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    Re: Is my new mando trash?

    I bought a Brand X mandolin several years ago. I didn’t like it much. So, I took it to a really good setup person. She worked it over doing all of the normal things. It felt great! Problem is, I...
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    Hmm, the live version was great. We have fiber which didn’t help much last week but this week was about as good as we can get.
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    His techies did not even meet the standard for bush league support. I will try the archived version later today but the live stream was a disaster. This all should have been tested days earlier. ...
  4. Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    I have had a teacher for a couple of years. With his help, I have made much faster progress than I would on my own with YouTube. Occasionally, I attend a camp (virtual these days). There is never...
  5. Re: Are old strings hard to keep in tune? Why?

    I replace my strings when they get “thuddy”. They tune up just fine but they sound awful. Usually, it is the G and D courses that go first for me.
  6. Re: The waiting begins: order in for Clark Octave

    Took delivery of a Clark GBOM this Summer. Love it!
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    Ask Austin Clark. Guess you already know him.

    I have a two point on order from Austin. How do you like it?
  8. Re: Ken Cartwright loses home in Oregon fires

    It’s really crazy in Oregon. Entire small towns are being consumed by the fires. Entire counties are on evacuation alert.

    When I was much younger I fought forest fires. There was never...
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    Re: Mandocello Amplifier Thoughts

    K&K twin pickups on an OM fed into an LR Baggs Venue DI and an older Marshal portable speak. It works great on the bass. Probably only suitable for church or small venues because the speaker is...
  10. Re: Seattle and surrounding - looking for jams and musicians

    You might try the Washington Bluegrass Association.

    washingtonbluegrassassociation.org
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    Re: Online Mandolin Lesson suggestions

    I am doing one-on-one Skype lessons with Kaden Hurst. There are many others teaching via Skype, Zoom or whatever. Until the latest insanity Kaden and I were doing in person lessons so we just moved...
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    Re: Cafe versus Craigslist

    Certified old guy here. It’s not a generational thing. I prefer text or email until I know someone is serious. I don’t want my phone number in the hands of some anonymous person (at least anymore...
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    Re: Timing issues

    I went through this revelation a few weeks ago. I was working on Sunny Waltz which had a particularly vexing few measures. In frustration, I ran it through the amazing Slow Downer. Following the...
  14. Re: Octave Mandolin question: Teardrop versus mando-guitar?

    I took delivery of a Clark GBOM several weeks ago. It has a deep, robust tone that would be hard to match with a teardrop OM. I owned an Eastman MDO305. Though both the Clark and the Eastman are...
  15. Re: Yet Another “What Strings Do Yiu Use?” Thread !!!

    Check out Austin Clark’s strings. He has them custom made for his GBOMs.
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    One of the instructors at a camp last year (when there were still camps) was a high end violin broker. He said that some of the very best, most expensive, violins are coming out of the small luthier...
  17. Re: What Do You Use for Editing Standard Notation

    Thanks for the help. I ended up with Symphony Pro for iPad. Upside, it is fairly user friendly and inexpensive ($15). Downside, it works best with Apple Pencil, interface software another $15 and...
  18. Re: What Do You Use for Editing Standard Notation

    I am learning Sunny Waltz. I have been playing it from the sheet music in Compton’s Gallop to Georgia. It has four measures that were just defeating me, half note, followed by a dotted eight note...
  19. What Do You Use for Editing Standard Notation

    My mandolin teacher helped me mark up a piece of sheet music. Right now the changes are just pencil marks above the original notation. I would like to actually create a standard notation sheet of...
  20. Re: Teacher recommendation for left hand technique

    Mike Marshall has videos on technique. Also, online lessons.

    My mandolin teacher, Kaden Hurst, also does Skype lessons. He stays on my ergonomics. Skype might actually be best for ergonomics...
  21. Re: Weber Mandolins: Alaska Specialty Woods Sitka Spruce

    I once bought a Tacoma guitar with a Spruce top that was recovered from a lake. The tree had fallen into the lake 900 years ago. Total age around 2000 years old.

    It was a really nice guitar. ...
  22. Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    Not quite the same mandolin, but I have an Eastman MDO305 that I didn’t care for very much. Someone suggested putting Mandola strings on it. It was like I had a whole different instrument. The...
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    Re: Interview with Tom Rozum

    I had the good fortune to attend Tom and Laurie’s bluegrass camps in 2018 and 2019. Sadly, 2020 was cancelled. They are awesome musicians and awesome people who make astounding music.
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    Re: Four Finger Chop Chords and the Pain!

    I only play three finger chop chords. The hands are just too old to stretch as they should. Interestingly, I know people who play two finger chop chords and mostly, no one really knows the...
  25. All of My 2020 Festivals Have Been Cancelled

    The last festival that I had signed up for has cancelled. Being in the high risk category, I took the news with mixed emotions.

    Apparently, 2021 events aren’t looking so good right now either. ...
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