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    Re: I bought an Octave! Now what?

    I'm probably not the best person to ask. But that won't stop me throwing my tuppence in.

    I mostly use mine for accompanying my singing so play chords more than tunes. I play a Hathway short scale...
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    Re: Octave Mando. scale lenght.

    Late to the party, but my short scale bouzouki is tuned gdae so is essentially an octave mando and comes in at 590mm.

    Makes melodies a real stretch, but the sound is lovely. I bought it more for...
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    Re: 3 Best Recordings of Irish Accompaniment

    For someone who is not a particularly skilled or technically knowledgeable musician, with no intention of using the guitar for this, how useful is the book & CD?

    I ask because it seems exactly...
  4. Re: Reliable source of tunes as played at sessions in the UK

    [QUOTE=James Rankine;1648521]English, Irish , Scottish or mixed session?/QUOTE]

    My old sessions were mostly scots/Irish so I'm more familiar with the tunes. I'm prepared to give most things a go...
  5. Re: Reliable source of tunes as played at sessions in the UK

    That's brilliant. My google-fu is weak and turned up very little. I'll get in touch with some of these.

    Cheers
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    Re: How long is a piece of string?

    I'll make sure I bear that in mind
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    Thanks David, I'll take a good look at that.
  8. Re: Reliable source of tunes as played at sessions in the UK

    Thanks, I'll take a look at that. That's almost precisely what I'm after. Is Faversham an area you visit much?
  9. Re: Reliable source of tunes as played at sessions in the UK

    Thanks to everyone for their feedback. Sessions seem pretty thin on the ground round here (Hampshire, UK) so I'm keen to be learning things while I look for somewhere to play.

    Ideally I'd like to...
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    Re: How long is a piece of string?

    But which end?

    More seriously, how do you go about cleaning strings?


    Given that I'm playing for about an hour a day, and probably haven't developed a particularly delicate technique, it seems...
  11. Reliable source of tunes as played at sessions in the UK

    I'm a long time-bodhran player who played in sessions for many years in Glasgow but have been away from the scene for a while. I've recently become the happy owner of an OM and, while it was...
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    How long is a piece of string?

    I know I've answered my own question in the title but I'd like to ask:

    How long do your strings last before they need to be replaced?

    I ask because I'm a very happy new owner of a Hathway short...
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    Re: Capo for Octave/Bouzouki

    It doesn't seem to have caused any issues so far. It may be that the Hathway has a relatively narrow neck.



    I'm in Winchester, so not that much further up the road. If you're happy to spend...
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    Re: Bouzouki purchase advice.

    When I was with Paul in February, we talked about this so it's definitely on his radar but I wouldn't want to put words in his mouth. He's good at answering emails so give him a shout.
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    Re: Buying a bouzouki in Ireland - advice

    Having just gone through a similar process, I completely agree with dagger.

    You're into a kind of no man's land between higher end mass produced instruments and entry level hand built ones.

    I...
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    Re: Buying a bouzouki in Ireland - advice

    I have a Paul Hathway short scale bouzouki and am very happy with it. I recall it being 795. Which is close to your budget depending on how the exchange rates are at the moment.

    I had a long chat...
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    Re: Andy Tobin Custom Large Body Bouzouki

    Wow. That is truly lovely
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    Re: Pick preference on octave?

    It's still early doors for me in terms of finding my way with these things, so all of the following may change a lot.

    I've basically carried over my picks from the acoustic guitar and am using a...
  19. Re: New Celtic music podcast: "Music at the Crossroads"

    Patrick,

    It would be really interesting to pick a single tune or song and see how it's been reinterpreted over the years, particularly if it's one where the melody or arrangement has evolved with...
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    Re: Capo for Octave/Bouzouki

    Nice. Definitely on the list if I find the stubborn doesn't work for me.
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    Re: Capo for Octave/Bouzouki

    That seems pretty unanimous. Thanks for the feedback.

    I've ordered the Shubb C5 banjo/mando from Eagle. We'll see if it works.
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    Capo for Octave/Bouzouki

    I know this is a very similar title to a thread down the list but that one ended up being more about strings, so I thought I'd start another to ask this question.

    I've just bought a Hathway short...
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    Re: My first OM: a series of daft questions

    That was very much the experience I had with it: they sang to me. I spent much longer working out which one I wanted than whether I was going to get something. Paul is a lovely man to deal with.
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    Re: My first OM: a series of daft questions

    No, I forgot to include it. 590mm (~23 1/4").
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    Re: My first OM: a series of daft questions

    I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who answered my long string of questions at the end of last year. I thought you'd like to hear an update.

    I went back to Hobgoblin and had a...
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