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    Re: Fishman m300 mandolin pickup

    In that video it seems like the Fishman is not going through a good preamp, the sound is thin. It can sound much better than that with a properly matched preamp, even without a mic.
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    Re: Fishman m300 mandolin pickup

    I use one without a mic, and it is hands down the best pickup I have used on mando in a loud band context. Nothing else even comes close, although you do need a good preamp. I can see a mic giving it...
  3. Re: ISO Recs for Bluegrass Mandolins in the $900-1.2K rang

    You could also look at an F-style Kentucky KM-1000 in the used range. I got one a few years ago, and this is truly a bluegrass mandolin. I am also a long time fiddler who doubles on mandolin, and the...
  4. Re: Very high notes on a budget instrument

    I second that, better mandolins are going to have more power in the high end, as well as the low. The same is true for better fiddles/violins--they just have that power and ringing sound even in the...
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    Cool. I'm planning on getting some for my KM-1000. I have a set of J74s that I might put on now, as the ones on there are old, but then I will order some Elixirs.
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    Has anyone used the Elixir mediums on a Kentucky KM-1000? That is what I am looking to use them on.
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    I am talking about the D'Addario EXP74 medium. Of course, this is under my hands and in humid summertime conditions.
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    The D'addario's lose tone pretty quickly and oxidize. I do like the louder, clearer tone of new strings, so I would probably like the Elixirs, which is why I liked them on guitar.
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    I used to use Elixir on my electric and acoustic guitars. Never thought about them for mandolin. I may have to try them!
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    In German, some of those wood figures are called "Haselficht", and can be indicative of good quality tone wood. In this country, we often call it bear claw, in other cases, it can be considered...
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    Re: Disappointment

    A pass for sure.
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    Re: Trying to make a modest leap...

    A few years ago, I bought a Kentucky KM-1000 used for $800, and it has been a good one.
  13. Re: I need a mandolin stand for stage use.

    I use the Hercules stand that you just set the mandolin down in. You do have to be careful not to knock over, but it is very sturdy, and I have never had any problems. Just put it somewhere that...
  14. Re: man I need a good tuner foot pedal model. not clip on

    The Korg custom pedals have a great visual display, and are very accurate. I use a hand held one for home and studio, and it is extremely accurate and easy to tune.
  15. Re: man I need a good tuner foot pedal model. not clip on

    The TC Polytune is a VERY good foot pedal tuner anyway you strike it. A good second to this would be the Korg Pitchblack Custom. Also very good.
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    I am using the TC Electronics Polytune 2 on my fiddle/mandolin pedal board, and it works great. Polytune feature doesn't really work well other than with guitar, but the tuner is very sensitive and...
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    Re: Kentucky KM 650 question

    The Kentucky mandolins can sound really good at the price range. Just enjoy it!
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    Re: eq pedal with boost

    I would look at a strict clean boost, like the Fire Eye Bright Eye, or if you need a DI, the Red Eye preamp pedal. Small format, plenty of boost, done.
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    Re: K&K for mandolin

    The Fishman is the deal. You might be able to get away with the M200, but it may have a "drier" sound. The M300 has the pickup mounted in the bottom of the bridge so it still gets some body...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    Yep, that's the other thing about the Red Eye--flexibility. I have played on stages with ample phantom power, and I have played with none. I have played when my battery died and we had phantom. I...
  21. Re: Disappointed with the Nashville music scene

    You can find it, but maybe not on the strip. Many of the best players are playing elsewhere or touring. However, it is not uncommon to hear some great musicians sit in with groups in Nashville, even...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    Not saying it is a bad pre. I used it with a K&K in my mandolin, and it worked ok. But had to EQ the heck out of it to get it to sound good. The Red Eye is much better, IMHO. And a better format for...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    I had the K&K Pure preamp, and it wasn't bad, but it had some wonky EQ controls better suited to guitar. In addition, it isn't a DI unless you get the XLR version. Personally, I think the Red Eye...
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    Re: TC Electronic Polytune Clip-on Tuner

    The TC polytune works much better for higher tuned instruments like violin and mandolin than any other tuner I have. I have a TC polytune 2 on my fiddle/mandolin pedal board and it works great. Only...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    In br1ck's defense, the Sunnaudio IS only just a little more than the Red Eye street price, but I really like the format, sound and features of the Red Eye.
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