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    Re: Eastman md 304 vs 314

    Every mandolin sounds different than every other mandolin. Can that difference be attributed to F or A body shape? Likely not.
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    Where I use the rez to greatest advantage is playing for dances, where traditional tone quality and nuance are not the most important thing. I am up on stage in our pick up band, usually up front...
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    Re: Iím afraid woodshedding has made me worse

    For me, practice has to be out of ear shot, and with no distractions, on one particular instrument as if it is the only instrument I play. Mentally in that wood shed outside where Dad and i had our...
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    Re: Lucille Ball plays tenor guitar

    Can't find the brass section on the stage.
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    Re: Iím afraid woodshedding has made me worse

    There is so much more to mandolinning well beyond getting the fingerings right. Especially, you mentioned tone. I don't think one can develop good tone on a mandolin by practicing something else.
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  6. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    So, to boil it down:

    Snakeheads are more worth more because more people want them.

    More people want them because they are so cool!


    Next question. :)
  7. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    Have you looked into modern bowlbacks? .. Oh I see, you have chosen (and chosen well). In that case it might be helpful for others, not all bowlbacks are a century old. :)
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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    Except for practicing at home, I don't play solo much at all. So in an ensemble, like a pick up band for a dance, or a jam, I might play two or three notes together which but for a missing note would...
  9. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    It would be excellent to have a pair of roper western boots that color!
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    Re: Stereo. Oh dear...

    You have hit upon something I have thought about since I started playing with an E-mando. It is a significant idea.

    I generally think of stereo as something done in the presentation of the show....
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    Re: Thats a suprise

    So that has me going. If I take a run of the mill ordinary Regal reverse scroll, and remove the fret board, am I likely to see a dove tail joint like that. Is that way of doing it a characteristic of...
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    Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    If you suspect it might need tuning, it does.
  13. Thread: Pick Talk

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    Re: Pick Talk

    I haven't had a lot of luck with rounded picks like the Golden Gate. I can't seem to get a good tone.
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    Re: Blue Chip CT 55 versus Dunlop Prime Tone 1.4

    Just remember, there is no law that you have to decide on one pick. This pick for these reasons, that pick for those reasons - is a perfectly rational way to go.
  15. Thread: Pick Depth

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    Re: Pick Depth

    Pick depth can also be a variable to manipulate in playing expressively.
  16. Re: I canít remember if learning guitar was this hard

    My experience is that everything I don't know is really hard, while everything I have learned seems easy, or at least not troublesome. I would bet that if you went after something new on guitar,...
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    Re: A Different Busking Question

    I like to "prime the pump" with some gold colored dollar coins. They are pretty and catch eyes.
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    Re: A Different Busking Question

    I have made enough in an afternoon to maybe get dinner at a diner, or some drinks, or at least a coffee or two. That's about it. Rarely enough to pay the actual expenses of the activity.
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    Re: Favorite mandolin playing beverage?

    So it depends. I run a jam session and we serve adult beverages. Whisky for me.

    I also practice a lot between sessions, at which time it is coffee. I am a mere machine for turning caffeine into...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Exactly exactly.

    It is my experience, unless otherwise stated, a jam or session is not a slow jam or learning session. And that the session may or may not be open to all levels of experience...
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    Re: Do you insure your instruments?

    Yes I have heard this from others. Heritage has a good reputation for being quickly and effectively responsive.
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    Re: Another Tone Guard question

    I have two mandolins outfitted with Tone Guards. I leave them on all the time. They are, for all intents and purposes, part of the mandolin.

    I keep both these mandolins in soft cases - (Reunion...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    The simple answer is: when you can play something they play at that gathering.

    I used to bring a cassette recorder and record three or four tunes at each weekly jam, and take them home and work on...
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    Re: What is the story behind the "scroll"

    I didn't major in art history, but my art history friends, knowing nothing about musical instruments, correctly identified the time frame that scrolls and point came into being. Based on them fitting...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Fingering

    Definitely. The octave mandolin may just be chromatically fingered instrument. Certainly the mandocello seems to be.
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