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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    Go to school on Bill Monroe. Watch as many videos as you can of him playing the same song. You'll find a lot of variation. Classical players tend to want order. Not so in the improvising styles of...
  2. Thread: Improvising

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    Improvising

    I'm at the point where I can play most any fiddle tune off a site like mandolessons.com in a couple of days, and I have quite a few licks I can throw in here and there at the end of the vocal line of...
  3. Thread: StewMac kit

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    Re: StewMac kit

    I'd already decided to go minimalist before I got the kit. Just surprised to see the multiple binding pieces. I've no doubt I could do it if I wanted. Basically I'm building an
    F 9. May not even do...
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    Re: Year old mandolin

    I speed necked my MK. Took me three hours. I finally had to use 60 grit sandpaper. Whatever that finish is, it can survive a two year old.
  5. Re: Help me find a mando for my 10 yr old daughter

    Iíd very much double you budget and find a used Flatiron 1N. Twelve will turn to fifteen in a heartbeat, and by then true quality and yes, status, will matter. If your goal is to have her be a life...
  6. Thread: "Powerful/Loud!"

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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    If a mandolin is too loud for any given situation, you can back off your attack, if itís too quiet, youíre sunk. Iíve played a few lately, some $5k or more that didnít have close to the volume I...
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    Re: Year old mandolin

    Some makers are very talented at doing relics. My Silverangel is an example. It's not a full blown finish worn to bare wood one, but more of a well cared for 50 year old mandolin. A bad relic is...
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    Year old mandolin

    So it's been a year now since I finished my mandolin. A couple of months ago, I leveled and crowned the frets. Yes they had a surprising amount of wear on them, and in my exuberance, I didn't get...
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    Re: Nitrocellulose safe instrument stands

    Furry fabric cut and sewn into a U shape to fit over the U where the instrument hangs from. They have velcro sewn in to keep it in place.
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    Re: Bourgeois Guitars Partners with Eastman

    If you don’t own or never will own a Bourgeois guitar, the vast majority of us, why should we care? Those that do own one, still have the fine guitar they picked over all others, and can fret over...
  11. Thread: StewMac kit

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    StewMac kit

    I'm building a StewMac kit and thought I'd pass on some observations in case someone else might be contemplating this. First of all, this s a very traditional F style. Flat fingerboard, skinny frets,...
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    Re: A request of builders

    I think one of the first things you need to know before building an instrument is fretwork. I started leveling and crowning frets on my electric guitars. When I was contemplating building a mandolin,...
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    Re: Nitrocellulose safe instrument stands

    Get a Hamilton and then buy the soft fuzzy bra that goes over the forks. Foolproof. It will last about thirty years too.
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    I’d French polish right over the top of the existing finish. This will keep more finish from flaking off and still retain the funky look.
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    Re: Bourgeois Guitars Partners with Eastman

    The Pono Indonesian shop is owned by an American from Hawaii. There is a YouTube video explaining the whole operation. The shop was making classical guitars and converted to making ukes and guitars,...
  16. Re: Mandolin players who bought or have played a Waterloo Mandoli

    My sentiments exactly, as $1000 is a tidy sum. But I'd caution against that one thing being the deciding factor. The one big thing I was looking for when visiting TMS, was the difference between a...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Much depends on your picking attack. When you are playing with the aim of drive and punch, using a thick pick, you are putting more energy into the strings, moving them farther. This necessitates a...
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    Re: Bourgeois Guitars Partners with Eastman

    Well I remember getting a comic book and a coke for 25 cents. But really, it would be exceedingly difficult to sell an Eastman guitar for four grand. They have just done too good a job identifying...
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    Re: Bourgeois Guitars Partners with Eastman

    Eastman gets the rights to market guitars under the Bourgeois name. It would be hard to encroach on the Collings/Martin segment with the Eastman brand. So they get access to the $3-5k segment. The...
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    Re: Strings and other musings

    The MK was traded for an equal value open back banjo. It was the price I had to pay to recruit another mandolin player. I tried to refuse to take it but it was hurled through my back window while I...
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    Re: Swapping Taylor guitars pickup

    Don’t both the ES1 and ES2 have mag pickups buried under the fingerboard? Am I hopelessly out of date? Again.

    I have a love/ hate with the Taylor pickups across the board. They never sound bad but...
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    Re: Almost Heaven.. Surprise, Arizona!

    TMS has the same problem all the dealers do, and that is its hard to keep everything they want to sell in stock, so there will be things
    you would want to try that are out of stock. First world...
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    Re: Mandolin Set Up Ebook and Mandolin Users

    Welcome. This thread can be bumped once a week as far as I’m concerned. I keep the book on my desk top handy as a reference.
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    Re: Eastman Bag - The Mandolin Store

    Hummm. If I have a bag or case empty, I immediately want to fill it. Same goes for an extra F style strap. It’s just wrong to have unused items around. Perhaps I need two.

    Kind of gives you an...
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    Isn’t silking beautiful?
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