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    Re: Blueridge 60, Harley Benton, Martin tenors?

    For my Harley Benton tenor today - this is quite weird, its like a tiny Dreadnought but deeper bodied than you might expect. Tried it out in GDAE with the D'Addario OEM strings - meh. Fitted John...
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    Re: Amplifying a violin in an electric combo

    The above are all good solutions - for some kinds of violin/fiddle sound. The problem is, though, you need to identify what kind of sound your fiddler wants before trying a solution.

    If she wants...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    As a number of folks have said, Adam, it's not like that everywhere by any means. In UK, I'd suggest it's mostly not like that (dunno about USA myself, but I bet it's highly variable). Asking people...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    OT again, but there are some differences in usage of the word 'ceilidh/ceili'. A few have been discussed above. In the South of England the usual implication is that a band will play for informal...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    I've never seen a person stick their hand down a catfish's throat at a session, but someone's done it, somewhere.
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    That's not what happened at the session I mentioned - 3 or 4 people who didn't normally come to this place had hijacked an existing public session and were trying to turn it into a gig for their...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Slightly OT, but it sounds like you got good local sessions Ray. My take on this is that if an individual requires that the audience and all fellow performers treat them like a professional, they...
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    A good mandolin chord book (take 47...)?

    OK, here we go again - but this time I know better what I want. Can someone recommend an irish/bluegrass/folk tune/w.h.y. mandolin book that has the actual chord fingerings a competent mandolinist...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Assuming Mr Gibbs came from a line of Gibbs, you have a 'Gibbs son' mandolin there...
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    Re: Eastman MD305 Tailpiece upgrade

    That's not my experience at all - just this morning, my son played the mandolin I recently fitted an Allen tailpiece to, it was also much loude, more solid, and more 'pluncky' than last time he did...
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    Re: NMD-Eastwood Mandocaster Ltd

    Mike - these electric mandolins appear to be made with any retailer name you want on the headstock and a few variations in the switching etc, but I think the Eastwood ones have the coolest colours. I...
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    Re: My Greatest Regret

    You got there now Al, so it's all good :)
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    Re: Kentucky-brand info

    My two are the opposite - my Eastman 305 has the dry, woody (but 'modern' style) folky sound, my Kentucky 250 has more of a full 'general purpose' sound. Individual instrument differences I guess...
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    Re: Chords and double stops in Trad

    I wonder how many of the those mando players are renegade fiddlers like me, 'cept they never did get through the chapter on Chords? I'm getting there, just not quite there yet...
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    Re: Laminated back and sides bad?

    I seem to remember posts elsewhere on this board about Strad-O-lin mandolins that said some of the good sounding ones had laminated back and sides?
  16. Thread: Kentucky Vs LOAR

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    Re: Kentucky Vs LOAR

    I've heard it said some do, but I assumed it was just bar talk :)
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    Re: Kentucky-brand info

    I have an Eastman 305 and a Kentucky 250. The Eastman's neck is slightly narrower at the nut and more V shaped in that area. The Kentucky neck feels more D shaped and the frets are slightly wider....
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    Re: Kentucky Vs LOAR

    Slack Key may or may not already be initiated into the rules of the MIF or Musical Instrument Fund. This is an important principle of domestic economy for any musician, and it goes like this:

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    Re: 2021/2022 Forster mandolin batch

    Kentucky must have a sustainable source of nauga - their current 'deluxe' gig bags look and feel like they came as an accessory for Starsky and Hutch wheels. I'm just peeved they didn't include an...
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    Re: Kentucky Vs LOAR

    Do try both Eastman and Kentucky mandolins in your price range, as they can feel different. My impression is the Kentucky neck is slightly fuller and the fingerboard is very slightly wider. I like...
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    Re: Chord Charts and Progressions

    Thanks Matt - I'm a relative mandolin beginner, and what I've found so far is that otherwise very good mandolin instructor books tend to have have somewhat illogical and/or scrappy chord chapters....
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    Re: Gibson Guitars Loses Flying V Lawsuit

    The way I see it is the Flying V is the first oelectric guitar you can stand against a wall without it falling over and breaking off the 'accident-waiting-to-happen' headstock joint. This was a...
  23. Re: My new Harley Benton electro mandolin is in the van - Wow!

    This Forum suggests that the happiest days of mandolin ownerhip are when you buy it, and each tme you buy the next one :)
  24. Re: I have an open mike on Saturday and I'm scared to death

    One would hope so - an excellent Scottish fiddler I know was playing at a fairly traditional session in the Scottish highlands, near the hotel he and his wife ran in the Braemar area. With a...
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    Re: conundrum: 3 calton splatter color combos

    You could have your own personalised splatter case - by buying a white one and splattering it yourself? And (adopts best Scottish accent) "Ye maun save yersel' a few poonds...", BTW, I'm Scottish so...
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