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    Re: From Violin to Mandolin - Questions

    I think going from violin to mandolin is much easier than going the other way. I recommend a bowl back for classical playing. To my ear arch tops, whether oval hole or f hole, have too much depth, at...
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    Re: A Newcomer to Mandolin Asks the Experts

    Here is my heartfelt advice. I know for a fact this is right, both in my experience and in the experience related to me by many many others.

    Don't wait till you get to the point where you can sit...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    My process has been to get the last mandolin I will ever need. I've done that a good five or six times now.
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    Re: Newbie: Which electric-acoustic to buy?

    I agree with that. Get the best sounding mandolin you can, and put a mic in front of it.

    Electric-acoustic is often a compromise in both the all acoustic sound and the onboard electrics, so I...
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    Re: How much do you practice?

    Except recently, I make sure i am behind a mandolin at least once a day. A jam or sometimes two a week and a rehearsal once a week and the remaining days I practice at home.

    Two things have...
  6. Re: Why do L&H Model A, B, & C owners use TI mittels and not star

    I use the Thomastic mittels, mostly because that is what the fellow I bought it from strongly recommended. I have not tried the stark.
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    My opinion, and what I do. I am firmly in the start with the melody crowd. (for most kinds of music) By knowing the melody you have an idea of the narrative of the tune, and where the drama is. What...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Why on earth would future generations not have label envy?
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    Re: Thoughts on String Gauges

    Several thoughts.

    Ultimately the decision is yours and the right to change your mind is yours. It does not matter how many others are doing it. :)

    I think you can get used to anything, and any...
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    Re: Kudos to our administrators and moderators

    For years I was "blissfully ignorant" of how bad it can get. I have recently spent some time on another site which is not as well moderated as this, and it feels like this place is shelter in a storm.
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    Re: Daily Cleaning Routine

    It is only an investment if you plan to sell it. I plan to keep mine for ever.

    Likely if I saw them as investments I would take superb care of them. I might even be afraid to play them. :)
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    Re: Daily Cleaning Routine

    Not a whole lot. After playing I typically dust and wipe the instrument and strings down with a Nomad.

    I never ever take all my strings off the instrument. I change them one string at a time,...
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    Re: tunes for electric mandolin

    I entirely agree. And that is the problem. In musics where the electric guitar wears the trousers, there is already an electric guitar, or the expectation of an electric guitar. The electric mandolin...
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    Re: Favourite effects for electrics.

    I have one pedal that is actually saving me money.

    I had been jonesing for an electric octave. Instead I bought a POG octave pedal.

    This thing is fantastic, you can immediately play an octave...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    I guess I am contrary to the sentimentalism of "one" mandolin. I have more than one, not a lot, but more than a few. Their forever-ness is not reduced because there is more than one. Absent being...
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    Re: tunes for electric mandolin

    I struggle with this. I picked up a Fender MandoStrat before the prices went up, and I love messing with it. But even after thinking hard about it I have yet to find a niche where the electric is the...
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    Re: Vintage Martin vs. Gibson

    I am not a fan of the longer necks. The instrument feels to me like a large spoon, with all the weight at one end. The shorter necks give the feeling of compactness. A small package capable of great...
  18. Re: Looking for Mandolin Recommendations that hold their value

    My thought would be to spend as little as possible till I knew what I wanted. Borrow one from a friend and play it regularly or maybe rent one if possible. I see some libraries are lending musical...
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    Re: Early 1900s mandolins

    It so much depends on how the mandolin has been taken care of in the last 120 years. What has been its exposure to high humidity, extremely low humidity, extreme temperatures and temperature changes....
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    That is my observation as well. I do not play catch and release. I buy for love and for keeps. So for me the eventual value down the road is irrelevant. And the extent that any customization may...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Here it is:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt2zubHcER4
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    I think in many cases it comes from what instruments one played before mandolin.

    I came from woodwinds. And to a woodwind the world of music is a single note melody. Harmonies and chords are all...
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    Re: Dynamics for a beginner

    So here is a thought.

    Play softly. Instead of trying to add dynamic range by making the loud louder. I know I can get in the habit of playing loud all the time and it begins to feel like that is...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Fewer strings gives more flexibility. Three courses gives you all the up and down the neck positions, and one move side ways across the neck. Two courses gives you the same up and down the neck, but...
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    Re: Again with the picks

    The kind of pick that works in a small group or playing at home, where the tone qualities can be heard may not be the optimum pick for a large jam session, where cutting through may be more important...
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