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    Re: Just Ordered my First Mandolin, Advice?

    Nothing to do with playing, but I suggest getting a hard case. Mandolin is a small easily kicked about our knocked over instrument with high string tension. Every time I put mine in the car trunk in...
  2. Re: Sound difference between a 305 and a higher end Mandolin?

    One thing you'll probably notice on the 305 compared to more expensive instruments is, if it's anything like mine, the tuners are fairly nasty. That's fixable though. I really like the thin matt...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    catmandu2 posted on Welsh harp music. Performance of that music must really be an area of speculation - my understanding is that the original instrument ('Celtic' harp style?) may have been rather...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Thanks for all that, Ranald. People here in UK have been becoming more aware of Canadian music for a few years now - French Canadian music to be specific, thanks to the yearly UK tours by the...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    That's an interesting statement, because it suggests that scholarship of music may have more to do with the musical structure on paper than the sound of the tune - but which is the music? I'd argue...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    So, does 'modern traditional' mean anything now, did it ever, and does it matter? You could say it's just a convenient label to indicate you're hearing folk instruments and folk style vocals, but how...
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    The truckers shortage is also all over Europe. Many UK trucking agencies and corporations also relied on cheap rate truckers from Eastern Europe who could work under EU Freedom of Movement rules. It...
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    Bagpipes at least make good kindling for accordion bonfires...
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    Re: Octave tuning/string tension question

    I tried this with my 305 - and changed back again fairly quickly. If I remember correctly, I just used strings 1 step above the standard A and E strings for the high G and D - so if eg you use an 11...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Yes - but I suspect 'twas ever thus'? There's a recording out there called 'Stephen Baldwin - English Village Fiddler' which may however display the opposite. The disk has English dance and other...
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    Re: Reasons to avoid practicing

    Tennis elbow - but hang on, it's gone away...
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    Re: New prototype Celtic mandolin

    Nice work, Nigel! Do you have any thoughts on a solid bridge vs. the usual adjustable pillar type - can you hear any reliable difference in the sound?
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    Re: New Eastman won't stay in tune - bad pegs?

    My Eastman 305 is a good buy for the price, but the tuners aren't great, they're very tight. Other things to check though - are the strings wound smoothly and evenly on the machine pegs, or do the...
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    Re: Lost (and need) a Hiscox case key

    The pandemic seems to have made quite a few in UK question their work/life balance, especially those with the minority of unsympathetic employers who told them to return to the office before it's...
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    Re: Eastman "CLA" meaning

    The matt Eastman finish will gloss up anywhere you regularly touch the instrument while playing. My 315's doing it where my shirt/jacket cuff rubs on the top behind the bridge. That doesn't bother me...
  16. Thread: Cornish Tunes?

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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Yeah, but what we need is a metal version of Quay Fair, with Mongolian throat singing - think late Saturday night at the Front bar (Falmouth) :)
  17. Thread: Cornish Tunes?

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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Is that an answer to the topic "What's your favourite reel?", or a Cornish tune I haven't heard of?
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Sorry about posting twice above, I thought the first one didn't go properly.

    I know what you mean about not being able to keep tunes in 'boxes'. My experience so far, though, is that the Celtic...
  19. Thread: Cornish Tunes?

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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Thanks again Cornishman. It looks like Ilow Kernow is out of print (Lyngham.co.uk don't offer it any more), and the only copy I can find is for sale in USA with a total cost of about 45 (mostly...
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Thanks again Cornishman, but it seems like Ilow Kernow is out of print and not on Mike O'Connor's website. The only copy I can find on the Net is in USA and would cost about 45 including...
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Thanks for all the links, Cornishman - I know Dalla are excellent, but they're not quite what I have in mind here. If you imagine a band in the style of the Splann lineup with drums and bass on your...
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    Re: Thumb Pain

    Is your thumb painful in the second thumb joint (the one next your palm) or in the area that touches the neck? Through many years of fiddling, I developed a 'corn' on the inside edge of my left thumb...
  23. Thread: Memorizing a song

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    Re: Memorizing a song

    I reckon what's right for the individual is the method to use, so trying every way you hear of makes sense.
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    Re: Key/Mode for Irish Sessions

    There are a good number of good 18th and 19thC Scottish fiddle tunes written in Bb and Eb, but in deference to melodeons and other folks for whom that makes life more difficult (and fiddlers who...
  25. Thread: Cornish Tunes?

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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    One thing I haven't yet found in Cornish music (maybe I've missed it?) is the kind of hard driving or very rhythmic amplified dance music and bands that have popularised Scottish ceilidh music (which...
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