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    Re: Strings - Ball end to Loop End

    I broke E strings recently while retuning a mando after bridge replacement. Went to my string stash and pulled out some singles. WHAT?! They were ball ends. DANG! But Google led me right to this, as...
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    Re: Austin Texas - live music

    Ooops, off topic. Never mind:grin:
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    Re: Music Library for Samsung Tablet???

    Check SongbookPro for Android. I use the Apple version on iPad and find it easy once you get setup. You can connect directly to Echords & Ultimate Guitar through Google Drive and download. You can...
  4. Re: Sad, Melancholic, Forlorn Mandolin Tunes/Songs

    Country: Dark as a Dungeon, Last Train From Poor Valley. Then there’s plenty of war related stuff such as Green Fields of France, and The Band Played Waltzing Matilda. I’ve carved out some nice mando...
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    Re: What's in public domain these days?

    “Horsey keep your tail up” is on the list. Gotta learn that one :))
  6. Re: Going to invest in a decent mandolin to last me years any rec

    As allenhopkins said, you may not find The One. My 3 are all previously owned and “decent” with unique personalities.

    And do you want sound or look? Scrolls are iconic, but the extra cost doesn’t...
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    Re: What are your roles?

    I play mando with a core group that includes 3 acoustic guitar players; one who mostly plays washtub bass and another who sometimes doubles on banjo. The 3rd guitar player has trouble with timing, so...
  8. I found an online concert video by Railroad Earth...

    I found an online concert video by Railroad Earth featuring a fabulous mandolin duet by John Skehan and the late (great) Andy Goessling playing the Cuban dance tune El Cumbanchero which eventually...
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    Re: Played my first gig

    I remember my first open mic session with a guitar playing friend. I was playing into a mic and heard people commenting that they couldn’t hear the mandolin. So I backed away from the mic a little...
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    Re: mandolin storage at home

    A bit off the topic. I’m part of a group that plays together a few times a month; individually we have our weaknesses which are magnified when we play together (though constantly improving). After I...
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    Re: Personal Mandolin Monitor

    Motorhead mando. Perfect for praise team.:))
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    Re: Guitar feels huge ...

    Funny, I’ve always had bass lines running through my head, and like to play the lower mando strings, especially on the Silverangel which has a solid low end. And on a bass your playing style will be...
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    Re: Harsh amplified tone

    Thanks for the responses. I guess it’s time to play out more often and work with your suggestions. One challenge is plugging in and having scant time to tinker with the controls.
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    Harsh amplified tone

    I recently played in a managed open mic session where there was no opportunity to adjust my tone. Playing through a preamp, I could adjust levels/volume but couldn’t fix the bright harsh brassy...
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    Re: Time to move up from my Eastman MD515

    Another vote for Silverangel (Ken Ratcliff), plenty of power. But as you compete with larger numbers of guitars and banjos, you’ll get lost no matter what you’re playing. In a proper jam environment,...
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    Re: NMD Silverangel

    Sounds great to my ears.
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    Re: Northfield Model A or Silverangel Econo A?

    Full SA tone comes by way of heavy strings; shouldn’t take much time to adapt if you’ve been playing on mediums.
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    Re: NMD Silverangel

    In a recent jam, an accomplished player complemented the sound of my Silverangel. He played it for a few minutes and I had a rare chance to hear it being well played while I faced it. Sounded...
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    Re: NMD Silverangel

    You have good times ahead.

    I’ve had my SA for 2 years. For the first time, recently I had trouble hearing it when I was up against 5 heavily strummed guitars. Otherwise it really cuts through....
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    Re: Is a new mandolin the answer?

    Silverangel Econo A from Ken Ratcliff. Powerful across the spectrum.;)
    He’s great to work with.
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    Re: Kentucky Army-Navy Mandolin

    Though I utilize Amazon services, I would not be inclined to purchase a mandolin there unless convinced it was coming from a partner merchant known to provide quality setup.

    That said, I have...
  22. Re: I have an open mike on Saturday and I'm scared to death

    You’ll survive. My first open mike was in a small tavern featuring a bunch of neighborhood rockers. During their breaks, it became open mic time. My acoustic guitar friend and I took a slot and...
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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    All 3 through Cafe classifieds, 2 on faith and one that I was able to play prior to purchase. Each was at a favorable price, and each was previously owned by multiple owners. All were in playable...
  24. Nice group of top shelf instruments in classifieds today

    And a few folks maybe got cash for Christmas, right?
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    When I joined up with a guitar playing friend, he constantly asked me to come up with “good mandolin tunes.” Finally, he understands that any tune or genre can work. So I play in any genre that my...
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