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  1. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    I concur with the feedback given thus far and will add a vote for trying strings out. There are too many variables for a magic bullet answer.

    For deepening while retaining volume, D’Addario Nickel...
  2. Re: Does anyone own one of the Eastman varnish finish mandolins?

    I'm going to go ahead and throw shade at your lingo regarding the Eastman after which you're lusting. It's true, Eastmans are at a low-middle price point, and although there are occasionally quality...
  3. Re: Does anyone own one of the Eastman varnish finish mandolins?

    Oh. Apologies for any lack of clarity. I just mean they’re good, at a minimum, as in no stinkers.

    Now. As for “good”…

    To me they are nice and loud, have clear highs and lows, play easily,...
  4. Re: Does anyone own one of the Eastman varnish finish mandolins?

    I don’t own one but play a few and I think you can get something really nice. The F style varnish I played years ago was exceptionally nice.

    I’ll add, I’ve owned two Eastman’s, with one currently...
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    Re: Weber Yellowstone Experts

    Nice one! That era of Webers are - in my opinion - the best of the best of what they built

    There’s a formula to the labels. I just can’t quite remember what it is! I do know it includes the day,...
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    Re: I JUST GOT MY NEW howard morris a5...

    Aww, congrats! I had a Morris for a spell and it was wonderful. I’d be happy to have one again.

    Yes to pics! Sound clips too!
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    Re: Dudenbostel 2-point

    That looks and sounds terrific. Congrats on a fine two-pointer!
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    Andy Statman and the Eddys

    Hi Everyone,

    Had the pleasure of attending an Andy Statman, Jake Eddy, and Carter Eddy concert last Sunday evening, as well as attending a 90-minute workshop with them earlier in the day. It was...
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    Re: Best Beginner Mandolin on a Budget?

    Another vote for used Eastman 305. Hard to beat!
  10. Andy Statman and Jake Eddy in State College, PA

    Hi Everyone,

    Just thrilled this is happening:
    https://pinegrovehall.com/event/4720509/603463222/andy-statman-and-jake-eddy-with-special-guest-carter-eddy

    I’m going to get to interview Andy and...
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    Re: Billy Strings on Mando

    Love this! Billy has an ability to cut right to the core of the music and then branch out in flourishes before coming back to the center. Just awesome, and Del of course.
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    Re: Hamlett Two-Point Review

    https://www.facebook.com/susan.desantis.7/videos/775557623467022/?d=nThanks so much!

    Here’s a 4th of July video showcasing just how far the tone has evolved at the one year point. Granted, I’m...
  13. Whiskey Before Breakfast at Black Moshannon

    The Hamlett sure is ringin' true out in Black Moshannon State Park in central Pennsylvania. Good times!


    https://youtu.be/FwDnvLF-vXU
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    Dixie Hoedown on a Mountain

    The Hamlett sure held up well on top of Tussey Mountain in central Pennsylvania’s Rothrock State Forest! Dixie Hoedown seemed like the right tune. Got a big bite on my foot towards the end….
    ...
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    Re: Sitka vs. Red Spruce in mandolins

    I'm in agreement with what's been posted so far, in that the type of spruce wouldn't matter to me at all.

    Admittedly, I've been a sucker for red spruce lore and marketing. Both of my mandolins...
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    D'Addario Shout Out

    Hi Everyone,

    Just a quick shout out to D'Addario. It seems like a big company and I tend to overlook it for that reason, but it has recently shown me great customer service.

    In my string...
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    Re: Steve Earle Interview

    Here it is, folks!

    https://fb.watch/dJUNDDVfeu/
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    Re: Steve Earle Interview

    Man... divorce. It can be such a tough process.

    I'm waiting to hear if Steve's management is okay with me posting a clip here. In the meantime, here's a transcription of the segment during which...
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    Re: Steve Earle Interview

    Some of it will be released in the new day or two. I’m hesitant to share it publicly because he didn’t agree to that.
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    Steve Earle Interview

    Hey Everyone…

    I got to interview Steve Earle today as part of a promo for a show he is playing Sunday at The State Theatre in State College, PA. What a fun fellow and super interviewee!

    The pic...
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    Re: Gibson and Hamlett Harmony!

    Thanks Everyone!

    John sent the two-point with J74s on it if I’m not mistaken. I’ve played J75s over the years so was going for that feel and started using them. I then experimented with monels...
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    Elmore James via Mandolin

    Hi Everyone…

    Surprise capture of porch jamming at a gathering last weekend. That’s my pal Jeremy and I (The Mystery Mochine) playing Elmore James’s “Done Somebody Wrong” for a small porch crowd....
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    Re: Gibson and Hamlett Harmony!

    Thanks so much!

    Update… the Gibson has Monels that are a tad higher in gauge than I mentioned.

    ‘Twas a fun time!
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    Re: Gibson and Hamlett Harmony!

    Ahh… I failed to mention….

    The Gibson custom has 10-40 monels (if I’m not mistaken), and the Hamlett has 11.5-41 Nickel Bronze with 17 gauge A strings. Furthermore, Aly is playing with a Bluechip...
  25. Re: Seller’s Remorse - 2008 custom Weber Fern

    Hey Everyone….

    Appreciate all of the tips and suggestions. It’s been very helpful an I’m happily a bit reeked in from my intercontinental journey. Plus, I haven’t heard back from him since all of...
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