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    Re: Asheville Jams?

    Good info, thanks! I was about to ask if there was any Irish trad in the area. My wife and I are contemplating a move to Asheville in the near future.

    We're in the Pacific Northwest now but need...
  2. Re: Yet another Thomastik-Infield string question

    From my short infatuation with TI Starks years ago, the tone will be darker with less highs, less "bite" in the sound on the wound strings. No real difference on the unwound E string. The reason I...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    It may vibrate differently, but is the different vibration an improvement in tone? Or does it sound worse than it did before? That's the crux of the thousands of posts here and elsewhere on the...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Is it considered "relic'ing" or distressing if you remove the finish off a mandolin neck? Or can it be considered simply a playability improvement if you like the feel under your hand? Because I did...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Yeah, I'd reject it out of hand, regardless of what it sounded like. First, because I like playing instruments that look a little different from the norm, like my semi-transparent brown-stained...
  6. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    With regard to motivation, my #1 suggestion is to find others to play with. It's a great motivation to practice, when you know you need to get a handle on tunes you'll be playing with other amateur...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Yep, big difference there. My mandolin bought new 15 years ago shows no surface wear at all, because it has a hard-as-nails lacquer finish. I removed the finish from the back of the neck because I...
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    Re: a couple of MC related string questions

    I can't help with the first question, but on the second one, there is really no way to resurrect phosphor bronze strings past their prime.

    I've heard of upright acoustic bass players boiling...
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    Re: Weber Yellowstone Experts

    I met Bruce at his shop in Big Fork last year, and he was in the process of building a new workshop in an adjacent outbuilding. I was having him do some work on my Yellowstone F OM, and yes, he's a...
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    Re: Finger style mandolin

    It wouldn't be too hard to get in that neighborhood by converting an acoustic mandola to single strings with a new nut and saddle, then a pickup if it didn't already have one.

    Some builders offer...
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    Re: Finger style mandolin

    I once owned a special "Radim Zenkl" model Breedlove mandola, actually designed for fingerstyle playing which Radim was experimenting with at the time.

    It had single strings instead of double...
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    Re: Mandolin is guitar upside down?

    I flatten my fingers playing Blues on guitar too. It was the vertical touch of an un-bent fingertip that I never used on two adjacent guitar strings because it could never cover both strings at once....
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    Re: Mandolin is guitar upside down?

    Okay, I'll amend that to say it's something I never ran into while playing Blues, Jazz, and "American Fingerstyle" for 30-odd years on guitar. Never got into the Classical world where that may be a...
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    Re: Mandolin is guitar upside down?

    I remember hearing that in my early days of picking up mandolin after 30+ years of guitar. It made a kind of sense, but I never found it useful in finding chord shapes. It just seemed easier to look...
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    Re: Pandemic based inflation

    I suppose there is a chance that mass market instruments, particularly those made in China may come down in price a little as Covid restrictions ease up and more people are back to work. I wouldn't...
  16. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    I don't play a vintage instrument. I bought a mandolin new around 15 years ago after some serious research and loved the way it sounded when it arrived. I still love the way it sounds now, maybe even...
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    Re: Comparison/impressions of Guitar Body OMs?

    Right, the Capo Police won't bother someone with on OM or 'Zouk. Of course you might have to use different string gauges if you want to stay in GDAE or GDAD tuning when capo'd up a bit.

    FWIW, my...
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    Re: Picking Fiddle Tunes?

    Right, sometimes it's obvious that it wasn't written on a fiddle like Scottish pipe tunes, which tend to sit on just the A and E strings on a mandolin due to the limited range of the scale.
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  19. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    Or just play the snot out of the one you have, if it's a good 'un.

    That last part really is the key. Spend the money to buy a good mandolin. One that's "better than you are" and you can grow...
  20. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    That's why I focused on just the single variable of volume, because the claims inevitably include that. Probably on the Tone Traveler site too. (Checking) yep, sure enough:


    "I am very happy to...
  21. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    Repeating myself from posts made years ago about the ToneRite:

    Do ya'll know what nobody has ever done to my knowledge? Nobody has ever put a new mandolin in a jig to hold it in a fixed position...
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    Re: Picking Fiddle Tunes?

    I suppose in some Bluegrass circles it might be a shorthand for an instrumental tune, "instrumental" being a somewhat clumsy term, and most of those instrumentals being stolen from the fiddlers...
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    Re: Original Bluegrass/Oldtime Tunes in "Bb"

    As mentioned above, Gm is the relative minor of Bb and there are a ton of interesting tunes in Gm if you're looking for a minor feel.

    There are several in the Irish trad repertoire like "The...
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    Re: Advantages of stereo matched pair?

    I think it mainly depends on what type of stereo mic technique you're using, because there are different setups. If you're using a "coincident" technique like X/Y or a Blumlein pair, that's where...
  25. Re: What's are some good guitar soundhole pickups?

    This is off-topic for general use, but I should mention one more fun thing about Fishman Rare Earth pickups. The non-mic Rare Earth version can be rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise so it's oriented...
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