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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    You'll see quite a lot of guitarists tune to the key centre chord of their next piece. UK Folk guitarist Martin Simpson tends to talk while tuning between pieces, and I suspect the talking is just...
  2. Eastman 305 vs Kentucky KM 250, improver reviews

    Hi: thought I might post some first thoughts on a comparison between these two mandolins. They're pretty direct competitors for the 'first decent mandolin' rosette, so a lot of mando...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    I tune starting with the As, then D G E, then go back and check the As, then readjust as necc. This is from standard violin tuning routine, and I guess it might bias the tuning towards the keys of...
  4. Thread: Pickup options?

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    Re: Pickup options?

    Any thoughts on whether the adhesive you use for stuck on internal 'hot dot' style pickups affects the sound?
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    The standard way to mute a violin is to clip something heavy (a metal mute) or something lighter with low vibration transmission (eg a leather mute) to the bridge. That makes a huge difference.
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  6. Thread: The cure for MAS

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    Re: The cure for MAS

    Sounds like the mando world may also suffer from instrument envy. They say the first statement made at an expert bagpiper's passing is:

    "He was a great piper - we'll not see his like again"...
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    Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    My son (who's into electric guitars) says the market here in UK for any kind of old Gibson Les Paul guitar has gone nuts in the last year or so, with far more private Ebay dealers ready to buy...
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    Picking over the fretboard?

    Any tips please for picking over the fretboard? I'm thinking of what you do to get those harp style sounds from a mandolin - or is there another way to do it?
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    Re: Easiest to Use Looper?

    Is the Ditto sound quality good, guys? I haven't had anything to do with this kind of device since I owned a Watkins Copycat (mechanical tape loop echo machine) :)
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Indeed, guys. I believe there are a not insignificant number of pro classical orchestral violinists and violists who own an historic instrument which they felt helped get them the chair, but which...
  11. Re: Cheap beater mandolins that play, for leaving in the car etc?

    OT but...The essence of buying a convertible British sports car is that the weather doesn't stop a chap getting about :) You'll see Morgan owners (particularly) driving in summer rain wearing...
  12. Re: Cheap beater mandolins that play, for leaving in the car etc?

    Sorry, my poor expression - what I meant was, how did I end up buying a Kentucky 250 when I set off with a Rogue in mind? Maybe it's in the family - my cousin's husband went out to buy a truck for...
  13. Re: Cheap beater mandolins that play, for leaving in the car etc?

    Yeah, that's it - so I find I just bought a heavily discounted Kentucky KM-250, which I probably won't leave in the car in beautiful Death Valley for fear of the mandolin police. What happened there?
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Yes - I suspect a particular frequency response curve shape that violin produced was the reason the sound carried so well. Thanks for reminding me about Hobgoblin, Dagger - I looked at their site and...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Yes - I suspect a particular frequency response curve shape that violin produced was the reason the sound carried so well. Thanks for reminding me about Hobgoblin, Dagger - I looked at their site and...
  16. Thread: The cure for MAS

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    Re: The cure for MAS

    I knew a man who collected double basses (he had 7, took up a whole room), so MAS may not be the worst.
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Ah, a clear case of mandoaudiophilia then :) One thing that's very noticeable re. acoustic musical instruments is that the sound the player hears may not be what the listener hears,. With fiddles at...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    I had a Manson electric guitar with a deep and heavy brass nut at that time, and I never did like the sound much - but that was probably down to me, not the guitar :)
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Thanks John - well, I wonder it's one of those things where a small weight difference just tips things enough to change them. I'm pretty sure there is a difference, although of course it always...
  20. Thread: Kentucky km 256 ?

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    Re: Kentucky km 256 ?

    I may be about to choose either a Kentucky 150 or a 250, so I'm interested in that. As I understand it, the only 'official' differences now are that the 250 might have fancier looking wood and finish...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    I'm using the same old strings, no new setup. I suspect the new tuners are heavier as well as stiffer, so maybe that's what caused it - like the old C clamp on guitar heastock effect?
  22. Re: Cheap beater mandolins that play, for leaving in the car etc?

    Thanks again all. Looks like suggestions are:

    * Rogue A style, labelled Stagg 20 or 40 in UK. We have votes for and against these.
    * Savannah SA-120. Some Savannahs are solid wood, but they're...
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    Better machines give better sustain?

    I just replaced the stock machines on my Eastman 305 with something a little better (wouldn't be hard). They're decent quality Chinese 4 on a plate, sold in UK as 'Leader Banjo Co Deluxe Mandolin...
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    Gretsch 9350 Park Lane - opinions please?

    Anyone got any playing/sound opinions about the Gretsch 9350 Park Lane? I'm considering whether to put it on my list of affordable mandolins to watch for. There aren't many YouTubes of this one...
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    Re: Clarification on Finger to Fret assignment

    What do y'all think of the idea that there are two types of mandoliners - those that think like fiddlers and those that don't? I come from fiddle, play mostly folk styles and keys, and I haven't...
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