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  1. Re: Mandocello in the 21st Century at CMSA

    Thanks to Jim, for putting together this collection of ideas of repertoire ideas for mandocello! I'm looking forward to hearing the mandocello music you've been collecting, and for your thoughts on...
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    Re: Need help valuing mandolin.

    That looks like Yvette, who played with the Providence Mandolin Orchestra over a period of decades. But she passed on a few years back. That mandolin is indeed a gem, as I recall: loud, clear, easy...
  3. Re: Article: Classical Mandolin For Non-Classical Players: A Prac

    I like this book a lot, both the content the way it's presented: Straightforward and accessible. Lots of interesting photos and graphics to illustrate the early days of mandolin music in America,...
  4. Re: Stringing a 1910's Gibson non-truss rod mandocello

    Just by feel and sound both -- it was a clear improvement. Evidently I had a little more than optimal tension, because lowering the string tension slightly was enough to allow the instrument to be a...
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    Re: Vega mando type model publication?

    I seem to have found a more complete version of the Vega numbers, by searching the Internet Archive. It includes Paul Ruppa's numbers above (post #10), but also both earlier and later numbers, as...
  6. Re: Stringing a 1910's Gibson non-truss rod mandocello

    In addition to Jake's excellent advice, I'd add two considerations in favor of lighter strings: 1) right-hand technique and picks have also changed in 100 years. You don't have to load up to "just...
  7. Re: Identification of roundback mandolin with star & moon inlay

    Looks like a Bauer. Inlay configuration is right, and it has that carving at the heel of neck. Probably a very nice mandolin.

    Similar to this one.
  8. Re: Article: New Solos for Classical Mandolin: Concert Repertoire

    Thanks, Scott. News: I have posted new recordings of some pieces, with more to come. The permanent recordings are well on their way now, and should be finished within the next few weeks. I'll post...
  9. Re: Looking for a US luthier that does bowlback restoration

    I've seen Jake's work too, excellent.

    Chris Pantazelos (Spartan Instruments, Lowell MA), mentioned in Jim's post above, has done some excellent bowlback repairs and restorations for me. Top-notch...
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    oops, duplicate post, sorry
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    On learning to read rhythms: Reading Contemporary Guitar Rhythms by Mike Szymczak is an excellent resource. Guitar has little to do with it; the book is really a systematic exploration of...
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    Re: Zeidler in the ads

    Ah yes, that's Yoshihiro (Hiro) Arita, long-time friend and musical partner of John McGann. John's Zeidler's mandolin was passed on to Hiro, as I recall, and this looks like it, so I'll assume that's...
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    Re: Mandocello "strum along" chords

    Sounds like you're talking about "lower interval limits." It's an arranging term that refers to how low you can play two notes, before the distance (interval) between them starts sounding too muddy...
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    Re: Mandocello "strum along" chords

    Although some mandolin chord fingers transpose well to mandocello, I think some do not work well, because they are either 1) so low that they sound muddy, or 2) too difficult to play. In general, I...
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    Re: Italian Bowl back case

    I have one of the Dogal cases -- carried it everywhere, many airplane miles, with hardly any wear. Found it to be sturdy and light, and fit my Italian concert mandolin well. The hygrometer in mine...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    Since John McGann's advice is still generally revered on this forum, and since he spoke extensively and eloquently on this topic, and since his views have not yet been represented in this discussion:...
  17. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Perhaps that's because the guy who plays jazz piano probably begins by relating all the notes--by sound, and not by spelling--to the key. Not by thinking about note names, and memorizing all names of...
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    Re: To Cafe Members on the US West Coast

    My heart goes out to those near the fires. I know what it's like to insist on staying, because I once stupidly decided to ride out a hurricane, so long that I finally had to swim out. So yes, please...
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    Re: Le Cygne

    I posted more extensive comments in the “Exploring Classical Mandolin” group, but will summarize here in case it’s helpful to anyone else:

    Such a beautifully-thought out adaptation! It falls...
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    Re: Holding the pick

    Very interesting, thanks. This three-finger grip also looks a lot like that used by some of the Israeli players, such as Jacob Reuven.

    We can dissect how this or that player holds the pick, but I...
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    Re: Holding the pick

    Yes. I find it more helpful to think in terms of traditions and schools of thought. The "standard" (in the west) grip with the bent index finger is not universal by any means. I use the "standard"...
  22. Re: Do any companies make bowlback mandolins and banjolins anymor

    Holding the bowlback mandolin is part of the technique of playing it. It's easy once you learn it, but the technique might not be obvious if you haven't had occasion to be around it.

    Here is Ugo...
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    Re: Strings By Mail

    Very impressed with Strings By Mail -- They seem to be resourceful about finding unusual products. At the time I approached them about carrying Dogal strings, no one offered them in the USA (except...
  24. Re: Good mandolin choice for woman with small hands

    I think this is a great way to go. The "standard" Gibson scale length is not a universal standard, after all, other than for Gibson-style instruments. I taught a lesson to a woman with small hands,...
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    Re: scale lengths

    Unfortunately during Stahl's time there was little standardization in naming conventions. Perhaps one of the Stahl experts will chime in here, with more information on the Stahl names. Today there is...
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