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  1. Fine music broadcast from Glasgow, Scotland

    Jenn Butterworth and Laura Beth Salter are lecturers at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This concert broadcast from home isolation in Glasgow, and complete with fine mandolin content, was just...
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    Re: The straps I ended up making

    Good work, Gunnar. You will find that when making a round braid strap, if you make the braid much tighter, the result is the strong, round, rope-like effect you might want. Your very loose braid...
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    Re: The straps I ended up making

    John - look up 'mystery braid' on YouTube. It's made from a flat piece of leather (like a belt) with parallel cuts made along its length, except for short uncut tabs at each end. Then you do a lot of...
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    Re: Strap making question

    This the video I keep going back to when I forget how to make round (rope-like) braid from four strands of fabric or leather.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0afO40tsqAc
  5. Bert Deivert's international recording

    I don't think my friend, blues mandolin maestro Bert Deivert will mind me sharing this video that he just put on a blues mandolin Facebook page.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmkd_0qZZ-g
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    These pictures, despite the evidence of my lack of attention to cleaning and polishing my old 1970s no-name F5, should show roughly what the backrest device is all about.

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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    People will be tired of seeing this, but I made my own device for keeping the back of my F5 clear of my torso. I used scrap wood, pieces of cork table mat and viola chin-rest brackets. It certainly...
  8. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    I think there will be quite a long line of us waiting for that sound clip, Gary. :)
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Thanks Brad. Sad news. Ivan was one of a kind.
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    What is known in Scotland as a long road to a wee house.
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    Re: Off to Scotland

    If you do go to Falkirk, you'll be duty-bound to visit the Falkirk Wheel, a modern mechanical and engineering wonder every bit worth a stop.
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    Re: Robson A style tuners

    I've never seen Waverleys, but I do have a set of Robson tuners on an A mandolin, and they are wonderfully engineered. Keith Robson is a real craftsman and a pleasure to deal with. Highly recommended.
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    Re: How to choose a mandolin teacher

    If I was an established instructor I think I'd be insulted by the idea of a complete novice player with no musical knowledge somehow thinking he might be able to 'audition' me for a task I could do...
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    Re: Paul Shippey Tone Mandolin

    That's a beautiful instrument. I bet it sounds great.
  15. Lengthy article on bluegrass in the Guardian (UK)

    Interesting article in a publication where a story about bluegrass might come up once every few decades.

    It strays into areas that will get the thread closed down very quickly if you insist on...
  16. Oliver Craven on Cy Winstanley's new video shot in Nashville

    I'm biased - Cy Winstanley, a New Zealander now living in Nashville, is the son of good friends of mine. As well as touring nationwide as the side man for rising stars of the country/Americana scene,...
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    Re: Problems with my first mandolin

    It needs to go back to the store. I can't see that doing anything other than getting worse.
  18. Thread: Primetone

    by Ron McMillan
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    Re: Primetone

    The large, grippy Primetone triangles are my go-to choice. 1.4mm or 1.5mm - I have both and can't tell the difference between them.
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    Re: My band's second video

    I enjoyed that, but couldn't help but notice the complete absence of chop chords or cowboy hats.

    It looked like you had fun making it, too - which is important, I reckon.
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    Re: Mandocaster?

    I had one, though not a Fender. I spent quite a lot of money on upgrades from Almuse, and the results were very pleasing, though not pleasing enough to make me play it very much, so I sold it.
  21. Re: Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Eric Idle's Guitar Case!

    Entertaining video. I had to look it up to discover that 'spastic', which in British English is extremely offensive, in American English is not at all so. So I learned something new, too.
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    Re: Strap Advice

    I don't actually understand the need for a strap to be 'comfortable', since the mandolin is so light. I've been making straps for myself and for friends for years and these ones, made of four-strand...
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    Re: Small grippy Primetone triangles

    GAK (Guitar and Keyboards) in Brighton stock a good range of primetones of different shapes and thicknesses. And if you don't want to order online, there's always TAMCO to visit a short walk away.
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    Re: Chris Thile's new pick

    Ten hours of reading speculative guff or ten minutes of practice. Which one's going to make you a better player?
  25. Re: silver color eastman tailpiece wanted

    You're looking in the wrong place. Put a listing in the classifieds.
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