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  1. Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    MandoLessons has YouTube videos of him playing fiddle tunes from simple to complex. He’ll play the simple version as he teaches it on another video, then each iteration he will change things - adding...
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    Re: New member saying Hi

    Did you buy this book new? (Maybe it doesn't matter if you bought it new. A lot of these books that have been published for a while used to have a record inside, but now provide the audio online. I...
  3. Re: Resonance of a fiddle vs mandolins (wow)

    Yes, I'm aware of those differences. I was still amazed at the richness and volume of a low-end fiddle (even if it seems to be a nicer-than-average-sounding low-end fiddle) compared to some very nice...
  4. Re: Funny reference to Bluegrass in mystery novel

    I'll check her out!
  5. Resonance of a fiddle vs mandolins (wow)

    On Friday I took a day trip to a music store that might have a bigger selection of higher-end mandolins than any other music store in Missouri (that store is Morgan Music in Lebanon, MO) and...
  6. Funny reference to Bluegrass in mystery novel

    I'm working my way through a crime series by British writer, Mark Billingham. The policeman/hero loves gritty older American country music, especially Johnny Cash. In "The Burning Girl" from 2004,...
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    Re: Kimble a5 captured in the Wild!

    Yes, I think you got a great price! The few Kimble A’s I’ve seen in the past year have been closer to $5k, and not with a Carlton case.
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    Re: Kimble a5 captured in the Wild!

    Congratulations! I tried out a Kimble A last summer and loved it (Sadly it wasn’t for sale.). How much did this one set you back?
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    Re: Strap recommendations?

    I’ve bought a dozen different straps for A and F style mandolins but currently have Lakota straps on my two mandolins and one mandola. I love the look and feel.
  10. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    I have been playing an MD315 for over a year and I actually love the trebles - strong, loud, pure and sweet all the way up the neck. Part of that might be due to using heavy strings on the E and A...
  11. Thread: 3 models

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    Re: 3 models

    I love the looks! I’m wondering, though, about the choice of screwing the tailpiece to the face instead of to the bottom edge. Attaching to the face wouldn’t seem to be as structurally sound.
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    Re: Odd problem with treble pairs

    I thought about taking the mandolin back to Mass Street to have them check the bridge and maybe fix or replace it, but I just ordered a Cumberland Bridge. Not all that expensive and good reputation. ...
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    Re: Odd problem with treble pairs

    I do that all the time! :)
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    Re: Odd problem with treble pairs

    Yeah, that part of the statement was totally tongue-in-cheek! :)
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    Re: Odd problem with treble pairs

    I just ordered a Cumberland Acoustic bridge. Fingers crossed that it fixes this weird problem and that I am then fabulously happy with this mandolin and never crave a mandolin upgrade again! :)
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    Odd problem with treble pairs

    I had a one-man shop make a mandolin for me this fall. The mandolin has good bass, but the treble pairs are weaker than on my MD315. On closer inspection, the two strings of the A pair seem out of...
  17. Re: Installing a K&K internal with a James tailpiece

    I installed a K&K in my Eastman MD315. I started off trying to enlarge the tailpiece hole with a hand reamer, but ended up buying a good step bit. I was amazed how easily and cleanly the step bit...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    I saw your teaser pic with the carbon fiber mandolin. Did I miss any other info? If not, how soon before more info might be released?
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    Re: Introducing the Sorensen VX

    Love that two-piece quilted Red Maple! Sweet!
  20. “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    The Mandolin Cafe administrator teased with this line before the NAMM show. I must confess my apparent ignorance for not seeing how the finally released info was anything that would “rock the...
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    Re: Gifted mandolin

    I love it! What a cool instrument!
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    Yes, I’ve seen good mandolin players use capos for that purpose. I even have a capo in my mandolin case for just such a need but haven’t used it yet. :)
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    I’ve heard of musicians tuning their instruments down for the feeling of floppier strings.

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    I’ve heard of musicians tuning their instruments down for the feeling of...
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    Well, sort of, lol. If you like using open strings and drones on your mandolin, then D is not equal to E-flat. :)
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    Fortunately I haven't had to deal with any musicians like that. What keys does he play in? I suppose you could tune down a half-step yourself? Otherwise just embrace up-the-neck closed-position...
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