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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    My daughter is in her second year of law school in Boston, and one of her move days pre-pandemic was also a move in day ar Berklee. Man, that was an awesome sight...all those younglings (who can...
  2. Thread: Picks- Acrylic

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    Re: Picks- Acrylic

    Bluechip and Wegen remain my favorites, but I bought a V-Picks “Tree of Life” pick on a whim in the Classifieds a few weeks ago. Iirc it’s 2.78mm thick, which was a bit daunting given TAD 60 is the...
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    Re: Collings Vs. Northfield Vs. Kelley

    My Kelley A5 is more traditional sounding than a Collings MT I used to own and other MTs Iíve played through the years. The Collingsí fit/finish was spectacular and it had great playability and...
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    Re: Got me an Eastman MD315...

    Put a fresh set of strings on and wail on it. I agree that it’ll sound better with play. Whether that’s because it “opens up” or your fretting and picking hands adjust to the string spacing and neck...
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    Re: Intermediate Mando - Good Mando to Step up to?

    Since it’s gotta be a scroll (hey, I get it), I’d look at Kentucky KM 1000 or 1050 (used) and the Eastman 515 and up. Ratliff has a very good rep, and you can occasionally find some “unknown”...
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    Re: Intermediate Mando - Good Mando to Step up to?

    Eastman and Kentucky (Eastman, especially) still do a ton of hand carving and work in their building process, and their quality tends to be better than some of the other mass produced imports, so the...
  7. Re: Check out this Martin D28 Adi Top and braces VTS

    Sounds great! Get it set up to your preferences and wail on it a bit. I have a 00-17 1931 reissue that Iím falling in love with as well. Took a little time to get used to the 1 7/8 nut width, but now...
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    Re: The wear of celluloid

    I played celluloid picks for years and will still use them in situations at high risk for pick loss (lake docks, camping when sharing instruments with friends and their kids, etc (well, before...
  9. Thread: Absolute Silence

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    Re: Absolute Silence

    Another inexpensive option is to use the elastic strap from an acoustic guitar capo wrapped around the bridge. Not perfect, but a significant volume reduction...
  10. Thread: octave on valium?

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    Re: octave on valium?

    FP, agree that a 22.5 inch or longer OM gives you sustain and drive that the shorter scales can’t, but, damn, I just don’t have the finger length to make the longer scales work for me with...
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    Re: Jay Ungar, Mandolin Picker

    Thanks for the heads up, will watch...
  12. Re: Article: KFC and Elixir Enhanced Strings with CBD/THC Coating

    Yaaaaasssssss! Thank you ;)
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    Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    I respect his talent, but, yeah, agree with Shawn. I didnít make it past the first verse. Which, of course, is not a fair trial, but Iím on vacation and donít want to put forth that effort right now,...
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    Very cool concept!

    Very cool concept!
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    Re: EVO frets after 10 years

    I agree, Don. If itís still playing and intonating well and youíre not having issues with buzzing, I wouldnít rush to have work done on it, but, knowing thereís likely to be some wait, Iíd put it on...
  16. Re: Where can a classical/Italian player find a non-bowlback mand

    The Calhoun is a good choice, and a good recommendation. Iíve played a couple of them, and they compared favorably to a Flatiron 1N I used to own (sold in a downsize). Itíll suit you well.

    The...
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    Re: Need to improve my tone

    I actually still have all my teeth. ...Ēbefore mando, and I always pick closer to the neck the higher up the neck I get.Ē Same for bass, as you noted. Variable on guitar depending on the effect...
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    Re: Need to improve my tone

    Lol, nothing wrong with upgrading! Glad it helped. Yes, that tip (from a violin player, actually), surprised me, too. I had a banjo before mando always pick closer to the neck the higher up the neck...
  19. Re: Octave Mandolin/mandocello...that thing that's an octave lowe

    With a 20 inch scale length OM, if you have larger hands, you can probably play mandolin fingering, and Iíll occasionally do that if my pinky is getting exhausted, but generally itís different. On...
  20. Thread: MAS Determination

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    Re: MAS Determination

    Thatís how I justified it early on: purely acoustic, A/E, 4 string electric, and resonator. I downsized a couple years ago and sold my camping/travel/beaters then as part of a movement to go ďfewer...
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    Re: Need to improve my tone

    It could be a little of both. One of the big differences between ďbudgetĒ instruments and upper tier ones is their tone up the neck. Better mandolins tend to have more full, ringing tone as opposed...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Actually, after they sequenced the mRNA in early 2020, it took about a week. The rest has been human trials.

    I don’t intend to be contentious, but it’s been a sucky year, and I give much respect...
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    Re: Any lazy way to off a bunch of instruments?

    I downsized a couple of years ago (geez, almost 3 now), and lost my music room. I gave away a Kentucky 675S to a friendís son I like and whoís into it. I gave a squire strat I won at a hospice...
  24. Re: Open-back banjo recommendation for a mandolin player?

    Mike, for dipping your toes in, I donít think you need to sweat choosing pot size and scale length. With itís reduced string tension and single course strings, the banjo is a bit more forgiving on...
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    Re: Weber Maverick electric with funky bridge

    And, that’s why I love this site! Straight from the mouth (keyboard?) of the man who invented it. So cool! As much time as I spend on here I’m a little surprised that this is the first one I recall...
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