. Re: Solved! Follow-up to "A pecal tuner question"

    Hmmm. I guess I’d need to see a connection diagram, lol. You have one signal chain for the tuner to be at the end of? How do you connect your four instruments? What is at the beginning of your signal...
  6. Re: Solved! Follow-up to "A pecal tuner question"

    Good to hear!

    Just curious why you couldn’t put your tuner at the beginning of your signal chain?

    Also, by the way, I’ve personally found the Petersons easy to use (I have about four of their...
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    Re: tree poaching / instruments

    There is an interesting interview with Bruce Harvie - “Orcas Island Tonewoods” on the “Rosin the Bow” podcast with Joe McHugh. Some of the interview discusses the problem of theft of tone woods,...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I’m sorry this thread has become an argument over notation... BUT, I do have a few comments, lol (and fiddle is actually mentioned).

    First, in my experience with casual musicians in the folk and...
  9. Re: Open-back banjo recommendation for a mandolin player?

    I had a Pisgah Wonder. 25.5” scale, 11” pot. It was a gorgeous instrument with flamed maple that highly appealed to these mandolin eyes! I liked the shorter scale. I think I would have preferred the...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Another difference in the fiddle world vs mandolin/guitar/banjo world is the lack of brand awareness. Nothing on the headstock to show that you have that “amazing instrument.” I imagine that makes it...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I posed a question on the Fiddle Hangout to see how common it might be for “fiddlers” to buy expensive violins. I understand that there are always folks with disposable income or professional players...
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    Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    After two years of immersion in the mandolin world, this past six months I’ve been reacquainting myself with banjo and fiddle. Here are some observations about the mandolin world vs the fiddle world:...
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    Re: Bridge upgrade on new Eastman mando?

    I put a Cumberland bridge on an American-made mandolin and it made a significant improvement. Based on that, I put a Cumberland bridge on my Eastman MD315, but couldn’t tell ANY improvement in that...
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    He showed me some designs and I chose one for the cover and one for the body piece. He was willing to customize the designs, but I loved what he already had. The biggest issue was whether to go gold...
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    I love this strap, too. Bought it used from MandoMutt. I like the knots, but I also like that it cinches down tight to the endpin.

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    Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    Weldon Lister engraved tailpiece on my Kimble 2 point! (THAT is an understanding wife, lol.)
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    Re: McClung Armrest

    I have three - two flamed maple and one ebony. Love them!
  18. Thread: Key of Bb

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    Re: Key of Bb

    Main chords besides those you mentioned are Cm, Dm, Gm, Adim. For modal songs you’ll need Ab. I’m not sure what you mean by “alternate chord.” (I’m not sure why didn’t Google this. You could have...
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    Eastman MD815/V in classifieds

    Last year, I spent a day playing lots of nice mandolins at Morgan Music and the Acoustic Shoppe, including Gibsons, Collings, Northfields, and Webers from $3k to $10k. The one mandolin that dropped...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    When not under global pandemic, I was playing in a regular jam with a banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and electric bass and we do get loud! That has made me interested in how loud various...
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    Re: new: Northfield neck rest!!!

    Astro asked: “ Why do you want the body raised up at an angle? Wouldnt you want something soft under body a little too in order to make the entire length flat but still have the headstock off the...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    I have an Eastman MD505 and when I was shopping for an f-body, played multiple MD515’s and MD315’s. I liked the looks of the glossy 500 series better, but I liked the sound of the matte finish 300...
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    Re: Kimble two point reviews?

    I bought a 2018 Kimble two point from the Music Emporium in March and am loving it. This is my first higher-end mandolin, but I had played a wide variety up to about $10k over the past year as I was...
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    Re: Speed neck recommendation

    I've done speed necks, down to bare maple, on my Eastman MD315 and Silverangel A. On the first I tried tung oil but it felt too sticky (I probably didn't wait long enough) so I sanded back down to...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    After further thought, in a theoretical world in which I could have only one mandolin, WHICH mandolin I could have would matter a lot less than it does when I’m playing multiple mandolins. I’ve...
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