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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    They were one of the places I called during my search. They were happy to take the order for an Eastman octave, but none in stock and no idea when that would change.
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    I know you all are on the edge of your seats wondering what choice I made. :eyeroll:

    Based on the recommendations here I got in touch with Kieran Moloney in Galway and found him to be every bit as...
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    The Eastman is gorgeous and gets good reviews. Unfortunately it's seriously backordered everywhere I've looked.
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    I was speaking to a friend who has played in mando orchestras and she said in her experience the fit-and-finish on the Eastmans is highly variable, even to flaws that affect the tone. Has anyone had...
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    I looked at Elderly's site. It's sold already!
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    Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    If I want to get an octave mandolin - which I do - and I don't have Northfield money - which I don't - what are my alternatives? What's out there for less than $800 new? Or is that a pipe dream?
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    What are you looking forward to?

    I'm looking foward to the time when the only thing I use my cloth masks for is to clean the dust under my strings.
  8. Re: Beginner with new Gold Tone GME-5 questions

    Maybe, but you really want to build up your strength and technique with the strings you have, IMO. Then if you want to switch to lighter strings at a later date your barres will be even better.
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  9. Re: Beginner with new Gold Tone GME-5 questions

    I don't really do barre chords a lot with the stuff I'm playing these days. (Monroe chop chords are an ongoing struggle, but that's true no matter what instrument I'm playing.) You're probably not...
  10. Re: Beginner with new Gold Tone GME-5 questions

    I was reluctant to start a whole new thread about my experience, but since this thread is just sitting here...

    I want to put in a word for the folks at Gold Tone Music Group because they really...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    I'm glad I stumbled on this thread and the modalmixture video. Any suggestions to help with doing triplet tremolo? When I get to the point where the video talks about "outsourcing" the motion to your...
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    Re: Sierra Hull has a Patreon!

    One of the bennies of SH’s Patreon is a discount on her merch, which I mention because that’s how I know she’s selling a book/DVD set: the book is tab and standard notation for 10 of her songs, and...
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    Re: Sierra Hull has a Patreon!

    Just FYI, last night as part of the $20 tier benefit, Ms. Hull did her first monthly live stream. She jammed with her husband for a bit more than an hour and then spent 20 minutes or so answering...
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    Re: And just like that...

    Well, as Alfred Hitchcock is reputed to have said, "I have the heart of a child...it's in a jar on the mantlepiece!"
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    Re: And just like that...

    I've just fallen down a rabbit hole of YouTube reviews and suchlike. The Microcube looks pretty good and, more importantly, it's available locally (Israel) at somewhat less than an extortionate...
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    And just like that...

    ...I have my first emando, a Gold Tone 5 string.

    I'm having a blast with it so far, but as a newb to electric instruments and still a relative newb to the mandolin I have questions, such as

    Any...
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    Sierra Hull has a Patreon!

    Sierra Hull has started a Patreon as a way to connect with fans.

    If you have $100 a month, you can get one-on-one lessons from her. I do not have $100 a month, besides which me taking a lesson...
  18. What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    You ever have a time when you're not enjoying playing very much? I feel like I've plateaued lately - not making good progress on new tunes, not improving much on tunes I already know, my fingers just...
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    I've never seen one in the flesh, though. Is it a decent instrument? Didn't Gold-Tone used to be a Sears house name for their one-step-above-toy guitars, or am I misremembering?
  20. I seem to have conceived an unnatural lust...

    ...for the Gold-Tone 5 string electric mandolin. I'm seeing various editions available for under $500. I had to physically restrain myself last night from clicking Buy It Now.

    Am I nuts?...
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    Re: Chris Thile Livestream

    Hey, thanks for this! I guess I have to start following another social media platform now that Live From Here is cancelled.
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    Re: Live from Here is no more

    I woke to the news this morning, totally depressing. I emigrated from the USA a decade ago, and Live From Here is one of the few US shows that I still listen to. That show turned me on to so much...
  23. Re: Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisa

    I just bought a (digital) copy - I'll let you know how it goes! I'm currently kind of in the middle of Sharon Gilchrist's intermediate course on Peghead Nation so I think this might be a good place...
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    Re: Mandolin as carry on?

    Jinx, DaveGinNJ, you owe me a Coke!
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    Re: Mandolin as carry on?

    I fly a fair amount internationally and I've never had a problem with the mando as carryon. (My last trip, it was the mando in a hard case and a soprano ukulele in a gig bag bungeed together!) It...
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