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    Re: Repairer recommendation required

    I'd second the recommendation for Phil Davidson. I saw a restoration he did on a teens gibson a couple of years back & it was impeccable.
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    Re: virtual events in countries other than USA

    Matt Norman has done two really good workshops for the BMG members this summer as a substitute for not having the summer school. I really enjoyed them.


    Our mandolin orchestra & fiddle orchestra...
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    Re: Is my new mando trash?

    You can always do the Strings shuffle. It's not unknown for a mandolin to be restricted by too meaty a string set. Maby try the DR rare ones with the hexagonal cores, they come up well on some...
  4. Thread: Hornpipe rhythm

    by Beanzy
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    There are different types of hornpipe rhythm, some are very even, rather than what is often called 'dotted' rhythm. I would find it difficult to give any absolutes about which tunes or styles should...
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    I find I turn to the music with the season change. I love the cascading flow of the Hardanger styles in the winter.
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    Re: Question for UK Members re. BREXIT

    We left the EU last year, this year is just rolling things over & seeing if we can cobble something together to maintain any fluidity to the transactions.
    Duties & fees will be payable now unless...
  7. Re: Which brand to pick up if i'm a big fan of classic music.

    Check out the Classical section on here so. There are some great threads about many interesting different approaches by artists worldwide.
    There have been some innovative mandolins building...
  8. Re: Which brand to pick up if i'm a big fan of classic music.

    If you intend to go on to play classical music with other people in Japan, ensembles & maybe even orchestral music, then there would be a strong case for buying a bowl-backed mandolin as that would...
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    Re: Italian Bowl back case

    Yes I have used this one https://www.hobgoblin-usa.com/local/sales/products/GR31070/viking-vmc10b-standard-bowl-mandolin-case/
    They're quite a bit deeper than you might need for most bowlbacks, I...
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    Re: 7th fret: 3rd or 4th fingers?

    Don't collapse your wrist like it is in the profile pic and you'll get a lot more reach out of the little finger.
    Maybe spend some time working on maintaining a nice relaxed flat wrist even in the...
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    Re: Speakers for mixing

    I've been using the Mackie MR824 & am very impressed with what they deliver in terms of clarity and accuracy in the detail for the cost.
    I like the fact that you can tune them in terms of their...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    I think that is Romeo Di Georgio (born in Rome 1888] who emigrated to Rio and opened his guitar shop in 1908, no mention of Naples in his career.
    Still no info on G. Di Giorgio I have found yet....
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Rione Amadeo would have been a very up market address in old Naples, a zone with grand buildings and show-piece palaces.
    Probably why it appeared so boldly on the gilded lettering adding to the...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    & then some.... here's a photo to highlight/ exaggerate the interesting bits up at the second peg box.

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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    I've been having a rummage based on my initial hunch of a mandolin based theorbino and it looks very close to what you would expect.
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    These are lute based examples.

    An...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    yes, the upper nut looks like a raised platform, it appears to be at x2 the mandolin scale and I can count 12 white grooves across the bridge.
    From that I would speculate normal mandolin on 8...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    188677Definitely some extra funkyness going on at the other end.
    Almost like a mandolin hybridised with a Baryton or Theorbo; a Neapolitan version of the theorbino using mandolin technology for the...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    These look like a very interesting find Victor.
    I think the elongated peg box for friction pegs may throw people off a bit, but the business end of the instruments is shouting 'mandolin'
    For me the...
  19. Re: Microphone recommends for home studio recording?

    AKG P420 & AKG C1000s

    The P420 in Omni mode seems to be very un-coloured & transparent.

    I like the C1000s for mandolin & it's versatile for stage use too.
  20. Re: Sparse mando and guitar examples aka taste lessons

    Worth checking out some of Simon Mayor & Hilary James arrangements, very tasteful...
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    Re: Looking for Music Documentary Recommendations

    A documentary on Norwegian sisters Ragnhild and Eldbjørg Hemsing on their quest to recreate the sound of Ole Bull Norway's most famous violinist / composer.
    I really like the way their infectious...
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    Re: Trouble with open chords and open E string

    For that reason I resorted to commissioning a Davidson mandolin with a 33mm nut, with the strings offset towards the bass side.
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    more space for the e string.

    It's not a problem for my...
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    Re: Hand Lotion and Strings

    My wife & son have issues with the alcohol based stuff wrecking their skin & making it sore.
    They swapped to using gloves & treating those as if they are their hands. So moving about between shop,...
  24. Thread: Voice Training

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    Re: Voice Training

    I've been spending some time using resoursces from here; https://www.becomesingers.com/

    definitely worth a look.
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    Re: Case for mandocaster

    Thanks for the feedback Ray. So do you reckon a decent enough step up from a padded gig bag or similar?
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