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    Re: New Eastman won't stay in tune - bad pegs?

    I once had an Eastman 505 with Schaller tuners. They were VERY smooth and that particular instrument held tune better than any instrument I've ever owned. In fact, it was my favorite thing about...
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    Re: "The Great Mandolins" postcards

    Very cool. I am a serious postcard geek and always look for them in gift shops, etc. when traveling. Who doesn't love getting mail?
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    Re: Encouragement is magic

    This reminds me of once when I was camping in a state park with my family. It was in the middle of the afternoon and I was sitting around playing O'Carolan tunes. A couple of ladies walk by and...
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    Re: Can I get more JazzMando picks?

    I ordered some Jazzmando strings about 15 yrs ago when I started mandolin. There was a Jazzmando pick in the order and I've been using that pick off and on since then (the logo has long since been...
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    Re: Eastman 515V vs Collings MT

    I know a guy with an older 515, from back when Eastman first started making mandolins. It sounds about as good as anything in any price range. There are gems out there.
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    Re: New Chris Thile album

    I love some of Thile’s early solo stuff, and the early Nickel Creek records are some of the best acoustic music I’ve ever heard. I guess my taste must be of the plainer sort, because the current...
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    Did not give it up, just adding variety to life.
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    Midlife Meltdown continued...

    I think at last I’ve found a love connection. It dawned on me a while back that I’ve been playing acoustic guitar so long that most electric guitars just feel...
  9. Thread: Q Mandolins

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    Re: Q Mandolins

    I saw that too. I think the choice of wording on the site is unfortunate and maybe it's an example of his personality not translating well into written form. I talked to the guy at length at the...
  10. Thread: Q Mandolins

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    Q Mandolins

    https://www.qguitars.com/mandolins

    ^^^ A couple weeks ago I went out to the big Dallas Guitar Show and stopped by this fellow's booth. I didn't play any of his instruments, but everything he had...
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    Very cool guitar.
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    I've never owned a PRS but I do like them.

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    Another failed attempt at a love connection... I've already gotten rid of the goldtop Les Paul and have...
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    Pedals! I'm trying hard not to venture down that rabbit hole, but I would really like one of those fancy reverb units that can do all the ambient and spacey tones. One of those looping devices...
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    The Midlife Meltdown continues...

    So first it was a Stratocaster, then a Les Paul, then a Tele-turned-Esquire -- all of which failed to make a lasting connection for whatever reason. The other...
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    Re: 80/20 Bronze Strings

    I'm using Ernie Ball Earthwood 80/20s on my guitar and like them a lot. $10 a set though - ouch!
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    Re: 80/20 Bronze Strings

    I've been using 80/20 strings on my guitar of late (have never seen any for mandolin, and never even thought of it till seeing this thread). I find that, at least on my guitar, they do the opposite...
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    Re: Thumb wear on the neck

    Some legit play-wear there! I love it. Seven years in with my MT and it still looks pretty much new (my guitar on the other hand, not so much). I'm embarrassed!
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    Re: Mandolin Orange is now Watchhouse

    It's interesting how things like band names, headstock shapes, colors on instruments, etc, etc, hit people differently. Years ago when I first saw the name 'Mandolin Orange,' I thought it was...
  19. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    I've always been firmly against leaving a tuner on the headstock because of the look, but the little D'Addarios are a genuine nightmare to remove so I've caved in at last. I leave mine turned around...
  20. Thread: Nmd

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    Re: Nmd

    Congratulations! I, too, went from an Eastman to a Collings MT. It’s a lifetime keeper. Play yours in good health!
  21. Thread: Fern?

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    Re: Fern?

    This really is a wonderful little quip. I'll be borrowing it myself.
  22. Thread: Pandemic Reading

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    Re: Pandemic Reading

    This is the book I was going to recommend. I started seriously reading about 15 years ago, and several hundred books later this one still stands out as one of the best books I've ever read. I...
  23. Thread: stand or sit?

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    Re: stand or sit?

    I don’t play well while standing, mainly because I’ve been playing while sitting all along. I also notice how thin the mandolin sounds if I try to play standing. This must mean I’m hovering over top...
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    Re: String journey on a Collings MT

    I took off the Dean Markleys. They never really settled down and sounded quite “wirey” the whole time. I also think they pretty old since two of the strings had visible tarnish on them right out of...
  25. Thread: Absolute Silence

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    Re: Absolute Silence

    I can relate to not wanting to drive the family bananas with mandolin practice. When I play guitar it's not so bad because I'm usually playing and singing songs, or learning new ones in short order....
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