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    Re: Campanella 2 point mandola

    Jawdropping!! That there is a beauty!
  2. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    Another thing to keep in mind is that if you're jumping from a Rogue to hoping to buy a "keeper", you'd want to know what things work for you and what don't - flat vs. radius fretboard, nut width,...
  3. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    Aye, definitely settled on the Girouard, nothing turning my head at all now as it's got everything I want in a mandolin - playability and great sound in bucketloads, not to mention easy on the eye!
  4. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    I think "lifelong keeper" is down more to how the mandolin sounds and feels to play vs. a price range guaranteeing "keeper" status. Years ago I had a really great Weber Gallatin F that I got second...
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    Re: The latest in plectrum technology.....

    Just curious as to why audiences keep being brought up? Do any musicians decide on what pick they use (or fiddle bow, or drum sticks) based on whether the audience can hear the difference? I've...
  6. Re: NMD Ellis A4 Deluxe with Hummingbird inlay.

    What a gorgeous mandolin - congratulations!
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    Re: The latest in plectrum technology.....

    So should he just use a Fender Heavy and be done with it since the audience won't hear the value? I'd wager that Chris Thile makes his pick choices based on whether the pick feels good to play with,...
  8. Re: 1989 Washburn M-3SW vs. New Eastman/Loar/etc

    As a friend of mine's dad used to say "When you buy, you sell" - with that in mind, looking further down the line when you may want to move up the mandolin food chain you'll probably have a bigger...
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    Re: Help: Paypal or venmo or selle?

    I've used Venmo in the past for small purchases (and been paid via Venmo for low dollar amounts when selling furniture drum hardware etc), and only when face to face with the purchaser/seller - lots...
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    Re: The latest in plectrum technology.....

    Hmm, that tail is..interesting... Seems a wee bit of a waste of real estate though to have a side that isn't playable. Something like the Wegen Dipper gives you more pick to hang onto and the three...
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    Re: Middle of the night practice?

    Sure thing John - here's my new place: 150 year old cottage on 10 acres in beautiful Co. Mayo., we're growing organic veg, have some chickens, and will be adding more animals (donkeys, horses,...
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    Re: Middle of the night practice?

    When I lived in a farmhouse in East Galway years ago I would regularly stay up late or get up in the wee hours and play my tenor banjo - no one around to complain! Living rurally once again now but...
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    Re: Celtic Mando vs Bandolim

    A "celtic" mandolin is just a marketing term, so I don't think there is such a thing as a "genuine" celtic mandolin - as an instrument mandolin is a relative newcomer to trad music (20th century) and...
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    Re: Pick orientation to strings

    Two things I found most helpful when starting out were 1) Not to approach the mandolin like it was a small guitar, so leave the guitar technique on the shelf and 2) Watch lots of videos of great...
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    Re: Losing Your Place

    There's no requirement in the SAW group that the tunes be played by memory - folks just post recordings - video, and sometimes just audio, of them playing whatever the chosen tune is.
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    Re: New OM on order

    Here's Macdara's website (and yes, that's him in the video):


    http://www.mofluthier.com
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    Re: Help! Drowned out by fiddles!

    "Chopping" isn't really a thing when playing "celtic" tunes, and strumming on a mandolin might be less than ideal due to the sonic range mandolin inhabits - - you'll still probably be drowned out by...
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    Re: New OM on order

    Well done on commissioning a build for what I'm sure will be an amazing instrument! Hope you'll post "in progress" photos here once Macdara gets started on it!

    On a Mac laptop or computer you can...
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    Re: Pick Noise, pointy vs rounded, etc.

    I started out using the pointed end of a Jim Dunlop .96mm Delrin 500 when I first started playing, but soon switched to using the shoulder end of it instead, for me I found it facilitated playing...
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    Re: Losing Your Place

    I think it can go both ways - I've heard of stories similar to yours happening Jeff, but also know that contextual cues can play a huge part in whether our behaviour occurs or not - for some folks...
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    Re: Octave mandolin finished.

    That is gorgeous - well done!
  22. Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad?

    Prior to getting heavily into trad music I had played guitar and drums since I was a kid, mainly in punk bands. As a kid our family had a lot of singers in it, fans of the folk/ballad singer boom,...
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    Re: Mandolin in the Hospital???

    My vote would be to see how you're feeling the day after surgery and potentially have your husband bring the Alvarez in to you. They didn't keep me in overnight when I had knee surgery (though they...
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    Re: Please define “intermediate”

    I'm thinking about other fields where the term "journeyman" is used - as a big football (or soccer in America) fan, it would be common to hear about someone being referred to as a "journeyman...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    In two places in your post you mention using udud for reels, but state that some reels "seem to want to start on a down..." Generally speaking, reel picking is DUDU, not UDUD. In all my years...
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