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    Re: Mike Compton changed my pick grip

    At that level the grip variation may be all about subtle differences in tone.

    It is often remarked that top level players have a distinct tone with any mandolin they pick up. Pick grip must be...
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    Re: Refret Considerations

    The Ike Bacon mandolin I just got has some notched frets. Gold colored and 1mm tall by 2mm wide it appears to match EVO Gold fretwire which I see on...
  3. Re: Lengthy article on bluegrass in the Guardian (UK)

    Agree with Alex.

    I think the subtitle about protest may have mainly been a reference to the Punch Brothers. The article makes more sense if "folk music" is substituted for "bluegrass". Interesting...
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    Re: Tips for beginners 1st camp

    I certainly enjoyed meeting you, Henry. That class with Paul Glasse is a great example of something unexpected making an impact. "Circle of Fifths and Jazz Chord Progressions" seemed like a snooze...
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    Tips for beginners 1st camp

    Just over 3 months after first touching a mandolin I attended the June Oberlin ROW camp at Menucha. Here's what a beginner needs to know for this camp and likely for others:

    Learn every note from...
  6. Re: Which higher priced F style models have solid wood scrolls?

    Should a poster who mocks others' ideas saying that they deserve to be ridiculed because their ideas don't match his deserve no push back? Here's CarlM stating that the victims of denigrating attacks...
  7. Re: Which higher priced F style models have solid wood scrolls?

    Thanks for expressing your opinion, Mike. Since you didn't chant the magic words "vibrational mode" that opinion, along with the opinions of 90+% of professional players and luthiers is apparently...
  8. Re: Which higher priced F style models have solid wood scrolls?

    No surprise that someone who rushes to the defense of those denigrating a forum member for the sin of expressing an opinion at odds with their own would exhibit the same behavior himself. Personal...
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    You obviously are thinking of another thread since no one in the thread I mentioned cited either method. Chiadni patterns are widely used but weren't mentioned by the mockers. In my day we used...
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    Mr. Gilchrist would know, although I expect his remark was an oversimplification.

    In my quite limited experience many of the A's I've tried were not quite as deep as most of the F's so my small...
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    I did look at the Apitius link and he carved out additional air space in the scroll block so perhaps he was not so caviler about the function of that space as you imagine. The real wrong position on...
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    Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to see.
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    Re: Mike Compton changed my pick grip

    You may just be doing it better, getting the pick closer to the index finger knuckle. The more I do that, the more my other fingers get in the way so I'm still trying to refine this.

    He was the...
  14. Re: Which higher priced F style models have solid wood scrolls?

    Well, Br1ck there is definitely something to that. I try every mandolin I come across and from that data I can say that 1 3/16" is the most comfortable for me so I tend to seek out neck widths of 1...
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    Mandolins are partially solid and partially hollow.

    That does tell me that the commentators who puzzled me were just flat wrong. How much of the scroll is solid on most upscale mandolins?
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    Re: Mike Compton changed my pick grip

    What could be clearer? Oh yeah...

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    Re: Spruce top v's Ceder top?

    My comment is based on my belief that the "cedar" used on a cheap Chinese guitar is none of the above. All you can count on is that it is a softer wood than whatever wood they are calling "spruce".
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    Mike Compton changed my pick grip

    In the first few minutes of my first class at ROW I asked some question unrelated to pick grip which somehow led Mike to come over, check my grip and "correct" it.

    I have always held my pick...
  19. Re: Which higher priced F style models have solid wood scrolls?

    To clarify, the claim was repeatedly made that because the scrolls were solid wood they contributed no additional air volume to the body and therefore could have no effect on tone.
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    I didn't have to determine how far the hollow extended to know that it is not entirely solid wood as has been alleged.
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    Re: Spruce top v's Ceder top?

    Go with spruce. Whatever they are calling cedar will be optimal for playing with fingers and a pick might drive it into distortion.
  22. Which higher priced F style models have solid wood scrolls?

    Searching old threads for tonal differences between F and A style mandolins I kept running into the claim that "all" or "most" F style mandolins have solid wood scrolls. The two I own have hollow...
  23. Re: River of the West 2019 - Who's Going?

    Just got home. Here's the instructors, Paul Glasse (swing and jazz), Tim Connell (Brazilian choro), Mike Compton (bluegrass), and Camp founder Brian Oberlin giving a Saturday night concert. One big...
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    Re: Buying on the rebound and gambling

    After fruitlessly asking for shipping information for three weeks and filing a paypal dispute he has finally given me a shred of evidence which indicates that the mandolin may be lost in the USPS...
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    Re: Buying on the rebound and gambling

    Well, I rolled craps on the Ike Bacon. The seller had been on this forum for a year with few posts. He offered the mandolin in the classified section. We agreed on a deal. I paid him...

    That was...
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