Dick B’s ten comments

  • Re: Greek bouzoukis for irish music!

    Greek bouzoukis are great for Irish trad, but be careful with your string gauges. Irish bouzoukis are built to withstand higher overall tension and thus string sets made for Irish bouzoukis will damage Greek ones in the long run. For example, D'Addario's ... more…

  • Re: Looking for a flute

    Not sure if you tried the sessions search engine, but I found four in Belfast on Tuesdays: more…

  • Re: Ashbury Lindisfarne Octave Mandola?

    Hijacking your hijacking this thread if you don't mind. more…

  • Re: Potential Andy Irvine DVD Lesson

    Any updates on this project? Would love to contribute. more…

  • Re: Bb Hawkes Excelsior flute on ebay

    My non-session instrument is an old German (?) Rudall/Rose style flute I picked up for less than a hundred euros, and it still plays like a dream. The only real drawback of old flutes, as long as they have been well taken care of, is the pitch. Mine sits ... more…

  • Re: Octave Mandolin for Accompaniment

    I was in your shoes a while back and eventually decided on a 25.5" scale bouzouki tuned to FCGD (two semi-tones lower than GDAE) with light (12-46) octave mandolin strings on it. more…

  • Re: The Great Lurker Uprising of 2019

    Another lurker here. I think the main reason I don't post is that I'm too much of an on-an-off player to be able to contribute anything of value. I played a lot in high school, went on a long hiatus after that, and since about three years have gone throug... more…

  • Re: Corofin Hornpipe

    I'm not familiar with the tune, but Google found me these dots: more…

  • Songs in one octave or less

    I've got a really, really limited vocal range but I've recently tried learning to sing a couple of Irish songs, jumping down an octave when needed. But there has got to be some songs that don't encompass more than one octave, right? Any suggestions? more…

  • Low whistle head for Dixon polymer flute?

    I've got the more expensive, three-section Dixon polymer flute (DX030), and lately I've become interested in learning to play the low whistle. Dixon sells a whistle head that fits the flute for £42, which makes this the cheapest option available to me. B... more…