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    Re: Need help identifying old mandolin

    It might have said Sovereign. Oscar Schmidt used the name in the 20s, but I could not find a pic of that decal with a quick search.
  2. 2021 Mike Auldridge Instrumental Composition Contest

    Attention, bluegrass and old-time musicians: This year's Mike Auldridge Instrumental Composition Contest is underway. The DC Bluegrass Union is accepting entries until Sunday, October 10th. Tunes...
  3. Re: How do I put 2 recordings from Windows Media Player to YouTub

    A .cda file is a small text file on an audio CD containing metadata such as title, artist etc. that a CD player can display. It is not an audio file.

    mp4 is a container file format that can hold...
  4. Re: Nobody Knows You When .... chord progression confusion

    There is a IV chord. Replace Dm D7 with F F#dim7.
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    Re: fret marker positions

    Most gypsy guitars have 10th fret markers. A4's explanation is often mentioned, but whether that result was planned or serendipitous is debatable.

    I have a gypsy guitar with a 10th marker, and one...
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    Re: NVNVNVNV - reasons?

    [QUOTE]some classical players choose to hit only one string on the up pick[QUOTE]

    When I studied classical mandolin many years ago I was encouraged to do that, particularly during tremolo.
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    Re: Music Store Etiquette

    +1 for Louise. Stan Jay of Mandolin Brothers once told me that he hired a high school kid to come in every afternoon and tune all the instruments so the whole room would resonate when you tried...
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    Re: Rob Meldrum's excellent setup e-book

    Big thanks to Rob. I have a troublesome five-string electric that needs some attention.
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    Re: Makeshift home studio

    Assuming you're playing an acoustic mandolin blankets should work reasonably well. They mostly soak up high frequencies. Instruments that produce lower frequencies and/or higher volume need some more...
  10. Re: Fender FM60E 5 string electric mando intonation...

    Mine came with a C string that was way too light (I got it used, so I don't know who to blame). Wouldn't stay in tune, couldn't set intonation. I ended up with a .044" on it and the intonation is...
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    Re: Flattop Top Thickness?

    No argument about other factors. Just observing that as the OP suspects it's not possible to match the weight of his spruce top with that redwood, if that's the goal as recommended above. The redwood...
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    Re: Flattop Top Thickness?

    If you calculate the density for each piece your spruce is 7.55 g/cubic inch = .46 g/cubic cm which is normal according to an online wood density chart. Your redwood is 3.48 g/cubic inch = .215...
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    Old audio tape with sticky shed syndrome is commonly baked at ~120F with no ill effects. I don't know about 170, but I don't think I'd go that high.

    You could stick a thermometer and a lamp with...
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    Re: An evening with the Martin harp mandolin

    A quick search on Ancestry.com turned up Mr. Gillespie's obituary.

    189424

    Dated March 16 1950.
  15. Re: Old photos - a hodgepodge of musicians - folkies +

    Looks like this event:

    https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2012/03/01/chuck-berry-leonard-cohen-honored-at-jfk-library/
  16. Re: Do you know of an easy, safe program to convert wav files to

    You need to download the Lame mp3 library. All explained in the Audacity manual. I think the newest versions of Audacity now include the library.
  17. Thread: Musician Jokes

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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Re: difficult audiences: Some bluegrass friends were playing at a local hospital a few years ago, going from room to room. They popped into one guy's room and played him a song. As they were leaving...
  18. Re: Mandolin Brothers Book of Vintage News/ Photos?

    What a great idea. A collection of the Vintage News alone would be fabulous. Stan's descriptions of the instruments and the recreated photos would be enough for me. Good luck with the project Alison....
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    Re: Looking for Information on this Mandolin

    If you're interested in the music, Russian and Ukrainian use slightly different Cyrillic alphabets, and the piece you pictured says 'Ukrainian'. Also, CPIBANN(I)K = spivannik = hymnal, which I found...
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    Re: Mandolin repair/setup in DC area?

    Mike Rychlik does setups and repairs in the Cabin John area:

    http://www.rychlikmusic.com
  21. Thread: Noob question

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    Re: Noob question

    I believe that's a ukulele A chord, no? That fingering on a mandolin could have several names, but it's not a chord you need to worry about.

    -Tom
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    Re: In Case of Theft.

    This looks interesting as an alternative to GPS tracking:

    http://www.thetileapp.com/

    Not available yet, preorder for $19. Battery not replaceable, after one year you need to replace the device....
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    Re: Question for the tech gurus (NMC)

    It's a filter to reduce electromagnetic interference. You find them on switching power supplies, which generate a lot of high frequency noise. The usual wall warts you describe are linear power...
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    Re: Rest in peace, John McGann

    Wow, what a shock. I knew John in the early 80s when we played in different lunatic fringe New England bluegrass bands together. I always enjoyed his playing and more recently his contributions to...
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    Re: Fender FM-60E Opinions?

    I have one and like it. I also had to put a pretty heavy C string on, don't recall the guage. It plays well and sounds good enough for my purposes, which include occasional use in a western swing...
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