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  1. Re: Learning Octave mando as a regular mando player.

    I find they both help the other to a point. But time on each is the important part.

    I like short(er) scale octaves for melodic work. For chords, barre chords are your friend.

    Definitely will...
  2. Re: Intermediate Mando - Good Mando to Step up to?

    One thing to keep in mind is it may take a few different mandolins to find what you really like.

    I went through a bunch of "cheapies", meaning sub-$1,000 instruments until I found the sound I...
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    Re: Blue Chip pick for oval hole mandolin

    I've gone through a lot of BC picks (my wallet can testify). The CT-55 is the best for me. Funny thing was I tried it last, all my other BC's sit on the shelf now. I already loved triangles, so it...
  4. Re: Octave Mandolin/mandocello...that thing that's an octave lowe

    I had an 18" scale tenor guitar made (a variation of a mandola design) so I could use standard fingerings at the nut, it still won't do chop chords, but that's ok since barre chords do just fine for...
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    Re: Any lazy way to off a bunch of instruments?

    I take them to the UPS store and they do the boxing for me (this is the lazy man's approach), surprisingly the boxing is a lot less than the shipping.

    This is only for instruments that are in a...
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    I'm late to this, but thought I would put in my 2 cents.

    I have owned a few travel mandolins, and my main trouble is the tiny body shape leaves me nowhere to rest my arm, and I am not able to play...
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    Re: Any lazy way to off a bunch of instruments?

    Well the response was overwhelming, all of them were gone within hours.

    I also discovered that prices for UPS these days are astronomical.

    I wasn't really intending to make an ad the first...
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    I owned a few, the lack of a place to rest my arm throws me off, so I don't really like them.

    I planned to make a bolt-on armrest for one, but never got around to it.

    Instead, I found my...
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    Any lazy way to off a bunch of instruments?

    I am getting ready to move from San Jose to Knoxville (bluegrass central, this could be a good thing for a mando player, too bad I can't play Bluegrass up to speed very well :-) ).

    I have a bunch...
  10. Re: EASTWOOD tenor guitar " Warren Ellis" model...decent?

    I love how easy electrics are to set up.

    I bought a couple of the Eastwood e-mandolas, converted them to tenors, one in CGDA and one in GDAE, and I bought the 4 string e-mando too. I've had lots...
  11. Re: chop or other rhythm techniques for octave mandolin?

    I can 'chop' barre chords on an OM, and I do it on my tenor a lot. I don't really try to reach the real chop chords.
    It mostly sounds like a muted guitar, but there is a lot of variety of sounds...
  12. Re: How do you think of the fretboard - closed patterns or just n

    I think in patterns mostly, but I always know what note I am playing.

    I am developing some ease in moving around and switching patterns, but feel like I need to learn more. I forgot about the...
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    Struggling with pinky plant

    On mando pinky-plant isn't an issue, I use ye old wrist rest as needed and it's automatic and feels natural and free. But when I started tenor recently I had no rest so the pinky plant just happened...
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    Re: New Lefty Mandolin Player

    Very cool!
  15. Re: Eastman MD304's fully attached fretboard design

    I still got a strap on mine - the kind with a shoestring at the end. The end of the fingerboard is enough of an edge for the shoestring to work ok.
  16. Thread: Good bye Chick

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    Re: Good bye Chick

    I first learned of him with the "Chick Corea" album from the Maynard Ferguson band, I was an avid Maynard fan back in the day. We all knew Chick Corea was a special talent.
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    Re: Pick thickness - how to choose?

    I own a bunch of Ultex myself, use them to brighten certain guitars because they are a bright pick. On guitars they do sound different for different thicknesses (the regular point, not the sharps). ...
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    Re: Question about tuning

    Irish banjo is GDAE like an octave mandolin yes?

    How about Daddario EJ63i to start with?

    They are made for a 4-string GDAE tuned 22-23" scale length Irish tenor banjo, seems like a match there....
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    Re: Question about tuning

    Here is what I would have said if you didn't already find the answer :-)

    From what I can tell it has a 23" scale (modern banjos are commonly 26.25" scale), so you could use octave or mandola...
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    Re: New member, new mandolin

    From a setup perspective mandolin is just a small 8-string archtop guitar. :-)

    Welcome and enjoy.
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    Re: EQ/pickup/mando questions

    I would start with the graphic equalizer, try them all and see how they affect the sound, once you get some experience it gets easier to dial in the sound you want, it's a form of ear training...
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    Re: Room humidifiers and distilled water

    I started looking around for very small reverse osmosis units and found this:
    ...
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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    I match picks to instruments for the sound I like, I match to broken in strings, so I don't have to change strings much. :-)
    For me strings are more of a comfort thing (GHS A240s are lightest gauge...
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    Re: Room humidifiers and distilled water

    I have a distiller from Amazon, it makes one gallon in 4 hours, my 1 gal humidifier uses about 1 gal a day, so it keeps up.
    My place is tiny, so a 1 gal warm moisture (boiler) humidifier meets my...
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    Re: Harley Benton Tenor

    Yummy. :-)
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