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    Re: Nick Dumasís New Album

    If you’re wondering where you can get it... Nick has a new website: www.nickdumasmusic.com
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    Nick Dumasís New Album

    I just got my hands on the new solo album that Nick Dumas just released and it is definitely worth checking out. It is full of great tunes and also has top notch musicians on it as well. I love the...
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    Re: Opinion on nickel vs. gold aesthetics

    Just another case where you need a mando with each! :whistling:
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    I’m looking all over my mandolins for a switch....:crying:
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    Look, all this banjo dissing has got to stop. There are so many reasons to own and play one. You can threaten children into good behavior both by telling them you’ll start playing one if they don’t...
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    What's taking you so long in there?

    https://youtu.be/PAhXXHqUIgk

    YeahÖ

    I didnít realize the mandolin would be so loud outside, it might have been funnier if it was muffled some.

    Oh, and this video doesnít accurately reflect...
  7. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    Man, those terrified tops on the Ellis mandolins really scream.
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    Re: Parting with a beloved mandolin

    Personally, I think it very dangerous to dispose of an instrument you love before you have fallen for the new one. I too am retired, on a fixed income and an RV owner. I assume, however, that my...
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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    Polarized filter.
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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    Diffusion lighting, like a white sheet stretched over a frame and lighting it from behind is part of movie making magic..
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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    I use 2 light stands, one to each side of the instrument, two lights per stand, all shining on the instrument at about a 45 degree angle. The height, spacing and angle of the lights can be adjusted...
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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    Take your mandolins and some posterboard, cloth, or something you can make smooth and is typically all one colour, then go out in the sun, work the angles so that the sun fills the environment, and...
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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    Trevor has it sussed - http://www.theacousticmusicco.co.uk/q21
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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    Natural light (if possible) and/or camera angles are key. When photographing indoors, avoiding harsh direct light with little tricks like covering overhead lights with a sheet or paper, or even...
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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    To photograph shiny things, you don't shine light on the thing. You light the environment, which is reflected in the thing. A sheet with a light source aimed at it, placed as close to your object as...
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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    It's best if you use natural lighting. Is there somewhere you can take them outdoors? Then make sure the glossy area you want to photograph is not facing directly to the sun. Or take them in a shady...
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    This is proof that there needs to be better background checks on banjo sales. Open carry banjo is actually more dangerous than concealed banjos. But there should be a limit to the number of strings...
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    Re: Prettiest Peghead Inlays Ever

    To each his own, to me it's a bridge too far. Maybe two. Give me a classic fern.
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    Re: Please help! Fixing my pick direction

    Here is a little video I created that has an exercise I believe would help you. I am going to make a separate thread for it, but figured it was relevant here.

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    Re: looking to move, but I have no clue where ?.

    Life is a tradeoff. Lose pastrami, gain BBQ.
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    Re: Out of my league

    Pretty sure I'd need a lobster bib.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    I much prefer the company of a fine mandolin over the public.
  23. Thread: Picking faster?

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    Re: Picking faster?

    FWIW, it's my general goal to eventually get here:
    https://youtu.be/tlq62fA_zCU

    https://youtu.be/tlq62fA_zCU
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    :popcorn:
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    Re: Does Praying Help Find Your Blue Chip?

    Prayer is more effective when accompanied by a sacrifice or burnt offering. Consider giving up on social media for a week. Alternatively, set fire to a banjo. This will impress the gods of lost picks.
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