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  1. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    Bluegrass Junction went off the air for two full weeks, and there was not a single apocalyptic Roland Emmerich-type catastrophe
  2. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    I think "loathe" is a good word to use to describe how I feel about changing strings (and washing the car and mowing the lawn), but, I do enjoy how the mandolin sounds after new strings
  3. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    I really, really despise changing my strings, but after 3 months or so I finally break down force myself to change them. 3 years is a whole new level of procrastination
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    Imagine how much more you would play your mandolin if you had picked up a banjo!
  5. Re: Where do all the Mandolin Cafe decals end up?

    Mine is on the back of my car
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    Re: Rockin' the Dulcimer!

    The Ramones on a dulcimer. Makes perfect sense
  7. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    Bait and switch? Really? That seems a bit strong. I am not sure all that aggravation was worth $7.50 but it seems to me that Sirius customer service took care of you
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    I think this is a great thread. I am firmly in the camp that you need innate talent to be really exceptional at something. We tell our kids that they can do anything if they put their minds to it...
  9. Thread: The Kentucky

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    Re: The Kentucky

    I have a KM-250 that I bought from the classifieds here at the Cafe. Very impressed with the sound and quality at that price point. I do find the finish a bit cheap looking but that is my only...
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    Re: Subscription Tutorial Sites

    I agree with that. I ended up recording the audio and then using Music Speed Changer (similar to the Amazing Slow Downer) to loop and slow down the audio. Sharon's course pushes learning tunes by...
  11. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    My understanding is that in some cities Sirius has ground station broadcast which should be comparable to old school radio. My Sirius receiver gives a signal level for both satellite and terrestrial...
  12. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    They recently changed their policy. They no provide a basic online subscription for "free". Note that Sirius bought Pandora so I expect them to provide more online offering in the future. I love my...
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    Touching it is probably ok. If you tried to play it that is another story altogether
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    Re: Ibanez M522 top collapsing

    I would imagine this repair cost more than a new M522??
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    Re: Maybe it's just me...but I like this

    I agree with you. Its not just because I am not fast; I don't really enjoy bluegrass mandolin played so fast you can't pick out the melody. I guess some equate speed with virtuosity, but I like my...
  16. Thread: Beginner

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    Re: Beginner

    I found the book, video instruction and audio tracks to offer a lot of content. Bert gets right to the point. There is a nice progression of arrangements of standard bluegrass songs. I like having...
  17. Thread: Beginner

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    Re: Beginner

    My feedback. I've been playing for about year but I consider myself a beginner. I used Peghead nation for several months. I learned to play many songs by ear but the shortcoming for me was there...
  18. Thread: Straps

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    Re: Straps

    I really like Legacystraps. They come in all sorts of interesting patterns and multiple widths

    https://www.amazon.com/stores/Legacystraps/node/15976997011
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    sblock, I asked the question because I came across some advice from an online music dealer that recommended lighter strings for beginners. The two mandos I have (a J Bovier and a Kentucky 250) have...
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    Thanks for all the replies. After reading the replies my conclusion is that no, their isn't a consensus that lighter strings are better for a beginner. Note that both my mandos have a good setup...
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    Jim, this is for mandolin, mainly bluegrass. I am in Burlington Co, i have lived here 36 years but was born eastern PA
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    Lighter strings for beginners?

    Is there a consensus that lighter strings are better for beginners? I have been using medium gauge D'addario J74's mainly because they get good reviews, but as a semi beginner would I find lighter...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    I had never heard of a PLEK machine, so I watched a video on it. It certainly seems that it could remove human error out of the mix. For a high-end instrument, it may be worth the money knowing...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    mle,
    I am not knowledgeable in this area, but I am curious what your career aspirations are. Is it your hope to play classical mandolin professionally? To teach? Other?
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    Re: its only a Dollar..

    I am going to try to talk him down to 75 cents.
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