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    Re: Help! Drowned out by fiddles!

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    Re: Amplification

    I had a Fishman bridge pickup on my main mando for 10 years. Never liked the tone, even with a preamp, but it produced the volume I needed with a loud band and the preamp had a notch filter for...
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    Re: Really good tremelo exercises?

    I have never been able to learn from exercises, nor could my instructor of several years. If I want to learn a technique, like tremolo or cross picking, I find a tune by a really good player that...
  4. Re: Using cheaper mandolin for extensive practice.

    I have a Parsons Flat-top as my beater. I keep it leaning against my home office desk. I don't worry about it getting dinged. It has a very pleasing sound, but it isn't that loud. I also travel with...
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    Re: Mandolin in the Hospital???

    I was hospitalized for three days a couple of decades ago for cellulitis in my right arm. I had my wife bring my Mederios travel mandolin in and passed the time with it. Then I got a roommate, so I...
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    Re: New carbon fiber mandolin builder

    I had a NewMAD CF mandolin on loan for about a month a while ago. I took it to a few jams and a gig. I thought it sounded great. This new offering looks similar. With the supply of wood, including...
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    Re: Is it possible to get this tuned to GDAE?

    Experiment with different gauges of nylon guitar strings. Buy really cheap single strings in different sizes and see what what will tune to pitch in each position at a reasonable tension. If you get...
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    Just my two cents: The Trinity is nice, seems well made, very easy to play. It really lacks low end tone, but if you can use light mandola strings on it, that might help. Intonation may or may not be...
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    I used to travel every week on business. A full size mandolin is nearly impossible to pack in a rollaboard suitcase. I had a Mederios travel mandolin for a long time. It was similar to a Weber Sweet...
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    Re: Just tuning. Will it make things better?

    I would add that some mandolin players shouldn't worry about temperament, but they darn sure should "just tune" their instruments!
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    Re: Just tuning. Will it make things better?

    I've been told I use "un-just, ill-tempered tuning." It's a personal preference.
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    +1 for AnyVideoConverter. I use Audacity for some things and it is great, but AVC does conversions faster, with fewer mouse clicks. You just drag the WAV file into AVC and click "convert" and it is...
  13. Re: Where can a classical/Italian player find a non-bowlback mand

    I think people make too much of matching an instrument to a style. If you are playing solo or duo, maybe that's important. Also, if you are playing bluegrass, I guess you need a chop. But I tried my...
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    Re: Non-musician Luthiers

    Bill Bussman (Old Wave) makes mostly right handed mandolin family instruments, but he is a left handed bass player. I'm sure he can play some, but I was in a music store with him once and he picked...
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    Re: Crosspicking vs "the Other Kind"

    It should also be said that crosspicking can also be a rhythm method and a fill method. You can do a crosspicking roll to arpeggiate chords without the melody either all the way through a piece,...
  16. Re: A strange contraption for measuring and installing new string

    C'mon guys! You know if he listed it on Amazon and he got a few endorsements on this site, they'd sell. Look at all the crazy devices discussed here over the years. Some of them are still selling...
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    Re: Crosspicking vs "the Other Kind"

    Acoustic Guitar Magazine says Flatpicking is simply playing melodic lines and rhythms with a flatpick. Crosspicking is a style of flatpicking that adds sonic fill by playing patterns across 3 or more...
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    Re: Old Banjo Mandolin. - skin tension

    I bought an old 1920's tenor banjo with a skin head a while ago. I had the same issue. I just tightened it up in a crisscross pattern until the head seemed evenly tensioned all over, based on how...
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    Re: Peter Ostroushko Passes

    RIP. I saw him in concert once at a small venue in St. Louis. His playing was beautiful and inspiring. I went up and talked to him afterwards. We chatted about the A-4 he was playing, which was made...
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    Re: Best Banjo joke I've heard in a while

    We need a PC euphemism for them. That seems to be what people do nowadays with sensitive terms. How about "SC's" (Skinheaded Chordophones)?
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    Re: Best Banjo joke I've heard in a while

    Why did the banjo player hang a capo from his rearview mirror?


    So he could park in the handicapped spots!
  22. Re: Playing Mandolin with the Church Praise Team

    Great tips. I forgot the capo thing. It was a necessity for my first 15 years or so because of the weird keys. I still need one on the OM. On the mandolin, I have learned to do double stops even in...
  23. Re: Playing Mandolin with the Church Praise Team

    Right. You know the difference between a praise pianist and a terrorist?

    You can negotiate with a terrorist...
  24. Re: Playing Mandolin with the Church Praise Team

    I have played mandolin with church praise groups for most of the last 28 years. I played guitar in praise groups for about 10 years before that. I can only say what I have done that seems to work, in...
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    Re: Experiences with ArtistWorks

    I took courses from ArtistWorks years ago. I mostly took mandolin with Mike M., but also tried harmonica with Howard Levy for a short time. I thought it was a pretty good arrangement. This was...
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