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  1. Bach / Beatles - Goldberg Variation #1 / Blackbird

    Guitar: Joy Dawson
    Mandolin: ohnoitsalobo


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auFWXfEQfUk
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    My new and first electric mandolin!

    Boy oh boy! I unexpectedly got an Eastwood Mandostang for Christmas and I'm having a blast! For some reason, I jumped right into playing jazz standards (I used to study jazz guitar back in the day)...
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    Re: Shim for Bridge Insert.

    I have used thin flat shims of maple and bone. Both worked fine and I didn't hear any difference between the two. I have made a couple of these bridges and the shims make them quite adaptable.
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    Re: Shim for Bridge Insert.

    Mandrian,

    Another idea from a local luthier as a quick fix: cut the shim out of old celluloid guitar picks. He used medium on an old guitar I bought that had been set up way too low, to tide me...
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    Re: Shim for Bridge Insert.

    I make shims out of slices of soda or beer cans. Just cut it with tin snips...or old scissors. Also, you can get brass and aluminum shim stock of various thicknesses from some auto parts stores. I...
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    Re: Shim for Bridge Insert.

    Remember that paper and cardstock are simply reconstituted wood, possibly with higher density than most, and certainly higher consistency.

    Wish I could remember who but, 10 years ago or so, one of...
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    Re: Shim for Bridge Insert.

    Mandrian, I fixed it for you :cool:

    Happy New Year.
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    Re: Shim for Bridge Bone Insert

    Two things I have used for convenience are a maple laminate that I have and plastic packaging material. That hard plastic that you have to open to get to your product. Both can be cut with scissors...
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    Happy (presumed) 250th birthday

    to Ludwig van Beethoven


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxCLflXk0eg
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    Importing to UK

    Here's a little help to anyone in the UK thinking of importing an old instrument from USA or elsewhere.
    Normally there is 20% Vat and 2.5% duty. If the item can be proved to be over 100 years old it...
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    Luthier on Luthier podcast

    Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by American guitar maker Michael Bashkin for his "Luthier on luthier podcast." Which is hosted by The Fretboard Journal. Not much in the way of mando...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    I haven't played this song since I was kid ,probably over 50 years. I found a nice backing track on YT and had a blast revisiting, knowing how much has changed since then. Anyway... Played on a...
  13. Re: Open right hand to closed fist transition help

    Doesn't directly address the OP issue but I thought Wayne's point of not ever being too old to change was great. I totally changed my grip about 20 years ago after holding the pick by my finger tips...
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    Re: Question for UK Members re. BREXIT

    I've bought stuff from Thomann (Germany) quite often, it arrives promptly as if it had been posted from the UK and with no extra charges.

    I once bought something from Switzerland (not in the EU),...
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    Re: Question for UK Members re. BREXIT

    There was a moment when I considered buying what I could from Roger Bucknall while it was easy.
    But in the end I decided that I would not let my financial timing be controlled by a PM who cannot...
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    Re: Question for UK Members re. BREXIT

    As far as mandrian's questions go - you would pay VAT anyway.
    Normally quoted in price but that might change so you'd have to be prepared to add the 20%.

    How much duty you pay on imports to the...
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    Re: Question for UK Members re. BREXIT

    In my work, I move things in and out of EU all the time.
    Been doing it for 20+ years.

    E.g from our facility in Ireland, by truck through UK and round to Norway, which is not in the EU but...
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    Transcriptions

    I've just started uploading some of my many mandolin and fiddle transcriptions to my web site. Bluegrass, fiddle tunes and jazz as played by great players. You can find them at the "Transcriptions"...
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    Re: Chambered body, electric mandolin

    The new emando has just gained some beautiful Koa sides.
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    And here's how I did it!


    https://youtu.be/RZ5oHktPOOc

    Cheers Gary
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    Re: Taran Springwell

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P0PNmFPcPY

    Bit of gloomy looking film, apt for these gloomy days without any live music, but the Springwell is developing and maturing beautifully, to my ears.
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    Chambered body, electric mandolin

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    Hi Guys, hope that you are all managing to keep well and safe.
    I’ve just started to build a new emando, this time with a chambered body.
    Above is what I’m calling “the core”.
    I'm doing a...
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    Alison Stephens memorial tribute online

    Just received from the British BMG Federation Committee:

    "Saturday 10th October marks the 10th anniversary of the late, great British mandolin maestra Alison Stephens and you are invited to join...
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    Re: Leaving Stoer by Ivan Drever

    I got up quite early today, and while waiting for daylight I decided to record Leaving Stoer on my octave mandolin. I find the bass strings tuned up to A to be really effective in playing this tune....
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    Re: Leaving Stoer by Ivan Drever

    That is a really good video, Mandrian. Very informal and creates a great tmosphere. One of the more unusual venues, I would guess, and should certainly produce a very clean recording environment!...
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    Re: Leaving Stoer by Ivan Drever

    Hi, Mandrian, I have just posted a version over on the Song-A-Week group and here it is for your amusement.
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