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    Re: Finish Repair?

    Since it is a 1919 model, now just over 100 years old, let it wear its wrinkles and scars with pride! They are signs of a life well lived:mandosmiley:
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    Re: Are either of these mandolines?

    Both seem to have had the tuner plates cut to remove tuners - note the fixing screw positions. The teardrop-shaped instrument has a tailpiece made for only 4 strings while the guitar-bodied one has...
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    Re: How to “woodshed”

    Not an expression I have heard used in my experiences of playing here in Scotland.
  4. Re: What's are some good guitar soundhole pickups?

    I have a Fishman factory-fitted to my Lowden 0-32 and really like the sound. Powered by a couple of small lithium button cells. The pickups were originally designed and made here in Scotland by Mike...
  5. Re: How long does it take to get over fumble fingers?

    I am very much with Bren on this one. I have been playing since my teens, so over sixty years of playing, and still can get fumbles and like Bren I have developed ways of making those slips less...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Worth getting it posted correctly. Your mandolin sounds great and your picking in very clean and fluid, especially on the runs you are playing here.
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    The video does not open, giving an error message instead. Maybe you posted it as a private rather than public upload? Ah, you're called thesecretmandolinist -clever! ;)
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    Re: Standard Chord Shape Series

    Like Simon, I too got the 404 error after your title page.
  9. Re: How does it work when people are playing together?

    You are so right in what you are saying in this post, Bren. The more folk you play along with, the more you are able to play along. The point about folk just enjoying themselves and having fun is...
  10. Re: A very amateur attempt at Divertimento #1 on a Brescian Mando

    That instrument has a lovely tone, David. Looks great too.
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    Re: Women with Mandolins

    I noted that Allison Stephens has got a mention here. Such a great loss to the mandolin world when she passed away in October 2010. Seems like only yesterday.
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    Re: I need some advice!

    Ray's advice on testing for a high (or low) fret is one of the first things I'd do. Remember that you want the straight edge just long enough to span only three frets at a time so that you can...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Quite a range of genres there, Jo. A versatile instrument when you hear this range of music being played. Thanks for posting.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Lovely instrument, David. I assume it is using nylon strings with that fiddle scfroll and tuners?
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    Re: El Noi de la Mare

    Lovely arrangement and playing, Michael.
  16. Re: Sad, Melancholic, Forlorn Mandolin Tunes/Songs

    Apoplogies. folks! I just realised that I had already posted suggestions back in February in this thread (posting #2 above). Must pay more attention to reading the whole thread rather than just...
  17. Re: Sad, Melancholic, Forlorn Mandolin Tunes/Songs

    Have a look for Scottish slow airs composed by Niel Gow or Nathaniel Gow, James Scott Skinner, Tom Anderson, John Mason or many others. Lots of lovely Gaelic waltzes too. The composers I have named...
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    Re: aging fingers just can't cut it anymore

    Bren, so well put. Next birthday I will be 78 and yes, I definitely attribute my lack of speed to my fingers not moving fast enough! Age? Not if I am honest, but at sessions I can fall back on...
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    Re: doing pizzicato in a piece

    I am not a classical player but I reckon the palm-muting you mention, Nick, is certainly a way of doing this. Get the fleshy edge of your picking hand close to the bridge saddle to dampen the...
  20. Re: Bach: Suite in A minor, BWV 1008 Prelude

    Well up to your usual high standard, Toomas.
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    Re: The new ‘ukelele’

    I imagine that Richard saw it advertised as a ukulele by an unknowing seller, Dave?
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    Re: NMD and Intro

    You have just embarked on a very fulfilling journey equipped with two very fine instruments. Good luck and I hope we will see you posting some examples soon - have a look at the Song-A-Week Group...
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    Re: Instrumental improv

    A pleasant tune that reflects the title really well, Dave.
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Bren, your posting strikes true in so many ways. At my local session last night we had two accordions, three fiddles, small pipes and a bodhran and I had guitar and mandolin. This is a fairly...
  25. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Nice collaboration, Aidan, and a good way of demonstrating the different tones of the acoustic and electric mandos.
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