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  1. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    yes, that's a rather singular phenomenon, and they were never claiming better sound, rather more mojo, if you will.
    Plus, casks were not prominently used - the tops are made from washbacks (larch...
  2. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    There are. One word: Fylde
  3. Re: Holding an octave mandolin like a classical guitar

    30 degrees, approx., with a strap.
  4. Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I think it was washed ashore after a Viking and a banjo player embarked on a long sea journey - they were never seen again :))
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    Re: Scottish Reels

    I could dance to that, and that says a lot. :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Octave mandolins are totally addictive

    Apparently, there's light at the end of that particular tunnel, and more important, there is an end, not just an exit. After almost 20 years, I've given up finding an OM that sounds better than the...
  7. Re: Whiskey Before Breakfast - Interesting Approaches?

    Not forgetting the historic Whiskey before Breakfast challenge here on the Cafe, a concept that eventually led to the Song-a-Week social group.
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    It is sufficient for me to hum key parts of a tune, abridging difficult jumps is allowed. Nothing for Carnegie Hall, but it's memorization magic.
  9. Re: Do you have tabs for this Tarantella?

    this piece is forever linked to a German spaghetti kit in my mind...:grin:

    https://youtu.be/GDEn_enbE7s
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    since Irish music is supposed to be played as heard, not as written, the notation is not that important. I have heard all the variations you mentioned and tend to the jig-like one myself. I doubt the...
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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    Yes, but that is not because of the wet box. It's because the box is tuned in equal temperament, while a fiddler likes to have pure fifths for the sake of resonance between strings. Mandolin players...
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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    Right, I've experienced that difference even in Irish sessions. It's an ambivalence normally reserved for banjo players.
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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    Even if the strings would be picked exactly synchronously, they'd be out of sync after, say, 100 oscillations, i.e. after less than one second. If they are long enough and close enough together...
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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    I am. Exactly my cup of tea.
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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    two oscillations with slightly apart frequencies produce one oscillation with a tone frequency between the two and an enveloping volume modulation (pulse) whose frequency is equal to the difference...
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    Re: Question for UK Members re. BREXIT

    There was a moment when I considered buying what I could from Roger Bucknall while it was easy.
    But in the end I decided that I would not let my financial timing be controlled by a PM who cannot...
  17. Re: What are, celtic-, bluegrass-, classical etc. mandolins?

    What? Can you post an example of something played in this tuning?[/QUOTE]

    I do everything in wet tuning. But the OM lends itself to it much easier than the mandolin.
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    Re: Astor Piazzola on Mandolin

    I like that lonely A-style among all the bowlbacks.
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    Re: Giraffe Bone Nuts

    now I get it - it's yet another banjo joke...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    "all the tunes"? Memory needs concentration. Do not play 10 tunes from tab, but play one from ear over and over, until it haunts you and you hum it in your sleep. When you reach that point of not...
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    Re: Giraffe Bone Nuts

    The first question occurring to me is What Are the Properties of Giraffe Bone that Make It a Desirable Nut Material? - and frankly, I guess there are none, which makes any other question about it...
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    Re: The Detectorists

    seeing the wooden-eyed pirate of the Caribbeans playing a guitar alone is worth it :))
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    Re: Better than a metronome

    A Viking variation on the theme...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnDLNSoOuoQ
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    Haha, but is anybody playing it? :grin:

    The perfect instrument is exactly the one that makes the player happy.
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    The perfect instrument would not accept anything less than a perfect player. Anybody couldn't help but spoil it all by playing something stupid.
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