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    Re: Stop Me Before I 'Dola 'Gain!

    Dude. You still don't have every day of the week covered, and you have one doing double duty - that means you have room for 3 more, right? You could start a Mandola of the Day social group. Also,...
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    Re: Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    Well at least if you had to eat your words, it was a happy meal! :) Congrats and thanks for the useful info.
  3. Re: Alternative stringing: mandola strung as guitar (D G B E)

    If you google tenor guitar string gauges you'll find charts that various folks have put together for suggested string gauges, including for Chicago (guitar style) tunings. You should be able to find...
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    Re: Where To Find a Mandolin

    Call Northfield, and/or sign up for their newsletter -They commonly list out what instruments they are sending to which dealers. I imagine they can at least tell you if they've sent any to dealers in...
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    Re: Home Recording Setup for Total Beginner?

    As Michael said - all of these suggestions have their merits.
    -> Important point: If you want to do multi-tracking you must have headphones or at least some type of earbuds, to listen to and play...
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    Re: Where To Find a Mandolin

    A strong second to Guitar Works Ltd and Hogeye Music! Have been very happy to do business with both of them for many years now. GW just did a couple setups for me and they are spot on. Different...
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    Re: Where To Find a Mandolin

    The Mandolin Cafe classified ads are definitely a good place to start! The classified ads come from both private parties and businesses, and you will see a lot of variety there. The site home page...
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    Sue, I think that really depends on the player, how they think and approach things, and to some extent their level of experience with music and playing musical instruments. For some it might just be...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    +1 for singing it! This is one of the reasons I like songs with lyrics, because it makes it much easier for me to remember once I learn the lyrics. Even without lyrics though, I often find if I try...
  10. Re: Breaking down "the old home place" mando break

    Thanks for the heads up - sounds like a good time. I was learning this song with our little after work music club before COVID. Definitely a tasty break.
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    Re: Mandolin recommendation for new player

    I've found The Loar's to be inconsistent, but a couple of them have been pretty nice. A buddy of mine has a used Eastman 305 that he go at the low end of your price range and it sounds, plays and...
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    Re: "Accapella App" type video software?

    Tim, it's called multi-track recording. For iOS you should try the Gridplay app:
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=gridplay+app&t=chromentp&atb=v225-1&ia=web

    You can download it for free, but pay the...
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    Transposition is one answer to why you would choose one over the other - it's easier to think and play in the same key but an octave lower, than it is to try to transpose on the fly if you're playing...
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    Re: Room Humidifier recs

    My luthier has told me that I shouldn't worry about taking my instruments on a "day trip" as long as they are not going anyplace too extreme and are going back to a stable, properly humidified...
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    I agree - I've played a couple of used Big Muddy's at a local store and found them to be quite nice. They were in a room with some much fancier mandos, so I was not initially inclined to be impressed...
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    Re: Ways Like A Crawfish

    Hey, nice! I never heard of Bo Carter, but thanks to your introduction I now have a two-minute google education on him. :)
    You certainly did a great job recording this for an away from home hotel...
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    Re: Strap for A-style (that old chestnut)

    First thing I do is have a strap button put on the neck heel. Otherwise I just live without the strap. I cannot abide straps on the headstock. :)
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    Re: the key of Ab on a 5-string ?

    Oh my, a couple of those shots looked suspiciously like some jazz-face on downtown Andy Brown! I do love me some Phil Gratteau drums with the DSQ. Thanks Don!
  19. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    For me the primary attraction would be stability and ruggedness despite temperature and humidity extremes. Leaving it out all the time without regard to humidity, being able to leave it in a hot car...
  20. Re: Best place to buy a mandolin near Miami/Ft Lauderdale area

    Might be worth a call to Wolfe Guitars - they are not showing anything on their website in that price range, and they are north of West Palm Beach, but it couldn't hurt to call and ask. I played a...
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    Re: Mandriola (12-string) Mandolinetto

    Brings to mind a line that Don Stiernberg attributed to Jethro - Mandolin players spend half their time tuning and the other half playing out of tune. I think this might change the percentage. ;)
  22. Re: NMD - impulse purchase, and an F style to boot

    Nice! Congrats - sounds great and looks great too. I like the way they left the pores unfilled in the mahogany on the Gallatins. That's also a very cool headstock on yours. I love the neck profile...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin -

    Hey Bluey - check out today's Mandolin Mondays for a nice example of what I mean by floating the right hand instead of anchoring it. Lucy Lindblom is letting her hand float, and between 00:40 and...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin -

    I'd say float the hand - if your hand is floating, you still need a reference point to find the strings, so some part of your arm will probably be against the top edge, which is where the arm rest...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin -

    An arm rest can be really great - I like the ones that have some upward angle to them. I have a nice one made by luthier Dan Voight, and also a McClung and a S. Oliver. All good products. As Rob...
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