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mark haselock
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  • shropshire telford
  • United Kingdom
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  • Michael H. Martin
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  • mark bower
  • Claude Darnell
  • Charlie Evans
  • Steve O'Donnell
  • Eric Lambert
  • claudio olivieri
  • Antonio Eduardo Rosa
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mark haselock commented on Christopher Minko's video
Sep 14, 2012
mark haselock replied to Dan Allison's discussion Martin Light-Medium Strings in the group Martin Owners
"Hi Dan ,i have got a D16 as you know it has mahog back and sides i use light gauge strings and find playing fingerstyle thay do a good job if not better but i have never had a go on a martin with rosewood back and sides there must be a difference in…"
Sep 14, 2012
rick gordon commented on mark haselock's video

old parlor guitar fingerstyle

"Nice job Mark. That guitar has a great tone! Rick"
Jun 25, 2012
mark haselock commented on rick gordon's video

The Jazz Waltz

"a nice tune well done"
Jun 24, 2012
Jon Lloyd replied to mark haselock's discussion The D16 and light guage strings in the group Martin Owners
"For almost 30 years I used medium strings.  I've been teaching my two kids to play the last few months and bought light gauge SP's for that purpose.  I put lights on my martin because I had an extra set and needed strings. …"
Jun 11, 2012
mark haselock commented on Keith Driskill's video

Treasured Moments

"very nice,, wondefull tone"
Jun 5, 2012
mark haselock replied to Jud Hair's discussion An "inside look" at Martin HPL in the group Martin Owners
"The x model that martin offers gives a good starter guitar ,,and as it says on the brochure ,,legendary martin tone,,,ok its not a D18 or a D28 but it still has a martin tone of sorts. My first martin was a DX1 solid top that gives 70% of the tone…"
Jun 5, 2012
mark haselock commented on FolkGuitarist's video
Jun 1, 2012
mark haselock replied to Mark Kennedy's discussion Martin strings-is there a difference? in the group Martin Owners
"good one ,,the only way is to try and see what the sound difference is like,,,i know that my martin d16 sounds stunning with light gauge strings on, the guitar sounds so different"
Jun 1, 2012
claudio olivieri commented on mark haselock's photo

k yairi ym2

"ciao k yairi ym2......a smile from your little sister k yairi fy65  (!) claudio"
May 2, 2012
mark haselock commented on David Susman's group Alvarez Guitars
"hello all,just having a look at all the comments,,i take it that k yairi uses its own name for the european market,,i have a yairi ym2 and after looking on the net i find it to be a rare one as a lot of the yairi guitars are. She has a ceder top…"
Apr 28, 2012
mark haselock joined David Susman's group

Alvarez Guitars

For owners and those who appreciate Alvarez instruments
Apr 28, 2012
mark haselock commented on claudio olivieri's photo

Kazuo Yairi FY65

"a cool guitar is it a ceder top ? i have a yairi ym2 ceder top ovengol back and sides thay look alike"
Apr 28, 2012
mark haselock commented on claudio olivieri's video

Mad World

"such a cool tune and a wonderfull sound,,is it a k yairi,?"
Apr 27, 2012
mark haselock commented on Dave de Andrade's video

"My Romance" (on Martin OM-42)

"a very nice sound from your om42"
Apr 27, 2012
mark bower left a comment for mark haselock
"Thanks for your comment,love that little Martin"
Apr 24, 2012

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
2-5 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
cf martin d16 k yairi ym2 tanglewood tw73
What type of music do you like to play?
i love to play fingerstyle and make my own tunes up
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

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At 6:10pm on April 24, 2012, mark bower said…

Thanks for your comment,love that little Martin

At 4:46pm on January 21, 2012, Michael H. Martin said…

(btw, on that ebay link the seller discribed it wrong. He said the top was 'spuce'.) :)

At 4:36pm on January 21, 2012, Michael H. Martin said…

 "Yea Mark I'll try to get some pics up soon and maybe a vid. Here is the ebay link of it. Maybe u can open it. --->

 I know of three other ppl. besides u, (and me ) :) that have one. Two r left handers. The right handed one someone offered him $2,000 fer it and he wudn't take it.

 Mine projects well has a very warm sound that I like. The action is very low tho sp the low E has a bit of a rattle. My saddle is not solid like u'r's. The saddle doesn't fit the grove completely and there is a thin shim behind it. Mine has the individual saddles fer each string. Not sure if it was changed'er not. They look whiter then the nut, so maybe. I haven't checked with the ppl. I know that has one to see what they have yet. I'm wanting to order one and some bone string pins as well.

 I am really glad I found this!  

 Ok, I'll talk to ya latas! (oh I'm doing well! I hope u r too!) :)


At 6:12pm on February 22, 2011, Gary Clements said…
Hi Mark,
I just wanted to report in that I changed strings this past weekend on my D-16GT to the light strings you suggested and am completely blown away by the difference, not only in the sound, but also the feel! It now plays like butter.
Many thanks for the tip. I don't imagine I will ever go back to mediums.
At 8:40pm on January 24, 2011, Gary Clements said…

Thanks for the input Mark.

My strings will be due for a change in about a month and I think I may try some custom lights that I have laying around the house which I used on my old Yamaha.  I think the difference between lights and custom lights is .001 on the 1st string.

I'll let you know what I think once I change them out.

At 4:19pm on January 23, 2011, Gary Clements said…


I enjoyed your videos very much.

I am also the proud owner of a D-16GT.  It's a little over two years old and seems to sound better every day.  I have never tried anything other than medium gauge strings.  Are you using light or custom light?  I may have to give them a try.


At 9:39am on June 17, 2010, Reuel Blackwell said…
Thank you very much for the kind comments Mark......Ron
At 3:40pm on July 16, 2009, RIchard Crowe said…
It is a fine Guitar, but I am still a Novice to a mediocre player so it is difficutl for me to be really objective at this point.
At 9:20am on June 20, 2009, Brian said…
You ask if there is a massive difference between the D15 and D28. I feel that there is in both build quality and sound. The D15 is made of Mahogany and plays softer. Some say that it plays back onto you and makes for a good recording guitar. The D28 on the other hand is much louder and more detailed in all its sound. IMO
At 4:25pm on June 19, 2009, Dave Fry said…
LOL--my tastes should overlap with almost anybody's! Still making my list; forgot Herb Alpert, that would make 4 herbs (Herbs de provenance?).

I am very pleased with my koa Yairi; it's beautiful and is the nicest guitar I've had the chance to become really familiar with. I like the way it rings out when thumb-plucked, though I have been mainly finger-style for 40 years.

When we stayed in the dominican Republic for several months, we heard a lot of the traditional music played on the tres, which contrary to its name now has either four or five strings. I almost bought one in Puerto Rico! They are tuned GDAEB which would be interesting to fool around with, but because I live aboard a boat I just couldn't find the room just for novelty's sake.

What's the scale length on your parlor guitar?

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