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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    isn’t this BC pick pretty close in shape to the Pickboy?
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Ones that come to mind immediately: Coleman’s March, Ashokan Farewell—actually a bunch of waltzes, Tombigbee is one. I’ll think some more.
  3. Re: Winding string loop ends for 1890 Vinaccia

    I just wonder about the wound strings which unlike other mandolin strings have a nylon-like core similar I think to a classical guitar string. Am I wrong here— please correct me if I am.
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    I think it is matter of preferred genre. Players of Celtic music generally prefer lighter picks on either side of the Atlantic.
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    As you can tell there is no one answer but just about as many answers to our question as they are mandolin players. Think about it, though: if you went to a guitar site and said, "I'm new to guitar,...
  6. Re: Winding string loop ends for 1890 Vinaccia

    Savarez site says: "Premium strings for mandolin are inspired by the strings of the 18th century and their so magical sound." Very interesting. But I wonder why they didn't design these with loop...
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    Re: Seeking Grandfather's record

    For one, try contacting the Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA).

    Second, see if there is any mention of the group in older magazines, some of which are in archives. For instance, the NY...
  8. Re: My wife has stored it for years,no markings I can see

    Keep it on the light side for sure. GHS A240 ultralights are good place to start.
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    Re: Shutt mandolins

    That one would serve as an excellent paddle should one find oneself on Shutt’s Creek. :)
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    Re: Trillium longscale mandola demo

    From the little I know about NHs they are usually in the range of violas, more or less. Is the tenor lower in pitch?

    I have always loved the music and a friend lent me one a few years ago but I...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Lately into Québécois land: Gigue du Forgeron, Marche de St. Laurent, Gigue du Sous-Marin, Reel du Semeur, and a few whose names I can never remember.
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    Re: Regal-made Blue Comet resonator mando

    I had one of the ones with the “resonator” years ago. It was all laminated IIRC.
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    Re: Trillium longscale mandola demo

    that nyckelharpa looks rather cool. Is it your own design or did you copy an older instrument?
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    Good luck, Eugene!

    Actually, since I never used that style pick, can you post the dimensions and thickness of the ones you prefer?

    Are they sort of close to the ones that this seller of used...
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    Re: Trillium longscale mandola demo

    Very nice playing and singing.

    A friend just lent me his 25 year old Trillium octave. I heard that Bob was making only a limited number of instruments over the last few years and that he closed...
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    Re: Ranieri - Art of the Mandolin

    Maybe I am a bit confused here but how do you know it is in public domain? I have the Cranz editions and book 1 is copyrighted 1956, book 2 1959.
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    You also might talk to Nik Monnin of Apollo. He works with PEEK and casein and might be interested. Of course the market is a bit small, to say the least.
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    To continue... have you contacted Clayton or Dunlop or anyone else to see what they would charge for making some picks to your specifications? I assume what you find lacking in reworking the existing...
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    Eugene: you remember the old days here when we had a very active classical section. I bought a sheet of Ultem plastic and made a few Roman style picks out of it. I agree that it is the best sounding...
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    Re: The Joy of an OM

    In the last 6 months or so I have gotten interested in OMs and I missed some excellent ones at great prices. However, I remembered many years ago a good mandolin friend of mine came over to my house...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    You may be right, Peter. Perhaps it is the bridge placement on the shorter necks but my two x-braced mandolins: 83 Flatiron A5-2 and Campanella have very different tones than my Brentrup which is...
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    Re: Apollo Picks !

    I also bought a PEEK b 1.25mm—my favored BC is a TP50 and I wanted to have something similar to compare. I posted a brief report on another Apollo thread. I liked the Apollo but the bevel is a bit...
  23. Re: Anybody fixed this kind of left thumb aggravation?

    Another wild guess here: you are gripping the neck way too tight. Relax and enjoy playing. I actually don't know why you would get a callus or whatever that is on your thumb. Maybe post a pic of the...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    It depends on what you consider a traditional oval A. I was in your boat a few years ago—what I wanted was a modernized version of a Gibson A which, to me, meant transverse bracing and shorter neck...
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    Re: 1920/1930 Supertone Mandolin

    Also, no need to post in multiple places for the same questions. I replied to your other thread with a link on how to post photos.
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