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  1. Re: Gibson Master Model vs Custom Master Model - advice please

    If you don't like the sound of the mandolin don't buy it.
    I've had my 1993 Gilchrist A3 since it was new and while it has matured over the years it sounded fantastic when it was brand new.
    At this...
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    Re: Reverb to start collecting tax IDs

    <violates forum posting guidelines, political content>
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    Re: Who is Behind "The Loar" Company?

    As far as I know all the mandolins you mention are made in China.
    There can be a wide difference from mandolin to mandolin so my advice is play it before you buy it.
    IK that's hard for some people...
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    Re: Not exactly Mandolin related....

    LOL !
    No worries, pops1, I'm not even thinking about doing this myself. I know better for sure. I wouldn't qualify as an amateur!
    There is a wonderful tech in my area I just got off the phone with...
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    Re: Not exactly Mandolin related....

    Pops1
    I did a bit of research and found this from Fromel in Seatle. I have used their products before and they are a top notch company.
    ...
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    Re: Not exactly Mandolin related....

    Hey Pops1,
    I am a complete ignoramus as far as amps and such go. What are filter caps and how do I check them? There is a competent technician in my area, should I have him check this out? From...
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    Not exactly Mandolin related....

    Fender guitar amp. gearheads! I have an old tweed Blues Jr. (thanks Gino Raugi!) that just got a new set of tubes. Massive improvement, like a different amp!! WOW!

    Check out Eurotubes
    ...
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    Re: Hutto mandolin

    All the various Hutto mandolins I've seen here on the MC have been in the rage of $10k.
    The first one I remember seeing was in 2013 and it was listed at $9k.
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    Re: potato chip casein picks

    Tried Blue Chip picks? I've been using them for years and never had that problem. Plus the edge doesn't wear somehow.
    I like them way better the casein picks

    Billy
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    Re: Weber Mandolins?

    "and the independent small shop builders are producing, until we hear otherwise."

    Which will include the man himself, Bruce Weber! Soon, that is! Bruce has said he will return to building once...
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    Myers Mic

    I've used this mic for numerous gigs now and I'm ready to report! It works like a charm and is wonderfully realistic sounding. It has its own battery powered preamp that is not the strongest one...
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    Re: Shure sm57

    I have a KSM137 which is very similar to the SM81 and it works fine for what I do.

    What I just started using which I can heartily recommend is the Myers Grip With Flexible Micro-Gooseneck. It is...
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    Re: Shure sm57

    Thumbs up to the above comments.
    I just got a Myers Grip and really love it. It is a clip on so if that doesn't work for you...
    Buy gear! I own several 57's and 58's too.

    Billy
  14. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    I realized it is a completely different instrument. IOW it isn't a guitar so don't even go there! IK,IK, it has frets!!! You use a pick!!! The mandolin is a completely different instrument.

    My...
  15. Re: Mando wall hanger at Paulís Coffee and Tea in CO

    Mandolins and espresso are a great combo!

    My personal blend is 1/3 Kona, 1/3 dark Sumatra and 1/3 Caroline's house blend espresso.

    I get the darkish roasted Kona from MJA Winery in Santa Cruz ...
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    Re: Light Strings

    Experiment, try them each and compare.
    It's very interesting to hear the difference between light and medium gauge.
    Various brands often have their own distinct sound.

    My way of keeping track...
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    Re: Myers Blend Pickup

    196743196743

    Here's the grip I'm using. I really like it. I first tried the feather series but couldn't get it mounted right but this one is a pc. of cake. Gregg was totally cool with getting...
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    Re: mandolin worth?

    What I can see of your home is lovely!

    Jim's right. Jim's always right! He knows stuffff.

    Billy
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    I've had numerous pleasant conversations with Lou Stiver and the 57 is all he and his band have ever used.
  20. Re: Epiphone MM-30: Should I Improve It, Or Upgrade?

    I'll keep my op short.

    Get another Mandolin.
    Find one you can put in your hands and play that makes you go, "WOW" ! !
    Then all your music will be from your heart.

    Billy
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    Re: Myers Blend Pickup

    That's right, no preamp. That's what Greg Myers said to do. Playing with it at home was through an Acoustic Image amp and at the gig I was using the Bose L1, model 2 with the ToneMatch. It took a...
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    Re: Myers Blend Pickup

    I'm just getting started with the Myer, "The Grip/Clamp Micro Gooseneck" and played it on my last gig, yesterday. I was very pleased with the sound. It sounded so very natural. Big difference...
  23. Re: Gibson F5-G with bottom edge damage (need advice Buy or Pass)

    That is damage that needs immediate repair. I'm not a luthier but I have a decent understanding of what their work involves. What I think I see is the joint at the side and back has been broken....
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    Re: Mic for onboard use

    I was fooling around with the Myers mic (incorrectly called a pickup) and am very impressed with the accuracy and how realistic it sounds.

    I bought the Feather clear and could not get it mounted...
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    Re: Bridge Saddle Sag?

    That's not good, get back with the maker.
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