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    Re: Curt Mangan Medium Strings !

    If my experience is anything to go by you'll really enjoy it when it arrives. And you've upgraded bits and pieces, I see. That's the joy of a custom order ! I've been sorely tempted by his guitar...
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    Re: Curt Mangan Medium Strings !

    Haven't tried the monels - just medium phosphor bronze - labelled as 'Fusion Matched' phosphor bronze. Reckon the 'Fusion' thing is just marketing hype ! I spend my time between Ireland and the UK...
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    Re: Curt Mangan Medium Strings !

    I've been using Curt Mangan phosphor bronze on a Girouard mandolin and a Girouard mandola for a while now. Tried J 74s on the mandolin but went back to the Mangans. A little bit warmer and mellower...
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    Re: Girouard Mandolins

    I have a Girouard A5 Concert model mandolin finished in 2015. At the end of 2016 I decided to get a new mandola and custom ordered an oval hole from Max. Probably can't give a higher recommendation...
  5. Re: Best wood type for a mandolin for trad music that's a warm so

    I had Max Girouard build a custom mandola earlier this year for use in Irish trad and old time fiddle tunes (what I call Irish trad with an American accent). Over a few weeks, last December, we sent...
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    Re: Ciaran Curran & Fintan McManus

    Apologies Mike - crossed wires. It's Dermot Byrne who is in Canada at moment touring with 3TiR. They were in Ontario til last week but have moved west now.
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    Re: Ciaran Curran & Fintan McManus

    Mike,

    Just spent 3 weeks on the west coast of Clare in Ireland, playing in sessions and drinking the night away with Dermot Byrne - like having a piece of Altan sat in front of you. He's in...
  8. Re: Visiting Cornwall, Ireland, snd Scotland in Oct-Nov 2017

    For Ireland I couldn't put it better than the poet Seamus Heaney did:

    'And sometime make the time to drive out west
    Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
    In September or October ...... '
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    Re: Andy Tobin Cedar Bouzouki Build Diary

    I have one of Andy's 5 course citterns - a really versatile alternative to the bouzouki - shorter scale length which makes it a bit more manageable and the option of a low growling bass when you want...
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