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    Re: Bluegrass Stomp

    Thanks.
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    Re: Bluegrass Stomp

    The first half is the Doc and Dawg. The second is my variation.
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    Bluegrass Stomp

    I have to work on not being so nervous.

    https://youtu.be/Rk8AHyeMDeo
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    Battle of Evermore

    https://youtu.be/ysYfAl_3wRs
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    Re: Albuquerque relative humidity

    I knew a luthier who said instruments sound best when they are acclimated to about 35% RH, and recommendations for 40-50 RH result in muddy sound. I use in case and a small room humidifier, and don't...
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    Albuquerque relative humidity

    We are contemplating a move to the Albuquerque area. I have a couple of mandolins and guitars, including a very thin-wood flamenco. I was concerned about humidity. I am currently in central Illinois...
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    Re: NMD Jbovier Tradition

    F5 Special, about 2012 I think. I like the new tailpiece better.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCSjO2n9ihA
  8. Thread: Grommets

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    Re: Grommets

    I went to my local Ace Hardware with my mandolin and they were happy to let me try a few sizes. Lots of interesting conversation as well.
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    Re: A 6 course renaissance lute I built

    Do you have any audio/video? What is the scale length and tuning?
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    Re: Water-based finish (NMC)

    Update: The Stew-Mac wipe-on poly was easy to use and the result came out well. I recommend it (NFI).
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    Re: Water-based finish (NMC)

    Thanks for the reply. The StewMac finish can be applied over existing finishes. From the StewMac site: "It can be used on bare wood as a primary finish, over repairs leaving a durable protective...
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    Water-based finish (NMC)

    Hi, all. I just got this inexpensive lute guitar. The finish is extremely thin and matte. I feel like I am playing bare spruce. What is the advisability of building it up a little with the Stew-Mace...
  13. Thread: torrefied wood

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    torrefied wood

    I am not aware of a mandolin maker using torrefied wood, but some version of it is now in use by various guitar makers. In addition to the claimed advantages in tone, is torrefied more stable to...
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    Vivaldi Largo from Winter

    To go with a recent post here of the Largo from "Spring". In Central Illinois we were socked with a late March snowstorm. Good weekend for indoor activity.

    https://youtu.be/0n70Op0sPTs
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    Re: Please recommend a decent Ukulele (NMC).

    I have a good solid koa ukulele, but I got this Kala Makala used, I think for about $50 used, that I occasionally travel with. Workmanship is not the best, but hard to beat at the price.
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    Kentucky Waltz and Bluegrass Stomp

    J Bovier 2012 F5 Special

    https://youtu.be/B-eRE2XZuqk
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    Ashokan Farewell

    My mandolin and guitar arrangement of Jay Ungar's 1983 classic "Ashokan Farewell," best known as the music of Ken Burns' "Civil War".

    https://youtu.be/lCSjO2n9ihA
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    Ripple Instrumental

    I wanted to do this for Jerry Garcia's birthday, but I did not get the backdrop on time. This is a little guitar-forward for a mandolin forum. And I have to come up with a better video-audio...
  19. Re: What A style Oval hole mandolins to consider in $2000 range?

    Weber Gallatin A Oval. NFI.

    https://youtu.be/aqNSHIepB2k
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    Re: How Long Should I Humidify Before Setting Up?

    Valid point, but over much of that interval these instruments were not in modern, near-airtight, forced-air-heat environments. I would guess old school radiators (and I mean that literally, because...
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    Re: Whidkey Before Breakfast

    Jeff and Mark, thanks. I don't sing much, so like most of my tunes, this is an instrumental. We visited Buffalo Trace last year, and I have become a fan and email friend.
    The historical "Buffalo...
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    Whiskey Before Breakfast

    Or, in this case, Bourbon Before Brunch

    https://youtu.be/VfpYyiPQuO4
  23. Re: How Do You Shoot? Digital Video for Live Performance

    I like the look. Own it!
  24. Re: How Do You Shoot? Digital Video for Live Performance

    Thanks, I checked the specs on the Tascam DR60 and DR70. As I mentioned in one of my posts, I was worried about overdriving the camera mic input, but these have a "camera out" setting at the...
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    Yeah, I thought about Final Cut Pro, but with what I pay for Adobe...Also, on stills, I had Aperture (Apple's once upon a time semi-serious image management program), but Apple pulled the rug and...
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