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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    You are the only one to truly know what you like. For years, I mostly used D'Addario J-74 or the equivalent, but I tried some Monel strings and liked those a lot better than PB strings. Now I Use...
  2. Re: Winding string loop ends for 1890 Vinaccia

    Nice that they sound great but if you break one string and it is the one underneath you have to change both. Good luck.
  3. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Aesthetic appeal is a matter of personal taste. (That from the Department of Redundancy Department) :)

    I prefer the beauty of the understated. Not a big fan of gold hardware or lots of abalone. I...
  4. Re: Creating a solo video with my own backing track

    Today I had a lovely video call with two fellow musicians to try and figure out how to play together remotely on Jamkazam. It was nice just talking to each of them but we came to the conclusion that...
  5. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    My alias is Gregor Samsa!
  6. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    First examples come from the eBay sellers from the Taiwan/Vietnam circle. I believe they have become much better in the quality of their work but many spent more time on fancy looking wood (in the...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Ones that come to mind immediately: Coleman’s March, Ashokan Farewell—actually a bunch of waltzes, Tombigbee is one. I’ll think some more.
  8. Re: Winding string loop ends for 1890 Vinaccia

    I just wonder about the wound strings which unlike other mandolin strings have a nylon-like core similar I think to a classical guitar string. Am I wrong here— please correct me if I am.
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    As you can tell there is no one answer but just about as many answers to our question as they are mandolin players. Think about it, though: if you went to a guitar site and said, "I'm new to guitar,...
  10. Re: Winding string loop ends for 1890 Vinaccia

    Savarez site says: "Premium strings for mandolin are inspired by the strings of the 18th century and their so magical sound." Very interesting. But I wonder why they didn't design these with loop...
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    Good luck, Eugene!

    Actually, since I never used that style pick, can you post the dimensions and thickness of the ones you prefer?

    Are they sort of close to the ones that this seller of used...
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    You also might talk to Nik Monnin of Apollo. He works with PEEK and casein and might be interested. Of course the market is a bit small, to say the least.
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    To continue... have you contacted Clayton or Dunlop or anyone else to see what they would charge for making some picks to your specifications? I assume what you find lacking in reworking the existing...
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    Eugene: you remember the old days here when we had a very active classical section. I bought a sheet of Ultem plastic and made a few Roman style picks out of it. I agree that it is the best sounding...
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    Re: Apollo Picks !

    I also bought a PEEK b 1.25mm—my favored BC is a TP50 and I wanted to have something similar to compare. I posted a brief report on another Apollo thread. I liked the Apollo but the bevel is a bit...
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    Re: Early Gibson A4 - Different Inlays?

    I believe that only a few A-4s had the "artist" style inlays. I imagine that they would have offered it as a custom thing in 1918 but this mandolin has so much other non-Gibson features. IMHO this...
  17. Re: Differences between Eastwood Mandostag and Godin A8

    Check out this thread with Eva Scow playing a Godin. She certainly makes it sound great for swing.
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    Re: Blonde Loars ?

    It is cool to see Pete playing mandolin. He and John Cohen lived pretty close to me and I was friends with John and played with Pete a couple of times.
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    Re: Curious about mandola nomenclature

    I assume you were the victim of autocorrect above and meant mandocello (sometimes archaically called mandoloncello). Scale for that is generally 24" (Gibson) to 25.5" (more or less) and tuned one...
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    Re: Curious about mandola nomenclature

    Octave mandolin (US) tuned GDAE one octave below a mandolin = octave mandola (UK & Europe). Mandola (US) tuned CGDA I believe is called the alto mandola in UK & Europe.
  21. Re: Mandolins with violin-style construction are nothing new...

    Here's the description:


    Yes, that is pretty strange how the tuners are sloppily installed. Obviously they had to cut up standard mandolin tuners. Also, obvious that this maker may have made some...
  22. Re: Mandolins with violin-style construction are nothing new...

    My Campanella A-5:

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    And label looks like it might have been clipped from a book with 52 written in. No mention of mandolins in my Henley book for that maker. They do mention that quite a few faked violins, etc. Charley...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Arpeggio Workout

    You have to add the discount code above.
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    Re: Mandolin from a kit

    Are you sure that is a kit mandolin? It looks pretty eccentric in design and I see some pencil marks on the headstock, that bridge looks like the top part of of a standard archtop mandolin bridge and...
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