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  1. Thread: Truths

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    "There are still so many beautiful things to be...

    "There are still so many beautiful things to be said in C major." - Serge Prokofiev
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    Singer picks the key of a song. In a jam circle...

    Singer picks the key of a song. In a jam circle if it's your turn to pick an instrumental tune then I say you get to pick the key. As long as everyone is taking turns it seems fair to me.
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    I played the standard G chop chord for over 12...

    I played the standard G chop chord for over 12 years. It almost wrecked my little finger those last couple of years playing. It took a couple more years of hardly playing the mando at all and now I'm...
  4. Thread: Raising a bridge.

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    I have a bent top Martin copy with an ebony non...

    I have a bent top Martin copy with an ebony non adjustable bridge. I want to raise the bridge up about a quarter or maybe one half of a millimeter. Any advice?
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    I was playing on the bowlback a bit today and...

    I was playing on the bowlback a bit today and remembered another thing I like about the Dogals...they stay in tune. Often I pick up the mando after it sat in it's case a few days, check my tuning and...
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    Thanks for the offer, but I'm happy with them and...

    Thanks for the offer, but I'm happy with them and if I decide to try something else I will still hold on to these in case I didn't like the new strings. I was really commenting on how long they last....
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    The Dogal strings last a long time. I made the...

    The Dogal strings last a long time. I made the mistake (maybe) of getting extra sets and it will take me quite a while to use them up before I can try anything else.
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    Norman Blake. Old Time Alison Stevens. Classical

    Norman Blake. Old Time
    Alison Stevens. Classical
  9. Thread: Oval holes

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    One thing I really like about oval hole mandos is...

    One thing I really like about oval hole mandos is the way they handle double stops and drones. The drone will ring out while you play a melody above or below it. I play a lot of drone notes and...
  10. Thread: Dean Mondo Mando

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    I like my Dean guitar. It's an acoustic electric....

    I like my Dean guitar. It's an acoustic electric. Sounds good acoustic but lacks volume. Sounds great plugged in. Don't know about their mondo mando. Write us a review if you get one.
  11. Thread: Oval holes

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    Both of my mandolins are short scale oval hole...

    Both of my mandolins are short scale oval hole instruments. I like them, but they are not for everybody, especially a hard core bluegrasser wanting to drown out 5 string banjos. I sold my F5 years...
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    I thinned the herd several years ago. Down to 2...

    I thinned the herd several years ago. Down to 2 guitars and 2 mandolins and would do it again. Last year I took up harmonica and now have nearly 20 in various keys and tunings. At $20 for a nice harp...
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    There is a lot to be said for new instruments...

    There is a lot to be said for new instruments getting you out of a rut, Bill. I had stagnated on guitar after 20 years and then 14 years ago started the mandolin and everything became fresh again. I...
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    Excellent points. You mentioned the Villa-Lobos...

    Excellent points. You mentioned the Villa-Lobos etude. I have a lot of etudes by Carcassi, Sor, Guiliani, etc., and enjoy ripping through them when my brain doesn't want to work on much else. Are...
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    I have a nice little no name bowlback and also 2...

    I have a nice little no name bowlback and also 2 nice classical guitars. One is a Manuel Rodriguez. I know some here play both, (Eugene comes to mind). I am finding that as my level of guitar playing...
  16. Thread: mando webzine

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    Stumbled across a nice webzine:...

    Stumbled across a nice webzine:
    http://www.mandolinsessions.com/

    They have back issues available
    also. Maybe everybody already knew about
    this, I just found it.
  17. Thread: Bridge blanks

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    I got a couple of nice bridge blanks from Elderly...

    I got a couple of nice bridge blanks from Elderly Instruments in Michigan, but, again, they needed to taken down some.
  18. Thread: Suzuki Mandolins

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    My first real musical instrument was a Suzuki...

    My first real musical instrument was a Suzuki classical guitar for $60 back in 1970. Haven't seen a Suzuki without wheels for years.
  19. Thread: Dean 9 string

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    Has anyone here played the Dean 9 string "mondo...

    Has anyone here played the Dean 9 string "mondo mando"? It has a 20 inch scale, the trebles are doubled and the basses are single. It is tuned like a guitar. I have trouble stretching my hand for an...
  20. Thread: String length

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    I built a copy of a little Martin A about 10...

    I built a copy of a little Martin A about 10 years ago. Not wanting to cut my own fret slots, I bought a pre slotted board. The Martins were short scale instruments and this was a standard Gibson...
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    I notice that Mid Missouri now offers a 13"...

    I notice that Mid Missouri now offers a 13" scale. Since they also have a round sound hole could you consider these "new classicals". There is one for sale in the classifieds. Mid Mo calls it a...
  22. Thread: nylon strings

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    The top is for sure too thick and too heavily...

    The top is for sure too thick and too heavily braced for this setup. This was just an experiment. If I decide to leave it that way I will have to take the back off and do some trimming. Also a new...
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    That Charles mandolin is shaped like an old Kay,...

    That Charles mandolin is shaped like an old Kay, which also happens to be my first mandolin.
  24. Thread: nylon strings

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    Had a day off and started fooling around with...

    Had a day off and started fooling around with something I always wanted to try. I took the Dogals off my little home made celtic style beast and put nylon guitar strings on it.
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    U shaped necks for me. I hate V shaped necks. U...

    U shaped necks for me. I hate V shaped necks. U shaped necks keep my fingers over the finger board. Vs tend to have me wrapping around like a baseball bat. And make it thick also. Tiny necks are no...
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