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  1. The shop looks like once you entered it, it would...

    The shop looks like once you entered it, it would be hard to leave without an instrument. I hope more people feel that way!
  2. Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    On the plus side, with that break angle it's probably inaudible.
  3. Re: No Clifftop, play tunes anyway.... Grey Owl/Chinquapin Huntin

    This situation brings many of us back to the roots of folk music, I guess, and much of that seems to gravitate towards a kitchen. This is the future.
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    Aye!
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    Reminds me of Tom Callister & friends...
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    Re: A chord without muting A string

    You need a mandolin with a wider nut. Or, if that is not an option, fret the E course with the index and the G course with the thumb, that gives your hand the right shape to avoid reaching over the...
  7. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    I did something like that with a two-point a couple of times: looked to the right, pressed the back of the mandolin against my right ear and moved the tuners behind my left shoulder.
  8. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    Plateaus are neccessary phases of procedural memory reorganization. Once that is done, a sudden leap in ability is sure to come, if you just don't give up.
    It's much like that "weeds" scene from...
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    Re: Banish Misfortune

    I am with foldedpath here, Paul. Not too fast, but just like any other jig (at approx 120 bpm), that's what I do. The slow versions tend to sound like painful dirges, and that just does not go with...
  10. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    We are all divided on this.
    Personally, I like the scroll because it uses misplaced stylistic elements to mock the violin, which I was forced to learn to play in my youth and have hated ever since....
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    That seems to be the central question, the fog we are all groping about in. Once we agree on a test of musicality, we can start opining wether passing that test can be learned.

    But I wouldn't be...
  12. Re: Rot smell on strings how to get rid of it?

    I have tried this once and decided to make it a one-of-a-kind experience.
    I clean strings to minimize the hassle of putting them off and on, which is OK for putting on new ones, but not for putting...
  13. Re: Rot smell on strings how to get rid of it?

    first of all: whatever cleaning agent you put on, must not stay there. I must be wiped off thoroughly after letting it work for, say, a minute. And not just on the upside of the strings, but all...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    I wouldn't want you to die of overeating, so I'll try to keep this short...



    Got stuck on that, and asked myself: how am I biased by the music culture I grew up with (parents classical...
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    Re: Your Mandolin Your Beer

    You're missing the best. But to each his own.
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    Dr Duck's AxWax
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    I'll say it is a question of cleaning. If the corrosive agent is not removed from the strings, they silently get eaten away while sleeping in the case, despite not being played.
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    Re: The perfect T-shirt

    I always wondered if there is a submarine counterpart to playing the accordion to cows.
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    Re: Mandocello Envy

    I would have called it a mandukulello.
    But the center tuner feels weird in my mirror neurons.
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    Re: Mandocello Envy

    I had a different acoustic deja-vu, and I think I know what Bratsche's next challenge is going to be... ;)
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    ... and naturally distressed!
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    I think it's just an attempt to filter the bad connotations of "old". I'll say we're "matured" and "authentic".
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    I feel nothing. I was born an old man 64 years ago. So what's changed?
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    :( It does not play to me - apparently, Mr Natural does not want to put up with European General Data Protection Regulations.
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    Not the worst point to start. Steeleye Span comes to mind...
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