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    Re: Tone Gard - Comfortable ?

    There is no voodoo about it. Any instrument where the back of the instrument vibration is an important part of the sound AND where the back can get damped by holding it against your body, would...
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    Re: How Would You Play This Double Stop?

    I might be tempted to try the G above on the E strings. Harmonies above the note can sound pretty cool on mandolin.
  3. Re: I decided to hang it on the wall: it might be safer there

    "Wall hanger", as I came to learn it, is a derogatory term, meaning a mandolin more appreciated for how it looks than for how it plays, either because it has been compromised or because it always was...
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    Re: Pros/Cons - 4 vs. 8 strings

    My experience playing electric is that the problem isn't making the right sounds as much as it is controlling or eliminating the wrong sounds. A four string electric seems much more manageable in...
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    Re: Method book recommendations

    There are many mandolin method books, both old and new. As well as a tonne of exercise books if you include exercises for violin students. They all are good, and have specific strengths the others...
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    Re: Concerning Hobbits

    I absolutely agree. (And I do not believe most mandolin owners, players or not, have tuned into the cafe.)

    I was looking at having a luthier make me a double necked mandolin/guitar. I think it...
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    Re: How Do You Play Angeline the Baker and Why?

    There is no virtue in playing it in closed position, and no vice in playing it in first position. What ever sounds best to you.

    Closed position has the advantage of being portable up and down the...
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    Re: What Sensation Should You Feel for "The One?"

    Now here is a crucial point. I believe that a lot of MAS really originates from experiencing this wonderful feeling of the first time with a new mandolin, and saying, "What??? This can never happen...
  9. Re: Mandolin sheet music in standard notation only: where is it?

    Masking tape.
  10. Thread: Your Wegen Pick

    by JeffD
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    Re: Your Wegen Pick

    I am not sure the majority opinion matters much. The way you pick, the mandolin you have, the venues you like to play in, the type of music you like to play, all are a part of what choice you make....
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    Re: your mandolin ownership history

    Controversial comment:

    Unless you are a little crazy, and lack perhaps a little balance in your life, you ain't never gonna get any good at the mandolin. I have found that the amount of playing...
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    Re: Whats this tuning called, any YouTubes?

    I have done that for some ragtime playing, and the results are pretty cool. It is a pain to do and so I would pick a second mandolin to be kept that way. Anything to justify MAS.
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I agree not at that price. But, engaging in a little thought experiment, I don't see anything that precludes it having an excellent voice. So what if we were to know somehow that it sounded great....
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    Re: What Sensation Should You Feel for "The One?"

    I am not sure I am on board with "the one" idea. I have fallen in love with specific instruments, but unlike dating, I have never seen a need to be exclusive. And I have purchased the last mandolin I...
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    Re: Seeking Grandfather's record

    I have thought there was enough information hidden out there in hundreds of different archives it would be cool to bring it all together and publish book on detailed and exhaustive history of...
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    Great advice. Especially #1. And to get anywhere eventually #3 is a must. I dipped my toe in jazz mandolin, and I was not ready.
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    Re: National Kazoo Day

    I have always wanted that on a resume: quality control manager at a kazoo factory.
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    Re: Keeping a practice journal

    There it is. If it helps it helps. If it gets one motivated to practice more, its a good thing.

    Here is something I have found valuable. I keep an appointment book. One appointment book, for work...
  19. Re: Is there a reason for the fretboard extension without frets ?

    Of late I have been going up the unmodified florida, just to do it. Finding tunes that could be enhanced by a super nosebleed high note, and then practicing getting that note till it feels like...
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    Re: A good reason to have more than one mandolin

    Different philosophy here. Not that I am against MAS.

    I just know if I don't change the string right away, I will not get to it for a while, maybe a long while, as I would just play the other...
  21. Re: Mandolins in America | Virtual Museum Curator Tour

    I would really like to know about that fiddle shaped mandolin. Does it resonate like a violin, with a sound post and all?
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    Re: Old vs Old vs Old/New Quandary

    Here is a contrarian thought.

    You don't have to do anything right now.

    You have an amazing mandolin. Not likely to be matched or exceeded. Not easily. You have what to many would be their...
  23. Thread: First Instrument

    by JeffD
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    Re: First Instrument

    I have another idea. Borrow or rent a mandolin for a couple of weeks, and see if you are going to fall in love. If not, you saved even more money. If you do fall in love, then get yourself the very...
  24. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    I rather enjoy being in a bubble, actually, where we go on and on about our artistic preferences and what not, in this tiny corner of the world where mandolin seems frightfully important. But I have...
  25. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    You have to remember the time frame these were developed. Check up on Art Nouveau and such like art movements. Lots of extraneous curly bits in furniture, jewelry, designed objects, between 1890s...
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