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  1. Re: Best way to learn to play Smooth and Clean (not sloppy)?

    I have spent a long time trying to pick cleanly. When I first started playing, many years ago, I wanted to learn lots of tunes and play them fast. But, then I realized everything I was playing...
  2. Re: Best mandolin video courses - Homespun or Peghead?

    I several of the homespun courses from the DVD and CD days. Most are good and I have learned from them.

    I have been doing Sharon Gilchrists Intermediate Bluegrass course on Peghead for a couple...
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    Re: Eastman 305 & 315 blemished

    You'll be happy in the short term, but you will still want the NICER mandolin, and then you will be farther away from getting it. I say keep saving for what you really want.
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    Rubner Tuners on a Big Muddy?

    Anyone put Rubner tuners on a Big Muddy? If so, how was the experience?

    Thanks
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    Re: Ronnie Mccoury stuff. Tags, runs, licks?

    I have the Homespun Video, from the DVD days... it covers a lot of his style. At the time I got it, it was a bit beyond my skill level. I may take it out now and try it again.
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    Re: Mid Missouri mandolin construction M-0

    I also meant to add that I own an MW-0 (in walnut), as well as as M1 special with Oregon myrtlewood back and sides. They are very nice instruments. Also, my very first mandolin was a mahogany...
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    Re: Mid Missouri mandolin construction M-0

    That does look like Mahogany, and I'm pretty sure that is what they made the M-0 out of. Their entry instrument is now MW-0, which is walnut back/sides.
  8. Thread: Eastman MD315

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    Re: Eastman MD315

    That mandolin sounds great!
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    Re: Weber Yellowstone vs Northfield Big Mon

    Can you play them both? I had a 2004 Yellowstone for a few years but I just could not adjust to the neck shape of that particular instrument. May be fine for you, but my point is to get each one...
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    Re: Eastman 515 tuning machines upgrade

    I have no issues at all with the stock tuners on my 515V. They work as well as the Rubners I have on a different mandolin. Maybe I just got lucky.
  11. Thread: Road Trip

    by RobP
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    Re: Road Trip

    Keep in mind that the Adirondack spruce is not necessarily an "upgrade" in everyone's mind - but a difference. You might do well to try out something with an Adi top and see what you think. I had...
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    Re: Eastman 305 small neck

    Oh, wait.. just realized you said Neck and not Nut. Same answer though - I did not have trouble moving to the Eastman.
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    Re: Eastman 305 small neck

    I went from a Collings MT with a std 1-1/8 nut to an Eastman with the 1-1/16 nut without any problems. In fact, the slightly closer spacing of the courses makes it easier for me to hit the 2200 A...
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    Re: Gig bag for pancake mandolin?

    I used one of the Eastman bags for a Big Muddy. It worked fine. I wish I bought another bag when the Mandolin Store had them for $15 though.. what a deal!
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    Re: Good Tone - How long does it actually take?

    What helped me was to consciously prioritize tone over repertoire and speed. Focus on one or two tunes, keep playing them and adjusting technique until you get close to the tone quality you are...
  16. Re: Does anyone own one of the Eastman varnish finish mandolins?

    Hah! Took guitar lessons there too, in Portsmouth during the UNH school year :) My guitars feels so neglected these days.
  17. Re: Does anyone own one of the Eastman varnish finish mandolins?

    What a blast from the past! I took guitar lessons at Strings & Things early in my guitar playing days in 1983? when I was a student at UNH.
  18. Re: Does anyone own one of the Eastman varnish finish mandolins?

    I have one and play it regularly. The finish is just the varnish. I love the sound I get from it - it's become my main mandolin for practice and performances. My Collings MT is getting lonely.
  19. Thread: Pro Plec 1.5

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    Re: Pro Plec 1.5

    I used ProPlec's for a long time, but the issue I had with them is they seemed to get scratched up really easily and and up creating a lot of friction with the strings. I had to polish them all the...
  20. Thread: 2022 Eastman Line

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    Re: 2022 Eastman Line

    I was worried about the 1-3/32 width too, but I don't have problems with it. And, one benefit is the narrower width makes the 2200 A chord easier to do with 1 finger.
  21. Re: Wrapping strings around tuners too many times restringing?

    Can you explain what you mean by "I put all my windings on before putting the string thru the hole"?
  22. Thread: eastman

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    Re: eastman

    Ditto... I got the itch last year and bought a 515/v used from the classifieds. It's fantastic in both sound and playability. I play it more than my Collings MT.
  23. Thread: Pick grip collage

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    Re: Pick grip collage

    #11 is Reischman. Very distinctive grip.
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    Re: Golden Gate "Clown Barf" Extra Stiff Pick

    Anyone found a source for these besides Banjo Ben? If all I want is picks, his shipping charge is enormous.
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    Experiences with J74's on a big muddy?

    Looking for feedback on how big muddy's hold up to J74's.

    Medium Lights are recommended: 11 16 24 38 (GHS makes a set like this)

    J74s are: 11 15 26 40

    I have found some older cafe...
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