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    Apr-15-2021, 11:27am
    Here's one on tenor from Laura-Beth Salter; John Hiatt, Slow Turning
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    Apr-08-2021, 11:46am
    I like the one piece back I have on the Davidson two point mandolin, but thatís because it gives a larger canvas for all the wonderful woody patterns...
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    Apr-08-2021, 11:37am
    Similar to David I play standing and sitting and donít use a strap for either carved top or bowl back instruments. Same hold standing or sitting &...
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    Apr-06-2021, 2:04pm
    Beanzy replied to a thread Absolute Silence in Equipment
    Jim, i used to do that with a rolled up bit of towelling. I wasn't too keen on shoving it in underneath and rolling it tight enough to get pressure...
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    Apr-05-2021, 1:24pm
    Beanzy replied to a thread Absolute Silence in Equipment
    You can make a mute from a freezer bag clip and some dense foam. It isn't perfect but you do get a thunk from the pick on strings. It's a bit like...
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New Mandoloncello

by Beanzy on Oct-03-2019 at 1:02pm

A bit of a bargain from Hobgoblin Music in Leeds.

It sounds great even if it is a bit keen on the inlay

Visit to the Furniture Stores of the Victoria & Albert museum

by Beanzy on Nov-01-2016 at 3:18pm
Maxine organised for a group of us to visit the Furniture Stores of the Victoria & Albert museum at Blythe House in London. It took nine months to organise & I'm hugely grateful to her for the opportunity.
A few highlight pics


New Mandolin

by Beanzy on Nov-02-2015 at 6:39pm
I've finally committed to buying The Mandolin, deposit cheque for £1500 going off in the morning. Scary given that's the most I'd ever paid for an instrument in the past (cello,& case). This one will come in at £4,000 and be pretty unique.

I decided against anything conventional or what others normally view as an ideal. It will be two point, 32mm wide nut with the courses offset towards the bass side to allow for my fat fingers. No truss rod, instead it will have a 3mm carbon

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Calace 58-A

by Beanzy on May-08-2013 at 12:17am
I picked up this Calace 58-A to use as my new workhorse mandolin for my orchestral playing. It's got a few issues but has a lovely sound even before I've dealt with those.

Someone had added a zero fret at one time to make up for a nut that had worn too low with use. I'll be replacing that soon.

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