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    Re: About my pick grip

    I’ve never believed there is any “right” or “wrong” way to hold the pick. Just use whatever is the most efficient way to get the tone and speed you are trying to achieve. While I see lots of great...
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    Re: Making an Eastman Sing

    This is so true. I was fortunate enough to be on the list for both of the Travelling Pick Samplers. As anyone who has been part of that will agree, it is pretty cool to sit for hours and try dozens...
  3. Thread: V-picks

    by mandobassman
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    Re: V-picks

    I see this over and over again in Blue Chip threads. People that spent two or three thousand dollars on a mandolin complaining about $35 for a pick. Be glad you don't play a quality violin. Top...
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    Re: V-picks

    The difference between Blue Chip and V-Picks is night and day. Blue Chip has about the smoothest edge surface I have ever seen on a pick, while the V-Picks are very rough and inconsistent. Same with...
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    Re: The Pointless Mandolin

    Aren’t A5’s already “pointless”? Anyway, it’s hard to tell how it really sounds. It seems loud but it’s obviously a very reverberant room, which can contribute to the illusion of volume. Doesn’t seem...
  6. Thread: Grommets

    by mandobassman
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    Re: Grommets

    I bought some from a hardware store once, thinking they would work. However, they were a bit too large and too stiff. These from Elderly are the right thing for mandolin.
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    Re: Strings for A 1

    I have a ‘24 Gibson A that is in loan from a friend. I’ve had D’Addario EFW74 flatwound strings on it since I’ve had it. They sound great and the lighter tension is a plus for the mandolin.
  8. Re: Flatwound strings for acoustic mandolin w/ pickup?

    I have heard so many people say that they are too quiet but I've always felt that it's just a perceived difference because of the difference in treble response. The brighter highs make the bronze...
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    Re: Bills Pick

    It may have been new to Bill but it was over 20 years old at that point and know one knows how heavy it was played up to that point. A good instrument can develop a pretty good voice in 20 years.
  10. Re: Flatwound strings for acoustic mandolin w/ pickup?

    This is exactly my description of the two sets. I used the Thomastik strings for about 12 years before the D'Addario set came out. I loved the TI sound, but the D'Addario set is much closer to the...
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    Re: Fake Gibson on eBay?

    If that is a A-12 with a converted scroll, it’s not bad. However, someone said that the whole top was replaced because of the scroll ridge not present on a A-12 and I would agree.
    But never mind the...
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    Re: Weber Bighorn

    A while ago I was reading a interview with a former Weber employee and he stated that the Bighorn was consistently their best sounding mandolin (or at least it was his favorite). I've only heard...
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    Re: Wegen Pick

    Not being fickle at all. It was well worth the cost. My beef was that he was doubling the normal price because by not creating the bevel it was eliminating one step of the process. Normally you...
  14. Re: BlueChip folks -look at this pic and tell me which one to try

    The OP only asked about which BC model would match closest to the thickness and shape of the picks pictured. I don't recall him asking anyone's opinion about buying Blue Chip. I don't understand why...
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    Re: Northfield A5 Special

    I really like the fact that builders are willing to try something different besides just copying Gibson exactly. It's good to see them experimenting with designs and giving buyers different voicing...
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    Re: Which Tailpiece Do You Really Hate?

    I hate the clamshell also. The string has to bend immediately after it hooks. It basically needs to be pre-bent and slide the string through the slot before attaching to the hook.

    I also really...
  17. Re: How much would Monroe’s mandolin be worth

    Maybe I’m wrong but it seems most of the responses have missed the point. The question is what would that mandolin be worth in its current condition if Monroe had not owned it. Take Monroe’s...
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    Fender Tru-Shell picks

    I have been wanting to try these new picks from Fender for a while now and finally decided to order one. They don't say they are made of casein, but the product description is almost exactly the...
  19. Thread: BAS(s)

    by mandobassman
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    Re: BAS(s)

    I'm assuming you are referring to TalkBass.com. That is a excellent bass resource and I have been a member for nearly 5 years. Many people that visit TalkBass do not even realize that they have a...
  20. Thread: BAS(s)

    by mandobassman
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    Re: BAS(s)

    Yeah, double bass and associated equipment is a pain to carry around sometimes, but it is well worth it IMO. I have played mandolin since 1976 and absolutely love it, but I love playing bass as much...
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    Re: Awesome fold-up stand

    That is a nice design. However, I still can't bring myself to use a stand. It's just so much safer in the case.
  22. Re: Tomastik Strings on a Loar F5 Grade Instrument?

    Not necessarily true. I used them for years and never had to adjust anything. Remember that the TI A string has a thinner core and adding the winding makes it very close to the same diameter as a...
  23. Re: Tomastik Strings on a Loar F5 Grade Instrument?

    If you do try the Thomastik strings, keep in mind that they will sound very different when their newly installed, as opposed to when it been on for a while. They take a couple weeks to break in, but...
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    Re: Flatwounds for a long scale bouzouki?

    Contact Martin at emando.com. I get my octave mandolin flatwound sets there.

    Let him know the scale length and he will put together a set for you, either ball end or loop end.
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    Re: Distressed Instruments

    Not sure where the "speed neck" term came from, but I don't think it makes you play any faster. However, I just had the finish on the neck removed from my mandolin and the difference in feel and...
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