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    Re: Question on Manzanita album

    I only have it on CD, but have always considered it a great album with an astounding lineup.
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    Re: Loar lm-520 New mandolin

    I found the MD-615 to have a warmer, clear tone that I liked. I also preferred the feel of playing it better than the Loar. The Loar was good, but the Eastman was a definite step up.
  3. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
    R.E.M. - Out of Time
    Any by The Bluegrass Album Band
  4. Re: What Do You Use for Editing Standard Notation

    Finale (the free version)
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    Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    I upgraded three years ago from a beginner level instrument to an Eastman 615 F-Style and I am very glad I did. I tried several in that price range with the assistance of the fine folks at Pickers...
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    Re: My band asked me to stop playing guitar

    I think a well-played mandolin can add to almost any musical situation...
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    Re: My very musical couch...

    I thought it was obviously "an attempt at humor"...in fact, I laughed.
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    Re: Hi, I'm new to this

    sounds like you need to just take the time to just get started and learn as you go. There are many resources online and in print on strumming patterns and how to read tablature. If you spend time...
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    Re: My very musical couch...

    For some, Social Distancing was already a way of life...
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    Re: Uncharted territory in my mandolin life

    congratulations. With all that is bad about this Coronavirus situation, at least you have time to spend enjoying your new instrument.
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    Re: Informal Poll

    Even if I could afford one, I wouldn't spend that much.
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    Re: I Miss Playing Live!

    We are in Southwest Florida and the weather has been great, so I have taught my lessons outside under the cabana 6 feet apart.
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    Because I feel as though I am slowly yet constantly improving as a player, that perhaps the improved sound is the result of better "tone" I get through improved technique rather than the instrument...
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    Re: Reading suggestions

    A Bluegrass History was excellent. He also wrote Bluegrass: A History and that is fabulous!
  15. Re: Do You Play ALL of Your Mandolins Regularly?

    I only have one mandolin. I am primarily a guitar player and I have just one acoustic guitar; however, I do have a handful of electric guitars and I do rotate them regularly because I love them all....
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    Re: Micing mandolins for recording purposes...

    I use Audio Technica 4040s in the studio but will sometimes plug it into my Fender Acoustasonic jr. and mic that as well, blending the two sounds.
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    Re: Mandolin Orange on today Show

    they are one of my new favorites.
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    Re: We Honor Your Service

    A big thank you to all who have served our country and made it possible for us to spend time learning to play the mandolin.
  19. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Guitar is my main instrument having played it over 40 years. Mandolin, bass and piano all come in second.
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    Re: Mandolins in the Martin Museum.

    That is a good photo, Caleb. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    The smile on your face in the first video posted says it all...enjoy.
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    Re: Mandolin Lessons for Beginners

    I agree with Randi. When I was teaching guitar lessons, most if it came from word of mouth, but it started with putting a notice up on a bulletin board. I also played instrumentally at wine...
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    Re: Mandolin art (drawing)

    I love the self-portrait, Harrison! And the woman playing mandolin, Gertz! Very nice work...I'm going to have to get my drawing pad and box of pencils back out now.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    I've never understood the assumption that because you enjoy playing music that you must do it in public.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Performing in public is not the end goal for me. I have done it in the past and it was fine, but kind of like a second job that took a lot of my time away from home.

    I play music for my own...
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