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  1. 11-20 - Things You Didn't Know About the Mandolin Cafe

    Didn't lose you last time? Let's try harder. We had fun in a previous post presenting some tips and tricks to navigate this site more effectively, but let's get a little more involved.

    11. Search the Mandolin Cafe from your browser's default search bar, from anywhere on the web.

    Proof we wilfully engage in stupid web tricks.

    Example: observe the screen shots of Microsoft's Internet Explorer and FireFox below, the two most widely used browsers on the ...

    Updated Aug-06-2010 at 11:33am by Scott Tichenor

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  2. The Mandolin Cafe iPhone App

    iPhone owner? There's a new way to connect to the Mandolin Cafe thanks to mandolin player and ace programmer Steve Smith who makes his home in Florida. Meet v1 of the Mandolin Cafe iPhone App, available for free from the Apple App Store, developed by Steve as his first steps into programming for the iPhone. We think he did a terrific job.

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    What's in it? For starters there's a mandolin chord finder, a simple hook into the MP3 of the Day, a search ...
  3. An iPhone, iPad, iTouch mini-tutorial

    Here's some fun for fellow iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners. I recently implemented a series of Apple icons on the Cafe so that if and when you set a short-cut to a web site on your desktop (I'll show you how in a bit) you get an image of our choosing instead of the default screen shot of the web page (boring, too small! hiss...). I encouraged Dan and Ted to do this on the Mandolin Archive and and here are the results below--you should see the icons for the three web sites contained ...
  4. Weber Serial Numbers/Dating

    We had the question recently about dating a Weber/the serial number and I had a really hard time finding it, myself, in our website's FACTS section, so I moved front & center. If you've never been to the FACTS section take a look as there is lots of good info. Weclcom suggestions and we're slowly updating it too with inlay, binding (next), etc. pics
  5. I don't mean to cause any trouble, but...

    Random thoughts on a Saturday. Now, I really don't mean to cause any trouble here, but...


    Curious why The Loar company didn't subscribe to a numbering system that identically matched the original Loars from the 20s. Seems that would have been in the spirit of some of their efforts to get under the skin of Gibson's owner. We think they missed a golden opportunity. #1 The Loar could have been #73987 (Monroe's box).


    Ever ...
  6. The Next Level

    There has been some discussion about the progression of mandolin ownership. Starting on a beginners mandolin and upgrading to something better, but not too good lest we seem pretentious, and then upgrading from there to “the next level” as soon as we deserve it, and can afford it, and so on. And lots of fascinating discussion occurs regarding what make and model of mandolin is appropriate to each level in the continuum from embryo to awesome.

    Then the question as to whether this continuum ...
    Tags: upgrade
  7. Good place to be on rainy/snowy spring day

    Melodee Music, Leesburg VAClick image for larger version. 

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    Tags: mandolin, weber
  8. Sierra Hull's new Weber Fern Octave

    She just got it last Friday, and HERE is the link to her picture and comment on FaceBook

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  9. First Black Ice Guitar (not a mando- but it's carved)

    It was shipped to Acoustic Vibes, AZ.
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  10. How to: making personal iTunes collections from free music

    Like to create a great collection of MP3 music that you could take with you on your iPhone, iPod or other iTunes friendly device?

    There's a lot of great music offered for free on the web in MP3 form, but the problem is most of it isn't organized or you have to navigate to a particular web site to listen to it. Examples: the MP3 of the Day from Acoustic Oasis, random MP3s posted by the Song-A-Week Social Group, and our own MP3 page.

    The purpose of this tutorial is to ...

    Updated Dec-22-2011 at 11:09am by Scott Tichenor

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