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  1. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Obviously they don’t have to but many folks prefer pretty.

    I like Audey Ratliff’s approach, all are built the same sonically, bling is extra. I have 2 CountryBoys, A and F. Can’t hear the bling.
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    Re: Mandolin goes sharp between sessions?

    Oddly, mine went flat this morning, but typically is goes a bit sharp. Was a bit cooler overnight though.

    I figure it’s all par for the course, certainly don’t expect it to remain in pitch...
  3. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    ‘Oregon Pine’ is actually Douglas fir. Easy to see in distillery tours.
  4. Thread: A vs. F

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    Re: A vs. F

    No, you have excellent analytical powers.
  5. Thread: Pickguard

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    Re: Pickguard

    I think there is one for sale in the classifieds. Or there was very recently.

    Still there, listed as a for an F5.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Jay Ungar has a book of waltzes with a feel like Midnight on the Water.
  7. Re: Definition of a good mandolin player’s spouse

    Disclaimer: I know I'm really lucky.

    Since I met my wife a few years ago while she was playing guitar in a jam at WinterGrass, I knew it would be good. After marrying, in the preCovid times, we...
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    Pick acquisition syndrome is orders of magnitude less expensive than MAS. You'll probably end up with a bit of a collection after a while, size, shape, material and thickness, etc. The traveling...
  9. Re: Article: Winter Virtual Mandolin Camp with Alan Bibey, Don St

    The summer one was. David was a pleasant surprise for a non Celtic guy. Fan of Alan, Don and Matt.

    And no audible noodling like a camp or workshop:)
  10. Re: Rest Strokes - a means to an end, or part of regular techniqu

    John Moore told me in a workshop that he uses them whenever possible. Pretty amazing to watch him play like that.
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    Many people like 1-1.5mm. But some like real thin, and some 2 mm or thicker.

    As you can see, mileage varies.
  12. Re: Who is this singer/mando player? Nashville Jam/Goodnight Iren

    Not sure, but maybe Annie Lawrence, judging by the Weber Artist page.
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    Re: Looking for some new tunes

    Paul Glasse, but very hard to find. Tim Connell’s Stumptown Swing album.

    Aaron Weinstein has some great YouTube videos doing chord melody.

    And there’s plenty of mp3s under the ‘learn/listen’...
  14. Re: Anybody fixed this kind of left thumb aggravation?

    That’s why you take lessons as a beginner. I spent 6 months on the wrong path before I got good instruction. Easier to start right than to fix basic things later.
  15. Re: Article: Acoustic Disc Launches New Web Presence

    It’s a wonderful site with otherwise unobtainable musical treasures.

    And even nicer now:)
  16. Re: Clean fretting where there's more finger than board?

    Fret precisely, short fingernails. Practice slowly, it is harder to get a cleaner tone with the small frets. No magic there, for me anyway.
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    Re: Adieu to a friend

    Well, we are only caretakers, and we all make our choices, but ...........

    I’m sure you’ll be happy with your new love.
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    Re: Old mandolins versus new a conclusion

    But playing in the dark evens out the tone in my septuagenarian ears:)
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    Re: "What's That Sound?" Del McCoury jam

    My way would be Stan Rogers Road:)
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    You can build a 7 chord by either dropping the root or raising the 5. So 243x is pretty simple, so is 545x. You need the 3 and the b7, the 1 and 5 are optional. I wouldn’t bother with all 4...
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    I’m fond of the 346 shape Primetone, but they’re more slippery to hold than a BC. But the Radex, same shape in the 1 mm, is very suitable. Wears a bit more quickly than a Primetone. BCs as fairly...
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    When I was younger, I felt as the OP and accumulated many guitars. But now that I am older and wiser:mandosmiley: I’ve forsaken that pursuit and accepted the true pursuit of happiness is found in...
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    Re: Pandemic Reading

    Satan is Real is a great book, story of the Louvin brothers.
  24. Re: MP3 of the Day - Ave Maria by Evan Marshall from the album Mr

    Wonderful player, beautiful interpretation.

    Thanks
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    Re: "What's That Sound?" Del McCoury jam

    Just to be sure, the tune is “for what it’s worth”, originally by Buffalo Springfield.
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