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  1. Pava and The Mandolin Store

    Kudos to Dennis and Brian! Once again, I bought a phenomenal Model A mandolin from them, this time a Pava Player. Wow! The only thing more beautiful than the sound and look of this wonderful instrument is the attentiveness to set up detail, level of customer service, competitive pricing, and incredible friendliness of these two wonderful people. What a pleasure it is, whenever I'm in Phoenix, to stop by The Mandolin Store; truly, it's just about my favorite place to buy anything, anywhere ... ...
  2. How I built my beginner's home recording studio

    Documented in this thread on the Cafe. I asked lots of questions, folks with a lot of knowledge replied, I did some research and asked more as I learned more, and here we are. I am bookmarking this partially for myself, but also in the hopes it can help others first approaching the really complicated, and somewhat confusing, world of home recording.
  3. Weekend Workshop with Simon Mayor

    The first thing all my fellow Americans need to know is that Simon Mayor is a monster player. Tone and technique for days. He's not a Bluegrass guy, and that may be why he gets fairly little attention from mandolin communities dominated by the good people of the Americas. If you need a genre or category to wrap your mind around, then think of him as cut from the same mold (or mould as they spell it here) as Mike Marshall. He's an excellent all-rounder, plays fluidly through pretty much anything ...

    Updated Jan-22-2015 at 10:46am by Daniel Nestlerode

    Acoustic Adventures
  4. The Kit Arrives!

    Well, it's here. I have mixed feelings of anticipatory nervousness, pure joy and sheer terror!

    Rather than try to put all the resized pictures here, I'll just share the link to an online album:

    The Renaissance Mandobeast Kit Arrives!

    Going to read the assembly guide once or a hundred times, then do a dry fitting of a few things before getting started. For a fact, the following will be modified:

    • my own custom soundhole
    • custom binding
  5. Mr. Bermuda.

    Good morning folks.
    I'm posting about a violin I own called Mr. Bermuda.
    It's a violin made out of Bermuda Cedar. To my knowledge, it is the only one in existence. One of a kind.
    The wood itself is very rare as it can only be found in Bermuda. As well, about 90% of the trees were lost to a blight that occurred back in the 40s or around that time.
    It took my father more than 5 years to find a piece of wood large enough to build the violin. It couldn't have any knots in ...
  6. How I Accidentally Won the Kansas State Mandolin Championship

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    Even a Blind Hog Finds an Acorn Once in a While,
    Or How I Accidentally Won the Kansas State Mandolin Championship

    Even since I learned to play guitar in my early teens, I’ve made a hobby of backing people up in various contests. I’ve backed fiddle champions, banjo champions, and guitar champions in contests large and small. (I’ve also played for a lot of losers.) In August, 2014, I was invited to back one of the outstanding mandolin ...

    Updated Sep-06-2016 at 9:42am by Ranger Stan

  7. The Workbench

    I finished building my workbench and just have to debate/decide how I'm going to 'carpet' the top:

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    It's 60" long, 20" deep and 32.5" tall - maybe a bit short, but if I find I need to raise it higher, not a big deal with a couple of 4x4's.

    My kit is put together at Musicmakers, and as soon as that last bit of cash gets in Paypal, I'm paying for it ...
  8. Baby Steps

    Having been bitten several times on and off the past 6 or so years with the CBOM bug, and spending money to have other luthiers create instruments for me, I've decided that I'll never be truly satisfied until I'm making my own instruments.

    I did the exact same thing in a previous life, where I was a highly recognized homebrewer (I was the runner up in first Sam Adams World Homebrew Contest back in '96), then did a string of head brewer gigs. I eventually gave up because it was never ...
  9. Doing it Wrong

    This is the way it happens.

    Step one – a newbie asks a perfectly legitimate question on technique, or needs some received advice clarified.

    Step two – Various folks respond with helpful ideas, often quoting some of the great teachers of mandolin, present and past.

    Step three – Someone disagrees – referencing some bigger than life famous player who does it differently, as some kind of invalidation of the advice and of the teachers’ instructions.


    Updated Oct-27-2017 at 9:52am by JeffD

  10. FREE Christmas music download!

    Here is a FREE music download of a Steph Hartman & Erin Patterson Christmas single, Away in the Manger". Enjoy!http://erinpattersonmusic.blogspot.c...tmas-gift.html