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  1. Re: Anyone tried this mandolin-friendly guitar tuning?

    I played around with CGDGAD on guitar for a few weeks, it's very close to the CGDAD tuning I use on my cittern, but with that added whole tone interval that's good for playing melodies across the...
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    Re: Pick tradition

    European mandolins are often a shorter scale than American instruments in the Gibson style, and European string gauges tend to be lighter. So in addition to the musical developments in the US through...
  3. Thread: Pick Boxes

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    Re: Pick Boxes

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    I have one little zip pouch that has the picks I use across mandolin, cittern and guitar, plus the capo I use for cittern and guitar. There's another little pouch of B-list picks too, but...
  4. Re: String Gauges For Cittern, changing Unisons to Octaves

    It's possible to overthink tension calculations! If you're happy with the gauges you have for the main strings, I'd just try around half the gauge for octaves, play it for a while and see if you feel...
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    Re: Clifford Essex status?

    Ah, that's sad to hear, and would certainly explain why the site and store went quite so suddenly.
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    Clifford Essex status?

    Does anyone know if Clifford Essex in the UK are still operating? I have one of their Triad buffalo horn picks that so far is my favourite on cittern, but mine is starting to wear a little. Both the...
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    Re: Balancing a headstock-heavy CBOM?

    Where is your heel strap button positioned? I feel like a button on the treble side of the heel hugs the instrument in a little closer to you. Buttons on the back of the heel tend to tip the...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I have no idea if this mandolin is even from the same factory, but Greco electric guitars and basses are among the better regarded Japanese copies of that era, and even have a few collectors. So I...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Spotted this on my local Facebook marketplace. Call me cynical, but I don't think they'll get 250 for it! And the description somehow neglects to mention the neck joint.
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    It does at least fit into the general "what kind of musician are you?" intent of the thread, even if it's digressed a little. And I feel like I have a slightly different "home" style on each...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    Yep, that first part is familiar! I definitely feel some pressure to show up with the bass when there's a party with jamming. And I'm a more confident and versatile bassist than I am as any other...
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    Re: Has COVID affected your MAS?

    I have a very modest income, so I don't buy instruments often. But as someone playing a few different instruments, having more time at home and my bands less active has definitely shifted my focus...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    Another double bassist here. I see Americans using the term doghouse online, mostly in more rootsy styles of music, but haven't heard it used over here in the UK. I have heard "bull fiddle" from much...
  14. Re: Best strings for magnetic pickup mandolin?

    Flatwound strings often have slightly higher tension than a roundwound of the same gauge (with some exceptions like Thomastik). So the lighter gauges on the G and D of the Galli set might just be to...
  15. Re: Best strings for magnetic pickup mandolin?

    I haven't actually tried them with a magnetic pickup, but the Galli flatwound set is reasonably priced at Hobgoblin and is sold as an electric mandolin set. I like the set I have on my old Harmony,...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    I'm not a bluegrass player - the closest I've been has been depping as a bassist on a couple of bluegrass gigs, but it's not really my inherent style there either. On mandolin and related instruments...
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    Re: British or American

    You could certainly find a factory made European instrument in your range if you look around, like the APC instruments from Portugal, Gewa from Germany or various Romanian instruments under different...
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    Re: How many ways of making a mandolin top?

    There are pressed-arch solid tops with no carving - Harmony built many of their instruments that way.
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    Re: Nylon low strings on Cittern

    Here are a couple of quick examples of how it sounds in unison with the nylon Low C.

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    Re: Nylon low strings on Cittern

    I've been trying it both with octaves and unison pairs (I have two nuts for this cittern). Right now it's in unison pairs which works better than I had expected. This might be because a 0.058“ seems...
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    Nylon low strings on Cittern

    After reading about some of the Scandinavian makers and listening to a couple of the players I've been experimenting with nylon core strings (for extended range classical guitar) as the low C course...
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    Re: Should a beginner buy electric mandolin?

    Yes and no. In terms of how far you can displace them laterally, yes, nylon strings are easy to bend. But because of their increased elasticity there's much less pitch change than on steel strings,...
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    I recently picked up a Hawk SB pick - a casein triangle pick with three differently shaped corners. That makes a nice illustration of the effect of point shape, as obviously the material, the...
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    Re: Pickup options?

    The K&k Definity might be worth a look, since it's a film type piezo that slips under a bridge foot, rather than using adhesive.
  25. Re: Everything you wanted to know about the Irish bouzouki...

    I've never heard the term "Blarge" out in the wild here in Scotland. I suppose my 10-string would roughly fit into the category, but I go with Cittern because the maker called it that.
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