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  1. New Mandoloncello

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    A bit of a bargain from Hobgoblin Music in Leeds.

    It sounds great even if it is a bit keen on the inlay
  2. Mandolins, $500-1,000

    Hi Everyone!

    I'm just getting back into playing after about a decade off.
    My old Fender knock around for sub-$200 was ideal for a broke college kid, but I'm setting my sights higher these days. Given I've been away so long, though, I'd love everyone's feedback on good options in that $500-1,000 range. I play all across the spectrum of bluegrass-folk-jazz-blues, etc, so just looking for a good clean versatile sound where I can get myself around the fret board.
  3. Mandolin Mondays #196 w/ Special Guest Paul Van Vlodrop

    Amsterdam's resident bluegrass master Paul Van Vlodrop stops by Mandolin Mondays this week to play this Bill Monroe classic on his UK made Vanden mandolin.

    Paul has been a fixture in the Netherlands bluegrass scene since the early 70's. He made a career playing with NL award-winning band 4 Wheel Drive for nearly 20 years. Since then, Paul has shared the stage with artists such as Byron Berline, Vince Gill, Bill Keith, and ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #195 w/ Special Guest Penny Lea Clark

    This week on Mandolin Mondays Penny Lea Clark from The Purple Hulls brings us a fiery hymn medley played on her Northfield mandolin.

    Penny Lea has done it all in the country scene. Since moving to Music City, touring through 48 States in 6 months, making her debut at the Grand Ole Opry, and landing a prestigious publishing deal, she decided to move back to her roots in Kilgore, TX. Now she still performs and records prolifically ...
  5. Mandolin Mondays #194 w/ Special Guest Jack Dwyer

    Mandolin Jack of all trades, Jack Dwyer joins us for Mandolin Mondays this week with a G major version of "The Hangman's Reel" played on his Pomeroy mandolin.

    Jack is a fixture in the Northwest mandolin community. Over the years, he's been known as a solo performer and multi instrumentalist with such groups as Mando Planet, The Scott Law Bluegrass Dimension, and The Another Brothers. He's also a busy instructor ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #193 w/ Special Guest Rich DelGrosso

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, Rich DelGrosso, who is widely regarded as the leading exponent of mandolin blues, joins us for an original 12-bar played on his National resonator Mandolin.

    Based in Houston, TX, Rich is an accomplished mandolin blues teacher and performer. Over the past 30 years, he's been nominated for eight Blues Music Awards, and received a special "Keeping the Blues Alive Award" ...
  7. Mandolin Mondays #192 w/ Special Guest Andy Thacker

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, Love Canon mandolinist Andy Thacker plays the heck out of this original tune on his 2003 John Hamlett mandolin.

    Andy is a Charlottesville, VA, native and has made waves in mandolin world playing with bluegrass pop covers band Love Canon. The band has been rocking out for the past 10 years, and they just released a new full-length album entitled Cover Story. The record features classics, crossing ...
  8. That company never responded to my email!

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    "Boy, am I angry! I wrote Company X about their product awhile back and they NEVER REPLIED to me. I'm THROUGH with those jerks if they don't care enough about me to answer a simple question!"

    It's not just time we dispensed with this kind of thinking, its been over for years. Email was *never* a 100% percent solution, a guarantee you contacted someone successfully. It never was, and never will be. So why do people continue to engage in this kind ...

    Updated Aug-28-2019 at 10:45am by Mandolin Cafe

  9. Mandolin Mondays #191 w/ Special Guest Carlo Aonzo

    Italy's mandolin ambassador Carlo Aonzo is with us this week for a very special Mandolin Mondays. Hear Carlo cut straight to the heart with his 1994 Gabriele Pandini bowl-back mandolin playing this beautiful Raffaele Calace classical piece.

    Carlo is a native of Savona, Italy, but his efforts with the mandolin are know worldwide. His resume includes such items as playing at Carnegie Hall, performing privately in the Vatican ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays #190 w/ Special Guest Mark Stoffel

    Mark Stoffel, mandolinist with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, is here on Mandolin Mondays this week with an original tune played on his trusty Gilchrist mandolin.

    Originally from Munich, Germany, Mark recently became a US citizen and now lives in Southern Illinois. In addition to his work with the Night Drivers, Mark has also recorded and released his own solo CD with some creative original mandolin tunes and cover ...
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