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    Re: Picking Fiddle Tunes?

    Exactly!
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    Re: Doug Unger Mandolin??

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcM_GfPlV58&ab_channel=DaveyHarrison

    Here's a video from the two-point flower pot mandolin mentioned above!!
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    As others have suggested, it depends on the genre. I just checked Slippery-Hill which is primarily old time. The search indicates 257 F tunes:...
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    The Harsh February

    Dagger Gordon playing The Harsh February on his Sobell octave.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irAEHSgrudM
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    Andy Irvine is 80

    Hard to think of him as an 80 year old, but there was an 80th birthday celebration gig for him in Dublin last night.

    I am absolutely certain that many of us would not be on this site today, or...
  6. Re: In Praise of Today’s “Beginner’s Mandolin

    We are in a golden age. With respect to sound quality, build quality, diversity of models, availability of instruments, and with respect to access to information about instruments, their materials,...
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    Franks' Mandolin Kitchen

    Hi fellow mandolin lovers. For some sort of continuity I've decided to start this thread to post my videos.Most all my music is done here in my kitchen. Low tech. Tascam DR07 mk-ll, no effects, for...
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    Re: Fret Material / Type Differences

    EVO is a material, not a fret type. It has a hardness somewhere between nickel-silver (the "common" fret wire material) and stainless steel (the hardest material). It also has a gold/yellow tinge...
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    Re: Koady Chaisson, RIP

    The East Pointers, Koady on banjo:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBF9nuzryPw&ab_channel=CelticColoursInternationalFestival

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    Re: Koady Chaisson, RIP

    Thanks for sharing that sad news, Bill. To others, if you get a chance to hear any musician named "Chaisson" or "Arsenault" from PEI, don't pass up the opportunity. Most of them are fiddlers, but...
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    Re: Yet another first (budget) mandolin question

    In this price range, I wouldn't fret over whether the back is solid or laminated. It's not going to be hand carved, it's going to be pressed. There may be no appreciable difference in sound quality...
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    Re: Mandola strings

    Hi Bill,

    Good to know it's not just me. I'm totally confused now!

    I've just checked my pack of 174s and, contrary to your findings, they're definitely of the correct length to suit a 17 3/4"...
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    Re: Who is Behind "The Loar" Company?

    I've been teaching for over 30 years. For beginning students who show up with a ~$200 entry level instruments, and can afford it, I generally recommend that they move up to an Eastman 505 after they...
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    David Surette's health

    David has been battling with cancer for quite a few years and decided to go public with it in a recent note to his mailing list. I was unaware of any of this and so asked for his and Susie's...
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    Re: Schertler Jam 100 or 150 users?

    Well I invited the seller over to audition the Schertler Jam 100. It is quite impressive as an acoustic amplifier. I played a couple of nice acoustic mandos through it with glorious results. The...
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    -I sure hope so.
    In the last twenty years Asian countries have produced literally millions and millions of cheap, high quality musical instruments.
    Banjos, ukuleles, mandolins, guitars. Quality...
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    Re: Eastman 314 vs 514

    Long ago, the differences in production were nicely explained to me:

    An experienced old guy loads up his cart with wood. He goes to the carving room. He distributes the prettiest wood to the...
  18. Re: The ol’ tenor banjo with an Archie Fisher classic “Mount and

    Hi Bill, I've taken the liberty of fixing your link.

    dYnLqmwr29I]Mount & Go
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    Bill, your link is not working.
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    Carolan's Draught

    Another great tune by Turlough Carolan. I don't know what it is, but I think of myself pouring a bit of whiskey in a glass when I play this one.
    The melody is one that a beginner can learn, and...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    I have have few points to make about Cape Breton traditional music. I have roots in and spent a great deal of time in Cape Breton, and am the grandson of a Cape Breton fiddler. I play tunes in the...
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    Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    Here are a couple of pieces recorded by the Celtic Studies scholar and Cape Breton fiddler, John Shaw, et al. Shaw's notes imply that relatives of one musician were playing Cape Breton music on...
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    Re: RIP Nanci Griffith

    May Nanci rest in peace. I play a few of her songs at gigs and I am going to (in my small way) pay homage to her at my next gig.
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    Re: RIP Nanci Griffith

    Another one gone too early. Sent me back to my favorite video of two of our dearly departed.


    https://youtu.be/KOsqgbeEIhU
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    Re: Repair Ontario

    Mike McConville in Stratford might help out. I used to do repairs but since Covid came along I retired. And now I’m trying to get the last couple projects complete, plus trying to fit in some...
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