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  1. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    There are two ways to set price; based on costs, or based on market price. Luxury goods command higher market prices, generally. Many times, if a brand is strong enough, the price will be set where...
  2. Re: Repair broken 'floating' tail piece on 10-string Gypsy Mandol

    Walt passed away a few years back. I’d replace it. The amount of tension on it probably added to its demise.
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    Re: Waterloo WL-M Question

    Do a search here and you will see some threads:

    Here is one: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/145927-Waterloo-Mandolin-Released?highlight=waterloo

    and another:...
  4. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    Hence the price increase on Collings instruments. The one thing you can expect from Collings, aside from a great instrument made from quality materials, with an excellent fret job and fit and finish,...
  5. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    You know everyone that states that they find Collings mandolins sterile sounding has played probably one or two varieties, but Collings makes some very diverse wood combinations, including some...
  6. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    I’ve seen and played a fair number of Silverangels, including some new ones. Ken is a great guy and builds a nice mandolin, but his finish work is no where near Collings, especially the fretwork. I...
  7. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    The last new Collings archtop guitar sold for more than $22k. Average price for their flattops- between $5k and $6k

    Hans Brentrup told me that making mandolins was much more labor intensive than...
  8. Thread: Education

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    Re: Education

    Boy, I could be renting out my studio........one stop, see and play them all.
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    Re: Prettiest A model I have seen in a while

    It's the same one. People have a tendency to bit the buy it button and then quickly have buyers remorse. It looks like it is still available, but I doubt it will last much longer.
  10. Re: Kris Kristofferson: the Austin Sessions...

    Actually, I thought the Celts emanated originally from the Upper Danube region, then spread out into Brittany, Spain, Ireland and Britain. But there are a lot of different theories. Celtic culture...
  11. Re: Kris Kristofferson: the Austin Sessions...

    Learn the fiddle tunes, as they will come in handy when trying to come up with licks to flesh out songs. They are also all full of arpeggios, scales, etc. It's a good way to learn the fretboard,...
  12. Re: Campanella two-point (How to make an accent on due?)

    People tend to forget, it wasn't long ago that these instruments were boards lying in a stack. It takes a while for them to acclimate and get used to being strung up. Play the snot out of it. If...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    I started three years ago, and well over the age of 40. I play as good, if not better than the folks that I have met at fiddle gatherings who have been playing several decades. So, it's not about...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    They are great friends. Patty is a great Metis fiddler. Canada is home to some great fiddle players, great camps, etc. The government actually sponsors programs. In fact Patty flies out to a...
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    Re: Where are the Eastman OMs?

    As per the Cafe Classifieds, TMS just got some in stock. As for used, you might be better off taking the plunge and buying a new one. I think I can count on one hand the number of used ones Iíve seen...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    Most teachers do internet lessons. One person I’d love to take a few lessons from is Donna Turk. She lives in western Canada I believe, but she has the smoothest bow arm I have ever seen. She...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    My teacher is a touring musician, so lessons are spotty, but I learn more in ten minutes from her than I could learn online or on my own. She is classically trained but toured as a founding member...
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    Re: Red spruce versus Engleman (MT/MT2)

    After 16 years we switched to Malamutes. That’s my baby in the pic. She’s a puppy there, but is now four. Her sister is 8. Rambunctious but easier to train. We had a male, but lost him last year...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    Three years in, still going. Find a good teacher. Buy a good bow, and have your fiddle set up by a professional.
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    Re: Red spruce versus Engleman (MT/MT2)

    Stock MT2O's come with Adirondack tops, as do the stock MFO's.

    I had to laugh at the husky comment. I had huskies for 16 years, and they are an acquired taste, and really require an owner of a...
  21. Thread: Allesi tuners

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    Re: Allesi tuners

    Don’t forget the duties and taxes. I bought Robson tuners a while back, and by the time I paid the duties and taxes, there was no savings. These are also metric scale, so you need to use the...
  22. Thread: Allesi tuners

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    Re: Allesi tuners

    If you are looking for something cheaper, the Alessi’s are not the solution.
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    Mine is 3115, very early.
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    Re: Just wanted to say thanks...

    Joe, give it some time, play it in, maybe while you are waiting for the top to break in try some Monel strings or Curt Mangan string (lower tension). Enjoy it!
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    Re: Red spruce versus Engleman (MT/MT2)

    Red spruce on an MT2 oval will give you more volume. The tone will be more fundamental sounding, and more direct. Somewhere in between is Italian spruce, which is my personal preference on an MT2...
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