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    Re: Fiddle Tunes with History?

    FYI: John Brown was the subject of the James McBride novel and its Netflix mini-series, "The Good Lord Bird".
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    Re: What's up with Ukes?

    TOTALLY aside; no mandolin content, no financial interest, barely redeeming social value...

    Richard500: Thanks for the reference to Updike's "Cosmic Gall". As I've just finished reading...
  3. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    ... the paddleheads' introduction, if you squint just right, more or less lines up with the F-5's, thus benefitting from ...
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    Re: What's up with Ukes?

    Ukes have been steadily increasing popularity over the past 15 or so years. I retired in '12, and recall a uke "meet-up" group (an open, moderated jam session) meeting weekly in NYC's Central Park,...
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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    This seems like the right place for a side comment:


    The 6th of any major chord and the 7th of that chord's relative minor always use the same four notes. For example:
    - C6 = CEGA
    - Am7= ACEG...
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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    ... as are string basses. Cause? Effect? Coincidence?

    What I've been thinking thru much of this (great!) discussion is:
    For most roots music, and much western music in general, the chord is...
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    Re: Stereo. Oh dear...

    Before you spend bucks: That could be a bit disappointing.
    (I'm discounting the effect of any intentional chorusing that you might have used.)

    1- Just the fact that the amps ARE different...
  8. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    Let's hit a couple of ugly truths (that I will NOT write a book to substantiate, as those books go back centuries):

    - Twelve TRULY "in tune" notes are not found in an octave sub-divided into 12...
  9. Re: Can someone please identify/share info on this Mandolin?

    Whoa, good eyes! Also an at-least-fair quality case or maybe better, a good step up from chipboard (cardboard). That should reflect well on the quality of instrument itself.
  10. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    Another thought, based on experience: My "music room" (finished basement) is a bit cooler than the rest of the house, so instruments start out cool-ish. But in 10-15 minutes of vigorous playing,...
  11. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    Anonymous: "Mandolin players spend half their time tuning, and the other half playing out of tune."

    Seriously, if you're used to playing flat-top or electric guitar and now have an acoustic...
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    Re: Bowlback tuner problem

    Are you sure that the left and right plates are identical? And that all posts are identical? If you mixed posts to a plate w/ different size holes, that could be (part of) the issue.
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    Re: Looking for Info on my mandolin

    But look like wood underneath? That would probably be a polyurethane finish. The headstock looks like a Tacoma, reasonable decent mid-line instruments from the '90s & '00s. Tacoma was bought by...
  14. Re: Do I round off my bridge or stop touching it?

    While I appreciate that David's "Both" response is the most correct, there are times that require touching the bridge. Go for it. It would take real effort to do irreparable damage.
  15. Re: Abbreviated pick guard doesn’t need a brace?

    While I can't speak specifically to Doug Edwards' pickguards:
    - He's a long-time poster here, with a sterling reputation for service - to which I can personally attest.
    - I have sampled various...
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    Re: You have never seen a mandolin like this

    Well maybe ... but ya really need to try the ham sandwich!
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    Re: Folk songs from Brno

    Fun stuff, Thanks!

    Got to spend 10 days there in '06, some in Prague (Praha) but mostly in Budejovice (in the US, it's spelled, yes, "Budweiser"), where my wife attended a scientific meetiing. ...
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    Re: String Gauges for Neck Without Truss Rod

    FWIW, traditionalist Martin Guitar resisted them until the '80s, I think, preceeded by T and rectangular steel shapes. I have two, '68 & '72, that don't suffer at all from non-adjustment.
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    Re: Uncommon songs (preferably in G)

    If you have Sirius XM satellite radio, the "Bluegrass Junction" channel plays a variety of new & old BG, most of which is uncommon =to me=, and any of which could be transposed to G.

    FWIW,...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson Playability

    My '17 A-1 also had a bit of tubbiness, so I replaced just the G course with a lighter pair (I forget the numbers) and it balanced out nicely.
  21. Re: Does Gibson have a website for it's mandolins?

    My semi-educated guess: It's probably because for each mandolin, they sell many-thousand electric guitars (170,000 total guitars per year). and updating the website would increase total sales by...
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    Re: Tips for accompanying a guitar?

    Adding a bit to my and Mark's comments above:

    In the mid-90s, before mandolin, retirement, and raging musicishness, I picked up a book named, quite simply, "Guitar Tricks" (no relation to the...
  23. Re: Stan Jay, Pioneer of Vintage Instrument Fame Fighting For His

    2016 or so, cell phone rings, see that it's wife: "Hi, Annie. Yeah, I'm just speaking with Stan Jay, the owner over here!" And, the more time goes by, the more comments I get on my "Mandolin Bros"...
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    Re: Tips for accompanying a guitar?

    And oh yeah:
    "Arpeggios" doesn't have to mean just up and down the chord in sequence. Random-ish "cross-picking", which more-or-less duplicates a guitarist's finger-picking, is actually pretty easy...
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    Re: Tips for accompanying a guitar?

    As a general rule, I try to -not- duplicate what others are doing. Arpeggios, runs, fills, double stop tremelos can all have their place - even if they're very simple. Feel free to change your...
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