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    I've recorded a set of reels and a set of jigs on the new Taran Springwell - with a cedar top - that I bought at the same time as Kevin was picking up his instrument from Rory Dowling. I know some of you were interested in how they sounded.
    My playing is not at the same level as Kevin's - and the tunes are different - but I hope this helps. Hopefully we'll get a chance to get together in a few weeks and can do a more direct comparison.
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    Very fine playing, and a tone that is smooth as honey.

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    Great sound, Tim, and very fine playing too.
    I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order. - Eric Morecambe

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    Thanks John

    Still some way to go - but good fun - especially on the fine instrument Rory has made.

    I particularly like that I seem to have rendered Kevin speechless in his last post!!

    All the best

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    I thought that too, Tim, but then it seemed that the Adobe Flash player was being blocked by my system, and when I allowed it the two videos popped up, rendering Kevin speechful again! Clearly your playing astounded him as well.
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    Steady chaps, at least I can use the site's functions properly!

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    Great stuff, Kevin, and a super website. Rory is a true craftsman (as are you, my good fellow!)
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    Just noticed that Rory has re-opened his order book again, if anyone fancies a Springwell ....

    https://www.taranguitars.co.uk/blogp...-open-for-2019

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    I'd love one of his guzoukis. Amazing looking instrument

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    Kevin, I have a blank screen coming up in your posting where the video should be. I accessed the Vimeo video via the link I got from my e-mail telling me you had posted a new video of the instrument. Great sound and very fine playing. It is a lovely instrument
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kelly View Post
    Kevin, I have a blank screen coming up in your posting where the video should be. ...
    Same here.

    Just out of curiosity, I right-clicked the page (in Chrome) and selected "Inspect". Then I clicked in the blank area where the video should be, and Chrome highlighted the relevant code:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	missing-video.jpg 
Views:	50 
Size:	294.3 KB 
ID:	167576

    I copied the part that looked like it might be a proper URL (https://player.vimeo.com/video/130901563) and I pasted it into a new browser tab and hit the "Enter" key, sure enough, there's a video. Cool! Nice playing there. Let me see if I can try to embed it here:


    (or direct link)

    That works here, at least.

    But some of the other videos in this thread are also just a blank. I'm too lazy to do detective work on more than one video per thread, so I have no idea what those other videos are about. Not sure what the deal is with the other videos, as to why they don't show up. It's odd that it worked for me when I tried posting the video above - maybe earlier forum misbehavior or something.

    Also not sure what the deal is with the Vimeo "Staff Picks" at the end of the video, the title of one of them that was presented to me look NSFW but I didn't bother clicking on it to see if the content matched the name (probably something artsy, I wouldn't have appreciated it anyway). I don't know if Vimeo "Staff Picks" are anything like YouTube AutoPlay - on YouTube, anything and everything can show up in the AutoPlay, video owners don't get to choose what type of content appears there.

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    Lovely instruments, great sound and fine playing, boys. Hope you have a licence for those legs!
    I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order. - Eric Morecambe

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    Licenced to thrill, like all Scotsmen in the sunshine!

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    Great to share tunes with Kevin at the weekend and compare progress with our two Taran mandolins.

    I'm so enjoying my cedar topped Springwell - it doesn't have the "attack" of the spruce top and doesn't cut through in the same way when played alongside other instruments - but as a solo instrument - or just getting enjoyment from playing on my own - it's warm, clear and balanced - and a real favourite.

    Glad you enjoyed the knees John - enticed out of hibernation by a fabulous spell of weather on the west coast.

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    Bedding in the Taran Guitar's Springwell mandolin in a live set at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with guitarist George Duff.


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    What a fine set, both of you. The mandolin cuts through well, Kevin.
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    Thanks John, it's a fine mandolin and a wee bit different from my Sobell.

    Here's one more....


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    The Taran Springwell sound continues to evolve, so here's a comparison of my Taran and my Sobell, for interest.


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    They sound pretty similar.

    Do you still have your Gibson F4? It would be interesting to do a blindfold/audio only comparison of them all (and indeed maybe some other ones).

    What pick are you using these days by the way? I have been chopping and changing a bit lately and I find that the choice of pick can make quite a difference to the sound.

    Nice to see you the other day.
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