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At 0:51 on February 18, 2012, John Cullen said…

Hi Frances, its me all right. Have just joined and have not had time to explore site yet.

Would love to see photos. Can you email some of them?  is my email address.  Hope you're playing lots of music.

Talk soon


At 4:03 on January 16, 2012, Ed Harris said…

Hi Frances! Yeah, we got all moved into the new house in Flagstaff! It really is a beautiful place. Unfortunately, I 'm not able to enjoy it much though! lol I work in Laguna Beach (7 hours away) so I'm only able to make it back on weekends and then there may be times when I'm not able to (like this weekend). At least my sons are able to all attend the same college there and enjoy the scenery!

"Looped" strings refers to not having the ball at the end of the string. Most mandolins are the "ball type". It is possible yours may be different however. Might be best to have someone look at it if you are not sure.

Take Care!

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At 16:01 on January 15, 2012, Ed Harris said…

Hey Frances! Happy belated New Years to you! Just thought I'd follow up to see if you ever had an opportunity to try out those strings...Let me know what you think of them if you have! Hope all is well with you...

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At 10:32 on December 15, 2011, Deirdre Parnell said…

Hiya, joined way back when it started, member 100!     Tony Lawless who runs site is one of our Dublin gang of fluters although he plays the fiddle!   Hope to see u over Christmas. Hav been v busy .   off to Cryans 2nite for concertina workshop and slow session and party after,  Mags will be there too.


At 15:56 on December 14, 2011, Ed Harris said…
Hey Frances! So happy to learn they sell them there! I recommend starting with the light if the majority of your playing is practice and consider going with the heavier gauges if you sit in on sessions a lot (for volume). John Pierce does make a Medium  Guage as well which I use a lot. It provides the volume without the additional stress on the neck associated with heavier guage strings.
At 5:48 on December 10, 2011, Ed Harris said…

Hey Frances...I'm certain you'll be happy with those strings! They will be worth the wait! Don't feel bad, your country is not alone! I think just about every country is feeling the economic crunch! All of us may need to take out loans from China! They seem to be the only ones with money nowadays! lol

Ya, I don't know where I would be without music! It has been my sanctuary most all my life!

At 3:13 on December 7, 2011, Ed Harris said…
Hi Frances! I've used John Pierce strings for years after trying so many others out there. They are well balanced, set in fast, and they outlast much of the competition out there in keeping their tonal character. I think you would be very pleased with them. They can be found at:
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At 22:57 on November 29, 2011, Breda Lalanne said…

Hi Frances, I started to write a comment a few seconds, it seems to have vanished! So, start again...thank you for the invite, it sounds like a great bluegrass scene where you are. Good luck with the tenor. Great to be in touch with folk from across the pond. Breda.

At 20:36 on November 29, 2011, Sarah Steed said…

Hello from Virginia, USA   I'm just learning the tenor. My girlfriend gave me her mother's 1923 Vega Whyte Ladie, it sounds wonderful. I have played Old Time (appalachian) on my 5 string for 30 yrs. Is there a lot of bluegrass in Ireland? You should come here this area has some of the best in the US.

Great chatting with you,


At 18:33 on November 29, 2011, Davy Rogers said…

Hi Frances,

I play a Goldtone (Chinese) banjo. Not much happening around Loughrea. Have to drive to Galway city or Clare for the craic. I must have a go at that Paddy o'Brien reel seeing as I got the books of his compositions.

Good Luck,

Davy Rogers (

At 15:42 on November 29, 2011, Davy Rogers said…

hi Francis


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