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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Currently I suspect we're at a high point of collectibles, where any old junk from 1980s back is pitched as high as anyone will pay (and higher). There are also lots of people understandably...
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    Re: 'The Bluegrass' Mandolin

    OTT insofar as this is about marketing rather than mandolins - is 'knocking copy' still allowed in US ads? I mean the kind of thing that says e.g.

    'Our panel tested 5 well known competitors for...
  3. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    Well, that brings to new light to the phrase 'musical differences'. The night Elvis died, I was watching an English New Wave comedy band (their name shall remain in the darkness) in a pub called The...
  4. Allen tailpiece - does the felt mute the sound or not?

    I have an Allen tailpiece to fit. It comes with a piece of self adhesive felt that goes between the strings and tailpiece as they lead out, and their fitting tips say "For a slightly muted voice,...
  5. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    There seem to be instruments that are difficult to fit into the kind of sloppy 'play what ya brung today' approach that myself and many of us here appear to have to playing multiple instruments. The...
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    Kentucky KM250 endpin - pressed or glued in?

    I just received an Allen tailpiece to go on my newish Kentucky KM250. The endpin doesn't want to come out with a simple hand pull. Does anyone know if it's glued in? If it's just a tight friction...
  7. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    Very badly. Fiddle, mandolin, guitar, nyckelharpa, recorder, bagpipes - depends what the focus is at the moment. Usually sessions keep my fiddling going, that may happen soon again with mandolin...
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    2 string chord busking method on paper/pdf??

    I found a great 'taster' vid by Banjo Ben Clark on the subject of busking 2 string backup on mandolin for sessions etc. I think Ben continues this on his subscription channel. That's great, but...
  9. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    Back in the early 70s I played in pub bands in Glasgow (in Scotland guys, not Kentucky). I remember a guy stumbling into a 4 x 12 PA column. It descended 3 feet onto the table in front of the band -...
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    Rails pickups on a solid Chinese 8 string?

    I'm awaiting delivery of a cheap new Chinese 2 pickup solid electric mando (the usual shape etc), which will almost certainly need some messing with.

    The pickups may be fairly pitiful (it's 93...
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    Re: Best strings for magnetic pickup mandolin?

    Some of the strings recommended for magnetic pickup mandos have regular-ish E and A string gauges but light gauge Ds and Gs compared to acoiustic sets - the Galli set appears to follow that. I wonder...
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    Re: Speaker size for 4-string emando amplifier

    There are a lot of good little robust amps in the Roland range. Your mando has magnetic pickups, so I'd suggest you might first first try electric guitar amps. They're usually designed round the...
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    Re: Fretless mandolin?

    OK I give in, I just have to try playing the nyckelharpa with a pick...
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    Good source of French Canadian fiddle tunes?

    Can anyone recommend a good source of French Canadian fiddle tunes? I'm thinking of the kind of driving reels and jigs you hear on Vent Du Nord CDs. I've got an amplified foot stomp (Podorythmie)...
  15. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    I've got two entry level mandolins with nothing much to choose between them, and I don't do gigs with them at the moment due to 1) Covid and 2) Not having enough mandolin chops yet. However I used to...
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    Re: Fretless mandolin?

    I think vibrato works to an extent on fretted instruments, Mitch. There's the 'guitar vibrato' of pulling the string/s sideways across the board, like tiny string bending movements. But I think...
  17. Re: David Crosby comments on tuning in Fretboard Journal

    I play nyckelharpa (at least in theory - where is it, now?). This is a Swedish keyed bowed fiddle type instrument with a full set of 12 chromatic low tension sympathetic strings running under the...
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    Re: OT-ish: fiddle pickin' ?

    Looks like he's got quite thin strings on that fiddle, maybe some kind of metal core. Thomastik make some tough violin strings which appear similar to their mando strings (solid or rope steel core,...
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    OT-ish: fiddle pickin' ?

    A question inspired by a post on the 'Fretless Mandolin' topic:

    I'm a fiddle player, and I play it with a bow. Then I bought a mandolin, which I don't play with a bow, 'cos the bridge is flat and...
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    Re: Fretless mandolin?

    I guess you could fix those intonation issues by putting frets on it, Matt - then you'd have a fretted fretless mandolin :)
  21. Re: David Crosby comments on tuning in Fretboard Journal

    Very interesting, Jacob - including the parts where it says Ramirez first said it was impossible, then built the instrument, whereupon Segovia condemned the idea of a 10 string guitar without having...
  22. Re: David Crosby comments on tuning in Fretboard Journal

    I wonder whether that's the effect of more than one guitar hitting the exact same frequency together, which might easily be mistaken for one particular guitar ringing out?
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    Best strings for magnetic pickup mandolin?

    What strings do you find give the strongest magnetic pickup reponse from a solid mandolin with magnetic pickups? I'm happy to buy and cut electric guitar strings if they work better. This is for a...
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    Re: How many ways of making a mandolin top?

    Of course - there must be some great sounding mandolins made this way (where - Central America and South round to East Europe?), but we don't heard much about them.
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    Re: Givson Urbashi mandolin on Ebay

    They also make Strat shaped solid guitars, including the enticingly named 'Givson Santacruz', maybe it fell off an Ebay advert for one of those? I see their website lists '6 string Spanish guitars...
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