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  1. Re: Campanella two-point (How to make an accent on due?)

    People tend to forget, it wasn't long ago that these instruments were boards lying in a stack. It takes a while for them to acclimate and get used to being strung up. Play the snot out of it. If...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    I started three years ago, and well over the age of 40. I play as good, if not better than the folks that I have met at fiddle gatherings who have been playing several decades. So, it's not about...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    They are great friends. Patty is a great Metis fiddler. Canada is home to some great fiddle players, great camps, etc. The government actually sponsors programs. In fact Patty flies out to a...
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    Re: Where are the Eastman OMs?

    As per the Cafe Classifieds, TMS just got some in stock. As for used, you might be better off taking the plunge and buying a new one. I think I can count on one hand the number of used ones Iíve seen...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    Most teachers do internet lessons. One person I’d love to take a few lessons from is Donna Turk. She lives in western Canada I believe, but she has the smoothest bow arm I have ever seen. She...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    My teacher is a touring musician, so lessons are spotty, but I learn more in ten minutes from her than I could learn online or on my own. She is classically trained but toured as a founding member...
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    Re: Red spruce versus Engleman (MT/MT2)

    After 16 years we switched to Malamutes. That’s my baby in the pic. She’s a puppy there, but is now four. Her sister is 8. Rambunctious but easier to train. We had a male, but lost him last year...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    Three years in, still going. Find a good teacher. Buy a good bow, and have your fiddle set up by a professional.
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    Re: Red spruce versus Engleman (MT/MT2)

    Stock MT2O's come with Adirondack tops, as do the stock MFO's.

    I had to laugh at the husky comment. I had huskies for 16 years, and they are an acquired taste, and really require an owner of a...
  10. Thread: Allesi tuners

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    Re: Allesi tuners

    Don’t forget the duties and taxes. I bought Robson tuners a while back, and by the time I paid the duties and taxes, there was no savings. These are also metric scale, so you need to use the...
  11. Thread: Allesi tuners

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    Re: Allesi tuners

    If you are looking for something cheaper, the Alessi’s are not the solution.
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    Mine is 3115, very early.
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    Re: Just wanted to say thanks...

    Joe, give it some time, play it in, maybe while you are waiting for the top to break in try some Monel strings or Curt Mangan string (lower tension). Enjoy it!
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    Re: Red spruce versus Engleman (MT/MT2)

    Red spruce on an MT2 oval will give you more volume. The tone will be more fundamental sounding, and more direct. Somewhere in between is Italian spruce, which is my personal preference on an MT2...
  15. Re: Mandolin players who bought or have played a Waterloo Mandoli

    Sometimes there's a reason why designs need to evolve.
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    But he may not be taking on new clients or want to get involved in warranty work at this stage of the game.
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    Generally, they will direct you to someone they have used previously. And an FYI, Lou Stiver is well into his eighties now. I’m not sure how much repair work or building he is doing.

    Tyler Unger...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    Collings has a limited number of luthiers they will authorize to do their warranty work
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    No, it isn’t the fact that it was bought new, it’s the fact that it’s a Collings. I have seen them make things right on any instrument they make, regardless if you are the original owner. If they...
  20. Re: Ellis Torch and Wire in todays classified.

    Having played both, I would take the Collings home. Sweet sounding, plenty of volume and with a bit more presence.
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Did the mandolin come with a James tailpiece, or did you install this yourself?
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Lou Stiver does all the mandolin work for Acoustic Music Works in Pittsburgh. You might call there also and see if they have anyone else they can recommend.
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    Re: Visit to Carter Vintage Guitars

    I’ll second the emotion on the flattop Northfield. They are hard to find, and maybe that’s why. You see batches of them being made and none in shops (at least not for long anyway).
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    Re: Hello. Experts needed

    Condition is going to dictate the resale.
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    Tom, I’m referring to the one I have which was in the first batch to come out of Austin. But if anyone is expecting the same neck as you’d find on an MT, they are going to be disappointed.
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