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  1. Thread: First Instrument

    by JeffD
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    Re: First Instrument

    I have another idea. Borrow or rent a mandolin for a couple of weeks, and see if you are going to fall in love. If not, you saved even more money. If you do fall in love, then get yourself the very...
  2. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    I rather enjoy being in a bubble, actually, where we go on and on about our artistic preferences and what not, in this tiny corner of the world where mandolin seems frightfully important. But I have...
  3. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    You have to remember the time frame these were developed. Check up on Art Nouveau and such like art movements. Lots of extraneous curly bits in furniture, jewelry, designed objects, between 1890s...
  4. Re: What A style Oval hole mandolins to consider in $2000 range?

    I don't think that has anything to do with the oval hole itself. Its just the custom among arch top Gibsonesque style oval hole mandolns. There is nothing inherent in the oval hole that implies...
  5. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    What I meant was, if you look at what music people listen to, say in this country, most people do not listen to bluegrass. The overwhelming majority do not. Going down the street talking to people...
  6. Re: Any modern(cheaper) mandolins with a Gibson model A 1924 soun

    I have that same prejudice. But, realistically, a mandolin made 100 years or more ago, in great shape, probably spent most of its time in a case under the bed, like a vampire gone to ground to be...
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    Re: Can you tell about this mandolin please?

    That mandolin could make someone happy forever. It is definitely someone's forever mandolin.
  8. Re: Newbie looking for tunes that feature mandolin

    There is not much that a mandolin cannot do.
  9. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Yes. Good point.

    I sometimes think the Kerman is the latest great step forward in mando-evolution, and it is inspired by the exactitudes and tonal expectations of the mandolin in classical music.
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    Re: New player - Mandolin

    Here is an idea. Rent or borrow an instrument, for a couple of weeks or a month, to see if you are going to fall in love with it. If not, you saved even the $500, and if you do fall in love, you may...
  11. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Mandolin development where, when? Most of the mandolin development was before bluegrass. Way before bluegrass. The iconic F-5 design evolved before bluegrass, and was primarily envisioned for...
  12. Thread: Blonde Loars ?

    by JeffD
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    Re: Blonde Loars ?

    My goodness, I think you left out Sheraton brown. Very popular.

    Not blonde I admit, but not a burst either.
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    This has been the hardest task for me. Sight reading the notes was easy in comapison.

    For me it has been just listening a lot. Becoming familiar with the genre of music. So for example, I am very...
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    Re: And now for something completely different

    Verne, there is something I love about that instrument.

    It is kind of transgressive, in a totally unassertive way. Kind of like Pee-wee Herman robs a bank.

    Nice.
  15. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    I have discovered that anyone who takes their playing seriously does a lot of practicing. For me, during normal times it is likely something like three, maybe sometimes four or five to one time spent...
  16. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    So two significant incidents related to a performance expectation I have had:

    In one it was a folk jam, popular folks songs and cowboy songs, and only two mandolins in the jam. I was playing my...
  17. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    After a degree of personal soul searching I have concluded that it is the person taking the expensive instrument out of its case that experiences the performance anxiety, due to the perceived...
  18. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Better smell too!
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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    To further complicate things, for some strings the way they sound out of the pack newly installed is not the sound they will have when they settle in. I play hard, and a lot, and the EJ74s mentioned...
  20. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    No of course not.



    I think approximately zero extent. Most musicians with any experience are pretty critical, and not easily bedazzled.



    Of course there are. Quite a few examples. And in...
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    Re: Help: Looking To Buy My First Mandolin

    I am not going to presume to recommend a specific instrument or course of action. I'll just share some ideas, for you to do with as you would like. If my comments don't apply, perhaps they will help...
  22. Thread: Aaargh . . .

    by JeffD
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    Re: Aaargh . . .

    I am not a luthier. I do other stuff. But I do appreciate a piece of equipment that was designed taking into account maintenance.

    I deal with electrical equipment used to respond to emergencies....
  23. Re: Is there a reason for the fretboard extension without frets ?

    I had the florida scooped on a mandolin, a Paris Swing. And faux frets put in to keep the visuals. But that mandolin was all about visuals.
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    While it is true we can't look in two places at once, almost nobody stares continuously at their hands. So I think it quite possible to fulfil your obligations as a musician to catch the smiles of...
  25. Thread: Mandolin Banjo?

    by JeffD
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    Oh my goodness. Banjolins. I have played a few.


    * Are they much louder and/or more cutting than a decent bluegrass mandolin?

    Yes. Very much so. With great power comes great responsibility....
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