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    Live Jazz -- Tom Wright Quartet

    This was the opening number when we played at the Epicure Cafe, Fairfax, VA. "Pontapť" is by Jovino Santos Neto, who played it at Centrum this spring for the choro workshop. The name translates as...
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    Re: Fixing a microphonic pickup

    If the metal case is ferrous, i.e. steel, you’re out of luck. I have one made that way, potted properly but any tap on the case is really loud. Gibson and similar are chrome-plated brass housings, so...
  3. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    The Shure 57 and 58 mics are fussy about distance and angle, as you know. An omnidirectional dynamic mic will be forgiving but not as much sound above feedback. Then again, you may not need much...
  4. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    What is wrong with sounding like a guitar? May I point out it is the post popular sound out there? Could there be a reason?

    Actually, no emando will sound exactly like a guitar except for a few...
  5. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    I felt a need to have spares, so I have three acoustic 10-strings and two electric 10-strings. (Nothing with only 8 strings.)
  6. Thread: Beware EVOs

    by Tom Wright

    Re: Beware EVOs

    I have EVO .080” width on four instruments. No complaints, and I see close to zero wear after couple of years’ hard playing on my main acoustic axe.
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    Re: I play a little guitar...

    I am moving toward calling my 10-string an alto guitar. I covers the tenor range but goes higher, with a lighter tone in general. And means they won’t expect to hear either O Sole Mio or Rawhide.
  8. Re: Question for notation-reading CGDAE-instrument players

    Use the extra ledger lines (A). No one wants to see alto clef and 8va is confusing for me, although Iím getting better at it. Useful to practice bass clef, but the main reason to avoid the extra...
  9. Re: Need an Amp for my solid-body four-string electric mandolin

    You don’t have more highs than an electric guitar, but you do have less low end, so a small cab is fine. (I like 6.5” woofers.)

    I played through a Quilter and was really impressed. It was a...
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    Re: Wayne Shorter on 10-string

    Thanks, all. Two years in the jazz workshop have introduced me to much of the canon, and to further tunes from some players I knew of but knew little of their music. Mainly, though, it has been a...
  11. Re: Strange intonation issue with new strings

    It would be a vendor mistake, but I (at least once) have had a packaged set with mismatched gauges in a pair. A micrometer would be handy, or by feel check if the flat one has less tension.
  12. Re: Recommend some beginner Blues / Jazz Blues Lead Sheets

    The constant question or tension between learning patterns and learning melodies.

    People respond individually, and some are like me, in that I canít bring myself to work through catalogs of...
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    Re: Kluson split-shaft tuners for mandolin

    Very cool. I loved split shafts on my first Fender guitar, although not necessarily the Kluson gears. Bass guitars have them, but I think they lost some popularity by being fragile in the small...
  14. Re: Single coil magnetic 'strat' pickup problem uneven amplificat

    True, contact not necessary, itís magnetic fields, not electric current, and the pole piece itself is a magnet.

    Another approach is to just add an appropriate small piece of ferrous metal on top...
  15. Re: Single coil magnetic 'strat' pickup problem uneven amplificat

    We usually find some tilt, raising the treble and lowering the bass, is needed. But I’ve dealt with this style and you can improve it. If you get inside the pickguard you will probably find a...
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    I’m confused. Are we talking about flatwound strings?

    Most wound strings use a round core. Hex core is the exception, usually advertised.

    There are several makers of flatwound strings, with...
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    Re: Signal Channel

    Acoustic (Headway undersaddle with built-in preamp) —> passive volume control —> amp

    Electric —> overdrive pedal —> EQ —> amp

    Same amp for either, Trace Elliot Elf into Eminence 6.5” woofer(s).
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    Re: Electromagnetic output from pickups

    Indeed, I missed that you were responding to that. I agree, monitors are good speakers for acoustic, given you probably would benefit from some tone shaping via preamp.
  19. Thread: Intonation

    by Tom Wright

    Re: Intonation

    To be sure, buy the inexpensive strobe-tuner app and check the fingerboard at each fret. I have found two issues can affect the low-fret intonation — high nut, and/ or too long a fingerboard between...
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    Re: Electromagnetic output from pickups

    An electric mandolin with humbuckers has pretty much zip for information above 6K or so. It’s functionally an electric guitar, not an acoustic mandolin. I personally prefer woofers to guitar speakers...
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    Re: Electromagnetic output from pickups

    Yep, they typically have a peak at around 2K for the old Fender Jensen speakers, between 2.5K and 3K for Celestion, dropping after 4K and gone by 6K.

    Iíd say the answer to the difference between...
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    Re: Electromagnetic output from pickups

    My mandos with the Ryder stacked singles ate noticeably less output than a guitar. But i think the difference is twofold — the higher pitch range is not where the effects show up best, and (in my...
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    Re: Pickup for pin bridge mando

    I have two pin-bridge instruments with the Headway undersaddle pickup that incorporates an internal preamp with a good EQ profile. As luck would have it, I ordered a 10-string Buchanan with pickup...
  24. Re: Another Question for the Theory Geeks (no mandolin content)

    If a piece of music is more on the beat and has plenty of actual triplets it makes sense to write in triplet time, like jigs, and classical music.

    But it is both unnecessary clutter and may be too...
  25. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I doesn’t seem that copying Antonio Stradivari’s design has hurt the value of the original items. I think it can be argued both Fender and Gibson have thrived by their designs being ubiquitous. How...
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