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  1. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    No doubt, and that's probably what's kept Gibson in business at all in recent decades. :)
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    The coolest thing about a 'mid-life meltdown 'is that the description of it is in the term.
    its like an accepted insanity ....like when 12 year old boys' hormones put them off the rails for about 8...
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    We have members with the means to cycle through some really high end mandolins and they quite publicly share their quests. I'm not a performer, I don't even earn fun money playing mandolin. I have a...
  4. For Family. For Country. For Freedom.

    June 6, 1944

    75 years ago today.

    To all the valiant soldiers who selflessly faced unimaginable odds…

    Thank you.
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    See my tagline...we apparently think alike. Good luck on the new adventure.
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    This.........
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    Caleb, Good to know about the tonal spectrum and tube like tone from the Valvestate. Thanks for that! And love those guitars, Mike! Thanks for the lineup pic! :mandosmiley:
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    For the past 9 months my mandolins seemed to have vanished behind this dizzying array of electric mayhem . . . but this past weekend I somehow managed to break though this fortress of amplification...
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    Caleb, I too had a Vintage Club blonde -- mine was the 20 watt version. So Valvestate-- I haven't played through one of those before but I am aware of the preamp tube/solid state combination nature...
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    Re: In praise of Allan Alexander

    Reviving this older thread about Allan Alexander & his books…glad that Caleb started it in 2011.

    First, except for a thank you, I’ve delayed posting anything because I’m a beginner with lots to...
  11. Re: The Traveling Pick Sampler - Anyone Interested?

    And that's why it always sits front and center. :cool:

    You done a good thing, Cal.

    C. ~/:/~
  12. Re: The Traveling Pick Sampler - Anyone Interested?

    Sampler #1 inventory

    1. Hawk SB
    2. BlueChip CT-55
    3. John Pearse Fast Turtles Medium 2.5mm
    4. John Pearse Studio Extra Heavy
    5. Gravity Gold Tripp Standard 1.5
    6. Gravity Striker XL 3...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    I had my second chemo. session on Wed. - just the same prolonged 6 hour day as last time. It seems that a bit of hair loss is kicking in - so what ! - i'll shave my head if i have to. Fortunately,my...
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    Re: Do We Really Need Another Pick Thread?

    V-Pick or original ProPlec version?

    I've been playing more electric mando than previously lately and found a sharply pointed V-Pick Lite Freakishly Large to be the quietest pick in my arsenal...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi - For all you very patient & incredibly supportive folk,here's a 'progress up-date' (sort of ).

    My review x-ray yesterday, showed no further increase of my ''infection'' (should we call it)...
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    Re: Morris Flattop on the way

    Doug, It is pitched up an octave, or two actually, so it is all manageable. There is no open G, so nothing lower than a fretted note on the G courses. I will include a link to tab that I have used,...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    From Bernie - " ..it just blows my mind that so much more has not been accomplished in this regard with the incredibly powerful tools of molecular biology that we have today. "

    Bernie - For...
  18. Re: Protecting peghead from clip on tuner marring

    I’m with you Pops!
    Place, tune, remove, play. Repeat as necessary.
    I am not fond of the appearance of the “Tune God” on an instrument, and I don’t like the added weight.
    Just one grumpy old man’s...
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    Collings MT NMD

    Well, another mandolin followed me home. This time, it's a completely different animal from what I already own. Been thinking about this one since I first played it a few months ago. A combination of...
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    Re: Do We Really Need Another Pick Thread?

    What's a forum without conversation?

    Carry on!

    Jamie
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hello folks - Just a quick update on the Chemo. business - basically it's evil !!!. The worst effects are a constant feeling of having been gut punched / my taste buds have gone AWOL & the sort of...
  22. Re: The Traveling Pick Sampler - Anyone Interested?

    Howdy all. As it does, life has gotten in the way of posting to the forum recently so my apologies for any ignored requests to be added to the recipient lists for the picks.

    The lack of any info...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi all - Thanks once more for all your good wishes & kind thoughts. I have to have blood tests / x-ray & an ECG prior to Chemo.,to make sure that i'm ok to have it - let's hope so !!,
    ...
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    Re: D'Andrea Pro Plec 385

    I recently bought some Pro Plec 385s (from Strings By Mail) and I like the tone I get out of it a lot. I have been having my semi-annual pickfest - I bought smooth and grippy primetones in 1.3 and...
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    Visit to Fiddler's Green in Austin

    Had the pleasure of visiting Fiddlers Green today while finishing up a week in Austin for a conference. I got a chance to play a whole slew of mandos that I would not be able to play at home, as...
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