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    Re: Round vs. pear shape

    Curiosity: do these shape differences provide a different tone such as flat top vs. arch top? Or are the tonal differences impacted more by other factors?
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    Re: tone woods for Octave Mandolin

    Good advice about picking a builder you trust. My builder built to my request for a red wood top of which he lacked experience. This resulted in him making the red wood top too thin which resulted in...
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    Round vs. pear shape

    I notice many of the mandolin family instruments made in Britain, Ireland, and Scotland are roundish while US instruments (A style) are more pear shaped. Any advantage tone wise for one or the other?...
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    Re: tone woods for Octave Mandolin

    Is anyone building OMs, Dolas, or even many builders using torrified wood on f style mandolins due to fear of cracking? I think I would want a red spruce top or something that has proven itself to...
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    Re: Mandolin right hand technique

    Wrist playing notes (melody).
    Combination of wrist and arm playing tremelo.
    Arm strumming chords.
    ......and not always purely as stated but certainly mostly.
    Right or wrong, I don't know, but...
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    Re: Muleskinner Mandolin Raffle!

    Played Andyís mandolins at the Green Mountain Bluegrass and Roots Festival. Nice Mandolinís. I especially liked the tone of an A model he had with him comprised of (I think) sycamore.
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    Re: Solo builders

    Lots of great builders with reputations that make you want a build from all of them. Many of whom are active here on the Cafe. Find a reference to a particular builder here on the Cafe and then begin...
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    Re: New MD-305

    Congrats
    I derived much pleasure from my 305.
    A 304 makes a good addition.
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    Re: Sold my Collings and got a Pava

    Sold my Collings to get a Stiver. Was happy with my Collings. I have yet to receive my Stiver. I’m betting I like my Stiver better as it is being built to my preference. I also know and like the...
  10. Re: Here's why you are an amazing mandolin picker but still dumb

    I wish my parents had been “tigers” forcing me to play and practice an instrument. It would have kept me from being a street wise urchin doing things that would have put me in serious trouble in...
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    Re: Travel to Europe

    I doubt if anything will happen. I have traveled throughout Europe with no issues. Someone did advise me to carry a copy of regulations. I did not, but it is probably good advice.
    If you do have a...
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    As Doug C says, 'enjoy the challenge". He is correct that it can be a challenge due to very little in the way of written material. Compared to guitar, mandolin, prior to the internet, I thought had...
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    Re: Mandolin for absolute newbie

    Does not mean it is not laminate.
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    Re: Mandolin for absolute newbie

    $350 US
    Do you have a friend in Michigan you can have it shipped to?
    I don’t know about the other fees you mentioned. I bought a used case for (I think) $300 US from Ontario a year or two ago with...
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    Re: Mandolin for absolute newbie

    Hold off this month on 2 cases of Canadian beer, and spend another Canadian $100. There is a Kentucky 150 that just posted today in the Cafe classifies for $350. My suggestion is to not waste your...
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    Re: Help a Beginner?

    I agree with all of the advice given. Especially the part about quality instruction to avoid the pitfalls of Learning bad habits. I want to emphasize learning rhythm early on allowing you to jam with...
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    Now, learning is when the fun really begins and best of all, learning never ends.
    Chris Thile said, “if he plays less than 2 hours per day, he is going backwards “.
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    Re: Help a Beginner?

    For classical you will almost have to learn to read notation. Easier than you may think. The harder part is learning muscle memory for reading, but not really too hard. (At least it’s wasn’t for me....
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    Re: Hiscox cases

    I think it is dependent upon the airline, the people working, and whether or not that person working is having a good day. The last time I flew from Pa to Calif 18 months ago (I do not recall the...
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    Re: Billy Strings new album - Home

    Great musicianship from Billy Strings with an outstanding band. While their music is not pure bluegrass as I think of bluegrass, it is bluegrass enough to give me new appreciation for a genre of...
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    Re: NMD Eastman 305

    I had both a 305 and a 304 about six or seven mandolins ago. Great mandolins for the price. Decent tone, very good play ability provided proper set up, durable, and the nice clean look you can only...
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    Re: Education

    HARD QUESTION
    I find a great deal of difference in mandolins of the same maker. Some I like and some I don't. I have come to expect certain qualities in tone to each of the makers you named, but...
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    Re: Tuner machine advice

    I'm no expert on this, but do want to offer for what it's worth told to me by people with more expertise than me, " Changes in humidity and temperature fluctuations have a larger effect on a mandolin...
  24. Re: Loar 520E, Kentucky 630, Loar 590E or Eastman 315

    Another alternative : Watch for used mandolins posted in the Cafe classifieds in your price range. Purchase with a 48 hour buisness day trial period. If you don't like it simply return it. You are...
  25. Re: Kentucky KM-1500 Fret Size and ....

    Reference thread in "Builders & Repairs": KENTUCKY KM-950
    My 950 has larger frets than my recently sold Collings. At first I didn't like them but with use I have come to like the larger frets very...
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