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  1. Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    Also, scale lengths vary - you can find vintage banjos with 19 frets and a 22 inch scale length which is a nice compromise. I have a Weymann and Abbott with this scale length.
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    Re: Nylon String Mandolin?

    Lucas Sobieranski sometimes uses nylon/nylgut strings on the vintage mandolins he restores. Here is a video that you might find helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uivniw6pP1g
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    Re: Nylon String Mandolin?

    That sounds amazing! I also have joint pain in my fingers and want to keep playing as long as possible.
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo Recordings

    My faves are:
    Theresa O'Grady 'BANJOista' https://theresaogrady.bandcamp.com/releases
    Gerry O'Connor: 'No Place Like Home'
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    Re: Greek/Cretan mandolin tuition

    Some useful blogs: http://krhtikomantolino.blogspot.com/
    https://texnitoumantolinou.blogspot.com/2021/03/blog-post_14.html?m=1
    This video show naming the notes in Greek:...
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    Re: Greek/Cretan mandolin tuition

    Thanks Dagger. Yes, I'm looking for beginner mandolin - am teaching myself (already play tenor banjo but in cgda) but really love the modal sounds in Cretan music. I wonder if there is teacher who...
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    Greek/Cretan mandolin tuition

    I wonder if anyone knows of any tutors who offer online lessons in English for Greek/Cretan music, or European folk more broadly. Thanks.
  8. Re: "banjo-mandolin" and "nice sounding": an oxymoron?

    I have an old Washburn tango banjo - it has a mandolin scale but has 4 strings, an 11inch overspun metal pot (no tone-ring), goat skinhead. It is bright sounding but not too piercing. You could try...
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    Re: Blind test of 6 different bowlbacks

    How interesting. Thanks for your fun and informative experiment. Yes, no 2 did sound brighter to my ears (slightly 'thinner') than no 1 and it's interesting that it needs 'playing in' to sound its...
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    Re: Blind test of 6 different bowlbacks

    They all sound really good so I found it really difficult to put them into an order of tone preference. . I have listened a few times and I think my favourite is no 1 (followed by 5 and 6):

    1 -...
  11. Re: Eurovision: Bill Bailey offers to represent UK in 2022

    Okay, I'll say it - I love Eurovision. Yes, it's silly but there is something really joyous about the combination of Euro-pop, theatrical costumes, larger ladies, the occasional bearded man in an...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Thank you John!
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Here goes - my first mandolin video! I usually play banjo which is a bit different in terms of left hand position. The first tune is from the David Surette book which has some lovely tunes....
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    Re: Bowlback action

    Yes, that's the one Jim - and thank you for the recommendation re David Hynds. I come from the world of banjo where it's easy to swap out bridges but I think bowlback mandolins are a bit different! ...
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    Re: Bowlback action

    Yes, it's strung with GHS ultra-lights and have checked the bridge position. It's sounding good but it's more that I have to play it over the sound hole otherwise the pick hits the wood and...
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    Re: Bowlback action

    Thanks Ky - I have just realised it is not glued down and I can move it. That means I can try a higher bridge. Phew.
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    Bowlback action

    Hi I have just purchased a bowlback from Ebay which is in good condition with low action (2mm on the 12th) - the only thing I am finding is I need to be careful to place my hand so am playing...
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    Re: Looking for suggestions

    There is a used Hathway on facebook marketplace for 400 (also someone just posted a Celtic mandolin by Cas Davey).
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    Re: Greek mandolin music

    I came across another interesting youtube channel. This tunes sounds Cretan with that mysterious, modal vibe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTjXD9uj4Ws I love this kind of playing.
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    I hadn't registered that 'Phrynis' related to Greek mythology - so a mysterious Eugene Barthelemy could be the luthier working under JTL. I will be keeping my peepers out for JTL mandolins in the UK...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    Thank you Jim. Is the JTL shop Jerome Thibouville-Lamy - so 'Phrynis' might be a brand name but made by JTL? I came across one with a Garelli signature and couldn't find info on the luthier so...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    I haven't been able to find any information about the French luthier 'Phyrnis' apart from a few listing (one listed as Eugene Barthelemy so that might be his fullname?). The one on Reverb looks...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    https://reverb.com/uk/item/39182923-phrynis-plate-1910-s
    Beautiful French 'Phrynis' flatback mandolin for sale in France (I was thinking about whether I could afford it but there seem to be too many...
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    Re: Greek mandolin music

    I really love the hypnotic sound of Cretan music. It kind has an improvisational, Middle-Eastern quality - I wish I knew more about the tradition.
    Here is Michalis Kontaxakis: ...
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    Re: Mandolin by Cousenon a mirecourt

    Just posting a link to the Museum of Lutherie in Mirecourt - it has some interesting photos of French mandolins - perhaps they might have some knowledge?...
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