I started my mandolin acquiring and playing on E-bay (Hello my beautiful Mexican made Lone Star mandolin) then a Johnson Oval and a Kentucky KM140S! ...
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Suburban Philadelphia may fit the bill. Hospitalwise, we have University of Penn (literally saved my wife's life) and Jefferson. The burbs are more...
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I had a chance to play a Loar signed mandolin. I still sounded like me. For some people chasing the dragon (perfection) pays off. For me (a hobby...
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That Bridger F with the D sound hole sure was gorgeous and a mandolin who's design I lusted after for years early on. TOH may not make it but maybe...
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I'm glad your injuries weren't worse. I'm very sorry this happened to you. Wishing you a speedy full recovery.
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It's always fun to be able to have hands on time with those special instruments and to have some time with players we admire. You had a hat trick...
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I've often promoted the opinion that the best string and pick combo vary by individual mandolin and player and is subject to change. They are also...
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Keep on being your good self, Ivan. I hope you have a good day and know that your contributions here have been appreciated and will continue to be. ...
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on Jan-23-2010 at 8:26am
Here's the advice I give aspiring players looking for their first instrument and some general new to instruments shopping advice. I assume you know nothing about stringed instruments, floating bridges, string gauges, picks (just like me when I got my first). I also figure that $500 is pretty much the upper limit (or way above their upper limit) for just getting started in a new hobby. If someone told me I had to spend $500-1000 to see if I would like playing the mandolin, I wouldn't be playing
on Nov-27-2008 at 2:19pm
Well, I'll bite at the blog bait. I don't think I will write very many but this may be a worthwhile place to store information on me and my mando collection. Not to brag (maybe about the skills of the builders not my ownership) but to let others know what I've had and how I liked them.
First Mandolins 2001
Lone Star Venice. Tuners weren't the best and needed a good set up. I've read these don't make good first mandolins because of the tonal complexity. Dunno, it looked