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  1. Thread: Fern?

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    Re: Fern?

    This really is a wonderful little quip. I'll be borrowing it myself.
  2. Thread: Pandemic Reading

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    Re: Pandemic Reading

    This is the book I was going to recommend. I started seriously reading about 15 years ago, and several hundred books later this one still stands out as one of the best books I've ever read. I...
  3. Thread: stand or sit?

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    Re: stand or sit?

    I don’t play well while standing, mainly because I’ve been playing while sitting all along. I also notice how thin the mandolin sounds if I try to play standing. This must mean I’m hovering over top...
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    Re: String journey on a Collings MT

    I took off the Dean Markleys. They never really settled down and sounded quite “wirey” the whole time. I also think they pretty old since two of the strings had visible tarnish on them right out of...
  5. Thread: Absolute Silence

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    Re: Absolute Silence

    I can relate to not wanting to drive the family bananas with mandolin practice. When I play guitar it's not so bad because I'm usually playing and singing songs, or learning new ones in short order....
  6. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    I've tried a few times and can never make any sense of DADGAD. The few things that I figured out that sounded musical turned out to be the same stuff I usually play, only in a different shape! Ha! ...
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    Re: Hi, I'm new to this

    Cool mandolin!
  8. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    I always liked those, though I never owned one. I was sorry to see them go out of business. Recently on Reverb there was a Tacoma dread listed as "brand new," though it was 20 years old. I...
  9. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    I've been out of the loop for a while on new guitar models but recently discovered that PRS makes a parlor. Here is Sierra giving one a workout. I want to find one of these and give it a try. They...
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    Re: String journey on a Collings MT

    I have not tried those yet.

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    I came close to buying a set of the heavies and still might at some point. What is it that you like about them so much on your Collings?
  11. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    I seem to always go back to a Fender heavy on mandolin (using rounded shoulder) and a .88 on guitar.
  12. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    It was the same for me. At some point I developed the ability to play each like they should be played. I watch a lot of mandolin players on YT and it’s always easy to spot the ones who’ve not made...
  13. Thread: Eastman "Logo"

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    Re: Eastman "Logo"

    I didn’t care for the old logo but like the new one a lot. However, I liked the older A-style headstock over the new.
  14. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    I’ve also had to learn to loosen up on my grip on mandolin. I still play guitar very aggressively and can’t seem to give it up though. It’s not uncommon for me to bend acoustic strings to the point...
  15. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    Mark Gunter, great suggestion on holding the guitar differently. I’ll give that a shot tonight. I also like 12-fret guitars, but on occasion I will get way up the neck for solos. The other day I...
  16. How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    For many years the mandolin would feel awkward because I was so used to playing the guitar. Somewhere along the way that switched and now the mandolin feels more at home in my hands than the guitar...
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    Re: String journey on a Collings MT

    All right, a bump of this thread to show some new findings...

    I've been using the La Bella 880M strings for a good while and love them. I ended up with a set of Sonny Osborne GHS med-lights...
  18. Re: anyone play/own instrument from Ian Pattison, canadian luthie

    Wow, I'd never heard of this builder but his stuff looks great. Here's a video sample of one of his mandolins I found on his IG page. It sounds great.
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    Re: What do you keep your picks and stuff in?

    Here is my Tommy Emmanuel-signed Altoids tin I referenced earlier in thread. The "Bless you!" bit he wrote on there is getting worn off, as is his signature. The date on the can is Sept 2006, so...
  20. Thread: Just to thank

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    Re: Just to thank

    Wow, what a cool gesture!
  21. “Redbird” — New Sierra Hull Song (NMC)

    This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve heard in years. Sierra on vox and acoustic guitar. Heads up in case you’ve not seen it yet.

    https://youtu.be/UymjeS5ZPWA

    ^^^ (Never can get YT...
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    Re: What do you keep your picks and stuff in?

    I keep my picks in an old Altoids tin signed by Tommy Emmanuel. It was all I had in my pocket one night in OKC when I got to meet him after a concert, so he signed it.

    Matt, I’m a pipe smoker and...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Somewhat recently I happened upon a show on RFDTV called “The Bluegrass Trail” hosted by a fellow called Alan Sibley. I’d never heard of him or any of the guests I’ve seen on his show, but I’ve been...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I agree with this. There are gems out there for lower prices. The trouble is finding them. Most shops only have a few mandolins on the wall, if any at all. And buying online lets you try one at a...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    This is a very cool thread. To me, the fiddle/violin is the most fascinating stringed instrument. We have one in the house, but I can’t do anything with it. Even though I know the fingerings...
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