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    Re: Flat top Mandocello?

    I can vouch for the Dammann Mandocellos. Wonderful instrument made by some very talented folks. Sound quality is stunning. May run you a bit over budget though. Recommend checking them out if you’re...
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    Re: Want to learn Jazz mandolin

    Just ran across this & I'd agree 1000%. I found my way to mandolin by first playing guitar for many years. I recall fighting through the Joe Pass Guitar Style book many years back, which is...
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    Re: Scale Warm-Up Exercises - Your Favorites

    I found ArtistWorks a nice alternative to skype. Took Mike Marshall's lessons for a year. He can take a while to respond to your videos, although I found his guidance to be incredibly useful. Also...
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    Re: Standing position

    I've tinkered a bit with the strap on my mandolin & see how having it a bit higher (perhaps not that high) is helpful as it offers greater freedom for my left hand on the fingerboard rather than also...
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    Re: Standing position

    That one’s interesting. Same premise, he’s leaving his hands free and supporting the instrument otherwise.
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    Re: Standing position

    Thanks. Interesting points. His position may be due to a shared mic, although I’ve noted many of the better players seating positions seem to emphasize getting the instrument up on the left leg at a...
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    Standing position

    Hey. I just saw Dawg and Del and outside of having a great time was struck by Grisman’s position when playing solos. He was using a loop strap and seemed to draw the instrument much higher up than...
  8. Re: Mandocello, goldtone and Eastman comparisons please

    There's also a quirky little place not far from you in Louisa called Cars, Guitars and more. I picked up a mandolin from them a few years ago. Best to call first to find out what they have in stock....
  9. Re: Mandocello, goldtone and Eastman comparisons please

    I'm just east of Charlottesville, in Palmyra (fluvanna county). I think there's a used mandolin shop in Richmond, although looking at his inventory, its probably not worth the trip (I haven't done...
  10. Re: Mandocello, goldtone and Eastman comparisons please

    I see that you're in Virginia. Whereabouts?
  11. Re: Mandocello, goldtone and Eastman comparisons please

    While not exactly the comparison that you're seeking... I own a GoldTone Octave Mandolin (OM-800). Once I got past some intonation issues (was related to torque bar adjustments), I found the sound to...
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    Re: Best Mandolin Stand when using Tone Gard

    I'd agree whole heartedly. I have a three instrument hercules stand that works for mandolin, guitar, mandocello all quite well. Been very pleased & I'm sure that a mandolin with a toneguard would...
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    Re: Instrument mics

    Thanks. I'll start with the clip on for the mandolin. I'm playing this weekend & will give it a go. The need for a guitar mount is longer term. Pretty good bet I'll find something by then. Thanks...
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    Re: Instrument mics

    Very nice. From the looks of the mics using the clamps, I also have a nice Martin Guitar that I would prefer to not use pickups with. Sounds like a similar clamp could be used to switch between the...
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    Re: Instrument mics

    I'd tried mics. They're fine in quieter venues. An absolute non-starter in noisy bars. I found myself trying to play louder to compensate. Definitely not happy with that results. Pickups on one...
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    Re: Instrument mics

    Hi all,

    I have a custom mandolin for which the LR Baggs pickup was way too noisy (lots of pick noise). Took it to a luthier, who suggested cardiod mics. From a brief internet scan, it looks like...
  17. Re: Mandocello left hand technique— thumb position

    It’s really great & I’ve enjoyed meeting Ralph and Ray. Really talented nice folks. The instrument plays beautifully. Superb sound, fantastic intonation and clean response across the full spectrum...
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    Yes, I do. Absolutely love it. Have had it a month or so.
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    Re: Pomeroy Mandocello - "Liuto Americano"

    Beautiful instrument! Look forward to hearing it once complete!
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    That explains a lot! I have a cello, but had only tinkered a bit. With my mandocello, there’s definitely a need for support. Certainly want to refine the appropriate touch. I’m finding the...
  21. Re: Mandocello left hand technique— thumb position

    Hi there,

    That's very helpful. I'd taken some mandolin lessons from Mike on ArtistWorks & found his guidance to be immensely helpful. His feedback on posture and position made a huge difference....
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    Re: Jumping from OM to Cittern?

    Somewhat higher price point... you might find the Dammann Mandocello interesting. 5 courses cello + OM.

    Their info is at:

    https://www.mandocello.org/

    I purchased one a few months back and...
  23. Mandocello left hand technique— thumb position

    Been working on playing a five course instrument. Scale is comparable to a guitar.

    I’m curious: for a cello, recommended practice is to have thumb towards bottom of neck, guitar directly...
  24. Re: Thoughts on Mandolessons, Pegged Nation and other sites

    Agree 100%. So much is in the music! Figuring out what you want things to sound like is really valuable!
  25. Re: New Mandocello from Dammann Musical Instruments

    Thanks -- still curious about the materials that you selected. From what I could find, Nomex was initially developed as a flame retardant. How did you guys determine that it also made a good part of...
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