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  1. Re: Long term planning for 1st mandolin and uke GDAE in the meant

    If you get an Eastman 305 (or 304, I like the sweeter sound of the oval hole) from the Mandolin Store or another place that does quality setups, you are probably set for some time. You may not feel...
  2. Re: Eastman MD604 with P/U - Very Excited - Where to start

    Hi Tim. I'm pretty new too, but have developed a few favorites. First of all, do you have a musical preference? If you're straight bluegrass or old time, you'll get different recommendations than if...
  3. Re: Happy Birthday Dennis Vance, hoping for a transplant

    Happy birthday, Dennis. And even more important, get well. I now have 3 mandolins and the best one with the best setup came from the Mandolin Store.

    Jim
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    Re: Developing Finger Independence

    I'm new here and certainly don't want to act like the expert. I will just say that having played guitar off and on since 1961. I'm accustomed to using all my left-hand fingers for chords. Using my...
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    Re: Best brand for upgrade

    Actually, I pretty much agree with mandoplumb. Except for the part about disagreeing with myself. I hope Tim will go to Elderly and try out a few, after making a phone call out of courtesy.

    If you...
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    Re: Best brand for upgrade

    Hi Tim (assuming your screen name is your real name):

    I was in a similar situation a few months ago. I wound up getting an Eastman MD504 from The Mandolin Store and could not be happier. You are...
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    Re: Can you recommend a good chord book?

    Thanks everyone. I've ordered the book Charley referenced in post #14.

    Jim
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    Re: Can you recommend a good chord book?

    Thanks for the replies. I'm really looking for a physical book because a fair amount of my playing takes place at a house where there is no wifi and a spotty cell connection. I want to be able to...
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    Can you recommend a good chord book?

    Greetings everyone.

    I'd really like to get a good mandolin chord book. But every time I start reading reviews, I find that everything that looked promising falls apart when someone notes that...
  10. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Glad you asked, for two reasons:

    1. I have wondered this too and will eagerly await responses.

    2. I never get tired of recommending John Hiatt. His album "Crossing Muddy Waters" is just...
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    Re: String change frequency

    I'm pretty new to this mandolin stuff, but have played guitar since 1961 and banjo off and on since the '70s. My thinking is that mandolin strings should get about the same changing frequency as the...
  12. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    I am just now realizing the mandolin is my main squeeze.

    I started playing guitar at 12 and -- except for a long break when kids and work and Little League, etc., took over -- have kept at it....
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    Re: Easiest Strings to Play?

    Phileejo (OP):

    Lots of good advice above. I'm new too and have no reason to argue with any of it. However, I thought the advice of pops1 (post 11) was particularly good. Just because you lowered...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    Thanks, Kevin. I think I'll ask my favorite luthier/guitar tech in Grants Pass to do that for me. I've had him do that to several guitars and he only charges me $5.

    I tried Steve's method and...
  15. Re: Favorite websites, books and YouTube channels

    I don't read standard notation. Tab is fine, but I try not to depend on it. Learning by ear and watching videos is good for learning songs.

    But I want to learn about technique and the instrument...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    Thanks, Steve. That looks like what I should do. I'll have to tune down the strings tomorrow to provide some slack, then get some kind of twine in there.

    Jim
  17. Favorite websites, books and YouTube channels

    Greetings everyone. At age 71, I'm a true beginner on mandolin, with a lot of unfocused (but fun) time on guitar and banjo over the last 50 years. I'm really enjoying the mandolin over the past...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    Thanks for the tip, Bill.

    To everyone: I am having one problem, and that is that I'm finding no way to attach a strap to the peghead or under the fretboard extension. There isn't any cavity under...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    Thanks for joining in the joy, everyone. It really is a whole different world from my $89 Hola off Amazon. It's kind of like ditching your mom's old Fairlane beater for a new Mustang. (I guess you...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    Hello everyone. Took delivery (or rather, found a box in the driveway) yesterday. What a thing of beauty. Sings like an angel, plays like a dream.

    As a reminder, it's an Eastman MD504.

    Jim
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    Re: Mandolin Set Up Ebook and Mandolin Users

    Rob sent me his e-book a couple of days ago and I've read the whole thing once, then scanned through for specific areas of interest. I've got to say I'm pretty impressed with this effort.

    Right...
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    Re: String recommendations

    Thanks for your thoughts everyone. As a couple of you said, there's a good chance my fretting problem is related to setup issues. I look forward to getting the Eastman tomorrow (fingers crossed) with...
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    String recommendations

    I know a mess of people swear by the D'Addario J74s, but I'm wondering what other brands or gauges are popular. Can anybody tell me what their favorite strings are and why? I'm mostly looking for...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    OK, friends and neighbors. The deed is done. I just ordered the Eastman MD504 from The Mandolin Store. Now comes the hard part, waiting.
    ...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    Thanks, Steve. The MD404 does look like a great value. If I have it right, though, that one has a black top and I love the wood grain I'm seeing in the 304 and 504 pics. Oh, and no ham sandwich from...
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