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    Re: Buying directly from a luthier

    Having commisioned a few instruments, and having seen a few such instrument deals gone strange for myself and others, I offer a few thoughts:

    Memorialize everything. Make sure you nail down *all*...
  2. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    Everyone learns differently, but here's some steps I go through.

    1: Determine what I want to be able to do.

    I wanted to play chord-melody style on mandola.

    2: Figure out the intermediate...
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    Re: tenor or new standard tuning

    And now we're to the point where he's contradicting himself. *laugh*
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    Re: Octave strings on a regular mandolin

    Does anyone else think these necrobump responses are to build a history before the serious spam begins?
  5. Re: Could a 12-string be repurposed as an octave mandolin?

    Here's a topic from another member, with links to my own topics on my successful experiments.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/144806-12-string-half-mandocello

    Short answer: Yes, it's...
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    Re: 5-string mandolin for beginner?

    Hey, SandyBeach!

    I just had sa few comments, observations and such to offer.

    I appreciate that you're not a beginner, that this won't be your first instrument, that you can use a pick, and that...
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    Re: Pilgrim Mandolas

    By the way, I'd instrad keep my eyes open for a used mandola from Big Muddy or Mid Missouri (name changed, but same company). Much better playing and sounding for the price.
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    Re: Seagull S8 Owners Thread

    I'm using the GHS A240 Ultra Light set (.009 .013 .020 .032).

    I don't have time for the moment to do a big write-up, but there are posts here and elsewhere on restringing effectively. Good luck!
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    Re: Pilgrim Mandolas

    I'd always assumed that the Pilgrim mandola was a rebranded Trinity College TM-275, given the identical body, oval soundhole shape and faux-"bone" button on the back at the heel of the neck.
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    Re: Tenor Guitar tuning - CGDA vs GDAE ????

    Interesting! Other than my now absent brother-in-music Groveland, I think I am the only one here who has extensively used O4+ strings. Have you used them... or are you just telling me what I've...
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    Re: 10-string mandolin

    It's worth knowing that at a scale length greater than 14.3", a steel string will break when tuned to E5 or higher. Don't go longer than 14.25" - 14.3" if you plan on tuning to a mandolin's typical...
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    Re: Richard Durrant Tenor Course?

    I'm interested, as I'm always willing to learn something new, but the website didn't give any details of how one views the course. I'm not engaged enough to run that down....
  13. Re: Resources for learning gypsy jazz / dawg style music

    Dix Bruce has a few books on Gypsy mandolin.
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    Re: Mandola method?

    Mandola Learning Resources

    Good luck!
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    Re: What's the best way to dust my fretboard?

    Working a Renaissance festival, a regional folk festival, and so on have been a few circumstances leading to extreme dust build-up for me.

    Without passing judgment on people's health, I've also...
  16. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    Actually, in the time I've been here, more than one member has claimed that instruments don't change over time in regards to sound.

    Other claims advanced were:

    Those who heard changes...
  17. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    That one data point disproves, however, the strongly-held and -voiced opinions that no instrument changes with use.

    One did, disproving that claim.

    Now it begins to fall to those claimants as...
  18. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    Hmm.

    The video demonstrated an increase in volume over the period of constant simulation.

    According to the claims of some here, that doesn't happen.They have been very vocal about it. That...
  19. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    I found the following video interesting.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmaQM1el1n0

    Instead of a jig, and moving the instrument between recordings, the instrument is placed on a stand, the...
  20. Re: Vintage tuning for (formerly compromise) vintage instrument?

    I originally based my mandola string tension on the GHS A240 Phosphor Bronze Ultra Light Mandolin set. That set worked well on quite a few of my mandolins, and I decided to go lighter across the...
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    Re: Tone traveler?

    I found the following video to be eye-opening.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmaQM1el1n0

    Summarizing, a guitar on a stand has the Tone Traveler attached, with a microphone and stand set up a...
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    Re: What's the best way to dust my fretboard?

    I have a couple of long-bristled soft paint brushes that I use to dust a variety of instruments, including a hammered dulcimer. I hold the brushes bristle side down in the kitchen trash can, and run...
  23. Re: Vintage tuning for (formerly compromise) vintage instrument?

    Out of curiosity, what strings have you been using since the first repair?
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    Re: Tenor Guitar/Banjo Players

    Necrobump of three posts in a row, but only *two* pushing that brand of strings! Might be losing that touch....
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    Re: Hard case for army navy style mandolin

    In a different topic centered on Army/Navy mandolin cases, it finally came down to the Big Muddy mandolin cases from Mike Dolak being a perfect fit. Here's the topic, starting right at the relevant...
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