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    Re: Maggie May - tutorial

    What app is this?
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    Re: Missing the bluegrass sound

    All of the above - sadly there are no shortcuts.

    Learn a bunch fiddle tunes (and make sure you can play them clearly before you play them fast)
    Develop your rhythm playing
    Practice making up...
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    Re: Pickup or microphone?

    We have used both. Our band is the "acoustical group that just wants to amplify a bit above the crowd noise" category. I prefer using a mic - I have an SM57 that plugs directly into our PA system....
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    Re: Wintergrass 2020 Vintage Instrument Workshop

    It's under the Learn/Worksops link on the web page. Scroll down to Saturday - 10-noon.
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    Re: Wintergrass 2020 Vintage Instrument Workshop

    Thanks for setting this up - this is always a great workshop!
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    Re: Help with Big Muddy Action/Bridge height

    Thanks pops. I checked fretting 1 and 12 together again, and taking a closer look it is as you describe - some space but very little. Big Muddy specs "Medium Light" strings - 11-16-24-38. ...
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    Re: Help with Big Muddy Action/Bridge height

    I measure about 1/16" between fret and string for both G and E at the 12th fret. Minimal space above the first fret when fretting second fret. If I fret first and 12th, i do see space at frets...
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    Re: Subscription Tutorial Sites

    I'll give a +1 for Peghead Nation. I have been subscribed to Sharon's Intermediate Bluegrass course for a few months. I really like having the video so I can see what she's doing, plus she gives a...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    I'm sure this has already been said farther up in this thread, but sometimes B or Bb is just the best key that suits the vocalist. One you start to get the hang of where the major and pentatonic...
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    Re: Help with Big Muddy Action/Bridge height

    Thanks... I'll measure when I get home.
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    Re: String recommendations for Collings MF

    Great instrument for a newbie - hopefully it will keep the MAS at bay for some time!
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    Help with Big Muddy Action/Bridge height

    I bought a Big Muddy MW-0 last year. The bridge it came with was too low... there was significant buzzing above fret 5. I contacted Mike, and he sent me some alternate bridges. I had the bridge...
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    Re: Breedlove american FO thoughts

    I'm confused. Did you buy the used Breedlove, or did you keep the Eastman?
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    My MT is tends to be pretty bright - I find the Dunlop primetone picks emphasize that brightness. For me, the D'andrea proplec 1.5mm picks give me a darker tone. I'm not suggesting a blue chip...
  15. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    Pick and string choice can also make a big difference to sound (and are relatively cheap to experiment with). Do you use a pointed or more rounded pick? Rounded may take away some of that...
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    Re: Kentucky KM 505 variations?

    I had one of the darker km-505's for a while - in around 2008. I never really bonded with it so I sold it.
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    Re: Finally Completed!

    wow! cool... congrats
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    Re: Did Bill Collings Sign All Or Some?

    Wow... all along I t hought my Collings MT label didn't have a signature, but I just looked closely and there it is! Kinda hidden by the busy label. Thanks for the tip!
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    Re: Sold my Collings and got a Pava

    Interesting. I had a similar experience with a Weber Yellowstone. I bought it at Wintergrass. Loved the sound, but after playing it for a few months it never really got comfortable to play - there...
  20. Thread: New Eastman 615

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    Re: New Eastman 615

    Looks fantastic - some day I want an instrument with block inlays. Congrats!
  21. Re: Eastman vs Eastman vs Breedlove vs “budget” vintage vs ?????

    I will add that I have gigged both ways, and much prefer a mic, which is how my whole band amplifies now. The sound is much more natural, and if there is already a sound system, you can get a used...
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    Re: Disappointment = MAS Cure

    What didn't you like about the F9?
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    Re: Common Chord shapes

    Also take a look at the Cafe's Chord Library:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/cgi-bin/chords/ch.pl
  24. Re: looking for string recommendation for a rigel

    I used to use J74s on my Rigel A+ deluxe
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    Re: First Time Cafe Seller - Returns Cost Allocation

    Beware of shipping costs these days. I recently shipped a mandolin west to east cost and it was $65.
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