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    Re: Info on Olympic Mandolin

    On the other hand, geometry doesn't care about provenance, and most materials can be set up for the best playing possible, short of major surgery like re-shaping the neck. Check out Cafe member Rob...
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    Re: Eastman MD-305

    I got to play a friend's MD-315 just last night, being the F shape at the same level in their lineup, and was duly impressed; the 305 should do well. (Don't even try to plan now on how long you'll...
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    Re: Info on Olympic Mandolin

    A photo of the back of the headstock, clearly showing the tuning gears, would be helpful to those who know.

    BTW, the tuner bushings, on the front of the headstock, appear to be white plasctic or...
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    Re: Montana mandolin field trip

    Thanks for the memory! All of them, you guys!

    Back in '90 or so, when Music Villa was in their much smaller (guessing original?) store downtown, and I was starting to look for a good acoustic...
  5. Re: (Godin A8) Pickup battery runs out very quickly

    Forgive me (all!) for being a bit over-simplistic but... I trust that, even if not amplifying, you ARE un-plugging from the instrument when not performing? In most cases, the jack itself serves as...
  6. Re: Do you ever sing the notes of a tune while you play it?

    When I finally got serious about learning the fretboard AND about being a tolerable (or at least predictable!) singer, I'd sing the names of the notes as I played the tune. Clunky at first, but it...
  7. Re: Newbie question: Mandolin for other instrumentals

    Just a few words of, I hope, wisdom:

    Most here started on guitar, so you're in sympathetic company.

    Some folks get excited that mandolin's tuning is the bottom 4 strings of guitar ... backward....
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    Re: Explain This Chord

    I may detect some additional confusion:

    Some folks, mainly beginners & the uninitiated (no slight intended; we've all been there), think of the "highest" string(s) as the pair closest to the...
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    Re: What does FFcP mean?

    Maybe not directly. But indirectly, the stretches involved in FFcP will ease almost everything you might want to do on a mandolin fretboard.

    Do remember to hold each non-fretting finger over its...
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    Re: Whew...some Reverb sellers...

    Excellent!

    Before there was Reverb, I had good results buying on eBay, which I credit to asking questions even if I really didn't have any, just to test how the seller responded. Those sounding...
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    Re: Three Beginner Questions

    Just like, given enough time, handling/playing wear will make a glossy finish matt, usually in patches.

    For those who worry about aesthetics, a compromise that some have suggested is buff a matt...
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    Re: Long term band

    Not that we played continually for that long, but my '60s college rock band, spread over the east coast, would get together in 2s or 3s every year few years, or more often in ski season. When we...
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    Re: Shipping Question

    Especially if it's a destination that you might re-visit in the future.

    (A half-ounce worth of nut files should easily fit in your checked baggage; at worst, there will be jewelers' files at the...
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    Re: Possible year/make

    A detail that can be telling to some are the tuning gears themselves, on the back of the headstock. Some early European gears (maybe specific to a country and/or timeframe) are distinctly different...
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    Re: Am I asking too much?

    My '63 Kay guitar sits by the computer giddy with glee, having learned of a kindred spirit. What's that? Yeah, the super-light electric strings DID stop your neck & body from collapsing, tone be...
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    Re: New Kentucky Home

    Thus, the reference to Frets.com! Do note that archtop instruments, whether guitar or mandolin, follow much of the same logic, so there's much to be learned there. Hey, it's an adventure!
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    Re: New Kentucky Home

    I'll second the vote for Rob Meldrum's free e-book, a fantastic service to the mandolin community!

    MANY decades ago, when Santa Clause brought me the Kay parlor guitar that I learned on, I didn't...
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    Re: Are Lilliputians allowed to sell on ebay?

    Good friend of mine was a graphic artist, way back when for Time with lots of re-touched Princess Diana, and later for Topps, the baseball card folks (plus football and other sports). A major issue...
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    Hey, you talkin' to me?? (Not like over-thinking is a favorite hobby or anything...)
  20. Re: Looking for a clip-on tuner that works well in daylight...

    In my experience, the NS-Mini keeps tuning even as the battery weakens AND the display dims - even if not enough to be obvious. Maybe just try a new battery? FWIW, it has beecome my go-to tuner for...
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    Good instruments stay in their cases, while others alternate between 3 wall hangers, plus 2 for gig bags, but that includes mandos, guitars, and/or bass guitars, based on the current need.

    This...
  22. Re: oddball (pseudo?-) resonator w. amusing "professional" setup

    ... which must have been "Cathedranol". What a cringe-worthy name; makes me think catheter, ethanol, and Drain-o, all at once!
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    Re: Kentucky KM180S

    You might not hear it yet, but I hear about 75 folks out there silently thinking, "Yup, good choice!"

    In my experience, your starter will most likely become your hazardous-duty instrument, that...
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    Re: Mandolin of unknown origin

    Other than the soundhole, the body details (arch, gutters, binding, neck attachment) are native mandolin, while the general outline seems influenced by the pineapple ukulele.
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    Re: Leon Redbone - RIP

    In his first appearances on Saturday Night Live, I assumed that it was either Zappa or a well-disguised SNL regular, since most of them are uber-talented anyway. He will be missed.
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