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    Re: Octave mando 4 or 5 courses?

    I don't think it would. Offhand, I can't think of any citterns that I've seen that had fanned frets. Mine (which was built by Richard Beard) doesn't, and it holds its tuning and intonation just...
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    Re: Octave mando 4 or 5 courses?

    I have an OM and a cittern, and I use and enjoy them both. If you made me sell one, though, it would be the cittern, but very reluctantly. (My cittern has a longer scale, so it's tuned like...
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    Re: Mandolins in LA? shops?

    Since you want to try before you buy, I doubt you'll find anyone here who disagrees with rcc's declaration that Nashville has "by far the best selection anywhere." Also, the food there is absolutely...
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    Re: Mandolin shops in Tacoma, WA

    My daughter lived in Tacoma for three years, and hopes to move back there in a few years. From my visits, I'd agree with Hank and JD that Dusty Strings is the main place to go for good mandolins up...
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    Re: Mandolin Pricing?

    I'm guessing that before the pandemic, there was a pretty established and consistent equilibrium between supply and demand. The companies and the luthiers knew about how many mandolins they could...
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    Re: New Chris Thile album

    I think that it's harder to use effectively for solo vocal accompaniment than guitar or even banjo is, but I think that Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, and Thile himself have proven that it can work really...
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    Re: Question about Collings mandolins

    This is where ignorance could be bliss. If THE ONE hadn't been there, you probably would have been happy with one of the other two. (The glass half-full.) The flip side, though, is that if you had...
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    Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad

    I went backwards. I started with Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention, and then explored a lot through a boxed set called The Electric Muse. ...
  9. Re: Article: Weber Announces Pause in Mandolin Manufacturing

    For these companies, I guess the key stat is dollars of sales per hour of labor. I always assumed that that stat was pretty similar in the guitar and mandolin worlds, since a mandolin is far more...
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    Re: Celtic, irish cd's

    Ten years later, I'll add her solo album The Bright Hollow Fog, which she released last year. It's pretty bare bones, with little accompaniment, so you really can dial into her playing, which has...
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    Re: Please define “intermediate”

    Literally speaking, "intermediate" is a paradoxical term. "Inter" means between (e.g., intercollegiate) or going from one place to another (e.g., interstate, intercontinental) "Med" means middle...
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    Re: Battle of Evermore

    If you want a pick-up, you're going to be adding a significant installation charge to your budget. You might want to check out Eastman's MD604 or 605, which come with a K&K. The 604 has an oval...
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    Re: Planning a road trip

    I agree completely with this advice. The case will insulate the instrument, but only to a point, and you definitely don't want to go beyond that point. I'll leave an instrument covered in my car...
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    Re: Peter Ostroushko on Mr Rogers Neighborhood

    Someone posted this on YouTube recently, so Amazon Prime is no longer required.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWyPvuql_VM
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    Re: Choro listening recommendations

    Oooooooh. Major rabbit hole here! I took an intro workshop from Mike Marshall and saw the appeal, but it was going to require way more time than I wanted to invest in it. We're talking lots of...
  16. Re: Fiddle Hell Online Workshops April 15-18

    I think it's tricky because as you scroll down it, you can't tell what day you're on once you pass the first session. On the right side of the schedule page, before you scroll down, it gives you the...
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    Re: Collings Vs. Northfield Vs. Kelley

    I love this comment! I had a Bitterroot for a while, but it had too much of a bluegrass sound for my taste, so I sold it and bought a Yellowstone. There's something for everyone!

    I think that...
  18. Fiddle Hell Online Workshops April 15-18

    I recently discovered this extensive online festival and decided to take the plunge. https://fiddlehell.org/ Except for the workshops that focus on bowing technique, pretty much everything will...
  19. Re: Intermediate Mando - Good Mando to Step up to?

    I agree completely --- except for the RAG commentary, only because I've never played one. There is a symbiosis between player and instrument, so you will become a better player with a better...
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    Re: Sixties Music

    Tim O'Brien did an entire album, Red on Blonde of Bob Dylan's songs.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj5lk8mpxpc

    Sam Bush often plays "Girl from the North Country" either solo or with Jerry...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Course

    I agree completely!!!


    Interesting timing! I wonder if the PN folks saw Matt's course offering and decided to get in on the action.

    Joe is starting with some tunes that I really like, but...
  22. Re: Learning octave mandolin before regular mandolin

    I agree, although I'd call them "overlapping" applications. You can play bluegrass on an OM, but it's easier on a mandolin. You can play power chords (e.g., C5) on mandolin, but they sound more...
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    Re: Artistworks question

    I did, too --- at first. I would go to the tunes that I was interested in learning, but then I came across these intentional landmines where Mike would refer back to something that he had taught in...
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    Re: Collings, Northfield, Girouard

    I've never played a Northfield A5. I've also never played a Girouard A5 Concert, but I have played their Ensembles. I think that the Concert is the same mandolin as the Ensemble, but with more...
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    Re: Any lazy way to off a bunch of instruments?

    I'd call Gryphon first and see if they'd be interested in handling any or all of those before driving up there. As a heads-up, they have raised their consignment fee to 30% because they have been...
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