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    Re: Is this being thrifty or is it Stealing ?

    On the subject of fees, those of you who sell and accept PayPal for payment, you are not allowed to add a surcharge to your sales price to cover the PayPal fees. This is clearly stated in the user...
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    Re: Mandolin dust - what is it?

    The notes accumulate in the air when you play, and when you have finished, they descend again to rest until the next time you pick it up. We all know music is a living thing.
  3. Re: Anyone who doesn't believe that instruments open up from play

    What are you doing to me Bratsche? I can't stop staring at that thing. I think I'm about to open up.
  4. Lots of tunes on this web site. www.mandolintab.net

    http://www.mandolintab.net/

    I discovered this web site today. I must admit, I didn't know anything about it.
    Lots of tunes, both in standard notation and tab.

    Very useful site, by the look of...
  5. Re: Mando string winder adapter for cordless drill?

    Forgive my ignorance, but why does one need a powered string winder? I have over a dozen stringed instruments and change strings pretty frequently, but I never need more than a few turns on each...
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    Re: why is violin much louder than mandolin ?

    It's the bow.
    When we pluck a string, we pull (or push) it out of the straight line that it forms when pulled tight. Right before we release the string, we've applied all of the energy we can to the...
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    Re: Needing a name for my homebrew

    What style of beer do you brew? It seems relevant.
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    Re: Even the cafe is biased towards f's

    I am ever grateful for the F models. They make me feel frugal.
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    Re: Even the cafe is biased towards f's

    Most cafe members are bluegrass devotees. Bill Who Cannot Be Criticised played an F from The Mandolin Company That Cannot Be Criticised. So it is logical that the accepted symbol must be an F.
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    Re: Musical loners?

    Steve Z., I feel like you have crawled into my head and articulated exactly what I think and feel about playing. I, too, spent years having to deal with pushy clients and ridiculous deadlines for...
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    Re: Musical loners?

    A lot depends on what your life outside of music is like. For most of my adult life every day involved major interactions with more folk than I'll ever remember, often in intense, demanding,...
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    Re: Musical loners?

    I'm another who just enjoys playing for the sake of playing - not a career, not a moneymaker, not of "bondng" experience and not a problem. Occassionally a mini-jam with granddaughter-guitarist is...
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    Re: Musical loners?

    What a relief to know there are others like me. I love playing, but for me it is strictly a hobby and not a path to anything else. I don't even like to play around my family, so I get a little too...
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    Re: Musical loners?

    If your objective is to make money as a professional musician or to advance as quickly as possible, you're probably missing out on essential opportunities, but otherwise, I don't see anything at all...
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    Re: What causes a buzz?

    This usually does the trick ...117427

    But seriously, Jim's right. If it's just that one string at that one fret, then a fret up the neck - maybe the next one - is just a bit high, and may be...
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    Re: Some things irritating in the classified

    This is not really true. I do not have a digital camera or cell phone and wouldn't know how to use one if I did.

    The only minor annoyance I have found is when I see something I have have been...
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    Re: Some things irritating in the classified

    Why would I expend the time to worry about what someone puts in an ad. I'd be more likely to be irritated by a poster who can't spell Lloyd. :)
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    Re: Locking up instruments

    We all love our mandolins, from the lowliest to the costliest. Sometimes we may lose sight of the fact that they are, indeed, only material possessions. Take normal precautions, but not to the point...
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    Re: Locking up instruments

    I was a locksmith in my former life, and I used to tell people that security is more of a state of mind than anything else. Given enough time and the right tools, most security systems can be...
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    Re: What would YOU do?

    I vote with those who say, "Take a vacation from the mandolin and be present with the moment and the other people around you. Then, I would look for some music stores that carry mandolins.:)
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    Re: What would YOU do?

    I have found when I take an extended break from the mandolin that when I get back to it I fall in love all over again. Its a heady feeling.
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    Re: What would YOU do?

    Enjoy your vacation. Be present in it.

    Jamie
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    Re: What would YOU do?

    I'd also take a vacation .....from the mando !
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    Re: What would YOU do?

    Learn the mouth organ!

    Otherwise throw yourself wholeheartedly into whatever your vacation is about, bring some good books and take a break from it.
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    Re: Just have to brag!

    Well I'm proud of ya. I don't care what the dic tion police say. Nice instrument. Pick away buddy, and have a good time.
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