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  1. Re: Warren Ellis Mandostang G string out of tune

    It can be your technique, but also check the height of the string at the nut, if the string is too far above the frets, pushing it down on the frets will stretch it sharp. A bit of careful set up...
  2. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Started on guitar, started a bit of mandolin when I was about 16, started playing a lot in my 20s, after my wife insisted I get a decent one. I consider mandolin my main instrument these days, but...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    I met a contra dance caller/musician, primarily a mandola player, who had gone to East Tennessee State University, they have a Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country music degree program
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    Re: "Dark" Fiddle Tunes?

    How about the Slockit Light? A lovely thing

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPWuJw5JQyk
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    Re: Ideas for a mandolin, $500-1,000

    Watch for a used flatiron a, either a flattop or an archtop. There are other good choices, this is just my preference in this price range.
  6. Re: Mandolin players who bought or have played a Waterloo Mandoli

    My kid is gonna inherit a lot of cool stuff :)
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    Try some different picks when you get your mandolin, it's astonishing how much difference in sound different picks make on a mandolin. That sounds really stupid, but I sure hear it. I used Fender...
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    There may be some of that going on, I'd have to admit. For me though, strings that are too light bounce around too much, making them harder to play. Rubber bands would drive me nuts, let alone...
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    I don't think it's actually a trade off, when an instrument is set up right, you get good tone and good playability out of it. String height at the nut seems to be critical.
  10. Re: Tips for playing mandolin and electric slide... on the same s

    How bout a lap steel on a stand?
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    Re: K&K Pickup Question

    I have the Robert Schmidt mandolin, I used it when playing with a loud alt-country band, will probably use it again in loud situations like that, or gigs when I don't want to take a really good...
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    Re: Please help! Fixing my pick direction

    Practicing with a metronome at slower speeds is one way to get the patterns worked down the way you want them. Don't worry about speed, get the consistency and pattern working where you want 'em,...
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    Re: Kay Mandolin A style F holes Mand-8

    This site has a discussion on cleaning and adjusting tuners, worth trying before you replace the tuners.

    http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html

    Set up is really important for...
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    Re: Omnidirectional Mic through bass amp

    For acoustic bands, the high frequency part of the spectrum matters greater, you need the clarity in the top end to get the sound of acoustic instruments across.

    There are impedance adapters...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Good instruments are actually pretty inexpensive compared to fancy cars, trips or boats.
  16. Thread: Old Gibson

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    Re: Old Gibson

    You should definitely play it. These old Gibsons are neat instruments, with a lot of charm and character. Particularly since it's a family heirloom, find a repair person who knows mandolins, get...
  17. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    4 mandolins, one oval, one f, an electric and a stradolin that was too cool and too cheap to pass up. Kinda overkill, but they get used in different contexts.

    But, I'm not even gonna start...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Hey, nice! I think you're getting me inspired to go sit down with the metronome.
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Watch your video closely. When you switch from strumming to picking, you can see the muscles in your hand tense up, and that costs you speed. Try practicing with a metronome on a phone or the...
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    Re: New Kelley A model violin style

    Well dang, sounds as good as it looks. Thanks for posting this.
  21. Re: Need an Amp for my solid-body four-string electric mandolin

    The amp is big part of the sound with electrics, trying a bunch is the way to go. Good advice on the polytone and the blues jr, they are distinct voices as well.
  22. Re: Need an Amp for my solid-body four-string electric mandolin

    There are a lot of nice, small tube amps out there, that have grown popular. Something in the 15-25 watt range will get the job done. They are voiced quite differently from one another, so the...
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    Re: How frustrating! Just my luck!

    You didn't waste anybodies time-the conversation resulted in some good folks helping fix a problem for you, and it may well help somebody else with the same problem down the line. Call it a win...
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    Re: Who makes custom strings?

    Juststrings.com isn't a custom maker, but has a huge variety of strings, worth a look if you haven't already checked it.
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    Re: Shopping! Or...Playing Around

    Once you get up to $2k, there are some wonderful A body instruments available used, lots of good options. Best of luck with your search.
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