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    Re: Leather straps: flat or braided?

    The mandolin is light enough that most any strap that I've tried has been comfortable for me (even a leather boot lace). After buying and using about 20 mandolin straps over the years, my current...
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    Re: Eastman MDA315 mandola! Yes!

    MDA315 update: Yes, my wife bought this for me as a Christmas present. I expected for her to put it in the closet and make me wait to unwrap it at Christmas, but she didn't, so I've been discreetly...
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    I have accumulated lots of tuners over the decades. My current favorite clip on is the Stroboclip HD. I also have the TC Polytune but just don't care for it when compared to the Stroboclip. I have a...
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    Re: The Ghost Mandolin

    I love it!
  5. Re: A model: Adding a strap button to the heel.

    I've tried different ways of tying a strap to the mandolin head, but I've never liked those solutions - they either get in my way while playing or get in my way while tuning. Some folks are fine with...
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    Re: If your gonna speed neck it....

    Yep, I prefer a feathered finish transition, too. I did originally plan for a feathered transition, but when I was sanding (some people use razor blades), I found it difficult to get even finish...
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    Re: If your gonna speed neck it....

    I've seen some after-market speed neck work by some well known luthiers that seemed to my eyes to be awful work. I know these guys are conscientious craftsmen, so not sure what the explanation might...
  8. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    It doesn't take much of an obstruction to lose Sirius signal. I've often wondered how many subscriptions Sirus has among folks who live or commute in most cities with lots of taller buildings.
  9. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    Too bad you didn't try it when you had the free subscription. LOTS more than hip hop or sports, lol. Bluegrass, pop, rock, jazz, coffeehouse, broadway, metal, classical, etc.
  10. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    This is only an 11-day event to kick off some Dolly Parton venture. Bluegrass junction will be back after the 11 days. Not happy- just listening to Spotify in the meantime.
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    Re: Visit to Carter Vintage Guitars

    I've been surprised by the sentiments too. I've read SO many comments by other folks, amateur and pro, who have had such glowing responses to those instruments. Just a reminder that different people...
  12. Re: Ellis Torch and Wire in todays classified.

    I have admired this mandolin a few times and never noticed the mismatched purfling. What a surprising oversight by the maker!
  13. Re: Live From Here - Is There a Better Music Show ANYWHERE?

    I saw Nickel Creek in concert not long after their first album came out. Honestly, Chris's physical mannerisms were off-putting at first, the continual head jerking and facial and physical...
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    Re: Tips for fairly new Mando players

    I returned to the mandolin after a lengthy absence (life got too busy, then Chemo slowed me down) and basically had to restart, learning chords, etc (I remembered open G, C, and D, lol). I spent a...
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    BLACK Mandolin Cafe hats! Woohoo!

    I wear my old tan-colored Mandolin Cafe cap a LOT, enough that I had been toying with the idea of buying a spare. Thankfully new caps are out and they are BLACK! Thank you, Mandolin Cafe! Order...
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    Re: Naming your Mandolin

    Even though I thought "Lucille" and "Trigger" and other names for mythic instruments was cool, I've never named my instruments. To me it would just be another layer of confusion. If I say, "Goldie"...
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    Re: My new Apitius build

    Congratulations! (March 2021 to begin construction? I'm not sure I'd ever be patient enough to get into the queue for a build by a popular luthier.)
  18. Thread: Beginner

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    Re: Beginner

    Are you looking for material on improvisation? Have you run across this book:
    https://www.amazon.com/Mandolin-Pickers-Guide-Bluegrass-Improvisation/dp/0786687274/
  19. Re: Live From Here - Is There a Better Music Show ANYWHERE?

    It's funny the things you can pick up in a video. I was admiring the musicianship, of course, but was intrigued by the tablet holders - relatively discrete when compared to a music stand. I ordered...
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    Re: Beginner

    I don't generally have interest in "beginners" mandolin books, but this still looks like a handy resource. (I love Amazon's ability to look at the table of contents and a few pages.) I ordered a...
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    Re: Looking for some recommendations

    I do have "Mandolin for Dummies." Don Julin has a good rep as player and teacher and does a very good job of starting with the basics and covering a wide range of information in an engaging fashion....
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    Re: New Mandolin Player

    Do you read music? If so, I highly recommend the little (long and thin, to fit in a guitar case) "Let's Jam!" series. Not sure how available they might be (not on Amazon, anyway). Here's a listing at...
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    Re: Looking for some recommendations

    I love mandolin and often encourage folks to give it a try, BUT, for folks who've never played an instrument before, I always recommend ukulele over mandolin. The uke has four strings that are easier...
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    Re: Is my MAS dead?

    I'm glad you have your mandolin niches filled! MAS can be fun, but being happy with what you have is a good place to be.
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    Re: Is my MAS dead?

    Lol. I was sure I didn't have ANY interest in a mandola (lower voice that is more in the guitar range? no thanks), but pulled an Eastman MDA315 off the wall at the store a couple of weeks ago and now...
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