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  1. Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    Or a Big Muddy and you'll never need another flat top. They can be found used for under $500 if you look hard enough.
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    Re: What's up with Ukes?

    I'd guess it's just because of their popularity - if they teach kids an instrument that is commonly played, they'll be more likely to stick with it.
    Not that you couldn't transfer recorder knowledge...
  3. Re: I知 afraid woodshedding has made me worse

    You could try just going back to playing only mandolin for a while to get used to the narrower neck again, and if it still feels unnatural, you could look at new gear.
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    Re: electric mando / amp pairing

    I've heard great things about the Boss Katana 50 modeling amp, it's in your budget and, being a modeling amp, it can recreate lots of sounds of classic amps. 50 watts is more than enough for most...
  5. Re: I知 afraid woodshedding has made me worse

    I tried it once but the neck was so wide that I quickly gave up and went back to mandolin.
  6. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    I hadn't realized that snakeheads had truss rods while paddleheads did not, or that the nut width was significantly different.

    I actually quite like the look of paddleheads, which I guess will be...
  7. Re: Fretted notes on E strings out of tune even though open strin

    Harmonics are when you lightly touch the string over a fret. So to play a 12th fret harmonic, you would pick the string while lightly touching it over the 12th fret, then pulling the fretting finger...
  8. Re: Fretted notes on E strings out of tune even though open strin

    You should definitely check the intonation. You can do this by comparing the 12th fret harmonic to a fretted note on the 12th fret. Do this for all 4 courses. If the harmonic and the fretted note...
  9. Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    Why are old Gibson snakeheads seemingly worth so much more than ones with paddle headstocks?

    I'm just curious if there's legitimate sound or playability improvements or if it's just an aesthetic...
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    Re: Eastman md 304 vs 314

    That's a hard question to answer, and I always try to play any instrument before I buy unless I'm REALLY confident it's the one I want.

    I'm with the previous poster suggesting to go play the...
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    Re: Eastman md 304 vs 314

    If flat tops are on the table, you have plenty of options in the $1k and under range - Northfield Calhoun, Big Muddy, old Flatiron pancake models, and individual makers (Morris has a few of those for...
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    Re: Mandolin newbie

    What kind of music are you planning to play, and with how big of a group? The right mandolin for you will likely depend on these factors.
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    Re: Eastman md 304 vs 314

    I think this is the exact one I played:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/189481#189481
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    Re: Eastman md 304 vs 314

    An F will be noticeably heavier than an A but still not very heavy compared to, say, a guitar. I wouldn't worry about the extra weight.

    With respect to the Morris recommendations, I also have one...
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    Re: 2-point Orpheum branded Strad-O-lin on eBay

    Most states charge sales tax on services, which is what shipping is. I would be more surprised if they didn't tax shipping.
  16. Re: Embarassing Question - Which Mandolin to Bring to Jam?

    I'm honestly surprised nobody makes a decent $2-300 flat top. Seems like it should be a no brainer for one of the entry level asian makers.
  17. Re: Embarassing Question - Which Mandolin to Bring to Jam?

    I've never heard someone comment negatively on another's instrument in a jam. I got a really nice mando about 3 months into learning and I got nothing but compliments on its sound and look and...
  18. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    With those style of tuners, I think that's the only place you could put it, but I think it would work!
  19. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    You could get one of the Daddario micro tuners that attach to a screw on one of the tuning machines, then it doesn't show at all on the front of the instrument:
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    Re: Northfiled Ox stand for guitar?

    I love the Hercules stands. I have some of the single stands for guitar and mandolin and a rack for my electric instruments.
  21. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    If fretting a note always puts you out of tune, you should check your intonation. Your bridge position is likely slightly off.
  22. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    I always tune the string closer to me with the electronic tuner then tune the other string to the first by ear - when the oscillations in the pitch smooth out and eventually dissappear is what I...
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    Re: Blue Chip CT 55 versus Dunlop Prime Tone 1.4

    I like primetones for my guitar but I wish they had a rounded triangle, the large sharp triangle or the rounded asymmetric shape that the Primetones come in are not my preferred shape for mandolin.
  24. Teens? Gibson oval hole A at Goodwill Finds

    There's an old Gibson at Goodwill's new website:...
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    Appalachian Picking Society

    Just stumbled on this anthology album on Spotify, it's pretty awesome. Figured I'd share.
    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxldagvFy5B5kpnl07BtM4RsuJk0djT1z
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