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    Re: Experiences with J74's on a big muddy?

    I have a Big Muddy M-11 and I am running J74s. It is the type of strings that it had when I got it, so I just haven't changed. As mentioned above, no issues.

    I like the tone of the M-11. Mine...
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    Re: Road Trip

    Get the last mandolin you will ever want. Every single time.

    I have done that a few times now.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Paddy Won't You Drink Some Good Old Cider - This is a fun tune.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KwnQmdaArY
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    Re: Mandolin Up-Cycling

    Sacrilege would be to paint the mandolin shaped objects blue and sell them as decorative art pieces. Sacrilege would be to cover them in bling and try to sell them as great mandolins.

    Good luck...
  5. Re: Helping out a mandolin themed film: Jacob's First Mandolin

    The movie gives the mandolin a context. That is great.

    When someone at work tells you their kid is learning guitar, there is a whole context that comes to mind, about the struggle, about social...
  6. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    A lot of things happening out your way it seems.

    https://arbutusfolkschool.org/music-resources/#jamsessions
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    I showed up help replace the floor at a coffeehouse I was part of. I was told I have the cleanest tools for man my age that were ever seen.
  8. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    I see there are two books called Chop Wood Carry Water. Its this one I read, many years ago. I see now another one, different author, but similar message. Spiritual fulfilment in everyday activities,...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    I wouldn't relic a mandolin, or buy one because it was reliced, all other boxes checked I would not hesitate to buy one just because it was reliced.
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    Re: Question about pinky use...

    In an example as you give I always use the pinky.

    Except in first position, where the choice is pinky or next open string, and I learned the tune in first position, I might then use the open...
  11. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    Great advice from folks. I think, however, there is one thing to add.

    I think it kind of gets in the way to think of practicing as an activity whose purpose is the improvement of a different...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    I have all natural wear on my instruments. If anything, I would be tempted to clean them up a bit, because for the amount of time I have been playing this thing, I should be much much better.
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    In the controversy over the concept of an instrument "opening up" over time, I have not heard the alleged improvement in tone to be associated with physical wear to the surface of the instrument. A...
  14. Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    Mahogany flat top double neck mandolin/guitar. Plain jane.
  15. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    Much of this is personal preference. The trade off between ease of play and volume for example. One mandolinner I know uses light strings on mandolins fully capable of handling medium or even heavy....
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    Re: Mandolin to Violin

    Working valiantly on learning fiddle made me a better mandolinner!!
  17. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    It doesn't only change the tone on the instrument, but string gauge also affects the feel of the instrument, how hard it is to push the strings down behind the fret, how much vigor it takes to pluck...
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    Re: Anchor a finger on the pit guard or not?

    It is commonly done, but not really recommended.

    I planted for years, and later only planted for really hard passages, and now I don't plant much.

    I have shared my thoughts on less than optimum...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    The story is that someone early on told Andy Statman to remove the pickguard, but years later in conversation with Andy, denied it. Something like that. In some versions of this story it is David...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Over the top, but not, unfortunately, unrealistic.

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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    If you mean at the base of the neck where it connects to the body, I agree, as I was taught that. And I handle all fiddles, mandolins, and guitars, mine or yours, the same way.
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    Re: Modernizing an A-4. Yes or No?

    It all depends on how you see yourself. If you are a collector, or an investor, don't mess with it. If you are a player, well do what you gotta do.
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    When I started working for a large electric utility, I was issued a hard hat. On my way to my first assignment I pulled over and rubbed the hard hat in the gravel a bit, just to take the shine off.
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    Re: Mandolin to Violin

    I have been mandolinning since forever. But a few years back I took fiddle lessons, and gave it a good three year try. The bowing was the killer.

    Fiddle doesn't do anything for you: you start the...
  25. Re: Remined of yet another cool thing about Frank Solivan

    Similarly I had a reputable luthier look at my fiddle. He grabbed the bridge which was at a slight angle, and straightened it, without detuning the strings. I almost needed my spare pants.
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