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Mavis Enderby 06 Mar 10 - 12:23 PM
PHJim 06 Mar 10 - 11:20 AM
Bounty Hound 06 Mar 10 - 07:27 AM
GUEST,Onny 06 Mar 10 - 07:16 AM
Dave Hanson 06 Mar 10 - 06:44 AM
GUEST 06 Mar 10 - 05:22 AM
GUEST,FloraG 06 Mar 10 - 05:03 AM
doc.tom 06 Mar 10 - 04:39 AM
Mavis Enderby 06 Mar 10 - 04:11 AM
Brother Crow 30 Apr 09 - 06:08 AM
GUEST,astro 30 Apr 09 - 01:57 AM
Zen 29 Apr 09 - 08:02 PM
Zen 29 Apr 09 - 07:38 PM
GUEST,Jonny Sunshine 29 Apr 09 - 12:34 PM
Ghirotondo 29 Apr 09 - 07:33 AM
VirginiaTam 28 Apr 09 - 05:11 PM
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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Mavis Enderby
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 12:23 PM

Sounds good Jim - I must try a high strung mandolin one day...

Pete.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: PHJim
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 11:20 AM

Wow! This thread has been going a long time. I first signed in in May of '06 as GUEST:Jim, before I became a member. I'm no longer playing with the bluegrass band, McCormick, but I'm having lunch with the banjo player this Wednesday.
I now play mostly jug band stuff in the style of Carl Martin, Yank Rachell, Johnny Young...
I have one of my son's Ibanez mandolins strung up as a high-strung mando with octave strings on the G and D courses.
My son is playing a Breedlove that he got from his friend and mentor, the late Willie P. Bennett.

http://www.myspace.com/mapleleafchampionjugband


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 07:27 AM

Before answering theses questions, should we be seated in a circle, and go round the room to introduce ourselves?

My name is John and I'm a mandolin player!

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
I play Guitar, Mandolin, Bouzouki and Banjo in more or less equal proportions.

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
If you can call the 'Bounty Hounds' organized, then yes, I am part of an organized group.

What type of music do you play?
Folk/Rock

What style would you LIKE to be playing?
Folk/Rock

Are you happy with your mandolin?
Yes

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
A flat back electro/acoustic purchased in Cambridge some 30 years ago, of unknown make, but a lovely acoustic sound.
An 'Alden' mandocaster (like a miniature telecaster) great gigging instrument, but I do have to put up with the uneducated masses asking why I am playing a toy guitar!


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: GUEST,Onny
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 07:16 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?

Primary

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?

No

What type of music do you play?

Diddly-dee

What style would you LIKE to be playing?

Happy with Diddly-dee

Are you happy with your mandolin?

Very

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.

Gibson A- from c 1920 (previously Gibson Alrite from 1917)


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 06:44 AM

Mandolin is my main instrument, followed by tenor banjo.

I play anything that takes my fancy

I play with one band and fill in with another

I'm very happy with-

Paul Shippey oval hole

1917 Gibson A model

Eastman 615

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 05:22 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?

Yes, started playing in 1969

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?

solo and in sessions/folk clubs

What type of music do you play?

Folk I think of myself as a singer who plays a bit

What style would you LIKE to be playing?

I'm quite happy with what I do

Are you happy with your mandolin?

yes I have a custom build Oakwood Original and a custom built Oakwood Octave Mandola they are awesome!!

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own?
As above

Iain


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: GUEST,FloraG
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 05:03 AM

Hi what a varied lot we are.
I love the mandolin for rags, oCarolan and Handel. I also use it for the skiffle set and when anyone plays in a key the fiddle does not like - arn't capos great.

My mandolin needs PA - not loud enough- I bought it without a hard case and because of its shape have not found one to fit. I made a case which stacks well but is a bit heavy to carry round if I want to take any of my other instruments.

I use a melodeon for barn dances because I'm the caller and the lead melody instrument.-It took me a while to learn how to play and call at the same time. I can PA my voice above the instrument and the rest of the band can hear it so we don't need fold back. I don't think my mandolin would do the same - but a better mandolin player with a louder mandolin might be able to.

My favourite venue is the Barge Pub in Gillingham because they do the PA for you. What bliss to just be able to turn up, sing a few songs, drink a few beers, change instruments as often as you want, get paid and go. Would that all pubs were so accomodating. Tim the landlord is a mandolin player.

I think I'm at the waffle stage

Bye for now.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: doc.tom
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 04:39 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
Secondary.

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group? With BB, we do it for a living - but mandola rather than mandolin in that context.

What type of music do you play?
English dance music. Sometimes Irish in sessions. English song accompaniment.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?
What I do.

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
Fylde Octave mandola (they call it octave mandolin - but I prefer the old naming that the guy from the mandolin orchestra who taught me called it!) and a Gibson A-00 1933/34-ish.

Are you happy with your mandolin?
Oh yes.

Why did I start mandolin?
Inherited my father's.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Mavis Enderby
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 04:11 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?

Probably my main instrument in sessions as it fits in so well but more of a sideline otherwise.

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?

Semi-regularly in sessions, not part of an organized group.

What type of music do you play?

Mainly blues - I have some beginner blues mando lessons on Youtube: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

What style would you LIKE to be playing?

I'd like to get a bit more bluegrassy

Are you happy with your mandolin?

Very!

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own?

Several, but my main mando is kit from International Violin which plays well, is loud and sounds amazing - especially for the price - $95 at the time if I remember correctly (plus shipping, plus import duty, plus time!)

Like several others here I came to the mandolin from guitar. I realised that there were numerous excellent guitarists out there and I was never going to join those ranks, so I wanted to add something on a different instrument. I also found it very much easier to carry to the pub on a bicycle...

Pete.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Brother Crow
Date: 30 Apr 09 - 06:08 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
It's the primary instrument with Brother Crow...officially I'm a piano/synth player. I also play guitar (both electric and acoustic)

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
Yup, I play mandolin with Brother Crow (see www.myspace.com/brothercrowfolk ).

What type of music do you play?
Original songs, English folk in style...there is quite a lot of "classic rock" riffs in my playing, a la Dave Gilmour, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore etc. etc.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?
I'm happy with what i do, I'd just like to be able to do it better...

Are you happy with your mandolin?
Yes, very much so...

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
A Capek A4 Exclusive (piccies on our website at http://www.brothercrow.co.uk/instruments/index.htm) fitted with a Mcintyre MF-200 Acoustic Feather pickup. Baggs para-acoustic DI/preamp and zoom A1 Effects.

Cheers folks, this is an interesting thread,
Graeme,
Brother Crow.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: GUEST,astro
Date: 30 Apr 09 - 01:57 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
I have just started playing music and I chose to learn to play the mandolin.

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group? Not yet, though I occasionally go to jams in Tucson and in Los Angeles.

What type of music do you play? I have interest in learning old timey tunes, jazz, some blue grass, various misc. types of music...contra dance music

What style would you LIKE to be playing?
Ditto above...

Are you happy with your mandolin?
In the last year and a half I have gone through six different mandolins including two Weber, a Gibson F9, and a cheap Goldtone and now am very happy with two Collings - a MT2 and a MT2-oval holed. They are great to play and I love their sound...Their action is great and I can't wait for them to open up with playing...

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
See above and no plans for using pick-ups....

Thanks for seeing the posts of other mandolin lovers...I can see that MAS has struck me and others...now what is the next instrument that I need, probably a octave mandolin and a tenor banjo...


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Zen
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 08:02 PM

Oh... and if I need to amplify I usually use a customised Microvox viola mini-mic mounted over the treble ff hole plus a belt PSU/volume or occasionally an SM57. I prefer the sound of a mic to a transducer.

Zen


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Zen
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 07:38 PM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?

It's my primary and preferred instrument (playing for around 45 years) although I've been playing the guitar nearly as long.

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?

Weekly pub sessions and regular house sessions these days. Not part of an organised group at the moment although have played in several in the past. May put an old-timey group together soon if I can find other interested musicians.

What type of music do you play?

Fairly wide-ranging... Irish/Scottish/Celtic, old-timey, Appalachian, bit of bluegrass, jazz, blues, classical.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?

More of everthing but especially old-timey, Appalachian and Americana.

Are you happy with your mandolin?

Yes.

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.

Main: Sim Daley A-style and a Nava two-point on order. Also have a Fylde Touchstone


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 12:34 PM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
My main instrument is guitar, but I play a lot of mandolin with others, and it's my first choice of session instrument.

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group? Play fairly regularly with a few other people and as a member of a couple of bands.

What type of music do you play? A mixture of original and traditional tunes and songs.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?
Same, but a bit better!

Are you happy with your mandolin?
If I ever got more serious about playing there might be room for a higher-end mandolin in my collection, but I'm pretty happy with the one I have now.

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
Ashbury solid-top oval-hole A-style with a Fishman pickup


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Ghirotondo
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 07:33 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
I play guitar first, picked up mandolin when I moved and joined an Italian traditional group.

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
Only with this traditional group (a bit like Morris dancers).I've been, for a while,part of another group (irish trad) but quit when arguments were more than music.

What type of music do you play?
Usually irish trad (with mando & octave mando), and Italian traditional. Also some Fabrizio De Andrè ballads.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?
A good flat picking, quicker, maybe.

Are you happy with your mandolin?
Yes, although there's always space for improvement...

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
Two roundbacks, one very old and quite unplayable, the other about 30 years old with a nice voice,which I use for the Italian music; An "A" model by Epiphone with Shadow piezo bridge and L.R. Baggs DI/Paracoustic preamp, good action and good voice (either pluged or unplugged); and last, a 1/2 roundback dating circa 1890, being built for a child who sadly died of crup.

Lanfranco.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 Apr 09 - 05:11 PM

damn I really am having issues with coding today.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 Apr 09 - 05:09 PM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
I play guitar first, picked up mandolin when arthritis prevented playing quitar.

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
No. But I would like to join session in Chelmsford for both guitar and the mandolin. Maybe even my Appalachain dulcimer.

What type of music do you play?
The first song learned (yesterday) on the mandolin is blues "Trouble in Mind" only two finger chords

What style would you LIKE to be playing? <
font color=blue>Anything I can pick up easily for the moment. Jigs and reels, blues and bluegrass. I am just starting.

Are you happy with your mandolin?
I love it, she is so loud for such a petite little thing. Very satisfactory.

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
It is a loaner from a friend, I think it is italian maybe french. But if my interest and ability grows, I think I better look into prchasing one of my own.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Gulliver
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 07:50 PM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
I mainly play guitar to accompany my singing and a tenor banjo for tunes, then comes the mandolin.

Do you perform regularly with others?
I play in 3 sessions every week, but only use the mandolin at one session, where it's used bluegrass-style for percussion effect and little solos or a few tunes, though the music isn't bluegrass, it's a mixture of Irish folk, spirituals and seventies pop/folk.

Are you part of an organized group?
Kinda, with a group of friends do charity gigs, old folk songs, some blues, Bob Dylan, etc. The mandolin fits in nicely with this kind of music.

What type of music do you play?
As above...

What style would you LIKE to be playing?
The kinda stuff Stockton's Wing used to do, but I'm happy with a mixture of Irish tunes and old timey-type songs.

Are you happy with your mandolin?
No, it's not really made for the kind of music I'm playing in the session - very narrow neck and high action. Two friends have Ozarks and they are easier to play and sound great for the kind of music we do, IMO.

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own? Suzuki round-back, (Hello Kaleea!!) dating from the 70s, that has a sweet sound but is tough to play.

Amplification? Don't use it.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Capt. Everett
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 05:37 PM

These days I probably play my mandolin most: a Weber "Bighorn" and a Shiro A. I also play a wonderful Louisiana hand-made cajun accordion.
Don't play in a group, but jam where ever I can. Being in Austin there are quite a few opportunities: old-time, bluegrass, jazz. There is even a newly formed mandolin orchestra. I also host a cajun jam twice a month at a local music shop.

I would love to eventually order a new mandolin from Tom Ellis here in Austin (probably an A style). Tom makes some of the finest mandolins in the world.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 10:30 AM

I have a lovely little loaner mandolyn. Don't know much about it but was restored by a French luthier. Richard Bridge can tell more as it is his mando.

I am off work this week and decided to get it out and learn something properly and guess what? I learned Trouble In Mind. Now if can only learn to sing along either Nina Simone or Janis Joplin style, I am set.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: John Hardly
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 09:42 AM

Have you registered it with the ATF yet?


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Wesley S
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 09:31 AM

I just used my Weber Bridger as a tradein for this little jewel : National RM-1

And it's a ton of fun already. And loud? Talk about a banjo killer. I'm really going to enjoy playing this thing. It's a lot mellower than I expected it to be. But I'm playing it with a "Dawg" pick which softens the tone a lot. I'm hoping to play a lot more blues with it in the future.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Kaleea
Date: 26 May 06 - 08:41 PM

well on the side of several other instruments

Don't play in a group since I've moved to San Diego

Lots of types of Music you've heard of & probably some you haven't

I'd love to be able to play serious Classical Mandolin, but just don't have the time to put into it.

I rather enjoy my odd instrument.

I inherited a Suzuki neopolitan style (bowl back) which is a few decades old.


Anybody know when Suzuki made Mandolins? I know nothing about them, & nobody I've spoken to seems to have heard about them.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Willie-O
Date: 26 May 06 - 09:38 AM

I should be off to work, so here goes instead:

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
Depends who you ask and whom I'm playing with. It's #1 or #2. I am more versatile on guitar in my own opinion, but there are fewer mandolin players around, here anyway.

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
Two or three groups. I'll be playing in a bar tonight with one of them and a small Celtic festival in a couple of weeks with another. In ensembles, I am frequently asked to play the mandolin, see question #1.

What type of music do you play? Tendency towards Celtic tunes, also folk-rock accompaniment styles, occasionally bluegrass/old-timey but I don't really have that going on now.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?

More jazz, like Jethro Burns style.

Are you happy with your mandolin?
Totally, just got a beautiful carved-top A-style made by Jeremy Goertzen-Hamm which replaced my old A-50 style El Cheapo (now being played by my daughter, to my great pleasure).   I always wanted a round-hole A-style, but couldn't afford the old Gibson of my dreams; this is just as good, great sound, beautiful top, super-comfortable to play.

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
Also have a very nice Peter Cox mandola which I don't play often. The trouble with mandolas is that you can play em like a mandolin, but you're in a different key than everyone else unless you learn to play tunes in keys they weren't written in.

Amplification: LET"S GET CONTROVERSIAL. I play in bars. I look for ways to alter the sound of perfectly good instruments in ways that interest me. On this mando I use an old Di-Marzio contact pickup under the strings/behind the bridge on my Goertzen-Hamm. It gets worse from there. I run it through the same effects I use with my Martin O-18 (more heresy). Volume pedal, foot-pedal tuner (GREAT INVENTION!!!), compressor pedal, and digital delay. I find that by just bringing these pedals, mounted on a board, I don't need an amp, just run everything direct into the soundboard, get a nice fat sound without humming and buzzing problems that my amp gave the board.

I am somewhat inspired in this blasphemy by Willie P Bennett who plays psychedelic electric mandolin with Fred Eaglesmith. I like the sounds he gets so I tried it and it's fun. Just don't overdo the weirder aspects of it (endless delay...).    Also, since I am the only member of my Celtic band who actually plays tunes, I can vary the sound I produce to keep things interesting.

W-O
trying to earn an honest living.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Wesley S
Date: 25 May 06 - 06:01 PM

We'd all like to grow up to be David Grisman - but I'd settle for Sam Bush.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Charmion
Date: 25 May 06 - 05:04 PM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline? It started out as a whim secondary to the guitar, and has become a fully primary obsession. The mandolin led me to the octave mandolin, which was the thin end of the wedge -- I now have two tenor banjos (one 17-fret and the other 19-fret) and a five-string banjo as well.

Do you perform regularly with others? I'm still learning tunes and getting up to speed. I take lessons every two weeks or so, and play occasionally in sessions. I would play every week if I had more time and more stamina -- the local Irish one starts well after my bedtime. The octave mandolin is good for accompanying Edmund's bloodier ballads.

Are you part of an organized group? No.

What type of music do you play? Irish, Scots, Canadian and American jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes etc. on both the little fella and the octave, and English & Scots traditional songs on the octave.

What style would you LIKE to be playing? When I grow up I wanna be Dave Grisman -- without the whiskers.

Are you happy with your mandolin? It's a very nice mandolin, especially considering how relatively inexpensive it was, but it doesn't really have enough -- how shall I put this -- guts for session playing. Consequently, next year's tax refund is already spent: I have bespoken an Trillium A-style, sort of an UnGibson A4, from a New Hampshire luthier named Robert Abrams.

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own? My mandolin is a Kentucky KM250S, very dark brown (almost black) with white binding and rather more mother-of-pearl on it than the ones you see on the Elderly Instruments site. My octave mando is by Peter Cox of Midland, Ontario; it has a Western red cedar top and cherry back and sides, with a mahogany neck and absolutely no decoration.

Amplification? What's that? Do I have to? Is that on the exam?


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 25 May 06 - 04:56 PM

Amplification
    -I prefer a good mic to any pick-up.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 25 May 06 - 04:54 PM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
       -Not my primary, but hardly a sideline.
Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
       -On mandolin with a bluegrass band - www.mccormickbluegrass.ca
       -On guitar, banjo...- www.peterboroughpromotions.com/jimyates
What type of music do you play?
       -bluegrass, swing, blues, celtic, "eclectic acoustic"
What style would you LIKE to be playing?
       -I love what I'm playing.
Are you happy with your mandolin?
       -Yes (The banjo mandolin sucks, but the rest suit me fine.)
What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
       -Washburn 2-point oval hole Country about 20 years old
       -Eastman 605, less than a year old
       -Trinity C. OM - about 10 or 12 years old
       -old no-name banjo mandolin


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Grab
Date: 25 May 06 - 10:45 AM

Amplification-wise, Paul Hathway uses Headway pickups on all his instruments. It's not perfect, but it's pretty good. And it needs to be a very loud (or large) venue before the octave mandolin won't get through unamplified.

Danensis, the mandolin has the same tuning as the banjo but completely different fret spacings. An octave mandolin or tenor mandola might fit you better. As to which one to get, there's quite a few to choose from. At the low end, probably the cheapest decent ones are David Kilpatrick's ones. After that, check out Music Room or Hobgoblin, or ask around at festivals, or look at any mentioned on this thread and you won't go far wrong. This assumes you're in the UK, of course.

Graham.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: John P
Date: 25 May 06 - 09:21 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
My cittern is about equal with the guitar. Sidelines are lap dulcimer, accordion, percussion. And mandolin, I suppose.

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
Yes, a six person folk/rock band with blues and jazz overtones called Crookshank. That's fairly new. I spent most of the last 20 years with a duo called Telynor. Crookshank plays rarely, but we just finished a demo, so that might change. Telynor performed 3-10 times a month.

What type of music do you play?
Traditional European - Scandinavian, Bulgarian, Breton, British Isles. A bit of medieval thrown in, along with some originals in the traditional style.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?
Traditional European - Scandinavian, Bulgarian, Breton, British Isles. A bit of medieval thrown in, along with some originals in the traditional style. Maybe a little more blues, although I generally find the blues more fun to play than to listen to.

Are you happy with your mandolin?
Extremely.

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
Sobell cittern, Gibson A4 mandolin.

Amplification?
I've tried lots of things, and none of it sounds as good as a good microphone. I have a pickup inside my cittern which was essential for tavern gigs - it gives a lot of volume and clarity and punch. But I don't play in taverns anymore, so I rarely use it these days. I sometimes use a lapel-style microphone stuck to the front of the instrument. It gives pretty good sound, better than any pickup I've ever used, and gives the freedom of movement that a pickup provides. For short festival gigs I just use whatever they set in front of me. For concerts I use the house mic if it's really good, or one of mine if they're better. The AKG C1000 sounds great with mandolin family instruments and aren't very expensive as high quality mics go. I keep meaning to buy one.

John Peekstok


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Stu
Date: 24 May 06 - 09:55 AM

Guest Date: 22 May 06 - 11:11 AM was me - my cookie was not set and I didn't realise.

stigWeard


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: GUEST,Ghirotondo at work
Date: 24 May 06 - 04:42 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
a sideline- My instrument is guitar
Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
Yes, I play in a Folcloristic group (I Maggiaioli) where I play only mandolin, and I play in a group(we play Irish/Scottish music in Italy, the name is Dalriada)where I play Guitar, Mandola and Mandolin

What type of music do you play?
Italian folk songs with "I Maggiaioli", all related to the month of May, and Irish and Scottish music with the others.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?
same

Are you happy with your mandolin?
Well, I have an Epiphone ("The Epiphone")but I would like something with a better sound. With the italian folk group I am playing on a Neapolitan mandolin about 80 years old, great sound but TERRIBLE action, way too high, and my luthier said that the work to put it in good playing order is not worth the expense which he estimates around 700 euros.


What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
As I said an Epiphone "A" style mando, with Shadow piezo bridge and L.R. Baggs preamp/DI box, the old Neapolitan style which needs to be fixed, and another Neapolitan style factory made in the '60 which I am restoring myself (nut, bridge, tuning pegs and cleaning - was given to a kid as a toy!) Then I also have a beautiful long-neck mandola, with cedar soundboard made for me by Valerio Gorla, Milan, equipped with a piezo Fishman preamplified (natural II) pick-up.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: GUEST
Date: 23 May 06 - 05:54 PM

Subject: RE: BS:
From: flamenco ted
Date:

Good riddance.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: GUEST
Date: 22 May 06 - 09:21 PM

A friend of mine who's a session/showcase player told me a good alternative to the Schertler is a Joe Mills internal mic. It needs a graphic ahead of the channel or input on your amp. He's got 2 1/4" jacks. One is the endpin and the other is about two inches below it. His mando has a Baggs in the bridge he uses for live gigs. Again, with an eq ahead of the channel. For recording he uses the Joe Mills internal and some big honkin' Neuman with about a 3" diaphram he bought at a pawnshop in LA. He sets the external mic about 3-4 inches away aimed towards the middle of the body. The mando is recorded in stereo using both mics. Depending on the live showcase situation he'll use the Joe Mills/Baggs combo or just the Baggs alone if there's bass and drums. He uses an off the shelf Washburn M3SW F style. Sounds phenomenal in his hands.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Leadfingers
Date: 22 May 06 - 04:38 PM

The question , danesis is , are you USA or UK and how much cash do you want to spend?


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Wesley S
Date: 22 May 06 - 04:12 PM

Well the tenor banjo has the same tuning as the mandolin to it will be easy to translate what you already know over to the mandolin. What advice would you like ?


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: danensis
Date: 22 May 06 - 04:01 PM

I'm a pianist by training, but my girlfriend (later my wife) had a round-back mandolin and a mandolin banjo down the back of her sofa, so I taught myself to play. I've never got the hang of the guitar, but play tenor banjo which has the same tuning (GDAE).

I'm now thinking of buying a new mandolin, so advice would be welcome.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 22 May 06 - 11:24 AM

I have too a Jimmy Moon Octave Mandolin, and very splendid it is. Secondary instrument of course to my new Eliasson flamenco guitar.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: GUEST
Date: 22 May 06 - 11:11 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?

Currently it is second to my bouzouki which love playing. I find tunes easier to play on the mando as the neck length is, obviously, a bit smaller.

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?

I play in sessions.

What type of music do you play?

English and Irish traditional

What style would you LIKE to be playing?

English and Irish traditional

Are you happy with your mandolin?

Very :)

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.

A John Hullah bluegrass style. It has a great action, relatively wide neck and stays in tune remarkably well.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: GUEST,Blackford John
Date: 22 May 06 - 09:43 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline? - sideline (major sideline)

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
Yes - Scottish folk trio - Tarneybackle
What type of music do you play?
Mostlt Scots folk, with some Irish, North American folk.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?
Just what I'm doing now

Are you happy with your mandolin?
Very

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.

I perform with a Fylde Touchstone Mandolin and a Moon octave mandola.

I also possess a wee Beltone mandolin that my dad bought in a pawnbrokers in the 1940's.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 22 May 06 - 03:37 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?

I play saxophone, but since my teeth all came out and the pads fell off of my 1934 Martin tenor, I do it on a mandolin. The mando is about the only instrument I play regularly, but since I don't play professionally, or even on a consistent schedule, I'd call it a sideline.

(I also have, and occasionally "play with," a tenor banjo, a fairly decent mid-student grade fiddle, a couple of lap dulcimers (home-builts), nearly full selection of harmonicas and p'whistles. There's a standup bass, like new, somewhere around the house, sharing space with a Washburn acoustic/electric bass guitar. I've take my jug-double-bass to fests for the last 15 years or so, but others play it a lot better than I do. If I get bored with the selection, she has a concertina I can borrow. But we're just not all that musical.)

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?

I play most often with an informal group of friends who are 100% gitterists. I respect their "professionalism" because they all have Martin guitars, which they tell me means a lot.

What type of music do you play?

I play almost exclusively "big band swing," but I do it most often with people who think we're playing old-style country. They say it's 1950s country, but then end up playing the stuff I learned in the 40s when it came back around from the 30s.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?

I play what I like. Who gives a %$^@# what the rest of them think we're doing.

Are you happy with your mandolin?

Having briefly played a couple or three really classic mandos, there's no way to be "happy" with anything else; but I get by with what I've got.

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.

My main mando is a 1980s era Washburn A-style. I bought it – my first mando – sort of "on a whim" ca 1982 ($350 US or so), and it will be a fine enough instrument once I get around to finishing with the setup.

I had a brief flirtation of 4 or 5 years duration with an incredibly expensive (for what I got) Vega F-style that I got because I thought it would be a better fit for playing with some bluegrassers I was associating with at the time. I used it much of the time until all the knobs suddenly crumbled off the tuners and I finally realized I don't really have to play "music" I don't enjoy playing all much. I've replaced the tuners, but haven't really done a full setup, so it's available but not being actively marketed. With proper setup, it could be a Vega again. (WG = wry grin)

I have a no-name (Lotus on the hood ornament) Chinese plywood job that was a really nice playing A-style, until the bridge snapped. I continued playing it for about 3 years with a piece of a clothespin1 stuck in for a bridge, but that eventually sagged too much, so I'm back with my original Washburn. I have replaced the bridge, but couldn't find exactly what I wanted, so it's a compromise and needs some additional setup – someday. For $200, it was my "best buy," – until my 1912 Gibson happens along for about $100.

1The clothespin was the hardest piece of wood I could find in the campground, and was carefully crafted with a wood rasp and a pocket knife for correct compensation. It took me all of maybe an hour to get back to the jam.

John


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: John Hardly
Date: 21 May 06 - 10:54 AM

I'm a guitar player who picked up mandolin for three reasons: 1. I LOVE guitar mandolin duets -- seems like they are match made in heaven. 2. I was learning fiddle tunes and found them easier to master on mandolin -- still true for me. 3. Too many guitars at the jams.

I play with some jam groups, and am just in the process of forming a group to play -- this time with me on mandolin.

As mentioned before, I play mostly fiddle tunes, but my favorite musician (that's a hard phrase to say) is Tim O'Brien and I've taken to playing some of his songs. I've also taken to trying out some jazz standards and find they work nicely.


I have a Flatiron (signed by Weber) A5 and I love it.

I posted this over at the Cafe some time back:

Top ten reasons why guitar players take up mandolin.


10. You could be one of twenty guitar players at your local jam…
...or you could be the mandolin player.

9. EADG……B?!!

8. You wanted to be able to finally hear yourself at jams…
...and fiddles don't have frets.

7. Grisman

6. You don't know from bluegrass, but you know Maggie Mae (and maybe Mellencamp's Rock and Roll)

5. You wanted a reason to use those cool Golden Gate and Dawg picks.

4. You finally figured out that chicks don't dig guitar players after all…
...and, well, if that's the case, you no longer worry about how tiny your instrument is.

3. Skaggs and Rice

2. You love the looks of flamed maple, but it never seemed to sound as good in a guitar.

…and the number one reason guitar players take up mandolin...

1. You can't steer your car with your knees and play the guitar while driving.
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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 21 May 06 - 10:53 AM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
Guitar is my main instrument. The mandolin shares second place with the fiddle

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
I play at sessions on an irregular basis. I learn tunes on the mandolin and switch to fiddle when I think I know them.

What type of music do you play?
Whatever's going on at the time, which tends to be Irish and Scottish with bits of English and others thrown in. I follow rather than lead.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?
Anythying I could play well.

Are you happy with your mandolin?
Yes

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own
Not really sure – I inherited it from my Dad. There are no ID markings on it but it is a flat backed, guitar shaped instrument with an oval sound hole. Around the sound hole and extending down to the bridge is a cream coloured plate with dark inlaid ornamentation. There is an ornate picture on the back of a woman in a flowing dress, sitting on a marble stool, playing a tambourine. It's believed, by people who know more than me, to date from around 1910.


DC


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Leadfingers
Date: 20 May 06 - 03:26 PM

Not Really my 'first' instrument , but one that I Gig most , along with Whistle , which is the only one I can claim to actually play , though I can still get away with a bit of guitar and five string banjo !
My Mando is a VERY tasty Docherty , with an Ashworth transducer which seems to work very well , especially as the beast has a rather impolite acoustic volume at sessions !


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: open mike
Date: 20 May 06 - 12:27 AM

i have a mandolin (Mandolute...by Weymann)
which i occasionally play...i used to play
it more before I got interested in nyckelharpa
but i play guitar way more that either of them.

I do not have a pick up in it yet, but plan to
use a "mini-flex" as i have in my guitars. it
is now available thru GHS strings, i think.

i took up mandolin mostly to encourage my left
hand to play melody notes, and celtic music is
the genre i most often play on it (fiddle tunes)

i think it has helped my left hand technique when
i play guitar..


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Mark Clark
Date: 19 May 06 - 12:35 PM

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
I just purchased a mandolin at the end of January. I've been taking it to jams but haven't performed with it yet. My main instrument is guitar.


Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
I perform regularly in a bluegrass band.


What type of music do you play?
I play all sorts of music: blues (piedmont & country), folk, a little thumbstyle, the ocassional jazz tune and, of course, bluegrass.


What style would you LIKE to be playing?
On mandolin, the thread subject, I'm primarily interested in bluegrass. I need the instrument in the band and although there are some wonderful bluegrass mandolin players in my area they are all working in other bands. Once I've mastered bluegrass mandolin I'll probably be interested in some jazz and Jethro Burns things.


Are you happy with your mandolin?
Yes, I'm quite happy with it. At a jam recently I had people tell me they could hear it's "chop" outside the restaurant where we were playing and across the street. The restaurant has no sound system. It also is capable of wonderfully "woody" soft tones and is toneful and clear all the way up the fingerboard.


What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
My mandolin is an Eastman MD815 (#113). It's a Gibson F5 copy made in Beijing by skilled craftsmen. Back and sides are flamed Maple as you'd expect. The top is solid Spruce. Both back and top are carved. The fingerboard extension is scooped to prevent pick noise at the "sweet spot" for picking. It's finish is a beautiful dark sunburst. I think it's dimensions are closer to the Gibson Lloyd Loar originals than most F5 copies. The neck is a slim modified V that is extreemly comfortable to play. I've played mandolins costing twice the retail value of mine that didn't sound or look as good.


      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Mooh
Date: 19 May 06 - 11:57 AM

Primarily a guitarist but also play electric bass and mandolin.

Regularly perform on bass and guitar with a couple of groups but don't use the mandolin live
currently. Last group I played mandolin in was a folk/rock/blues/country sort of conglomerate,
and I either plugged in or used a mic depending on the venue.

I like to play hymns, blues, some "celtic" tunes, original tunes, and free jamming for myself.

I'm very happy with the Moon flattop mandolin and the House guitar shaped bouzouki. The Moon
was bought new but quite shop worn. I've installed strap buttons, Schaller tuners, Weber tailpiece,
solid cocobolo and bone bridge, Shatten Design Dualie pickup, radiused the binding that was
quite sharp, and played the hell out of it. It's got a spruce top, flame maple back and sides,
rosewood fingerboard, and no trussrod. It's strung with D'Addario J-62 (10,14,24,34) strings, and
hangs on the wall at home, from a Levys strap on me, and in a Gator case when travelling. It's alot
deeper (in dimension) than a friend's Moon of the same model.

I'm a very early member of the mandolin cafe online, visit every day but post irregularly.

I'm still looking for an archtop mandolin, and several get me excited, but cost is a major
consideration and I like unusual ones. The local shop has a plain looking and increasingly shop
worn Breedlove K which would benefit from some hotrodding. It sounds very nice now that it's
hung in the shop soaking up sound waves for a long time, and it could be mine in an instant if
they'd only cut me a break on the price. A friend has a National maple resonator that gets my
juices flowing too. Several Canadian builders tempt me also.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Peterr
Date: 19 May 06 - 11:51 AM

Primary instrument - I've never learned guitar but I recently got an octave mandola to sing with rather than the mandolin.
Used to play with a dance band.English, attempts at Irish, and song accompaniment.
Same only competently (practice would help)
I've had the same instrument since I was 21 (38 years ago). A 'F de Mureda Strumenti Armonici Napoli anno 190 '(that's what's legible on the label. Lovely tone, good action tho now needs refretting again, very plain, not worth much, but I wouldn't part with it for ever so.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: redsnapper
Date: 19 May 06 - 11:42 AM

The Schertler is a bit overpriced IMHO although very good. I have had very good mandolin family results with Ashworth and with PUTW 27 pickups (but the latter needs a preamp, their own that plugs into the endpin jack is excellent).

RS


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Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
From: Wesley S
Date: 19 May 06 - 11:17 AM

I doubt that there is a way to amplify a mandolin that would please any of us. I once cornered Tim O'Brien at the North Texas Irish Festival and had good things to say about Schertler {SP?} pickups from Switzerland. Basically a contact mic that you attach with putty under the bridge. O'Brien says they sound very natural. But they're priced at a little over $300 dollars. That's a bit pricy but I may spring for it if the other guys in the group want to start plugging in again.


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