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    Re: What's in your case?

    Never, but it came with the mandolin and I don't want to lose it.
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    Re: What's in your case?

    Spare pack of strings, soft cloth, small pack of assorted picks, Shubb capo, and the neck adjustment tool. Pretty much the same for the Octave, but I also have a JJB Voljack. Depending on the gig I...
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    This is a timely topic for me. After some frustration with my playing, I started experimenting with some picks and "came back" to the Dunlop Primetone 1.5 ridged. But as you can see in the...
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    Re: What is this part?

    Beautiful mandolin, btw.
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    FWIW, when I go to a jam there are a lot of songs that I don't know, and I'm not at a point yet where I can intuitively put the melody together like some folks. But with being able to find my way...
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    Re: Buffing Out Marks in Nitrocellulose Finish?

    http://www.bluettbros-violins.com/

    Just across the river in York.
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    Re: Eastman MD815/V in classifieds

    +1 on the 815v for great tone and volume. Whenever I'm warming up when playing out or at a jam, musicians come up and start asking about it.
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    Question for Tonedexter Users

    Is there a way to manually set signal strength when recording a wavemap? I have a JJB internal pickup installed in a Pono octave. The quality of the wavemaps are great, but the output is markedly...
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    Re: K&K pick up and Baggs Venue DI Help

    Does it happen with just this sound system? Have you tried this configuration with others?
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    When I was just out of school I went to work in an office where I had to do a lot of writing. I'd draft something up and my boss would get out his blue pen and cross out what looked like every other...
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    Re: Another source for Backup Tracks

    I just tell my wife I found a coupon for it. That seems to be universal language for women.
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    Re: Trade in KM150 for an MD305 or MD505?

    I had both models when I started playing. I regard the KM-150 as a good beginner mandolin, and the MD305 as student level instrument. I noticed significant improvement in tone, neck action, and...
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    Re: Wireless in-ear monitors

    I thought the original Galaxy's were on the VHF band, which is prone to interference and drop outs. There are now some issues with UHF and cross talk from both new digital television frequencies and...
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    Re: What strings are you currently playing?

    Mapes standard phospher bronze on the mandolin, D'Addarios on the octave.
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    Re: Pickup or microphone?

    Since you're on a budget, you might have luck finding a Shure SM81 for under $100. If you go the pickup route, you can find a JJB piezo for $40.
  16. Thread: electric hum

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    Re: electric hum

    Dirty pots on the guitar. Once you start fiddling with them, the dirt/corrosion clears off and the noise disappears. Still a good idea to disassemble and clean.
  17. Thread: Compressor?

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    Re: Compressor?

    I think it's important to remember that electric guitarists typically use a compressor to get greater sustain, which is counter to how most mandolins are played. A compressor will shave off the top...
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    Re: Andrew Marlin Session Player

    Argh! You guys are correct. I originally spotted it in this video, which I assume is the same session, and didn't realize he had switched. Good catch.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2taK9Zp3W0
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    Re: Any new pedals for multi-instrumentalists?

    Except for the 7 band EQ, I think you'd be happy with a Tonedexter. I switch between a mandolin and an octave, but don't need any EQ changes from the board. The unit does have bass and high, plus a...
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    Re: Professional Mando Names

    I call my new to me Eastman the Banjo Killer.
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    Re: Help me understand

    I recently took the plunge into the world of octaves and ended up getting a Pono. Essentially, I wanted an instrument that would sound full while accompanying myself or another vocalist, without...
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    Andrew Marlin Session Player

    Ran across a few videos of Andrew sitting in on a session with his Loar. He gets to stretch out a bit from his usual style.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM-pNeDqrHg
  23. Thread: Who?

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    Re: Who?

    My singing has been compared to Kris Kristopherson, and was intended as a compliment; but I can't get it out of my head how Kristopherson describes his own voice: "I sound like a frog."
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    Re: eastman md515 vs loar lh600

    That's the question: Is the finish on the 515 varnish or nitro? I really like the varnish finish and the sound it releases.
  25. Thread: Chord drones?

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    Re: Chord drones?

    I ran across these a few years back. https://www.worshiptutorials.com/product/pads/ I don't know of anyone who uses them, but it's an intriguing idea for a solo artist, and should do the trick.
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