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    Do other people ever "heard the sounds of horns " in their playing? I may be exposing myself as a kook and that's ok. The higher up the mando quality "food chain" I have climbed the more there seems to be a horn quality to single notes when soloing. I first noticed it on my Red Diamond Vintage A5. Should I call for the professionals in the "white coats"?

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    No, but sometimes I get a hint of very good chimes or bells.
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    Funny you should ask. My Weber Yellowstone 2Pt sounds a bit like a basset horn sometimes, especially the lower register. But that probably doesn't qualify as a 'real' horn. I like it, though. Kinda growly.

    My RD sounds pretty pure. Not at all horny.
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    I imagine sax notes when my band plays jazzy numbers and it's my turn to solo
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    Monroe's band came about in the big band era. The mandolin bounces between being the snare drum and the clarinet.

    On a similar note, one night in a jam on stage at a local venue a lady was playing an electric mandolin that was out of tune. My friend Larry looked at me and said "Is there an accordion playing?"
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    Thank you gentlemen, good point about the Big Band era Mike. I do have clarinet and/or wooden flute floating around in my head.

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    I think it depends on the insurance company. Insurance companies focused on the needs of musicians will allow you to determine its worth, and establish the premiums accordingly. A non musician focused insurance company, or a rider on your homeowners, can be nutty. Its amazing what "replacing in kind" might mean to them. Read the fine print and ask the PIA questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    I think it depends on the insurance company. Insurance companies focused on the needs of musicians will allow you to determine its worth, and establish the premiums accordingly. A non musician focused insurance company, or a rider on your homeowners, can be nutty. Its amazing what "replacing in kind" might mean to them. Read the fine print and ask the PIA questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Possibly posted in the wrong thread.
    I dunno, some insurance companies have horns (on their heads).

    Actually, though, a mandolin sounds most like a double-coursed banjo, let's face it.

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    I know what you are talking about. I get it on my G and D courses when the mando really wakes up. Some kind of magic happens and certain notes just project like crazy. I too think of it as kind of a growl. I assumed it was maybe some kind of imbalance/imperfection in the instrument, as it is not uniform with mine, but I really like when it happens. It feels like amplification with a little distortion or something.

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    I always hear people crying whenever I play.
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    No, but the neighbor says, "I liked hearing you play your piano earlier," after playing my mandolins when I haven't touched our piano that day. I guess a mandolin out a window or through the walls could sound like a piano... I live in a town-home.
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