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    Re: Better tone with light strings?

    Yup. Depends on the player and instrument. I do think my oval hole A Jr. sounds better with lights. The Flatiron prefers medium or medium heavy.

    Am the same way with guitars. For a number of...
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    Re: Weber Hyalite (octave?) mandolin

    Yeah, looks like an octave. The closeup of the headstock shows wound A strings.

    Looks like it was a left handed instrument from the factory that is now strung righty. Wonder if the bridge saddle...
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    No problem at all. In fact, I still jam and perform playing 2 finger chords. Not on everything, but for G and C, yup. It's the way my mentor/teacher plays and I do the same thing.

    Then again, I...
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    Re: Dunlop 500 .96mm

    Might give these Dunlops a try. Have been using Primetone .96 and 1.0 smooth for a while now. Seem to work well on my modern mandolins. Pretty surprising because I was fairly confirmed BC user for...
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    Re: Estate sale find in Ohio -- maybe

    It's a 000-18. Back is visible through the soundhole and definitely mahogany. And the fingerboard inlay pattern is different between the two. As well as the -28 series should have an ebony bridge and...
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    Re: Acquired a Strad-O-Lin

    Wow. that's a nice looking one. Yes, the bridge should be adjustable. Wonder if the prior owner just wanted really low action? Am sure others can help you figure out where to find the hardware if you...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    The few Northfield mandolins I've been lucky enough to try out have all sounded special. A friend had a Big Mon at a workshop and it was better than my Collings MT and gave up nothing to a couple of...
  8. Re: nice comparison of two NF Big Mons-englemann vs Red spruce to

    Really nice comparison. Would be hard to decide which I'd want. Both sound really good.
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    Re: Eastman Octave MDO-305

    For strings, try D'Addario EJ72 mandola strings. Just heavier enough. Will probably need to file the nut a touch to get everything to sit correctly. That was the first change on mine. Also have a...
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    Re: String change frequency

    It depends on the player and the instrument. For the oval hole A Jr. it can probably go a year between string changes. Most of the time, try to get about 2 to 3 months on the other mandolins. And...
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    Re: New Octave Mandolin Day

    Very cool. Keep thinking about it. Seeing yours makes me drool even more.
  12. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    Nothing wrong with the clarinet. It's used in Finnish music too. Our band has one occasionally. If the person has the free time to play with us.
  13. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    Probably only in the past year plus, with two bands where I play mandolin. Yes, I still own some guitars and will play them at jams and even gigs when needed.

    But if I think about music these...
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    Re: No motivation

    It is tough, but hopefully this will pass. Was in a very similar situation. With no jams or shows to either play or attend, it can be tough. Like others have said, find another outlet to help take...
  15. Re: Help identifying the Gibson Mando in this YouTube performance

    Looks to be an earlier Gibson A. You should be able to find one of those (or an A Jr.) if you look enough. An A Jr. is even more plain looking than the regular A. But they should sound very similar....
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    Re: Double Standard

    I've probably mentioned this before, but a friend has a J-45 that is held together with JB Weld. Or maybe Bondo. It's been that way for probably 25 to 30 years. And it's one of the greatest sounding...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    I understand that. Was addicted to the Hokey Pokey for a while. But I turned myself around. And it seems like "Somewhere Else" is related to a request I get all the time - they keep asking if I can...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    If my wife is around, will have her sing Metsakukkia while I play melody behind her. Otherwise, my first few go to pieces are often Ringnesen Reinlender, Ellin Polkka, Mouth of the Tobique or Reel de...
  19. Re: What Do You Use for Editing Standard Notation

    I use Musescore 3. Like JL277z said, all the instructions are out there, just finding it is the tough part. Took me the devil of a time to transcribe a tune where there was one short measure at the...
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    Re: Buy without trying

    Have purchased a couple of mandolins without trying them. However, I had enough experience to know what I was likely getting. Still not my first way of doing things, but these days, it's just the way...
  21. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    Agree with some others here, plateaus happen. All the above suggestions are good and have done them. And sometimes it's just enough to go back to the basic tunes you first learned and just play them...
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    Re: Cafe face masks

    Yup. Got one heading my way, too. Like Charles, I might be wearing mine with my cap. Or more likely my Minnesota Twins cap or straw fedora.
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Others have said it better, but the difference in sound between a Collings and vintage Gibson is vast. Now, I like both. My Collings isn't an oval, but I wouldn't hesitate to play Irish music on it...
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    Re: Goodwill Gibson A

    Yeah, it's just me, but the only way I shop on-line Goodwill items is through eBay. The Seattle store and a couple of others do put very fair prices on books. Possibly because folks want physical...
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    Re: Goodwill Gibson A

    My mistake. Sorry about that.
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