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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    Well, you can't make a person more naturally musically talented than they are.

    BUT

    You can help a person learn the craft of being a musician, and often that includes being a good example of...
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    Re: Old Gibson sliding tailpiece cover

    DO NOT, DON"T EVER polish something than took 100 years to look that way.....

    The new owner would be paying for that patina, IMHO.
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    Re: Old Gibson sliding tailpiece cover

    The #283 is what we call the “Cloud” cover now. It was used on the D (Alrite), DY (Army Navy Special), the A-Jr and the others indicate in the listing.
    Indeed the #283 is nickel plated brass.
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    Re: Your Mandolin Your Beer

    Is anyone else a mandolin and wine person?

    Bowlbacks and vino!
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    Re: Gibson trapdoor

    Actually the banjo lights were not for stage use but were used to dry out the skin heads they used back then. They didn’t have plastic heads in the twenties. I have seen the armatures which would...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    We've confirmed that multiple offers have been entertained for the instrument in question. For that reason this topic is now in violation of Forum posting guidelines and is closed and shall not be...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    For any new Cafe members that are unfamiliar with the Ms. Griffith Loar, the only Loar signed Gibson A5 this thread is a good place to start.
  8. Re: Talk me out of replacing an ABS nut with a bone nut

    Gibson Loars and others at the top end have MOP nuts. Playability is just setup. Tone is in the ear of the listener/player.
  9. Re: why are some chords for guitar not listed in chord books for

    To keep it simple, guitars have six notes available; mandolins four. So anything more complicated than a chord 7th (and with some 7th chords) requires you to leave out at least one note. The order...
  10. Re: MAS: Remember, it's stronger than you and there ain't no vacc

    I’d say multiple congrats are DEFINITELY in order.
    1) For the mandolin that is going to be close to you and be part of your mandolin experience.
    2) For being able to be gainfully employed in...
  11. Larry Campbell "Shelter In Place Orchestra" - Gold Rush

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    272488190478356

    https://www.facebook.com/LarryandTeresaMusic/videos/272488190478356/
  12. Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    You might take the effort to learn how, then buy them.

    Would you make tires or spark plugs for your car?

    Parts are parts.
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I think you should slow down a bit and do some extra work out on your handtool skills. IF you intend to become a good builder you should work patiently and carefully. Each stroke of the tool (or even...
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    Re: Dylan on bluegrass in the New York Times

    Sure has "been done":
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    New Stiver Today!

    I picked up my new Stiver about seven hours ago at Lou Stiver's home. Upon installing an arm rest and a strap I have barely set it down.
    I no longer miss the Collings I sold to help fund this...
  16. Dylan on bluegrass in the New York Times

    Bob Dylan, interviewed by Douglas Brinkley, NYT, June 12, 2020:

    "Bluegrass music is mysterious and deep rooted and you almost have to be born playing it. Just because you are a great singer, or a...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Ha! You got me! The first Loar F5 I ever had in my hands was up at Harry's (and Jeanie and Joanie's!) apartment in NYC. What a character...
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    Re: Pearl top Martin

    Yup.
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    Thought I'd include a shot I took in 1976 at the Winnepeg Folk Festival. It's scan from the contact sheet so it's a bit soft on the focus as the orignal negatives are AWOL for the time being. The...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Thanks, yes. That will do nicely!
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    How about a June 13 '23?
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    Re: "Brain Flatulence" when playing

    Do what the jazz guys do: when you hit the wrong note then go back and do it again. Everyone will applaud your innovative improvising. :)
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    Re: Budget 2 point A style mandolin

    The same mandolin was a better deal when it first hit the classifieds on May 11 for $650 IIRC. The seller then relisted it on May 12 for $875 and May 13 for $1000 before moving it over to Reverb for...
  24. An (incomplete) list of recorded black mandolinists

    I searched for this on the cafe and there doesn't seem to be a resource for learning about black mandolinists of past and present. I dug up what I could, but would love to learn more. Here is what...
  25. Thread: Jimmy Capps

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    Re: Jimmy Capps

    Yes, Jimmy was great- I loved watching him on Larry's Country Diner where he played "The Sheriff" and gave such great backing to performers on the show. He had a long and productive career. There was...
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