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  1. Re: Wound ball end strings put on backwards?

    I've slipped the string through the ball to make a loop and used that. Just had to make sure to pull it all the way through.

    I've also snipped the ball off with the wire snip part of my...
  2. Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    Oh, good. Clears that up. Thanks!

    Yeah, tried D'Addario Nickel Bronze strings for a change from Phosphor Bronze. I don't really care for them, have less of the warm tone I'm used to. Not sure why...
  3. Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    I don't understand, but I'm trying to.

    How can silver strings be pure nickel? :confused: These are two completely different elements. Silver (Ag) is atomic number 47; nickel (Ni) is atomic number...
  4. Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    Indeed. If I may illustrate by example (kind of my thing):

    I recently put a set of D'Addario Nickel Bronze strings (trying something new) on my F-4. I thought they didn't sound bold or "live"...
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    Re: St. Louis - Who's Here?

    Hmmm ... Could be. Not sure what's planned for Sunday. Got a couple of people coming over for dinner tonight and he plays guitar and mandolin. See how that goes. Can't imagine he could compare...
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    Re: St. Louis - Who's Here?

    I'll bear those in mind. My bro's probably got a place, or a place picked out. But I'll mention them. Thanks.
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    Yes, thanks for mentioning nut slots. Run into that a few times over the years. It's the kind of thing I tend to put off dealing with, for no good reason. I don't have the little files one is...
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    St. Louis - Who's Here?

    Hey! I'm in St. Louis for a long weekend, and might have a bit of free time, it turns out. I don't know why I didn't think of asking this before. Does anyone at the Café live here or near? Anything...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    Oh, now! It ain't that bad! Or is it? :confused:

    I used to go to a monthly jam, and the late, great Stacy Phillips was another regular. Now and then, usually a bit later on after much music and...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    That was just a wee bit snarky. ;)


    Yeah, I really don't understand how my friend could have been so careless. She is a for-real world-class artist who was signed by EMI, toured Europe as...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    I'm with you on that. My Boss TU-3 tuner is a great help. (Plus onstage, it mutes while you tune.) I've used it while recording, leaving my mandolin plugged into it even though recording on a...
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    Re: Parchment Farm Blues

    Yeppers! :grin: There are bunches of websites devoted to misheard song lyrics. One of my favorites - well, I can't forget the name - is https://www.kissthisguy.com/ :))
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    Re: Parchment Farm Blues

    Oh, absotively posilutely. Mishearing and misspellings are pretty common, and should be expected in music from the folk/oral tradition. Your example is a good one, though an oddly unsettled one. I've...
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    Re: Parchment Farm Blues

    Um, no. At best, highly unlikely. Also, Bukka White wrote the song after release, in response to a request by his producer for new material.

    As is often the case, the Occam's razor explanation is...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    Ha ha ha!!! :)) :)) :)) Excellent use of the double entendre - plus the absurdity of the premise - makes this a triple threat joke. Well done! :mandosmiley:

    Though to be clear, I believe JeffD was...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    I don't know why. Did he? Probably to accommodate his voice. I don't think it does anything for the tone. And I sure wouldn't do it on a recording. Especially not by ear. I assume my friend just...
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    Re: Ever heard of a "guitar chair?!"

    Right. Good point. The banjo nature has been obliterated by replacing the head this way. It's an electric mandolin, regardless of its original state, which is continued in its form. Form, not...
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    Re: Parchment Farm Blues

    I heard it first from Mose Allison. Very different, done with his classic cool delivery. Actually, I think I probably heard it first by Blue Cheer. Anyone remember them? Wild psychedelic power trio....
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    Re: Parchment Farm Blues

    Good going there! Pretty different from the original Bukka White version, but then, so is just about everybody's. ;) Interesting to see the picture here of him with a steel guitar. :cool:
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    Re: Microphones for home recording

    FWIW, the exchange rate for Swedish krona is such that that's US$132.32, plus 25% VAT. And shipping. Just sayin' ... :whistling:

    On the other hand, it's really, really small - 77mm x 20mm, or 3" x...
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    Re: Microphones for home recording

    I nearly always use a Shure 58 - same difference as a 57, just with a screen, typically used for vocals. That's because they're always around and for that purpose, at live gigs. And they work just...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    Also, if you should happen to prick a finger with a string end (nearly unavoidable), there'll be someone handy to apply first aid. ;)

    For my last string-changing session I chose a Saturday...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    I'll share a horror story I just survived. I've been working on a recording project, and the final track gave me fits. My partner had sent me what she'd recorded, to which I was to add my track. But...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    I respectfully disagree, albeit not in all situations. I'm thinking in particular after changing strings, when more than the usual adjustment is necessary. As I said above, I tune from the bottom up,...
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    Re: Mandolins in the Movies

    I just got done watching "Almost Famous" for the first time in eons - well, decades - and there is a fair amount of mandolin in the incidental music, particularly throughout the last hour. For...
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