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  1. Re: Winding string loop ends for 1890 Vinaccia

    Ha! Another knitter - yes'
  2. Re: Rest Strokes - a means to an end, or part of regular techniqu

    For many classical players it is absolutely a part of their technique and used when the music dictates its use. It is definitely not just a temporary learning tool. I have no idea about other genres...
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    I don't think it's a reflection of how "good" a player is; or that the player is a "beginner"; or anything else. Like picks; like pick grip; like strings; like mandolins - it's individual preference....
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    My experience is that the particular instrument you are playing may impact your choice of pick thickness. For example, I prefer a thinner pick for my bowl back. I suspect that most people will prefer...
  5. Gertrud Troster, Jiro Nakano sheet music

    I so much enjoy listening to Gertrud Troster's CD Nakano: Jewels for the Mandolin that I just wanted to make sure people were aware that music for these pieces is available on the SheetMusicPlus...
  6. Re: Customer selecting specific woods for custom build

    The luthier who recently made my octave mandolin was totally amenable to my selecting woods. First we discussed the tonal qualities of all the woods that I was curious about until we decided on a...
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    Re: Thank you Scott and Mandolin Cafe

    Not enough good things can be said about the Mandolin Cafe. Fantastic - and please always donate when you successfully use the classifieds. The resources here are priceless!
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    Re: Round Bevel vs Speed Bevel

    I always keep two of each pick that I like - one with a rounded edge and one with a bevel. For certain situations I will also get a more pointed version of a pick as well. My picks are BC's and Red...
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    Re: Octave mandolins are totally addictive

    Now THAT is a beautiful instrument- whoa!!!
  10. Re: Shout-out for Duke Sharp's Garageband Theory book

    Sue - if you get hooked, you might try Magnus Zetterlund's six week Fretboard Success class next time he offers it. It is incredibly worthwhile. (and I haven't forgotten your email LOL)
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    Octave mandolins are totally addictive

    And that's all I'm saying on the topic!
  12. Re: Using tremolo with classical music on an octave mandolin

    Eugene - very helpful videos. Thank you so much - a picture (video) is worth a thousand words!
  13. Re: Using tremolo with classical music on an octave mandolin

    Thank you. As I get more familiar with the octave mandolin I am surprised to find that the left-hand fingering is not the issue I thought it would be. Instead I find the greater challenge is tremolo...
  14. Re: Using tremolo with classical music on an octave mandolin

    Do you find that the thicker longer strings require any modification to technique or do you feel your technique on both sizes of instruments is identical? Thank you.
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    Re: Collings Shop Tour Video

    Great video clip. Thanks for posting!
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    I am not a collector. I am an early intermediate mandolin student with four incredibly great mandolins - because I am nuts about mandolins. Period. I chose these four because they are totally,...
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    Burgin Shanghai Octave Mandolin review

    I wanted to give a quick review of my octave mandolin from Paddy Burgin (http://www.burginguitars.co.nz/instruments/cut-away/). This was a custom order which took about three months to have built. It...
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    LOL - add to the mix that the relationship to an instrument evolves and changes the longer you own it!
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    I agree 100%. It is subjective for everyone. Ears and fingers will solve the quest, not price tag.
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    Re: Tailpiece busted - is this normal?

    Flatiron's are known for this - I had the exact same incident as have many others.
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    Excellent suggestion!!!
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    I would recommend that you get somewhat familiar with the impact of the pick's thickness, material, point shape, and bevel (or lack there of) on the tone and "feel" of a mandolin. To me this impact...
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    CMchaney - I don't know if it will help but, seeing as how you are a violinist and may not have immediate access to a 13 inch scale mandolin, I have attached a picture of my hand on the neck of my 13...
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    Just a quick note - the L&H at Gryphons has the longer scale. Quite neat that they have one!
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    If your thinking leads you toward the Lyon & Healy's, here is a link to a good article about them on Australian builder Peter Coombe's website as well as to his very fine classical model: he is one...
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