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    Re: 80/20 Bronze Strings

    I'm using Ernie Ball Earthwood 80/20s on my guitar and like them a lot. $10 a set though - ouch!
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    Re: 80/20 Bronze Strings

    I've been using 80/20 strings on my guitar of late (have never seen any for mandolin, and never even thought of it till seeing this thread). I find that, at least on my guitar, they do the opposite...
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    Re: Thumb wear on the neck

    Some legit play-wear there! I love it. Seven years in with my MT and it still looks pretty much new (my guitar on the other hand, not so much). I'm embarrassed!
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    Re: Mandolin Orange is now Watchhouse

    It's interesting how things like band names, headstock shapes, colors on instruments, etc, etc, hit people differently. Years ago when I first saw the name 'Mandolin Orange,' I thought it was...
  5. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    I've always been firmly against leaving a tuner on the headstock because of the look, but the little D'Addarios are a genuine nightmare to remove so I've caved in at last. I leave mine turned around...
  6. Thread: Nmd

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    Re: Nmd

    Congratulations! I, too, went from an Eastman to a Collings MT. It’s a lifetime keeper. Play yours in good health!
  7. Thread: Fern?

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    Re: Fern?

    This really is a wonderful little quip. I'll be borrowing it myself.
  8. Thread: Pandemic Reading

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    Re: Pandemic Reading

    This is the book I was going to recommend. I started seriously reading about 15 years ago, and several hundred books later this one still stands out as one of the best books I've ever read. I...
  9. Thread: stand or sit?

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    Re: stand or sit?

    I don’t play well while standing, mainly because I’ve been playing while sitting all along. I also notice how thin the mandolin sounds if I try to play standing. This must mean I’m hovering over top...
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    Re: String journey on a Collings MT

    I took off the Dean Markleys. They never really settled down and sounded quite “wirey” the whole time. I also think they pretty old since two of the strings had visible tarnish on them right out of...
  11. Thread: Absolute Silence

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    Re: Absolute Silence

    I can relate to not wanting to drive the family bananas with mandolin practice. When I play guitar it's not so bad because I'm usually playing and singing songs, or learning new ones in short order....
  12. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    I've tried a few times and can never make any sense of DADGAD. The few things that I figured out that sounded musical turned out to be the same stuff I usually play, only in a different shape! Ha! ...
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    Re: Hi, I'm new to this

    Cool mandolin!
  14. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    I always liked those, though I never owned one. I was sorry to see them go out of business. Recently on Reverb there was a Tacoma dread listed as "brand new," though it was 20 years old. I...
  15. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    I've been out of the loop for a while on new guitar models but recently discovered that PRS makes a parlor. Here is Sierra giving one a workout. I want to find one of these and give it a try. They...
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    Re: String journey on a Collings MT

    I have not tried those yet.

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    I came close to buying a set of the heavies and still might at some point. What is it that you like about them so much on your Collings?
  17. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    I seem to always go back to a Fender heavy on mandolin (using rounded shoulder) and a .88 on guitar.
  18. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    It was the same for me. At some point I developed the ability to play each like they should be played. I watch a lot of mandolin players on YT and it’s always easy to spot the ones who’ve not made...
  19. Thread: Eastman "Logo"

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    Re: Eastman "Logo"

    I didn’t care for the old logo but like the new one a lot. However, I liked the older A-style headstock over the new.
  20. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    Iíve also had to learn to loosen up on my grip on mandolin. I still play guitar very aggressively and canít seem to give it up though. Itís not uncommon for me to bend acoustic strings to the point...
  21. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    Mark Gunter, great suggestion on holding the guitar differently. I’ll give that a shot tonight. I also like 12-fret guitars, but on occasion I will get way up the neck for solos. The other day I...
  22. How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    For many years the mandolin would feel awkward because I was so used to playing the guitar. Somewhere along the way that switched and now the mandolin feels more at home in my hands than the guitar...
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    Re: String journey on a Collings MT

    All right, a bump of this thread to show some new findings...

    I've been using the La Bella 880M strings for a good while and love them. I ended up with a set of Sonny Osborne GHS med-lights...
  24. Re: anyone play/own instrument from Ian Pattison, canadian luthie

    Wow, I'd never heard of this builder but his stuff looks great. Here's a video sample of one of his mandolins I found on his IG page. It sounds great.
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    Re: What do you keep your picks and stuff in?

    Here is my Tommy Emmanuel-signed Altoids tin I referenced earlier in thread. The "Bless you!" bit he wrote on there is getting worn off, as is his signature. The date on the can is Sept 2006, so...
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