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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    One minor point - a cello in a hard case won't go in the trunk of most medium and small cars. If you have a wagon, a truck or a van, you're great.
  2. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    F'rinstance Jacques Loussier (RIP)?
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    Not only that - but when you hear a cello playing a fiddle tune well, that cellist is playing at a higher level than an equivalent fiddler. Cello is one ocatve below a viola, rather than one octave...
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    Eastman MDO 305 UK:

    Richards Guitars 'in stock' £780 -...
  5. Thread: stand or sit?

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    Re: stand or sit?

    Standing up can stop the bass player drooling on your head in the hard tunes.
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    I learned cello as a adult. It was fun, but in the end I found it wasn't right for me. The reason is that few people want you to play tunes on cello (even though I played a 5 string with a top E so I...
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Indeed - that's so awkward on fiddle that I can't think why you'd ever do that other than as a bowing exercise, and then you'd want to find a practical use for it. Sometimes, though. a fiddler will...
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Thanks for all this guys, this is really interesting. A question - do ornaments in Irish music on mandolin tend to be 'all picked' more than in say triplets in bluegrass? The reason I ask is that if...
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    Re: Where’s the easy-does-it method?

    It seems like there's a conflict in mandolin design between having enough frets to play the music you want and and being able to pick the strings in the best sounding place. How many frets do most...
  10. Re: which is better mass produced mando...Loar or Eastman

    I suspect thick finish kills tone. This is OT, but years ago my boy bought a cheapish Epiphone 'Zakk Wylde' Les Paul style guitar. The guitar top was 'painted' a fetching shade of moss green with...
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    Re: Violin gear tuning machines?

    I had a set of Pegheds on a 5 string cello I had made about 10 years ago, and I now have a set of Witttner geared pegs on a plain gut strung Baroque setup fiddle. I don't know if Pegheds still have...
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    Re: Where’s the easy-does-it method?

    I mentioned to a more experienced mando player that fretting it feels harder than guitar and he said "me too, that's because it is". He reckons the combination of shorter distance between the frets...
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    Re: Eastman MD305 Bridge

    That's great. I could fit my Cumberland bridge myself, but I'm not that far away from TAMCo in Brighton UK. Their tech works on the handmade US made mandolins they sell, so my lowly Eastman should be...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    The seller's listed as in Ukraine on Ebay.co.uk, more hand painted mandos and balalaikas, even one (so far) unpainted mandolin, and lots of objects d'art and paintings of Soviet worthies - Marx,...
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    Re: stand or sit?

    What they said. I'm a mandolin beginner, but I find a strap means you can sit and play and just stand up and keep playing. I find a Tone-Gard means it sounds the sme to me whichever I'm doing, there...
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    Re: Should a beginner buy electric mandolin?

    I'd advise starting on acoustic for one reason, and that's that you don't have so many options to fiddle with STUFF. That's a lot easier than learning to play the mandolin, and years ago I did it...
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    Re: Where’s the easy-does-it method?

    Through learning several instruments I've come to the conclusion that there are different learning styles that work differently for different folks and for different purposes. For me, the outright...
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    Re: High carbon plain strings for E and D pairs?

    Technical details? Strings? No, they just tell you how good they are, like that's all musicians understand :)
  19. Re: Thoughts on latest version Eastman MD915 blonde?

    Mishtake...
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    Re: High carbon plain strings for E and D pairs?

    Sure - but I've used them and found the marketing claims for these strings to stand up well enough in practice. I was always popping the .009 octave G on my 25.5" 12 string till I got hold of those....
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    Re: Mando upgrade - opinions sought

    Al - what kind of music do you expect to play? TAMCO in Brighton sounds like a great idea if you do fancy a US made instrument. I'd hate to have to sort out transport damage at that distance. Also,...
  22. Thread: Absolute Silence

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    Re: Absolute Silence

    It could be worse - the defininition of a Scottish gentleman is someone who can play bagpipes, but doesn't.
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    Re: Improv From Scratch

    I don't know enough improvising mandolin players work - but if you listen to popular (with the public) guitarists then noticeably innovative ones, you can often tell which ones learned hundreds of...
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    Re: High carbon plain strings for E and D pairs?

    That's all true, but the strings I'm talking about different.They're higher carbon than regular strings, which makes them tougher. I've used them on guitars, and you can bend notes further without...
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    I played fiddle in Scottish dance bands in UK for years. The usual way to play jigs in one of those bands is to swing them - syncopate with the 1st note of every group lengthened, the second...
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