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    Re: Update on CITES

    Ideally, any crackdown on Pernambuco will be seen as the red herring it is. Brazil was all over it as a smokescreen to divert attention from the fact that they're trying to destroy rainforest as...
  2. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    I was going to counter as well, with all the violinists that want their soundpost adjusted every time the barometric pressure changes etc., separate bridges and posts for winter and summer, neck...
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    Re: Beginner Mandolin Questions

    Nate Lee just moved to RI, I'm pretty sure he's still taking students. "Playnately" on FB..
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    Re: Octave mandolin - F holes or an oval hole?

    I used to own an oval hole that I tuned GDAD to be a short-scale Bouzouki. It worked great for what I was playing with it mostly at the time. Now, I have an F hole one because that also suits what...
  5. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    Agreed. There are plenty of well-vetted used violins that one can buy without concern and would probably be a better purchase long-term than the Eastman and a plastic bow (not there's anything WRONG...
  6. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    I don't think anyone is trying to fully explain the mechanics or mysteries. Internet forums are a little focused to the specific question at hand and by nature constrained/simplistic. I think you'll...
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    Also, if the violin is more highly arched, the bridge will be shorter. If it's very highly arched, it's normal for the neck projection to also be slightly lower. I have an example of one such...
  8. Re: I canít remember if learning guitar was this hard

    The advice about starting higher up the neck with the chop chords is sound. I have large hands and long fingers, so the reach wasn't hard when I started out, but getting good tone and making smooth...
  9. Re: I canít remember if learning guitar was this hard

    Most likely Irish Trad
  10. Re: Where do you do most of your pick striking?

    I'd say about the same for me
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    Re: Instructors in Maine

    Yep being in that part of the state puts you a ways from everyone. I'm taking students, but I'm probably even further away (Hiram) than Portland or Yarmouth.
  12. Re: I canít remember if learning guitar was this hard

    I think working on tone is may more important than being able to make lots of notes too. In that respect, I believe the guitar is definitely easier. That said, after 25 years on violns, I can make...
  13. Re: I canít remember if learning guitar was this hard

    Also, don't underestimate the power (though it CAN feel tedious sometimes) of scale and arpeggio exercises. These are key to being able to start mapping the fretboard for yourself and training your...
  14. Re: I canít remember if learning guitar was this hard

    Well put. This is a similar approach to how I do things with some of my students depending on their level. I'm not well versed at putting it in concise written form yet though!
  15. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    Steel strings really only *have* to effect the setup when it comes to action, although some can do ok with the standard action, like Helicore mediums, or a strong player. But yes, generalization...
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    Re: Eastman MD315/MD515 vs Kentucky KM750

    I think you'll find that many regard the Kentuckys equally or better, so it's not always clear cut. I owned an Eastman years ago when I first started playing mandolin. It was ok, but not on par with...
  17. Re: I canít remember if learning guitar was this hard

    I played guitar for 14 years and though I got to the point of being a decent accompanist and an ok flatpicker, I never made as much progress as I did in less years of fiddle or mandolin playing. It...
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    Re: Eastman MD315/MD515 vs Kentucky KM750

    One of my mandos is a KM756. It's my BG axe as my better instruments are more suited to other styles. I think it's great for the price point. That being said, I've never played it with the original...
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    Re: Carter Vintage experience vs Morgan Music

    It might be worth dropping them a line and telling this story...
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    Not to be overly contrarian, but I have to disagree with the notion that there's automatically a different setup. You don't *need* a different setup to play the same stuff, it's player preference. I...
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    Re: new standard guitar tuning

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. I
    actually did have a couple moments of it coming back today but it didn't last long. A few good G an D runs and fills and then a little flatpicking of Wildwood...
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    Re: SNL Mandolin break

    He had quite an interesting life. He also was a merchant sailor for a little bit as well as a school teacher out west somewhere. Truly one of the biggest contributors to keeping ITM going here. On...
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    Re: String Gauges for Neck Without Truss Rod

    I didn't know that about the Martins, thanks!

    Agreed, there are a lot of non-truss rod ie- "reinforced" necks out there working just fine.

    To the OP, I neglected to offer up the advice to...
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    Re: new standard guitar tuning

    I just picked up a cheap old parlor guitar, both to have as a "house guitar", for visiting guitarists who might not have an instrument with them, as well as my girlfriend who wants to learn a bit. I...
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    Re: String Gauges for Neck Without Truss Rod

    There are mandolins with a rod to prevent warping but are non-adjustable. Adjustable truss rods didn't come along until the 1920s but many earlier instruments had neck reinforcement (and beefier...
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