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    Re: 'A' String Intonation Question

    If there is no height difference it is surely differently-behaving strings. I find that after vigorous use my E strings diverge in the high frets. I assume one of the two gets picked harder. That...
  2. Capricho de Santa Cecilia -- Hamilton de Holanda

    Another installment of my solo project is this Caprice for Santa Cecilia. As much as I like the sound of the installed pickup that I had been blending with the microphone, I decided the pure acoustic...
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    Re: I Want to Be Happy

    Excellent balance on ordinary earbuds. And a hot trio, of course!

    That said, mixing for non-hi-fi playback used to be a thing for AM car radio. If the bass tone had more upper harmonics it would...
  4. Re: Don Stiernberg Quartet Live Online Concert Friday August 14th

    I'll be there!
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    Re: A chord without muting A string

    You don't need perfect fretting on the D string notes, I would emphasize the G string note and the open A, and lean away from the D string even if you get less-satisfying tone on the fretted E.
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    Re: Original Jazz CD Preview

    I am embarrassed that it took me until now to react to CDbaby closing its "store" for physical CDs. I set up a page at Bandcamp for the Tailwind release:
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  7. Re: i am having problems with "clefs" again. Treble or alto

    The only published music for 10-string mandolin (GCDAE) is by Hamilton de Holanda, and he uses treble clef throughout. The low C is four ledge lines down, not really a big deal.

    As noted, clefs...
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    Re: What is Jeff Austin using here?

    I know Don Stiernberg's and Drew Emmitt's Nuggets have the Baggs undersaddle pickup, that can easily sound sweetly electric. Yes, mainly gobs of delay, but the nosy ambience doesn't help to analyze...
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    Re: Mandolin to Mandola

    It is mainly the body, which will not offer a deep tone for the C course. 5-string electrics are usually 14", and my Buchanan 10-strings are 14.25", and even with a rather light-gauge .048 C it is...
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    Re: Mandolin to Mandola

    In order to just see if you can stand the sound, order a couple of loop-end single strings in the C-appropriate gauge, move your G, D, and A over, and try it out. The nut will bind, and intonation...
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    Re: Mahler 7 Tonight (7/7/20)

    Program notes from CSO inform that it is a serenade to a lover.
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    Re: Mahler 7 Tonight (7/7/20)

    According to CSO program notes, mandolin and guitar represent a guy serenading his lover.



    A very long song. It's so annoying when composers ask us to sound bad -- Mozart asks the mandolin to...
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    Mahler 7 Tonight (7/7/20)

    The Chicago Symphony YouTube channel is offering a "digital premiere", the live recording from 2010 of Mahler's 7th Symphony, Pierre Boulez conducting, at 8pm EDT. There are several closeups of me...
  14. Thread: Humidity

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    Re: Humidity

    I am annoyed by my mandolin's sensitivity to humidity. It causes no harm, unlike an Otto Erdesz viola I owned that came unglued at every opportunity. It is the unstable pitch that is an issue. As...
  15. Re: Thomas Buchanan 10 String , 5 course Mandolin / Mandola

    Phosphor bronze bulk purchase from JustStrings. On this mando I use .011, .015, .022, .034, .048. I can imagine a strong tone with beefier strings but I do not want any neck bowing.

    A previous...
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    Re: Bach D Major Prelude from Suite #6

    Thanks for listening. I came from playing this on viola, so was familiar with the Katims version for viola, from Universal It keeps the passages more in the richer tone range of viola. I tried using...
  17. Re: Thomas Buchanan 10 String , 5 course Mandolin / Mandola

    I have owned three, and the most recent is Buchanan's best. He now offers one with standard tailpiece and floating bridge. I prefer the pin bridge model.

    Here's the familiar Bach Prelude to cello...
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    Bach D Major Prelude from Suite #6

    This prelude was intended for a 5-string cello. I use the viola arrangement by Milton Katims and play it on my Buchanan 10-string.

    https://soundcloud.com/twtunes/bach-d-major-cello-suite-prelude
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    Re: Lace Alumitone

    I have only achieved good string balance with pickups that have adjustable poles, which Lace lacks. They make a bridge-mount pickup for archtop acoustic mandolins--have not heard if the string...
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    Re: The Don Stiernberg Quartet - New Release

    Yay! Cool to see a choro offering in the mix, and a favorite of mine from hearing Coltrane play it, "I'm Old-fashioned".
    CD on the way -- the hard copy is the best audio.
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    Re: Damping vs. letting notes ring

    As to technique, I damp with both left and right hand. Sometimes it is the heel of right hand, sometimes, the side of my thumb. With left hand it is sometimes fingers damping the adjacent strings,...
  22. Re: Trouble hearing "in tune" unison strings

    My Peterson Strobe phone app is every bit as good as my hearing, but the problem here is something I struggle with, finding the best way of getting to in-tune without unrelieved tension beyond the...
  23. Poll: Re: Poll: do use use a bevel edge or round edge pick?

    I use the Dunlop Ultex, the standard flat pick (1.0mm) which has a symmetrical bevel all around.

    Then again, I am not mainly a classical player. The shape allows a dark tone if I angle the pick,...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    Ryder 5-string electric
    Weber Special Edition
    Buchanan 10-string
    Sold Weber
    Almuse 10-string electric
    Another Buchanan 10
    Another Buchanan 10
    Converted Ryder to 10-string
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    Re: Bach--Gigue from Suite #3 in C major

    Thanks for listening. It's a 10-string mandolin [(Buchanan) with 14.25" scale. The short scale makes reaches easy and allows chord shapes not possible on large instruments.

    In this Gigue I don't...
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