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    Re: Pick thickness - how to choose?

    I'd suggest thin and flexible for Celtic and tremolo. This isn't a 'one size fits all' thing. Ballet, tap and clog all use foorwear appropriate for their dancing style. But you wouldn't do ballet...
  2. Thread: Pick Thickness

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    Re: Pick Thickness

    For me, Dunlop 0.60mm is about as thin as I go - though recently I bought an electronic tuner, and thrown in the box as a freebie were some very thin plectrums. They sound pretty good. I've also...
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    Re: What have I got here? Bozeman Flatiron

    If you have the energy, there's an endless thread about this type of Flatiron
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/3496-Compulsive-purchase-Flatiron-1N

    Mine is a bit later model, with...
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    Re: What is a "Selected Spruce Top"?

    I'd think a look at the cut edges of the f-holes would be a good indication of solid wood or otherwise. Though you can't usually look that closely until you have the instrument in your hands.
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    Re: Bridge digging into picking hand

    I had an old mandolin that I'd been playing for fifteen or twenty years. During that time, the act of playing the instrument had naturally rounded off the corners of the bridge on the upper side -...
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    Re: Stewart Mandolin

    Around this date, large numbers of Ukrainians, having been forcibly removed from their homeland during the Nazi occupation of WWII, found themselves in Britain. Many then had the opportunity to...
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    Re: Tuning issues - Octave Mandolin

    Sounds like the slots in the nut are not cut deep enough. Result is strings very high above the fretboard, the effect is that pressing the string on the first few frets nearest the nut will increase...
  8. Re: What are, celtic-, bluegrass-, classical etc. mandolins?

    Directionality is a significant factor. What the audience (or other players) out front are hearing may not be the same as what the person playing hears. When playing in a jam with other mucicians,...
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    Re: The Detectorists

    In the UK it is still available for free download or streaming on BBC iplayer, though I don't know for how long it will remain.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b06l51nr/detectorists
  10. Re: Where to hold right wrist/arm when playing tremolo?

    The shape of the mandolin plays an important part. A flat-top instrument may use a different approach to an arch-top. DIstances and heights and angles vary between instruments. As for irritation from...
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    Re: Anybody missing an Ellis?

    Maybe it went down and bounced back up again.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ellis-Deluxe-Mandolin/383788968335
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    Re: Anybody missing an Ellis?

    The domain-name of that email was registered on 8th October 2020. The location is given as Panama.
    Seems ok to me.
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    Re: Identification of two mandolins (no markings)

    The segmented f-holes look a bit odd for a supposed Stradolin. Usually the holes have either circular or comma-shape, with a more extreme point. The ones in the photo look more rounded.
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    Re: Old ibanez mandolin

    You may be right. I assumed it was the truss-rod cover. :)
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    Re: Open right hand to closed fist transition help

    It may depend on what sort of music and style of playing is the goal. I use different grips during the course of playing, depending on the approach to both the music and the physical mandolin. It...
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    Depends. In my case it mostly happens with instruments which are otherwisec well-behaved, but need extra care when they've not been picked up and played for a while.
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    Yes. I find I especially have to do this with the E strings, though it applies to all. When I've left the instrument overnight or longer, the strings tend to grip the nut slots more stubbornly. I...
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    Re: Women with Mandolins

    The hang gliding looks fun:

    (Though I'd suggest turning down the audio volume)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAXjKgjaBW4
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    Re: Eastman 305 strap button--friction fitted?

    Well, a traditional mandolin didn't have such an endpin, nor a strap button. Both are recent additions. Many mandolins have neither. Whether inspired by a guitar or a violin may be determined on a...
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    Re: Il Globo mandolin

    Do you have any photos showing the back please? The name to me conjured up Italian-made bowl-back definitely. A recently-sold bowl-back example:...
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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    I thought "Troublesome Creek" was the name of the song, maybe that's blues rather than country.
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Thanks for asking. Yes, I still have the shim. I was intending to fit a replacement adjustable bridge, so far that is a work in progress. The bridge I bought had insufficient curvature to fit easily,...
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    Re: String suggestions for flat tops

    That's cool. Newtone strings are made just a few miles from where I live, and yet mostly I'm looking to imported USA-made strings. I have used Newtone in the past, without giving it a second thought,...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    I like my Stradolin very much, but after years of playing flat-tops this arch-top design is a bit awkward for me, in terms of right-hand stability. I can see why people fit arm-rest attachments, the...
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    Re: Learn to shred on this, or sell it?

    Well, it looks very distinctive. Yet at the same time the banjo-mandolin has a distinctive tone and playing character. If you want to learn, I'd be tempted to suggest get something more conventional...
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