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    Re: Tenor ukulele for a CBOM player?

    I had a Mainland Ukulele Baritone tuned in fifths with high tension classical guitar strings that worked great for sing alongs.
    I don't know if a tenor body has enough volume to resonate adequately.
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    Re: Eurovision song contest worst song?

    Not that I've been following, but this 2015 Finnish punk blast always seemed like the best possible Eurovision song:

    Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät - Aina Mun Pitää (Finland) - LIVE at Eurovision 2015:...
  3. Re: Question about string gauge vs tension and 'soft' brands

    Piggybackin on this for stringing up the old Martin cant tops..
    I too am on the GHS A240s, which are OK..will try to remember to try the La Bella S&S tenor Banjo set!
    Currently trying out a light...
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    Re: NMD- 1973 Martin A

    I am quite taken with my two Martins, a '59 style A that's not without cosmetic flaws, and a '29 style B that's as near mint as can be expected ..
    I don't know if you have to focus on more recent...
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    Re: 7 Oud Players to Listen To

    Some years ago, I was having lunch at a mom and pop falafel joint. Pop ran a satellite TV service out of the back, and a huge TV was playing this sequence:

    https://youtu.be/LP43GcGnAvk...
  6. Thread: RIP Dick Dale

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    Re: RIP Dick Dale

    Dick Dale was a force of nature, and should be remembered here as a master tremelo player!
    Also, the scales and techniques he used to build his surf sound (not including the guitar, reverb and amp)...
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    Re: 7 Oud Players to Listen To

    About 10 years ago, I walked into a kebab place for lunch and was completely floored when the 40s comedy with midgets, camels and bellydancers that was showing on the TV suddenly turned into the...
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    Re: Martin Mandolin age?

    21129 would be 1953 according to http://www.mugwumps.com/cfm_date.html
    In my opinion, these are great instruments, and that is not a terrible price.
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    Re: Martin Mando Finish Repair Q

    Thanks for not laughing at my butchery, John!
    I think I'll take another pass at it, there are also some bare spots (gouges) on the back and side that I'm still building up. You were right about the...
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    Re: Martin Mando Finish Repair Q

    So I've been working on this for a while, I picked up a can of Behlen Stringed instrument lacquer at a woodworking shop, some lacquer thinner at the HD, and a variety of fine sandpapers at an auto...
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    Re: Martin Mando Finish Repair Q

    Thank you Greg. More great tips.
    I post my noob question, and two seasoned pros give me concise and friendly advice with no bluster or attitude.
    Thanks to you both for the excellent info, and yay...
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    Re: Martin Mando Finish Repair Q

    John,
    That is exactly the info I needed, and confirms what I gleaned from my internet wanderings. Yes, finish was pulled off in small flakes along with the sticker. .
    You seem to recommend a very...
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    Re: Weymann Mandolute style 40

    Hattie,

    I picked up a pretty trashy style 30 Mando-Lute from 1924, and I think it's a very cool instrument. The sound is somewhere in the direction of a carved top in relation to a Martin (my ref...
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    Martin Mando Finish Repair Q

    Hi

    I have a 50s Martin Style A with a nasty sticker scar. What to do?
    Seems like I'll need to mix up some shellac and fill the divots..then what?
    I am not an experienced instrument finisher, but...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    The style 20 worked well for Bill Bolick!
    https://youtu.be/KH2zM30w2dY
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    Re: Keeping instruments for sentimental reasons

    First my mom, then I hung on to my grand-dad's ukes for years, and after another move trying not to damage them, I resolved to learn to play them, and another sloppy amateur musician was born. It is...
  17. Thread: First Mandolin

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    Re: First Mandolin

    U.P.,
    I play Uke and did so "seriously" for several years before moving to mandolin. They are very similar seeming but very different instruments. The beauty of a fifths tuning is easy...
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    Re: Hard Case for Martin mandolin

    LOL now you're scaring me! Thanks for the update.
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    Re: Hard Case for Martin mandolin

    Having acquired another cant-top Martin, with a useless case, I am more interested than ever in this alleged Harptone case run! Any update?
    thanks
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    Re: Humanmade Strings ?

    Sorry - delete, never mind. Move along please..
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    Re: Old Tuners with a problem

    Except for the engraving pattern, those look identical to the tuners on my 1929 Martin B. When I first got it, there were a couple of very stiff ones. I disassembled (removing all the hardware) and...
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    Re: HSC for Martin A style mandolin (update)

    I am working on acquiring that AK hands off :)...but the 20s cases are thin and un-padded, leather over chipboard. Also they are old. (well, duh.)
    I would love a properly fitting, modern, solid case...
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    Re: Help identifying my mandolin brand

    I had a 40's Kay, and Think it was a cousin to this one. They are prone to neck joint failure and
    ***YOU MUST USE LIGHT GUAGE STRINGS!!** The whatever (Daddario J74) strings I got at GC were a...
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    Re: Martin bent top, flat back mandolins

    Heads up!
    There are three Martins on the classifieds right now:
    a Style B, a pretty and well priced A-K, and a 30's A..
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    Re: should I try GDAE?

    I drifted into playing melody on a low G tenor uke, and from there, learning fiddle tunes on it...switching to fifths tuning not only opens you up to those tunes being "under the fingers" but also...
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