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    Re: I need a mandolin stand for stage use.

    The sturdiest stands I have worked with are Hercules. I have a double guitar stand that holds both my mandolin and OM. But they make singles too. I like the type that holds the instrument by the...
  2. Re: Man crosses the Atlantic in a barrel - with mando

    That's one way to be the best mandolin player for hundreds of miles.
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    Re: Funny Banjo Content

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    Re: High End mandolin cases... and theft

    When I used to travel to travel with a mandolin, I got an inexpensive triple tennis racket case, I think it was a Wilson. My nice shaped mandolin case fit right in there. I know it's possible to have...
  5. Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    It did not have a truss rod. I checked everywhere and even checked using a heavy magnet. FWIW, I have a Parsons flat-top mandolin that did not seem to have a truss rod,but apparently it has a pretty...
  6. Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    You can get a Hora for under $200 new on EBay. They are made in Romania by a firm that has been making stringed instruments for a long time. Solid spruce top, solid maple back. I've had one as a...
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    Re: Best gig bag Iíve ever owned

    I really like my Access Stage Three gig bags. I have one for mandolin and a banjo model that fits my OM very nicely. I have used them to transport my instruments to perform every week for years. I...
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    Re: short scale mandolin

    A mandolin is already pretty short scale. I am not sure going shorter would help. You don't have to play full chords on a mandolin, in fact, some are not even possible and a lot of players...
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    Re: Training the Mind

    I will paraphrase FDR and say, "All you have to worry about is worry itself." Worry that you will screw up makes you screw up. Worry that you have screwed up will make you screw up again. Stop...
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    Re: Travel / practice mandolin question

    I traveled for years with a Risa Solid. It's basically a solid body uke made out of a single piece of wood. I string it GDAE. It actually sounds pretty good through an amp, although it generates...
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    Re: If you only knew it back then...

    I would have started with a better instrument. Nowadays even inexpensive instruments are pretty playable. But it was not always so. In 1990, I bought a PacRim piece of junk for $200 and it gave me...
  12. Re: Favorite Christmas/Winter Tunes on Mandolin

    My favorite to play by far is Butch Baldassari's arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" off his Evergreen album and the Evergreen instruction book. The arrangement uses "double picking" (two...
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    Re: In Praise of Mediocrity (?)

    Thanks for that article, I really like the concept. I've been playing mandolin about 28 years, after playing guitar for 20. I used to have a lot of anxiety about not being as good as (name your...
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    Re: mando tuned ukes?

    I have a Risa solid-uke uke that I've tuned as a mandolin for many years. I use it as my travel mandolin and to play late at night so I don't wake my wife.

    Per the recommendation of Risa, I use...
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    Re: Mandolins in Heaven ?

    That would be a miracle!
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    Re: New bridge saddle

    I am sure you are right, but I will relate that I developed a chronic problem with my A course on my Old Wave oval, which had an ironwood saddle. The A strings just had a really bad tone to them. An...
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    Re: Mandolins in Heaven ?

    And another one:

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    Re: Snark vs Korg chromatic tuner

    I have bought a lot of tuners over the years. I mean a lot!

    I have had three Snarks, all red ones. One had the rubber pads come off. Snark sent me new ones and I glued them on. Two of the Snarks...
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    Re: Mandolins in Heaven ?

    Well, since the fiddle is known as the "Devil's box" they would not be found in Heaven. And banjos, probably not either. So I'm thinking just harps and mandolins.

    I play mandolin and octave...
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    Re: Jams around Fredericksburg, Virginia

    Richmond has some good jams. The every Sunday jam at the Cary St. Cafe is very welcoming, although the players there are really good and play really fast. If you are willing to hang back, you can...
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    Re: Favorite Mando Christmas Tunes

    The "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" off of Butch Baldassari's Evergreen is my favorite Christmas tune to play. What a great arrangement! That book/CD is the best overall mando/Christmas book for me and...
  22. Re: Alternative mandolin tuners - Waverly are not the only soluti

    I put a set of slotted-headstock Rubners on an OM I had. They were great. I think they are the smoothest, most consistent tuners out there. Every tuner turned with the same feel and effort. I think...
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    Re: Your favorite course of strings?

    Definitely D for me.

    While I also do a lot of drone stuff with the A course, the A is my least favorite, due to difficulty in tone, tuning and intonation. "A" seems to be the course most prone to...
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    Re: Preamp for K&K pickup?

    I will second the Fire-Eye recommendation. I have a K&K twin in my octave mandolin and I run it through a Fire-Eye Red-Eye Twin preamp. I have tried other preamps, a Baggs and a Boss AD-8 (the old...
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    Re: D'Addario Monel Strings !

    @Pete Martin (or anyone else here): Have you tried the Martin Monels? They are the same gauges as the 74's but they are less than half the price.
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