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  1. Re: Long-winded general questions from a mandolin newbie ...

    Eastman or Kentucky. I would suggest Eastman 505 or higher number, (600 series have built in pickups) there are good bargains on used ones particularly in the classifieds here. Lots of folks swear by...
  2. Re: Embarassing Question - Which Mandolin to Bring to Jam?

    This is an interesting question for me because I am faced with much the same choice of mandolins every time I go to a session, which is once or twice weekly in Cape Breton. The $700 Eastman or the...
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    Re: String Gauges for Neck Without Truss Rod

    I would suggest lights for a young beginner, but mediums or med#lights should be fine as far as the instrument goes. No heavies.

    Anyone with an older Martin needs to cultivate a long-term...
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    Re: A Different Busking Question

    I spent summer and fall doing a lot of busking in a Canadian seaport, target audience being cruise ship passengers, at least 60% of them American. There is no way to average out the contributions...
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    Re: A Different Busking Question

    They either allow it or they donít. You find out pretty quick.Just dont argue if a storekeeper, security or cop suggests you leave. Even if you have spectators supporting you, they wonít be there...
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    Re: Information on Fender Mandocasters

    WellÖthe 4-string Mando-strats from late 50s/early 60s go for a couple of grand, give or take. Iíve never played one but they look virtually identical to the ones that came out about ten years ago,...
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    Re: Live Mic for Mandolin Recommendations

    I agree about the Dyn-M, it’s a great contact pickup. You quickly get used to the couple-of-minutes routine of installing it, and carefully recasing it when you’re done for the day. When you want to...
  8. Re: Yet another Thomastik-Infield string question

    They are not a punchy in the bass but they look and feel like works of art. They are very durable. I have found the TI mediums last about 9 months on my Collings. The very finely wrapped A’s...
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    Re: Picking Fiddle Tunes?

    I think we all know the truth here. Fiddle tunes is the popular descriptor because most of them were composed on and for fiddle. All fiddle tunes can be played on mandolin, and vice versa, but...
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    Re: Better than a Loar??

    “Believe me when I tell you” huh.

    Oh, darling. That’s convincing.
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    72, eh? I’m no expert but that bridge plate looks HUGE—is that one of the infamous oversize tone-killer plates that appeared in the 70s? I thought they were later in the decade. This is the old...
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    Re: Need advice between two guitars.

    Right choice made. Fender is an iconic name in electric guitars, but their acoustics are nothing special whatsoever-they basically just sell for name recognition. And I wouldn’t go for the...
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    Re: Doug Unger Mandolin??

    Way back in the Plasticine Era, 1979 when I was a young fella, I spent five weeks in Elkins WV taking a luthiery course at Augusta, taught mainly by Paul Reisler. In that length of time our group of...
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    Re: Willie O' Winsbury

    Never heard Andy Irvine’s version untilI just looked it up now (Sweeney’s Men are long time gone) although I have been listening to him a lot. I learned the song originally from Dick Gaughan who used...
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    Cape Breton players love the key of F, and Bb or Gm as well. Hereís a set the Ottawa CB Session plays of some of the favourites, including settings for a couple of tunes that have been mentioned in...
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    Re: Help Selecting New Mandola

    I bought one of the Sawchyn mandolas mentioned above in the May classifieds (there were two from two different sellers to choose from, I went with the cheaper deal) and repatriated it to Canada. Nice...
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    Re: The Harsh February

    I’ve always enjoyed this tune as a full-blast reel, it is very cool to hear a different reading that shows the harmonic subtleties.
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    Re: Key Brand Info?

    Looks like my old Bently, bought for $90 in 1989 from a folk festival vendor in Kerrville Tx. Complete with Made in Korea sticker on back of peghead. Served me well,for 15 years, then my eldest used...
  19. Re: Eastman Pingwell tuning machines - RM-1583N-26A

    I totally missed the memo that Pingwells and Ping arenít the same (or did Ping just change their name?) and that Eastman changed over at some point. If this happened, does anyone know what year the...
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    Re: Strings - Ball end to Loop End

    When faced with this situation, I get heavy pliers or side cutters (used as pliers) and grab the side of the ball and crush it without disturbing the wire loop. Works fine without damaging the loop...
  21. Re: Oval hole mando comparable to a Kentucky KM-505?

    If you can find a good deal on a Collings MTO—lowest used price seems about $2k US, I’m not thinking of any particular ad anywhere-you ultimately won’t regret it. I played mine at a Cape Breton...
  22. Re: Thoughts on an Eastman MD-515 Mandolin as a first scroll

    To be clear, I agree that the 515 is generally a very good instrument. And the scroll factor adds to the resale value, it’s not a dead loss. Largely just a matter of where you want to keep your...
  23. Re: Elixir Official Notice Mandolin strings discontinued

    Having spent a few years with each, I prefer flatwounds to coated. Similar smooth touch, better durability.

    I resisted Thomastiks for a long time on the basis that all strings break when played...
  24. Their loss is Thomastik’s and D’Addario’s gain,...

    Their loss is Thomastik’s and D’Addario’s gain, plus no doubt many other brands I haven’t tried. After all we are a fanatically loyal market, once we find something we like, we tend to stick with it...
  25. Re: Elixir Official Notice Mandolin strings discontinued

    Knd of a snotty tone to that notice which rubs me the wrong way. “We’re the greatest ever, you’ll never find strings as good, we’re quitting on you, too bad, take up guitar.”

    They couldn’t keep...
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