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    Re: Mandolin Café Milestones

    Congrats, journeybear! :mandosmiley:

    One more post and I will hit 90! (Not in age yet, happily.)
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    Another thing I learned during my bedbug period is that the Department of Health in my state (Minnesota) has bedbug-sniffing dogs available. I learned this because some colleagues called the DoH to...
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    Sorry to read of your dilemma journeybear and I can commiserate since we went through a similar episode several years ago. I had inadvertently hauled some bedbugs home to our bedroom from an...
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    Re: Traditionally voiced A-style?

    Exactly. I own a Givens and it is LOUD. There are a few Givens that will not crack the $3k price, but most of the later ones will sell for $4k-$6k for A models.

    However, I would consider a...
  5. Re: Skill Progression/Benchmarks, MAS and Instrument Upgrades

    Bought first mandolin in 1976 as a poor college student ($60). Learned some chords and fiddle tunes. Graduated and got a job. First paycheck went to Bob Givens in Sandpoint, ID, for one of his A...
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    Re: It's an F, it's not an F

    It looks like an irradiated guitar. Some luthier near Chernobyl. :whistling:
  7. Re: NMD - impulse purchase, and an F style to boot

    Congrats on the catch!

    That looks like the Weber model that Jeff Spirko of Southern Gothic uses. Example below. You need to learn some Cajun music now.
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I like the A style. When I bought a Givens back in 1978, I had the choice of an A for $675 or an F for $950. It was a no-brainer. These days, the price differential can be closer to two times higher...
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    Re: Eddie Van Halen RIP

    Van Halen and Hendrix played during your lifetime, I suspect, which is why you would put them on the Mt. Rushmore of guitarists. I don't dispute that, but there were earlier guitarists who changed...
  10. Re: Kate Wolf Accompanied By Two Mandolins – 1985

    I was lucky enough to meet Randy a few years ago in Willmar, Minnesota, in a music store. He had brought a couple of guitar playing students of his along to play a store concert. They gave a workshop...
  11. Thread: Lilac wood

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    Re: Lilac wood

    Pampered Chef sells a 3-spoon set made out of teak for $27.00.

    https://www.pamperedchef.com/shop/Featured+Collections/Best+Basic+Tools+Every+Kitchen+Needs/Teak+Tool+Set/100156

    How would your...
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    Re: Douglas fir

    Interesting thread. I should check out this portion of the Cafe more often.

    Back when I was a grad student in Forest Engineering at Oregon State (or is it Oregon-State?), I wrote a paper reporting...
  13. Re: Request - Blue Rodeo "Hasn't Hit Me Yet"

    First time watching this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tws8YIGDyl0

    and also this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__8KCPb5EJ4

    He isn't doing anything complicated. Just noodling...
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    Wow! That Hyde is a nice looking mandolin, other than the fact it is an F style. How is it for holding tune across all the frets? My National needs to be tuned slightly flat on the nut in order for...
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    I played a one-hour set on the street during "Crazy Daze", the single day of the summer when Main Street gets shut down to vehicle traffic and only foot traffic is allowed. Vendors set up on the...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    No, I had not heard that extra verse. Thanks! A friend of mine who does this song at Farmers Markets on the west coast changed the lyric "Old man garlic dropped dead with the colic" to "Old man...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    You are welcome; glad to be of assistance. However, that is not the Barnyard Dance version to which I was referring. With two different songs having the same title, it is confusing.

    This is the...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    Summertime
    Barnyard Dance
    Lazy Bones

    With lyrics
  19. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    I am with you on this. Big hunk of wood getting in the way of viewing the higher registers. Thus, I will answer your question: How did the "curl" evolve? Poorly.
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    MattMN

    I am also in MN. Private message sent.
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    Now that the summer outdoor season is upon us, I bought a pair of those wrist sweat bands that basketball players use. I got the idea after a sweaty, 2-hour farmers market gig last summer, and just...
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    Re: Sheet Music w/Lyrics and Chords

    There are several fakebooks online which contain chords, lyrics, and the main melody line. One only has to come up with your own alternate melodies or improvisation.

    Is this what you meant by...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    No arm rest, no pickguard, no toneguard.
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    Re: 10 Essential Jazz Guitar Chord Rhythms

    Very nice! Thanks for posting. In particular, I like Rhythm 3 which I could see using a lot.
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    Re: Listing of 3-string chord shapes

    Not sure if this was linked to yet by Scott or someone else, but it is my go-to resource for mandolin chords.

    For 3 finger chords, just use the bottom three string sets (G, D, A) and leave the E...
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