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    Re: National RM1 changes/evolution

    Are you wondering if changes have occurred since 1927 when John Dopyera and George Beauchamp started the company in L.A., CA? Or are you mostly wondering about the current iteration, National...
  2. Re: Are you ready for a new Carbon/Kevlar Sorensen mandolin?

    My wife's backup D16 RGT has a Micarta fingerboard and bridge. The builders felt obligated to bind the fingerboard but judging from the finish quality of the bridge, I think they could have left it...
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    Re: When a mandolin tunes itself

    Things like that don't happen automatically. It took about 9 years for me to teach my mandolin how to play Gospel music. But different instruments take different amounts of time. A recent banjo I...
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    Re: When a mandolin tunes itself

    In my experience playing banjo with accordion players, the accordion has the potential to play louder than just about anything. It's like 100 clarinets in a squeeze box.

    If not in the hands of...
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    Re: Ukulele tuned like a mandolin

    For 5ths tuning mandolin players, or those that want to be, I think this is a great idea. Kudos to Aquila for making the strings available! Not the same feel as 8 strings, but a really pleasant,...
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    Re: Great 48 Bluegrass Jam in Bakersfield

    This is one of our favorite bluegrass festivals, but unfortunately we cannot make it for 2023. Wish we could...
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    Re: Mic and Equipment for playing live

    Yea, if it's an acoustic mandolin with a pickup installed, you're probably going to get feedback when the volume is turned up. That's where you're better off with a mandolin designed to play with...
  8. Re: Embarassing Question - Which Mandolin to Bring to Jam?

    I'd say bring the mandolin that you find easiest to play. You'll play better on it no matter how well you feel like you play.
  9. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    Coming from the old days when everyone tuned by ear, often assisted by a device like a tuning fork or pitch pipe, I'd say tuning by ear is not all it's cracked up to be...

    In contrast, playing by...
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    Re: Finish cracks?

    So, assuming the back hasn't been off, and the instrument is intact now, whatever caused the cracking, is there a way to reconstitute the cracks near the seam with lacquer thinner or another thinner,...
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    Re: Finish cracks?

    Maybe I'm seeing the OP's pictures wrong, but it looks to me like the back was taken off this instrument and the finish was cracked in some places near the seam during the process of removal.

    If...
  12. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    That's interesting. I have and play a C flute and a C trumpet, both made for orchestra, where A is usually the note tuned to. Whether it's A-440 or ~A-439 depends on the venue's piano or organ...
  13. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    I think it depends on the build of the banjo, the string tension, the kind of head and how tight it is. I've got a number of banjos; all of them are tuned in relatively low tension tunings compared...
  14. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    Many of us discretely check tuning between every song.

    Tuning a fine, lightly built mandolin is like trying to tune 8 strings over a beach ball. It often seems that when you change the tension of...
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    Re: Pointy pick 'p' sound - does it carry?

    It does.

    I use a larger triangular pick (Fender 346 shape), and I can produce the sound, or eliminate the sound, depending on the angle of the pick... There is a huge variety of tones and...
  16. Re: Anyone compared Fender 346 EXTRA HEAVY with Blue Chip CT55

    That's true about the bevel. I've compared the bevel forming on my Fender to the right hand bevel on my wife's BC CT-55, and it's in the same position on the pick, but slightly wider, and it does...
  17. Re: Anyone compared Fender 346 EXTRA HEAVY with Blue Chip CT55

    Time flies... Nearly going on 5 months now... I've been using the same Fender 346 EXTRA HEAVY for at least a couple of hours nearly every day, plus at festivals and gigs and in a couple of studios....
  18. Re: Are you ready for a new Carbon/Kevlar Sorensen mandolin?

    I'm not aware of one. Perhaps Steve or Matt would know?
  19. Re: Are you ready for a new Carbon/Kevlar Sorensen mandolin?

    Steve, it was great seeing you at North County 48. The carbon/kevlar mandolin is a thing of beauty. Sounds great already too. Anxious to hear more about it as the project moves forward!

    It was...
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    Re: South State 48 2022

    Yea, we joined a jam in the conference room until late. We're still on campus until 3pm Sunday if you have any time left.

    I am sure glad you and Steve got together so you could try his new...
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    Re: Thats a suprise

    The scroll looks almost good enough to hang a strap on.
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    Re: South State 48 2022

    Thank you! I've browsed through the materials today, will try to scope in on them more seriously tomorrow. I've in particular noticed the great songs you've chosen as examples.

    I have to say,...
  23. Re: Are you ready for a new Carbon/Kevlar Sorensen mandolin?

    You've got my attention. The dream becomes reality.

    Can you share your vision of future Sorensen models using this technology?
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    Re: South State 48 2022

    Great! As mentioned, getting anxious...

    Btw, I posted a song on your "Uncommon Songs" thread. Diana and I have worked up an arrangement of it.
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    Re: South State 48 2022

    Great, thank you for the update!

    I registered (it seems to want a password for the pre-workshop materials).

    I hope to be on campus by then...
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