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    Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    I was reviewing a training video on YouTube of Joe Walsh giving instruction of a song. I noticed the sound his mandolin makes is quite different than mine. His sounds more like he's picking...
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    Re: Interesting CNC violin build

    The whole thing is just exercise in CNC wood cutting and assembly and likely sponsored but the CNC producer. He could as well create coffee table. Only the shape of the "object" resembles violin....
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    Where’s the easy-does-it method?

    When I learned trumpet back in 7th grade, the next step was always so small as to be barely noticeable. By the end of the year those small steps had really built up, and 6 years later at the end of...
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    Re: Which way do musicians make more money?

    Any time you purchase directly from the source, that source has a better chance of collecting the monies from the sale. The shortest point between two entities is always a straight line.
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    Re: Which way do musicians make more money?

    I'm not a professional musician, so I won't attempt to answer your question, but I want to say something to pro's and sei-pro's. Musicians keep telling us how little they're paid by streaming and...
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    Stuck in customs

    I recently purchased my first irish bouzouki from thomann, and its stuck in us customs. Thomann hasnt been the most responsive to my emails. I recd notice from ups customs lady with some forms...
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    Re: Why a carved top and bottom?

    There are cheap mandolins that have the top bent and not carved. Not speaking of a bent top, but made to look like a carved top. They don't sound as good as a carved top IMO.
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    Re: What’s after a Kentucky KM-1050?

    Just aping what I'd do. . .

    Used Heiden a-model. Used Gibson Sam Bush. Another Stiver (I'd want a wide nut; however). New baked MT2V.

    f-d
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    Re: F-Style vs A-style ergonomics...

    I started out playing mandolin with a preference for f styles as many newbies do (and many seasoned pros). It didn’t take long for me to discover I could get a much better A style for the same money...
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    Re: Update From The Mandolin Store

    The Mandolin Store is absolutely running! Zach Vance has stepped in for his father while he recuperates and the store will continue to offer the very best prices and personal service. I’ve bought 3...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    In addition to the benefits already stated above, I find that an armrest helps offset the weight of the headstock. Especially on an F5 shape with a tonegard on.
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    Re: What do you use to lube your tuners?

    Me three.

    Per his advice, I use a dab of Tri-Flow.
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    Re: Hi, I'm new to this

    For a good overall introduction to mandolin in general (which is really what you're asking, as you're NOT specifically pursuing, say, bluegrass or jazz or classical), it's hard to beat Don Julin's...
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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    AFAIK the main difference is sides of Rigels are curved so bend the mounting points, to suit. then slip the tubing sections over them again ?
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    I have two mandolins that are in playable order right now, both are F-style and both are setup pretty close to identically. One would cost quite a bit to replace today, the other was quite...
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    Has anyone used the Elixir mediums on a Kentucky KM-1000? That is what I am looking to use them on.
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    Re: Caterina Lichtenberg‘s On-line course

    I'm a subscriber as well. The course is well structured, with each new concept clearly explained and demonstrated. Studying classical mandolin opens up a whole other world of possibilities on the...
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    Re: Lose grip on a thick pick or use a thin pick?

    "lose" grip means that you have not managed to maintain the grip.
    "loose" grip is when you don't hold it tightly.

    Sometimes, the spelling does matter! :grin: Anyway, too loose a grip will lose...
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    by Br1ck
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    Re: Ellis A5?

    Don't forget, every used Heiden, Kimble, Ellis, Gilchrist, Montelione, et al, is a rejected instrument by someone. Thankfully, there is no recognized best brand in the world, except perhaps a Loar.
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    Re: What can I expect in quality from upgrade?

    I'm interested to see what you think after you play the Northfield. I have an Eastman MD315 and MD505 and have been wondering how much better a Northfield might be for me. General consensus seems to...
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    Re: Mandolin Set Up Ebook and Mandolin Users

    Even if your mandolin is well set up, it's comforting to measure action for confirmation, and the info is something you should have available.
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    What’s going on with my Mandolin neck?

    Is this a normal amount of curvature, is it in need of a truss rod adjustment, or is this some deeper issue?

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    by Rev Tim T
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    Re: Strap Advice

    + vote for Lakota's. They are amazing - super soft - beautiful - I really like the braided ones.
  24. Re: Spy Photos - New Bare-Bones Kentucky F Mandolin

    Caleb, a lot of professional pickers wanted the fancy designs so they would be noticed while on stage, gold plated instruments with fancy inlays and a sunburst finish was the "In thing" years ago,...
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    Re: Review and comparison 'The Loar LM-700 VS'

    I have not seen Ivan post anywhere in this thread. As almeriastrings noted above he is NOT Ivan (and then there was some rant about not being a banjo player. :) )
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