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  1. Thread: Pick Thickness

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    Re: Pick Thickness

    I started with a Dunlop pick like David showed above, then moved to a Fender Heavy for a while, then got some Wegens for Christmas one year. Used them for years and still switch up to them from time...
  2. Thread: dumb question

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    Re: dumb question

    There’s no one “correct” way to do it. You will eventually get used to whatever method you choose. I’m too chicken to try it, but Evan Marshall loops his strap around the small scroll on the peg...
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    Re: Collings MF5 - Any years to avoid?

    I’ll add another vote of confidence. I owned an MT for a few months I got in a trade for an OM. I got to A/B it with a Silverangel Econo for 5 or 6 months trying to decide which one to keep. The...
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    Re: Help: Looking To Buy My First Mandolin

    If resale is a consideration, Collings holds its value very well. I used to have a MT and a Silverangel Econo at the same time. Both were excellent instruments, and I actually kept the SA (because I...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Fiddler is Andy Leftwich, who’s a heckuva mandolin picker also.
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    Agree. I have always been taught to engage with the audience, making eye contact (or at least appearing to), smiling, etc. It’s hard to do that if you’re constantly looking at your hands. Our praise...
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    Re: Anyone been to Nashville trying mandolins?

    That’s and excellent idea!
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    Re: Anyone been to Nashville trying mandolins?

    Call back and ask for just that. Based on my pre-COVID-19 experience with them, they’ll oblige. Carter’s is truly a premier music instrument store. I’m sure there have been some adjustments with the...
  9. Thread: The Joy of an OM

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    Re: The Joy of an OM

    I usually try to move to OM fingering (so my pinky is covering the fifth/sixth frets) when I’m in first position, but, if I capo up above 2 or 3 I can usually play mandolin fingering without issue.
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  10. Thread: The Joy of an OM

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    Re: The Joy of an OM

    Love my Weber Bitterroot F hole/a style OM. I had a Hyalite a few years ago that had a 22.5 inch scale length, and it was too much for me. The 20 inch scale with D’Addairio mandola strings fits...
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    Re: Fretboard Frets Question

    If you change the fret locations, you change the notes on the fretboard, so I’m going to say no (at least not without fundamentally changing the instrument). Maybe consider trying Mandola?

    That...
  12. Re: F'in Mandolin Shootout with a Nugget, Gilchrist and Hogan!

    Three awesome mandolins! I hear what you’re saying about their differences, and, if I had to choose one, I’d really want a few hours to play in person. That said, I wouldn’t be disappointed with any...
  13. Thread: Favorite Metronome

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    Re: Favorite Metronome

    I have Metronome+ on my phone. My wife has a nice Wittner on the piano. Both work fine. I found the App looking for one that Eric Skye has/likes, but I couldn’t find it in the App Store.
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    Re: Light or Medium strings?

    I used EJ 74 and 75 gauges on the 315 I used to own. It played/sounded good with both. My first mandolin was a Kentucky 675-S that was built just after they moved to their China factory and was a bit...
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    Re: Nyberg Flattop Mandolin Build Thread

    Congratulations, Shaun! Can’t wait to see and hear the finished product. So cool to watch this come together. That walnut is insane!
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    Re: Arch-top GOM - oval or ff hole?

    Almost agree, but, for me 22.5 was too much scale length to make it useful for anything other than 2 or 3 finger chording, and I’m not a tiny handed guy. I used to own a Weber Hyalite that was carved...
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    Re: New Eastman 305 VS Kentucky KM140S / KM252?

    The other consideration is that, as budget conscious instruments, there’s a good bit of variability in tone within each line. So, most produced are good enough, with some exceptional and some more on...
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    Re: New Eastman 305 VS Kentucky KM140S / KM252?

    I had a 315 (F style version of the 305) that handled EJ 74, EJ 75, medium Elixirs, and GHS 270s well. I really liked the 315, and it’s tone was definitely stage worthy, but the fretboard is...
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    Re: Recommendation on F style Mandolin?

    315. I bought one as a “beater” a few years ago, but liked it so much that I only took it on one camping trip and otherwise treated it pretty much like my better mandolins. Sold it in a downsize a...
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    Re: Shim for Bridge Insert.

    Mandrian,

    Another idea from a local luthier as a quick fix: cut the shim out of old celluloid guitar picks. He used medium on an old guitar I bought that had been set up way too low, to tide me...
  21. Re: Some Thoughts on Vintage Gibson and Martin Oval Holes

    If we ever get to play out again, Flatwound Sickness could be a great band name (but I won’t steal it, that’s all you)!

    Since downsizing a couple of summers ago, I’m missing an oval hole. Only had...
  22. Thread: Blem Mandolins

    by CES
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    Re: Blem Mandolins

    Yes, talk to the guys there. Those tend to come in bunches with limited #s, iirc, so it would be a good idea to get on a list with them (if they anticipate future blem options), or get some guidance...
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    Re: Eastman v Kentucky et al nut width

    The difference is definitely noticeable. I previously owned an Eastman 315 that was 1 3/32. It sounded great and was well set up, and I adapted to it when I pulled it out, but I did occasionally mute...
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    Re: NMD: Pulled the trigger on a Collings A

    Congratulations!!
  25. Thread: Price Tag

    by CES
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    Re: Price Tag

    Because they’re usually worth it ;)

    Joking aside, price is a function of quality of the work/aesthetics, tone/dynamics, playability, rep/experience of the luthier, and demand. I used to be...
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