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  1. Re: Irish trad musicians that use Blue Chip TAD 40 pick

    I've been using a TAD 35 and it's been working out great as an all around pick, I have a zouk and a banjo too, the pick is an .88 I believe so a good in between. On mandolin I was previously using...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Unfortunately, simply "feeling" the mandolin's vibration using your hands or body is no way to assess the loudness of the instrument. And your ears cannot necessarily be trusted in such cases, either...
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    Re: Is this too junky (ebay find lol)

    Those are terrible. Stay well clear of it.
  4. “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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    A Willing Vessel

    I think I first became interested in a mandola when the snakehead H2, nicknamed “The Centaur,” turned up at ETSU back in 2015:
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    Re: Monel strings

    I've tried the Curt Mangan and Martin Monel mandolin strings (not the D'Addarios yet) and felt the Mangans were quite a bit better than the Martins. Seemed like better tone, volume and presence to...
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    Re: Monel strings

    +1 for Curt Mangan monel strings. They sound fantastic on my Weber Scarlet River...better than the D’Addario phosphorus I had been using. Not sure about the loudness, but the monel add an extra...
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    Re: Monel strings

    I tried several strings on my A mandolin. It is a great mandolin but leans toward the modern sound and I like the traditional dry woody sound. With the Curt Mangan Monel strings I get close to that...
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    Fine as frog's hair ...

    ... the figured back of this Girouard from the classifieds. Wow.

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    Girouard G5 Concert

    A new mandolin family instrument has been added to The Music Emporium inventory:

    Girouard G5 Concert

    View instrument...
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    Re: Northfield mandolins

    I had an F5s and an F2s. Nice mandolins. I still have the flat top octave, but the mandolins are gone.........victims of Ellis infatuation. LOL.
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Thank you everyone. Yes I'm here and appreciate all your help. I was busy practicing before LOL.
    The consensus seems to be that I should stay with what I have, it is after all a lovely instrument....
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    Re: 75 Gibson F-5

    No one can know for sure how successful (or unsuccessful) a revoicing would be, even by someone who knows their stuff like Randy Wood. Also... no one can tell you what's best for you.

    If it were...
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    Re: Old Wave Mandoins & Bill Bussmann

    Entered the Jehovah Witness Protection Program recently, still pushing the mandala forward....Happy new year!
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    Maybe you could switch gears, rather than putting it down, if you really don't feel like putting it down.

    For example, stop playing the tune and focus on technique - maybe tremolo - and work on...
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    Re: Flop Eared Mule -- by Stephen Foster (?!?!?!)

    Thanks, Hank. That's news to me.
    There are quite a few tunes with a similar history, moving from one style of music and another. In the 1990's, I asked my Folklore students in Newfoundland what tune...
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    Re: New Mandolin Day - Ellis

    Update: I've been playing this Ellis nonstop now for 3 weeks and I can't imagine ever wanting or needing anything else other than another Ellis. I am soooooo happy with this Mandolin. Thank you...
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    Re: An interesting accessory...

    My wife hates my mandolin playing. The frequencies get to her. I play guitar and she loves it. I still play, but less when she's around.
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    Wow a strange derailment of this thread! Somehow we got to macho motorcycles and lawn equipment.

    I can say that I don't use any internal combustion engines anywhere near my mandolins. What I...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    :disbelief:.....:popcorn:.......:mandosmiley:
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    Exactly, that is all that is needed. The "pivot." Watch an old Bill Monroe video. To assist with this all the old school players wear their strap over their right shoulder, NOT their left like...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    Y'all know how I feel about the T'Gard......it's not the theory I object to, it is the execution. Let's see take a $10K mandolin and put a $75 bracket on it.....and EVERYBODY somehow thinks this is...
  23. Re: Of your favorite instruments that qualify for this site...

    I play an oval hole A at home, its also the mandolin I carry to the grandkids house when I sit for them. I think its got great sound and good volume, but its older and has been around the block a...
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    i love playing mandolin

    i have had health problems on and off for several years. i felt awfull much of today, but when i got home i pulled out four favourite mandolins and played them all back and forth, and it made my...
  25. Re: Of your favorite instruments that qualify for this site...

    My usual and the one that I would play at home and at a gig, should I have one that calls for a mandolin—most of my gigs these days are fiddle and guitar, rarely mandolin:

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