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  1. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    What sblock said above... Fender did not protect its copyrights to the Telecaster and Stratocaster designs and so lost the right to do so. Rickenbacker, on the other hand, has done their due...
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    Re: French Folk / Fiddle Tunes

    Here's some of the best:

    https://www.you
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy3LMXJ7bdE&t=30stube.com/watch?v=wy3LMXJ7bdE&t=30s
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    Re: Tommy Peoples RIP

    I had the great honor of accompanying Tommy for a week's worth of gigs in New Mexico back in 2004. I'll never forget the experience of sitting next to him, his music exploding off his fiddle like...
  4. Thread: 1970s Sobell

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    1970s Sobell

    This is a 1978 Sobell cittern that was the first zoukoid instrument I owned, purchased second hand from Gerald Trimble in 1981 (and sold a couple of years later when I bought another Sobell 2nd hand...
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    Re: mandolin strings on a mandola?

    You could use an online string tension calculator to answer your question:

    http://www.bangzero.org/stringtension/

    You don't mention what the string gauges are or which instrument you have, but...
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    Re: Irish Bouzouki vs. Greek Bouzouki

    Yeah... good luck with that! :-)
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    Re: 24" scale length

    You can run your own string tensions on this site here: http://www.bangzero.org/stringtension/

    len 24"

    E4 .012" PL == 20.69#
    E4 .012" PL == 20.69#
    A3 .022" PB == 28.53#
    A3 .022" PB ==...
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    Re: St Louis Tionól April 21st

    Anyone forum members going to the St. Louis Tionól this weekend?
  9. Re: Slippery Greek zoukies - a crude but workable "solution"

    opa!
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    Re: 4 string vs 5 string tenor...

    Depends on what music you play and what you want to do with the instrument. I find having an extra bass string* to be invaluable for adding drone notes while playing melody or increasing my options...
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    Re: Thoughts about Greek zouk for Irish music

    You also might listen to Mick Conneely, Rory McGorman, and Jonas Fromseier who are all playing great accompaniment on Greek trichordo, carrying on the Alec Finn tradition.
  12. Re: Looking to commission an electric bouzouki (GDAD)

    Check out GD Armstrong:

    http://www.gdarmstrong.com/index.html
  13. Re: What album comes to mind when you read "Irish Bouzouki"?

    155291
  14. Re: What album comes to mind when you read "Irish Bouzouki"?

    That was a great evening in Taos there wasn't it, Kevin?
  15. Re: Bryan McDowell on A Mendel Octave, with Claire Lynch

    Sounds great, Joe!
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    Re: Andy Irvine pics found on the web

    It's a foot-powered pump organ.
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    Re: New Herb Taylor tenor guitar

    Meant to reply to this and forgot - Bruce, I knew that I wanted approx. 23" scale for the shorter strings, and Herb determined that the longest advisable scale for the extended bass strings was 27",...
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    Re: Anyone tried this for a 6-string tenor?

    I tried a six string tenor experiment on a Cordoba La Playa steel string travel guitar with a 23.25" scale. I tuned CGDAEA, so not strict fifths. I also found that DGDADA, DADADA were nice. Straight...
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    Re: 20 inch OM GDAD

    Wow! What an unreasonable response. I have never cared for Weber instruments but now there is good reason not to like the company. I would write a letter to Bruce Weber and see what he has to say.
    ...
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    Re: New Herb Taylor tenor guitar

    I had forgotten about that, Niall. That clip doesn't really do the sound justice since Herb was just using the onboard mic on his video recorder. I will try and get a proper recording of it and post...
  21. Thread: greek laouto

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    Re: greek laouto

    http://xilouris.gr/catalog/index.php?cPath=248_1000

    [/QUOTE]i have been tuning the cretan laouto as an opn d , but i thought traditionally they had a reentrant tuning for all l,aoutos. just going...
  22. Thread: greek laouto

    by zoukboy
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    Re: greek laouto

    Mainland: C3C4 G2G3 D3D4 A3A3

    Cretan: G2G3 D2D3 A2A3 E3E3

    Check out some videos on YouTube. I think you will find that there is a nice buzzy quality to these so what you are hearing might be...
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    Re: tenor or new standard tuning

    I have tried various tunings on a 3/4 scale Cordoba travel guitar. The shorter 23.5"/59.7cm scale allows either a high A4 or B4.

    Here are the tunings I have tried:

    C2 G2 D3 A3 E4 B4

    D2 G2 D3...
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    Re: It's official - ZOUK!

    I am sure you know that biological taxonomies don't really transfer well to culture. One of the challenges of organology has been getting away from the use of biological and evolutionary models for...
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    Re: It's official - ZOUK!

    The modern use of "cittern" for mandoid/zoukoid instruments was a concerted effort to separate a version of that instrument from the influence of Irish musicians playing bouzoukis. It has caught on...
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