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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    When not under global pandemic, I was playing in a regular jam with a banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and electric bass and we do get loud! That has made me interested in how loud various...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    SOME ROUGH TESTS: I read some good reviews on the NIOSH Sound Level Meter for iPhone (none of the iOS sound apps are calibrated, so not a replacement for a real sound level meter, but it’s free and...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    There are decibel tests of banjos on the Internet! Yes, banjos are loud. I didn’t find any well-documented mandolin tests, but folks agree that the mandolin is a lot quieter (and that banjo players...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    Hmmm. I have heard discussions about what the player hears vs what somebody on the other side of the instrument hears. Another reason to get some volume measurements! :)

    Seriously, I’ve been...
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    Mostly due to all the discussions on Mandolin Cafe, I spent a year trying LOTS of mandolins and comparing to my Eastman MD315. At least in showrooms, the differences brought by $3k to $10k...
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    Re: new: Northfield neck rest!!!

    Astro asked: “ Why do you want the body raised up at an angle? Wouldnt you want something soft under body a little too in order to make the entire length flat but still have the headstock off the...
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    “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    I bought an open back clawhammer banjo (scooped neck) last fall to learn clawhammer. Nice mellow style that has long intrigued me. This weekend I donned my banjo picks and played some Scruggs style...
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    Re: Like they don't know me

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
  9. Re: Getting better at Mandolin by Playing other Instruments

    Playing different instruments is good! I hadn’t played much piano in a few years and started again this summer. I was amazed at how much easier it was to fluidly improvise melodies and I’m sure it is...
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    Re: James Tailpiece Review

    I have James tailpieces on two mandolins and love them for easy string changes. I can change strings easily enough with other tailpiece styles, but the James is still extra sweet.
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    Re: Has Waverly Jumped the Shark?

    The Waverlies on my two Martins are SOOO smooth to turn - I just love them and get extra satisfaction every time I tune. I bought a 2018 Kimble mandolin with Waverlies in March and was surprised that...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    I have an Eastman MD505 and when I was shopping for an f-body, played multiple MD515’s and MD315’s. I liked the looks of the glossy 500 series better, but I liked the sound of the matte finish 300...
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    Re: Question about customising a mandolin

    In general, thicker finish on a mandolin equates to worse, less responsive sound. Adding paint would likely have some negative effect on the sound. However, a $200 mandolin is not likely to have the...
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    Re: Virtual Shop Tour(s)... I'll show you mine

    Very nice! (I have the Appalachian Picking Society cd too. :) )
  15. Thread: Tailpieces

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    Re: Tailpieces

    I have James tailpieces on two mandolins and highly recommend them. To me they look simple and traditional but are so easy with string changes and they also mute the strings between bridge and...
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    Re: Why do people do this?

    This is NOT a case of a seller misrepresenting condition. When you read the whole ad, you can see the joking “67 years of personality” that follows. Mandomutt is a straight shooter with colorful...
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    Re: Kimble two point reviews?

    I bought a 2018 Kimble two point from the Music Emporium in March and am loving it. This is my first higher-end mandolin, but I had played a wide variety up to about $10k over the past year as I was...
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    Re: Northfield is simply nailing it lately

    I was just admiring that black A5 special. I’ve always liked the way Northfield does the pickguards on the black face models, and I really like the way they did this fretboard, too, with the...
  19. Re: Mandolin theme song? “Oh, Mandolin.”

    I've have to look for that version. Thanks!
  20. Mandolin theme song? “Oh, Mandolin.”

    I heard this lovely song, “Oh, Mandolin,” on Sunday when AJ Lee and Blue Summit sang it on their Sunday Facebook live stream. I don’t see many versions of it on YouTube. I’m surprised that it isn’t...
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    Re: Speed neck recommendation

    I've done speed necks, down to bare maple, on my Eastman MD315 and Silverangel A. On the first I tried tung oil but it felt too sticky (I probably didn't wait long enough) so I sanded back down to...
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    Re: Strap Recommendation

    I've made a few with boot laces but the thin strap bothered my shoulder even though the mandolin isn't heavy. You can always try it out (just for the price of a set of boot laces).

    You can use...
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    Comfort, volume, and tone are the big criteria for me. Long life is another aspect of tone - I don’t want to suffer from a raspy tone as picks get worn out. I also don’t want to have to worry about...
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    Re: Beginner getting into Bluegrass

    There is a lot of good video on YouTube, both for lessons as well as performances.

    This week I ran across a recurring Sunday Facebook Live session with some young bluegrassers, AJ Lee, Jesse...
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    Re: Daily Cleaning Routine

    Daily? Uh oh, sounds like I’m seriously neglecting my mandolins! I blow dead skin off the fretboard when I notice it, but other than that, I just wipe the mandolin down with a microfiber cloth during...
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