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  1. Re: What weight string comes stock on the Eastman MD505?

    Those are different product numbers:

    EJ73 10-38 Light

    EJ74 11-40 Medium

    EJ75 11.5-41 Medium/Heavy

    That is, EJ74 only comes in one grade, Medium 11-40.
  2. Thread: Tuning question

    by Cobalt
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    Re: Tuning question

    Regarding going back and re-tuning other strings, I find this varies by instrument. The body and neck will flex as the tension changes, any significant change in tension of one string will cause the...
  3. Thread: Tuning question

    by Cobalt
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    Re: Tuning question

    I think if everything is moving smoothly, that means primarily the string sliding over the nut slots, and the tuners themselves, such slight adjustments may be fine. From past experience I just don't...
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    Re: When You First . . .

    When I first started with mandolin, my main influences were all the real-world people I met who also played mandolin. That included other beginners, a tutor who was himself-self-taught, family...
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    Re: new mando choices

    I tend to go for the tonal balance across the range, low to high, which pleases me. But for playing in a jam or acoustic performance anywhere other than at home, often volume becomes the priority...
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    Re: Old Flatiron catalog scan

    Thanks for that.

    I hope this isn't out of order or breaching any rules, I made those images into a single pdf file, available for online viewing or download:...
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    Re: Having trouble picking in public

    Might be wise to learn to duck in case missiles are hurled!
    I remember booting one member of the audience on the backside when they became too rowdy ;)
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    Re: Play better when alone

    Yeah, I not so long ago had an experience at a jam session where a fairly accomplished guitarist and singer was completely unfamiliar with the mandolin, anything I played was intriguing new...
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    Re: Play better when alone

    This recent thread seems to be on a similar topic:
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/148963-Having-trouble-picking-in-public
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    Re: Having trouble picking in public

    I've been playing for years, decades. By now even if things go wrong, I no longer feel bad about it. But that doesn't help much here. What I've found nowadays is that when I learn to play a new tune...
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    Re: What Mandolin is this (and more)

    I would have guessed Eastern European, possibly Romanian.
    The name "premia harmonie" translates from Romanian (according to google) as "prize in harmony". (Perhaps it is 'Dreima', I read the first...
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    Re: Hypothetical Wierd Question ?

    I guess it would affect the resonance. Think of a wind instrument such as a recorder or a whistle. Different notes are produced depending on which holes are covered, or partially covered. In a...
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    Re: I'm a new guy too. Crown No. 2

    Those strings are likely to be too heavy. The D'Addario EJ73 would be as heavy as I'd go, and even that may be too much. If you do fit the strings, keep a careful watch on the neck, it should remain...
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    Re: What case for my Kentucky KM500

    Dunno if it's just me, but no matter what link I select on that "Musicians Friend" site, I always end up at this item:
    HEDD Type 05 Studio Monitor, 5 1/2" woofer, 2x50W.

    Something is very odd...
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    Re: I'm a new guy too. Crown No. 2

    If it's playable, probably more suited to Irish than bluegrass. Though I agree you can play any type of music on any mandolin, the bowlback for me is more easily played when sitting down. Some...
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    Re: fast-acting pocket audio recorder

    I guess there will be a few seconds boot-up time, like in this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxiZVJnvnDQ
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    Re: fast-acting pocket audio recorder

    I'd agree that a modern phone would seem best suited in that it is highly portable and likely to be available when needed.

    I just checked my Zoom H2n. Again, this is quite bulky to carry around....
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    Re: Light vs. Medium vs. Heavy Picks

    When I first started playing, (sometime in the 1960s) we played folk-tunes, and it occurred to me once that out of our entire repertoire, only one tune made use of the G-string (I think it was a...
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    Re: Light vs. Medium vs. Heavy Picks

    The material is important too. Thin doesn't necessarily equate with flexible (though it might).
  20. Thread: Attic Find

    by Cobalt
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    Re: Attic Find

    Don't the strings protect the fingerboard, leaving the spaces between the strings to become worn? That would indicate all six pairs of strings used, giving five gaps which get worn.
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    Re: Need advice on selling Flatiron mandolin

    They posted just fine. But you started a brand-new thread
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/148261-Flatiron-1DC-Mandolin?p=1751914&viewfull=1#post1751914
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    Re: Flatiron 1DC Mandolin

    Twins!

    Amazingly, the serial number of mine is the very next number.
    182705
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    Re: Need advice on selling Flatiron mandolin

    Regarding strings, you should find a label inside, look through the sound-hole, right up underneath the fretboard. Mine recommends string gauges 0.010 - 0.013 - 0.024 - 0.036 though I tend to use...
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    Re: Need advice on selling Flatiron mandolin

    Yes, mine is a Flatiron 1DC. I bought it new in 1994, think it cost (with hard case) about $460 at that time. Of course the value of currency has shifted with inflation since then (about $750-ish...
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    Re: "O holy night" Mandolin duet

    Thanks for that, nicely played, and good multi-tracking. Appreciated.
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