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    Re: Help: Looking To Buy My First Mandolin

    The Collings MT or the Pava, you aren't likely to regret either one. Buying a good instrument used is the way to go.
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    Re: What's in your case?

    Not much in the case, maybe a spare pick or two, spare strings.

    I carry a solid box case from HarborFreight (instead of a gig bag) to most practices/dances/gigs much like Zac,

    -preamp- has a...
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    Re: HELP with tuning

    Guitars tuned in 4ths and the one 3rd give you a different chord voicing (spacing of notes within the chord) than an instrument tuned in 5ths. It's not necessarily a good or bad difference, but it...
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    Re: Seasonal Sight Reading Challenge

    Does anyone have this transcribed for mandola?
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    Re: Where are the Mandola Books?

    There are some collections out of folk music written for viola, maybe a Mel Bay book or two of celtic tunes. You'll have to adapt to picking instead of bowing and learn to read alto clef, but...
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    I've seen instruments from well regarded makers that were pretty much duds, frankly, not terrible, just not great sounding. And there are some instruments out there by relatively unknown makers, or...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    I have an old Alvarez acoustic electric bass guitar around, it was fun to play around with, played well and sounded good plugged in. It got closer to the sound of upright bass than most electric...
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    Re: Mandocello Amplifier Thoughts

    How about a powered PA speaker? They are clean and have a very wide range. Some keyboardists use them, as well as some guitarist who use digital profiles like Kemper, since the PA speakers...
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    Re: 5 string in jazz combo question

    Playing mandolin in rock bands, I've almost always wound up doubling, mostly on guitar, so that route makes sense to me. Being able to switch easily is an advantage.

    But on the other hand, I...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    I'd agree, I think the tone, attack and sustain of an MTO is somewhere between a Gibson oval hole and a Collings MT. That may or may not be the tone you are looking for.
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    I have an MTO (love it), it is a more "modern" sound than the vintage gibsons I've played. The Collings has a brightness and a sort of gloss to it, the older gibsons are woodier or tubbier in tone...
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    Re: Why use capo?

    In some bands, the key really needs to be the singer's call. If the singer wants A-flat, it's A-flat. A capo really makes life easier in this situation, I backed a singer who would change keys...
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    Re: New mandolin player

    Get a set of nut files and slowly work on the nut. They are typically meant to be adjusted, so I won't worry about it being hollow. Once you get the hang of adjusting nut heights, you can improve...
  14. Re: Recommendations for a quality but affordable mandolin

    If you are used to guitars like Collings and Bourgeois, you could just start with a used Collings MT A body, F hole mandolin, probably close to $2k used, but worth every penny. If you don't...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    I guess I tend to have instrument makers I really like a lot (Flatiron, Collings, Lowden, G&L), rather than specific instruments. I just look for bargains in those brands, buy used and have...
  16. Re: Looking for Mandolin Recommendations that hold their value

    The other option is to get a basic, but solid wood Eastman or Kentucky, maybe even a flatiron pancake, ideally used, as a starting point. Many of the plain looking basic level instruments have good...
  17. Re: Looking for Mandolin Recommendations that hold their value

    I tend to take the action that will leave me with the least regrets.

    If the sound you hear in your head is the Collings sound, get one, because everything else may leave you wondering. Watch...
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    For me, headroom has always meant the difference between the softest and loudest sounds an instrument (or amplifier) will produce without distorting. I like instruments with a lot of headroom, it...
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    Re: best mandolin for 700.00

    There are some flatiron army-navy (flat-top) mandolins used in that range, they are a lot of fun, and should hold value. I can't speak for the Morris or Big Muddy instruments, but I'll bet they are...
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    Re: buying first mando without playing?

    I don't intend to slight the others instruments on your list, those are all good choices. I'm just a big advocate of buying the best instrument you can find used.
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    Re: buying first mando without playing?

    The used American made instruments on your list will hold almost all their value if you treat them right, those are both instruments with really good reputations that should keep you happy for quite...
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    Re: old Flatiron, old guy, some thoughts

    Get the corrosion cleaned up, but fresh strings on it, lubricate the tuners, and play it for a while to see how much you like it. Then decide if you want to put the money in to upgrade it. ...
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    Re: Compressor?

    I use one on mandolin with rock bands, it makes it easier to control volume when switching from chording to single note lines. Good players step toward a mike or away to do the same thing. For...
  24. Re: Thinking about making a small pedalboard just for the mandoli

    Hey Mojocaster- Ah, okay, that makes sense! I tried a bunch of different pedals with mandolin, and came to the conclusion that what I typically wanted was usually just a good basic mandolin sound,...
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    What effects do you want to use on mandolin?

    In addition to the preamp, eq+tuner features for pretty much any situation where I need to plug in, and I tend to want compression, reverb and delay...
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