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    Re: Dust My Saddle Seals Crofts Campbell

    Dash Crofts' mandolin, as well as Jim Messina's on Loggins and Messina's "Be Free" are what enticed me away from my guitar and over to mandolin back in 1972 or so. Never looked back. And Glen...
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    Happy Birthday Sam!

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    So, tomorrow I celebrate my Bush Fern's birthday. But today, we all celebrate Sam Bush's birthday. Happy Birthday, Sam and thank you for all the years of joy and inspiration. Cheers, Benski
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    Re: Tunes At Home: Music In A Time Of Need

    Thomas Jefferson was a fiddler, among other great things, and The Flowers of Edinburgh was reputedly his favorite fiddle tune. Nicely done!
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    Re: Why do people only sell the great ones?

    I only buy great mandolins...so it only stands to reason when I sell one...
  5. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    How do you rotate pics on here? Inquiring minds want to know....
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    Re: Blue Chips

    It's either here: 183737 or its here: 183738 which is a habit of mine that predates BlueChips by decades
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    Re: Sam Bush Fern '34 LE

    Thanks, Karl. Much obliged. Please mention this thread to the current owner...would be fun to get his/her input. As far as the "pilot" designation goes, its starting to look like all 25 of the Bush...
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    Re: Sam Bush Fern '34 LE

    OK...updated....hopefully we will get more.

    And still hoping that someone can provide some definitive insight into this pilot thing....

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    Re: Sam Bush Fern '34 LE

    Wow...now wouldn't that be cool!

    Alright, now we're getting somewhere!

    So, what we've got so far:

    Serial Number Date
    Pilot 2 April 14, 2009
    Pilot 8 April 22, 2009
    Pilot 11
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    Re: Sam Bush Fern '34 LE

    Yea...I'm taking "pilot" to be synonymous with "prototype" too.

    I find it interesting that each of the SB'34LE pilots that I've encountered, including mine, all sport Sam's gold magic markered...
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    Re: Sam Bush Fern '34 LE

    Gonna try once again to bring this thread back to the OP's original intent: to discuss the Limited Edition Bush Fern "Inspired by '34" mandolin.

    I'm curious, like the OP, to know more about them:...
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    Re: Sam Bush Fern '34 LE

    I would be curious about this too and would hope that Big Joe, Danny Roberts of Dave Harvey might weigh in on this topic. I have Sam Bush Fern Pilot #2 which is simply a fantastic instrument. While I...
  13. Re: Gibson Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model - My New Mandolin

    Was wondering the same...
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    KMaynard: here's a shot of the back...I'll try to get some better pics for you when I get a moment.

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    Cheers, Benski
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    To Brad's point above, here are two posts from Joe Vest who worked at Gibson alongside Charlie Derrington and Danny Roberts, among others, in developing and bringing to life the Distressed Master...
  16. Re: Gibson Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model - My New Mandolin

    Hey TD: The mandolin to which you are likely referring is D70321 which I was fortunate enough to have purchased from HA in Germany a few months ago. For all intents and purposes, its my "Loar" (and...
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    Re: No more EXP74's?

    OK...so, with Ted clearing things up for me, I went and purchased a couple sets of the XTM1140's (which replaced the EXP74's that I use on my Bush Fern) and a couple of sets of XTM11540's (which...
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    No more EXP74's?

    Did I miss something? Is D'Addario no longer making EXP74's?

    I see EJ74's, EXP75's and EXP74CM's, but no EXP74's available from the online purveyors (Just Stings, Strings and Beyond, Sweetwater,...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    I remember once reading somebody on the Cafe has having said: "The plural of anecdote is not data". Point worth considering in this discussion.
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    Re: A pair of Diamonds

    Very nice! What models are they (July 9, etc)? Soundclips, please?
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    Re: Oiling your pick: a tip from Albert Bellson

    Lol..I guess I'm a bonafide old timer, then, as I always quickly rub both sides of the business end of the pick (typically a TAD60) across the sides of my nose before I play. At this point, it's a...
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    Re: Woodstock

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    So, the latest issue of my AARP magazine arrived today and look who's on the cover...some kind of irony there....
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    Re: Uh oh THE Gibson may have a problem

    There's an old farmer in upstate New York named McDonald that I believe has prior claim to e, i and o.
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    Re: Woodstock

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    And they never collected my ticket..
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    Re: Woodstock

    So....50 years ago right now, I was sitting in the mud following the big rainstorm which stopped the music. After a while, the rain let up, the sun half came out and I was soaked. It was stinking,...
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