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  1. Re: Bluegrass Mandolin Teacher in Orange County CA

    Good luck in your search for a teacher. I fled the O.C. in the 70's for Kentucky where Bluegrass was born. Finding a teacher here was also a problem. Go figure. You may want to investigate some of...
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    Re: Mandolin Care?

    + 1 on Rob Meldrum's guide. Change your strings either one pair or one side at a time. I change one side at a time and that allows me to use a damp then dry cloth to clean the finger board. You may...
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    Re: Mandolin Recomendation

    Eastman or Kentucky . . . those are the two best choices in your cost bracket. Which is best, is up to your preference in tone. Eastman mandolins sound more like a Weber or a Collings Kentucky...
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    Re: Compton vs. Henry Lessons

    It is always a function of how a teacher communicates his or her ideas on playing. Some teachers make perfect sense the first time you hear them. Some never do. Part of that is language and part of...
  5. Re: Embarassing Question - Which Mandolin to Bring to Jam?

    By all means take the one you prefer to play. I have met a few , very few, cocky players at jams. Go to have fun and learn and you will. Enjoy the process. R/
  6. Re: Changing the strings on my new to me 2nd hand Gilchrist

    Well I have used all but the Ernie Ball strings. The other three manufacturers are all quality makers. Your style , technique and aural preference will let you know what string to use. . I play with...
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    Re: the kindness of strangers

    A small act of kindness goes a long way. Thank you for the sharing. I hope you may find someone to "share" this one on. R/
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    Re: Violin strings on mandolin?

    No….just no.
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    Re: Double stop soloing help.

    Pick out a favorite "simple" fiddle tune you know the melody of. Make sure that you can hum the melody from memory. Work out the relevant major scales in double stops in the I , IV, and V chords. The...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson Playability

    Tone, playability, healthy structure, looks . . . that's what I watch for in any instrument. My technique, or lack thereof causes more disappointments than my instruments. I will admit to preferring...
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    Re: Case weights

    Thank you NultyLynch, Mark Leaf was the maker. I always wanted one of those for the "cool" factor alone. I have no idea what one weighs in at empty. R/
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    Re: Case weights

    I have a Canadian Mando / Fiddle Calton that I refuse to use unless I am getting on an airplane. I will see what that one weighs. I have only had one case heavier ever and I sold that one years ago....
  13. Re: Choice of Strings and picks for New Weber F4 ?

    Try out some Curt Magnan strings. I prefer the PB mediums on my F5. The Magnan Monel strings were a tad bright but as we know all mandolins are not created equally. Do look around at various makes....
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    Re: Changing pick hold

    Easier and faster…. Nope sorry. Loose fingers loose wrist if you don’t drop your pick occasionally you are holding it too tight, Be patient it will come and your tremolo ill improve when you angle...
  15. Re: What’s the nicest mandolin you’ve ever seen?

    Walter at Carter's Vintage has always been kind enough to allow me to play the instruments in his store. The three Loar instruments there at the time were a revelation to me on what a mandolin could...
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    Re: Favorite mandolin playing beverage?

    Buffalo Trace of Knob Creek neat . . . .
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    Re: Kenny Baker

    K.B . . . . I listen and the more I learn the more I hear and . . . I started with fiddle at the same age as K.B. recorded Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe. So ever "catching up" is well beyond me ......
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    Re: Live Mic for Mandolin Recommendations

    Ok…. SM 57 are really the workhorse for the sound reinforcement industry. IMO to have a complete kit you need a mic, a transducer internally mounted, a quality pre amp, a small acoustic amp, a mic...
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    Re: Mandolin to Violin

    Well ... I took up with the fiddle twenty years ago after a couple of decades with a mandolin and a couple of decades with guitar before that starting in the mid 60's. I still play all three...
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    Re: Dudenbostel 2-point

    Lovely Big D. I was lucky enough to play one of your F5's with a Virzi and it is one I remember clearly for the excellent tone and playability. Then whenever I get to thinking I know how to play a...
  21. Re: Changing my mandolin strings for the very first time

    Well .... I have a James tail piece so it locks the loop end in place. I use a capo to keep the string stretched tight on the loop on my other instruments. R/
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    Kentucky mandolins are usually a good value and crafted of good materials for a learning student. Keep in mind that the setup on a mandolin is paramount. There is a free setup manual available here...
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    Re: High e-string keeps snapping, help?

    Pops1 is correct about tuning post breaks. I have a Gibson that did that. If they are breaking at the tailpiece look for a burr in the tailpiece. If they are breaking at the bridge the string is...
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    Re: notes on the mandolin fretboard

    Many thanks R/
  25. Re: Looking for good acoustic mandolin album

    The David Grisman Rounder Album, Manzanita …..
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