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    Re: Octave tuning/string tension question

    I tried this with my 305 - and changed back again fairly quickly. If I remember correctly, I just used strings 1 step above the standard A and E strings for the high G and D - so if eg you use an 11...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Yes - but I suspect 'twas ever thus'? There's a recording out there called 'Stephen Baldwin - English Village Fiddler' which may however display the opposite. The disk has English dance and other...
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    Re: Reasons to avoid practicing

    Tennis elbow - but hang on, it's gone away...
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    Re: New prototype Celtic mandolin

    Nice work, Nigel! Do you have any thoughts on a solid bridge vs. the usual adjustable pillar type - can you hear any reliable difference in the sound?
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    Re: New Eastman won't stay in tune - bad pegs?

    My Eastman 305 is a good buy for the price, but the tuners aren't great, they're very tight. Other things to check though - are the strings wound smoothly and evenly on the machine pegs, or do the...
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    Re: Lost (and need) a Hiscox case key

    The pandemic seems to have made quite a few in UK question their work/life balance, especially those with the minority of unsympathetic employers who told them to return to the office before it's...
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    Re: Eastman "CLA" meaning

    The matt Eastman finish will gloss up anywhere you regularly touch the instrument while playing. My 315's doing it where my shirt/jacket cuff rubs on the top behind the bridge. That doesn't bother me...
  8. Thread: Cornish Tunes?

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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Yeah, but what we need is a metal version of Quay Fair, with Mongolian throat singing - think late Saturday night at the Front bar (Falmouth) :)
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Is that an answer to the topic "What's your favourite reel?", or a Cornish tune I haven't heard of?
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Sorry about posting twice above, I thought the first one didn't go properly.

    I know what you mean about not being able to keep tunes in 'boxes'. My experience so far, though, is that the Celtic...
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Thanks again Cornishman. It looks like Ilow Kernow is out of print (Lyngham.co.uk don't offer it any more), and the only copy I can find is for sale in USA with a total cost of about 45 (mostly...
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Thanks again Cornishman, but it seems like Ilow Kernow is out of print and not on Mike O'Connor's website. The only copy I can find on the Net is in USA and would cost about 45 including...
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Thanks for all the links, Cornishman - I know Dalla are excellent, but they're not quite what I have in mind here. If you imagine a band in the style of the Splann lineup with drums and bass on your...
  14. Thread: Thumb Pain

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    Re: Thumb Pain

    Is your thumb painful in the second thumb joint (the one next your palm) or in the area that touches the neck? Through many years of fiddling, I developed a 'corn' on the inside edge of my left thumb...
  15. Thread: Memorizing a song

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    Re: Memorizing a song

    I reckon what's right for the individual is the method to use, so trying every way you hear of makes sense.
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    Re: Key/Mode for Irish Sessions

    There are a good number of good 18th and 19thC Scottish fiddle tunes written in Bb and Eb, but in deference to melodeons and other folks for whom that makes life more difficult (and fiddlers who...
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    One thing I haven't yet found in Cornish music (maybe I've missed it?) is the kind of hard driving or very rhythmic amplified dance music and bands that have popularised Scottish ceilidh music (which...
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    Re: Two Kentucky KM950s that got away.

    Do these price reductions happen on all Amazon sites, or just Amazon USA?
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    Re: Georgia On My Mind - Eastman/Schertler

    How do you find the Basik pickup, Bob? It's a lot more affordable than some other Shertlers here in UK.
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    Re: Really good tremelo exercises?

    Yeah, well, I guess I found out why :)
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    Re: The Celtic Mandolin - Tunes for May 2021

    I'm led to understand that the double bass was a latecomer in Scotland, so cello was often the bass intrument where a piano was absent. I think the recordings of The Neil Gow Ensemble are a stab at...
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Thanks Beanzy - Frances of Bagas Crowd posted that tonight's Seiners session is off, she didn't say why. Does Neil Davey sell Flooch on a website? I tried to buy book 1 online from what appeared to...
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    Re: First Learning Session: Seeking Feedback

    I'd suggest everyone tuning at the start as if it's an automatic part of every session (if only...), and of course, tune to whoever can't tune their intrument, which will often be a squeezebox of...
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    Re: Really good tremelo exercises?

    It sounds like that to me Simon, never mind the cat!
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    Good tone on long chords?

    I'm slowing down for a while to let a right arm strain fix, so I'm going for chords now. As a mandolin beginner, I can hear the difference between a good and a poor tone playing tunes, and have some...
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