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My 2 Mandos.
I use a Paige mando capo on my mandolin and it works great! Here is some info on it. You also have to determine if your mando has a flat fingerboard (no radius) or if it has a radiused fingerboard...Paige has one for both! Edward
With this type of capo, there's 2 sources of problem when it doesn't work right:
1) What's the difference in length between the "plastic" tube that lays across the strings, and the width of the fingerboard? If the tube hangs off the sides of the fingerboard, when the elastic is hooked on, it will bend the contact points of the tube, and only hold the strings down on the edge, not the center, of the fretboard.
2) The elastic is strong enough for a 4-string banjo, but not for an 8-string mando; too many strings = more tension than it can deal with.
I use this style of capo preferentially on my nylon-sting guitars (low tension), but for my guitars and mandos, I go with Kysers, and a Shubb on the thick-necked mando that can't take a Kyser.
Try for tones and tons of interesting stuff: http://www.mandolincafe.com/
You can also go to Chordie at http://www.chordie.com/ and put in a song title or artist you like and then when the page comes up you can choose "Mandolin" as your instrument and it will give you the mandolin chords for that song! You can then click back to guitar chords (the default) and print out the guitar chords for a friend to play while you play mandolin. It will also allow you to change the key, which changes all the chords, up or down to suit your vocal range! Cool stuff!!! Edward
My mandolin arrived today and I've started by learning the riff from Rod Stewart's Maggie Mae (pretty simple). This song choice may give you a sense of my sense of taste (or lack there of) in music. Other songs I know that feature mandolin parts include R.E.M. Losing My Religion and Led Zeppelin "Battle of Evermore" & "Going to California". However, I am interested in learning a lot more than rock/pop tunes. Where is the best place to find chords/tab for mandolin?
Hey Craig, you are so welcome! Glad we could help...it's what we're here for! Now, you have to just do your job and post some pics of it when you get it, and maybe even a video! Thanks, Edward
Thanks all. Went online and found that Musician's Friend does ship the MM 30SE to Canada. It is on its way to me now. Have to bring back the MM 30E I purchased at Long and McQuade. Thanks for all your help and support.
Still, $300 is way under Craig's initial $500 limit...so that's great news!
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