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  1. Re: Urgent Strings Question! (Help a beginner, please!)

    Your particular Fender model (FM-52E) will be fine with the strings you have bought for it. It has a spruce top which will be pressed rather than carved and as CES says, those models tend to be...
  2. Thread: Stimudent

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    Re: Stimudent

    Surely they are essential when picking a new, difficult tune that you are struggling to get your teeth into? :mandosmiley:
  3. Re: Newly Completed Brescian Mandolin in Walnut and Maple

    A fine creation, David. Very elegant design and timber choices. The geared violin tuning pegs are such a good idea too.
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Great precision in your picking and very fluent left hand, Lucy. Well played!
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Good to hear you vocally, Dagger. A fine delivery of a great old song, and interesting backing on your offering.
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    Re: mandolin wolf tone?

    If you are playing the E string at 5th fret you are getting a high A Note at 880 HZ (an octave above the open A 2nd string) if your intonation is accurate on your instrument. When you mute/release...
  7. Re: Mandolin session in Edinburgh's Waverley Bar

    Just watching your videos after having a great wee session last night in The Royal Bar, Innellan, Kevin. We are there every Thursday evening. Last night we had accordion, three fiddles, bodhran, a...
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    Re: Reasons to avoid practicing

    Surely reading very long threads about how to avoid practising is the most valid reason? I am doing it now when I could be playing instead! :mandosmiley:
  9. Re: Does a small split by sound hole matter?

    The glue does not matter so much with such a small repair - even CA glue could be used on this short crack. As far as suitable cleat material, I am lucky in that I have lots of offcuts from my...
  10. Re: Does a small split by sound hole matter?

    The crack has nowhere else to go as the neck block will prevent any further splitting. It can be stabilised by gluing a small spruce (or other suitable tonewood) cleat across the crack on the...
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    Re: NK Forster Octave mandolin build thread

    Another beauty, Nigel. That rosewood looks gorgeous.
  12. Re: "Singing With the Saints" Headin' Home (Official Music Video)

    Interesting and very entertaining video, Lucy. What a great family unit you have there and such a good sound you make together.
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    Re: Mandolin solo gigs with backing tracks?

    When everything works and the electronics behave then it can be fun, especially if you are playing to your own backing tracks. I know two local performers who do this in my home area, using CDs to...
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    Loads of traditional fiddle tunes in F and, dare we say it, even in Bb! I am talking about Scottish tunes here.
  15. Thread: DolinmanX

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    Re: DolinmanX

    A great performance and arrangement on this one, all of you. So laid-back in your delivery and evoking a time long gone.
  16. Re: Article: The Song-A-Week Social Group - An Interview with Bar

    Just saw that I had posted exactly a year ago on the positive aspects of the Song-A-Week. A year on it is still going strong and we even had a discussion recently on the levels of activity, which...
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    Re: My latest baroque mandolin

    Lovely work as always, Jo. The headstock is especially beautiful. Do you also make the pegs or are they commercially-available violin pegs?
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    Re: New Maple Brescian mandolin

    A pleasant, mellow tone there, David.
  19. Re: New Brescian mandolin in birdseye maple

    As Tavy says, a lovely instrument. A sound-clip would be welcome.
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    Re: Finish Repair?

    Since it is a 1919 model, now just over 100 years old, let it wear its wrinkles and scars with pride! They are signs of a life well lived:mandosmiley:
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    Re: Are either of these mandolines?

    Both seem to have had the tuner plates cut to remove tuners - note the fixing screw positions. The teardrop-shaped instrument has a tailpiece made for only 4 strings while the guitar-bodied one has...
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    Re: How to “woodshed”

    Not an expression I have heard used in my experiences of playing here in Scotland.
  23. Re: What's are some good guitar soundhole pickups?

    I have a Fishman factory-fitted to my Lowden 0-32 and really like the sound. Powered by a couple of small lithium button cells. The pickups were originally designed and made here in Scotland by Mike...
  24. Re: How long does it take to get over fumble fingers?

    I am very much with Bren on this one. I have been playing since my teens, so over sixty years of playing, and still can get fumbles and like Bren I have developed ways of making those slips less...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Worth getting it posted correctly. Your mandolin sounds great and your picking in very clean and fluid, especially on the runs you are playing here.
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