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    Re: CGDA tuning on Mandolin?

    +1 for the Red Valley mandola. I bought one from Elderly about a year ago and it's solidly built, sounds excellent and is reasonably easy to play (considering the longer scale than mandolin, which...
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    Excellent Tichenor Performance

    I had the pleasure of hearing the Delancey-Thomas Band featuring Scott Tichenor on Saturday night and can highly recommend the group. Dan Delancey plays excellent Watsonish flatpick guitar, Linda...
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    Re: Anyone else play a Summit?

    I've owned two Summit A models I bought used, a blonde one (A-100N) from 1995 or thereabouts (#66, I think) and the sunburst A-100S I have now (a 2004), bought from another Cafe member. The earlier...
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    I took a quick look at the Cafe MP3 page and the...

    I took a quick look at the Cafe MP3 page and the answer looks like no.

    It's really difficult to cut a suggested list to 10, since there are several tune types (reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas,...
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    This has been discussed on the board several...

    This has been discussed on the board several times, including recently. Search for "Ohmsen" or "music theory" and you should find a thread from two or three weeks ago, I think.

    Briefly, though,...
  6. Thread: Double stops

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    I haven't listened to it for a very long time,...

    I haven't listened to it for a very long time, but Mike Seeger's Old Time Country Mandolin instructional audio recording from Homespun includes some simple advice on double-stops.

    I tend to think...
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    Slightly off topic, but I've known more than one...

    Slightly off topic, but I've known more than one person who made an interesting use of the many pockets in a pair of overalls. They can be the basis of a bookkeeping system, with money received and...
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    That High Lonesome Sound album was also the first...

    That High Lonesome Sound album was also the first true bluegrass record I ever bought (in about 1973), and still sounds great to me after all this time.

    I had been a big fan (one of the few when...
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    I looked at the first Mike Dowling swing guitar...

    I looked at the first Mike Dowling swing guitar video from Homespun quite a while ago and it was helpful. I suspect the later installment(s) (I think there's one on soloing) would be good also, but I...
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    GT: Welcome. I made the same transition at about...

    GT: Welcome. I made the same transition at about 42 after playing guitar for almost 30 years, and for a long time now have played mandolin much more than guitar.

    The smaller neck of the mandolin...
  11. Thread: Lonely

    by JamesPV
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    I don't have time to check it right now, but try...

    I don't have time to check it right now, but try looking on FolkJam.Org for online listings of jams in your area (and all over everywhere).
  12. Thread: Lotus mandolin

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    I remember seeing a Lotus A-style that was almost...

    I remember seeing a Lotus A-style that was almost identical to the Franciscan branded one that I started on. I don't remember ever seeing a Franciscan F-style (or a Lotus for that matter) but that...
  13. Thread: Wet tuning

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    I think this refers to a method of tuning used on...

    I think this refers to a method of tuning used on accordions and similar instruments that have two or more reeds covering each single note. Rather than being tuned exactly in unison, they are...
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    I haven't used it in a while, but I've used...

    I haven't used it in a while, but I've used Noteworthy Composer, a significantly simpler program, with good results, and it's quite affordable. I think the download was $39.00 when I bought it...
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    Ah, yes, the slippery slope: I've played guitar a...

    Ah, yes, the slippery slope: I've played guitar a long time, wonder what mandolin is like?

    Mandolin's okay, and look, the notes are the same on the fiddle. How hard can it be? Answer: quite.

    I...
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    Saska: Many thanks for the assistance. I will try...

    Saska: Many thanks for the assistance. I will try your method.
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    On two occasions over the last couple of years I...

    On two occasions over the last couple of years I have received instruments shipped with bubble wrap used as the first layer of padding (i.e. wrapped directly against the finish). #In each instance...
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