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    Re: Top-rated mandolins for 2020

    I like this CON in the review of the EJ-74 strings:

    "Keep in mind the size of these strings as they will make a great fit only for medium-sized mandolins"

    MikeyG
  2. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    REALLY lovely, Aidan. Especially on that instrument. Well done.

    MikeyG
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    Re: On-Line Jamming Apps?

    Don, I've been using a Presonus AudioBox USB that I bought on Reverb for less than $100 with a reasonably fast (500 mbps download, 22 mbps upload) Internet service to jam successfully with a friend...
  4. Re: New to playing Celtic music but I see its big locally

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for that, Jill!! Holy cow! Not only is it great music (as you said) but the list of videos seems to go on endlessly. Hours and hours of really fine Irish trad.

    MikeyG
  5. Re: Anyone know of Dennis Olson mandolins? Fisher, MN

    Jim - No need to excuse your comments - you call 'em as you see 'em. No offense was taken. Thanks for the kind words.

    Mike - Yes, I'm the G of G&O Mandolins. Here's a photo of my favorite...
  6. Re: Anyone know of Dennis Olson mandolins? Fisher, MN

    Dennis Olson and I built mandolins as a retirement hobby from 2006 until last year (2018). We stopped last summer for lack of energy. We sold a few but gave away most to friends, relatives and...
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    Re: Collings Pick Guard Removal

    From Mark Althans, a very fine Collings Customer Service employee:

    "You will need a 5/64" allen wrench to unscrew the pickguard platform from treble side fingerboard extension"

    I followed...
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    Re: Marla Fibish's Irish Mandolin Course

    The course involves no interaction with Marla, other than that mentioned by James in post #19. Furthermore, the videos are not downloadable - they must be viewed online. The pdf's and mp3's however...
  9. Thread: Skype Help

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    Re: Skype Help

    There is!!! I've been using software called JamKazam to play tunes with my pals in Minneapolis & Austin, TX for nearly two years. It requires a speedy WIRED Internet connection (no Wi-Fi!!). Your...
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    Re: The waiting is the hardest part!

    I feel your pain. I found that frequently checking the tracking website doesn't help the package arrive any sooner. :(

    OTOH, FedEx does deliver on Saturday to residences. :)

    MikeyG
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    Re: Tweed Cases. Really don't need one, but...

    YEAH, I love 'em too. I've used them for years. They don't absorb the heat like the solid black ones do. They fit A and F-style mandolins, right or left handed. But, whadaya mean - "no sticker...
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    Re: Kimble A5 into new Collings mandolin case

    My 2006 Kimble A5 fits perfectly in the new Collings case. Very nice fit. The mandolin doesn't move at all inside the case.

    MikeyG
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    Re: Looking for THE book

    The only book I know that meets your requirements is the one mentioned in a previous post "Mandolin for Dummies" by Don Julin. (The Mel Bay book you mentioned may not be particularly up-to-date.) ...
  14. Re: straw poll: what's your favourite pick for trad/celtic playin

    Three credits to Jill for starting this topic. :) Here are my current favorites for playing traditional Irish & old-time tunes on mandolin. I scoured the replies & found that neither of these has...
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    Re: The Butterfly, strict picking

    GREAT job, Jill! I would play it with those same pick directions. I think you get the proper emphasis that way.

    My goodness, you're getting fantastic volume from that A-Junior. What strings...
  16. Thread: Polka Picking?

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    Re: Polka Picking?

    Of course, Cobalt! You found another way which seems more natural to you. It would be great to hear how it sounds that way - could you post a recording? (And THANKS for the crotchet/quaver...
  17. Thread: Polka Picking?

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    Re: Polka Picking?

    That's the way I would do it - mostly down strokes. Here are a couple of examples:

    140415140416

    https://soundcloud.com/mikeyg-777132705/tettegouche-polkas

    Of course, there are other ways -...
  18. Re: Do you primarily play your own musical compositions?

    Thanks for the nice comments, Caleb. The recorder I use is the Edirol R-09HR. I've always used the built-in microphones and gotten good results. It seems to run forever on a pair of rechargeable AA...
  19. Re: Do you primarily play your own musical compositions?

    Since Caleb's original post, I must've made up about 5-6 tunes. I've put some on SoundCloud:

    https://soundcloud.com/mikeyg-777132705/tettegouche-polkas
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    Re: calling all Andy Irvine fans...

    Absolutely NOT! Jackie no longer plays with Patrick Street but teams up with Matt Cranitch regularly. They produced a cd in 2014 titled Rolling On. And another called The Living Stream in 2010. ...
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    Re: Rest in peace - Joe Carr

    Indeed, mine was one of those lives. Although we never met in person, we exchanged hundreds of emails during the years we wrote our book on Irish mandolin. Published by Mel Bay (of course!) in...
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    Re: Tools for writing in standard notation?

    I recommend MUP (MUsic Publisher) which can be found (for free) at www.arkkra.com It is available for most operating systems (windows, OS X, linux, etc), prints very high quality music but takes a...
  23. Re: How to slow tunes down (in same key) for learning by ear (vid

    It might appear so but after using it for nearly 17 years, I've found other uses for ASD beside slowing down a tune or a portion of a tune. For example, after capturing a single side of an LP or...
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    Re: D'Addario Launches The NS Micro Universal Tuner

    I had the same experience with this tuner. I left it on overnight & in the morning, there were circular marks on the headstock. But the varnish hadn't hardened yet & after 6 days it had "repaired"...
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    Re: Cooley's Reel tab request

    I didn't FIND them, I MADE them with the (free!!) software called MUP (MUsic Publisher). You might not have heard about it - go to this site for the program and documentation:
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