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    Re: Fretboard Frets Question

    Itís like what happens on the fretboard of a mountain dulcimer, where the wider frets give you a whole-step jump, rather than a half-step jump.

    Letís say that you take out the 13th fret on your...
  2. Re: Anyone been to Nashville trying mandolins?

    The mandolin inventory at Schoenberg Guitars over in Tiburon is a bit thin right now --- they have a Gilchrist, but it's the same price as the Dude at Carter's --- but if you haven't already talked...
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    Re: "What's That Sound?" Del McCoury jam

    Maybe you're subconsciously showing your Canadian pride, thinking of a song written by a Canadian songwriter. :)
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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    I'm only a third of the way through this podcast, but it has been absolutely tremendous so far! I like that Daniel presented these stellar musicians just telling their stories and insights, rather...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Good point, but I also wouldn't want to chug a vintage cabernet.

    I saw Michael Cleveland with Flamekeeper back when Jesse Brock was in the band. I was in awe of Cleveland's talent, but I didn't...
  6. Re: Hello! New here with question about best bang for my budget

    I second Charley’s recommendations of the mandolin and the store, although if there is a non-chain instrument store within driving distance, you could look there first. (Eastmans generally go for...
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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    Hoover’s writing has the magnificence of his guitars!
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    Re: Advantages of Guitar Bodied Bouzoukis?

    And you wouldn't want to say it's a Hamlett bouzouki with a killer burst.
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    Re: Music store etiquette?

    If youíre interested in playing Kentuckys, it turns out that Saga has 956 dealers in the US. https://www.sagamusic.com/dealer-locator/ So, depending on where you live, you may find a store within...
  10. Re: Electric 10 string Octave mandolin/short scale cittern

    Looks gorgeous! I hope you'll post an audio or video of it in action.
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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    Tony boldly took the bluegrass guitar where no bluegrass guitar had gone before --- a cause and effect of his participation on the first couple of David Grisman Quintet albums. I still find his...
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    Re: Octave mandolins are totally addictive

    Congratulations! That's really the great thing about the used instrument market. People who need/want the instrument and people who need/want the money and/or space all get what they want. I got...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    These lead into an entirely different no-right-answer discussion of consolidation vs. expansion of a collection/accumulation. :cool:
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    I think that you've hit on the key distinction in your phrase "organizing principle." I agree that a collection does have an organizing principle, whereas an accumulation doesn't. You collect...
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    Re: Thumbs up to Richard Beard!

    I have a spruce/koa cittern of Richard's that I bought used six or seven years ago. It looks gorgeous and sounds phenomenal! I haven't played many other citterns, but I've never played one I liked...
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    Re: Lessons With Andy Statman

    Nearly 15 years ago, when on the same day, he released two albums --- East Flatbush Blues and Awakening from Above --- with the same bass player and drummer. The first is Statgrass mandolin, and the...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    That's a really good distinction, although I think that buying "instruments with reputations [or] pedigrees" borders on collecting. Everything else that you mention seems like the musical equivalent...
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    Re: Beginner Instrument Question

    On the Cafe, I've read comments about instruments bought from GC needing a set-up --- which would have already been done on instruments bought from the Mandolin Store or Elderly. So, I'd suggest...
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    Re: Collings MT vs Pava A

    It seems like in discussions comparing Collings MT's, Pava A's, and Girouard A's, the general agreement is that all three are finely built instruments. Beyond that, it's a matter of taste. The...
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    Re: New to OM--where do I start?

    I agree completely about Tim O'Brien, and I'd also add Sarah Jarosz and Sierra Hull to the list of contemporary players who have done some great things on the OM.

    The biggest difference you're...
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    Re: Guitar player learning mandolin

    As the others have mentioned, the action on your mandolin, as well as all of those mandolins youíre playing in the stores, may have been set too high. If theyíve all been low-end mandolins in...
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    Re: Girouard Ensemble A-5 opinions.

    If you're up for a longer day and a better story, you could stop at Gryphon, play the Pava, and then head down to Sylvan to play the Girouard. That won't give you a side-by-side comparison, but at...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin (GDAE) vs Mandola (CGDA)

    Iíd try one out first. The instrumentís name accurately indicates that it sounds more like a punchy guitar than a mandolin because of its single strings. Youíll know pretty quickly whether or not...
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    Re: Girouard Ensemble A-5 opinions.

    As of a couple of months ago, before the recent case number spike, Sylvan was letting people make appointments to try instruments out. Depending on where you are in North Cali, the road trip could...
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    These are very helpful comments. With instruments in the top half of your price range and beyond, magnificence is in the ear of the beholder, and you clearly are dialed in to the subtleties of tone....
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