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  1. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I feel bad for Dave Harvey. I imagine he isn't in the most comfortable position at the moment. I don't know the man but have always appreciated his input here, mutual friends all seem to hold him...
  2. Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    Due to some hand problems, I can't hold the just G chord shape, C shape, and D shape for whole sessions any longer. I use a variety of shapes while I'm playing to minimize stretching my hands,...
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    Re: Am I asking too much?

    I still have the first mandolin I ever bought, a low end Washburn A model with f holes, for reasons listed above by others. My kids beat it up quite a bit when they were little but also got into...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

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    I have four A style mandolins, but this one is my favorite. It's a 2017 Ken Ratcliff Silverangel with a redwood top.
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    Re: Eastman 304 fretboard extension

    I don't think it will be as easy to take it off or cut it down as it is on a mandolin with an elevated fingerboard, as spudpicker discussed above. The fingerboard is glued to the top so cutting the...
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    I don't think there is anything low end about Eastman oval hole mandolins. No one else is producing the volume of quality new, short necked, non-elevated fingerboard oval hole mandolins they are at...
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    Re: Silverangel praise

    I have long been a fan. I own two of them. I think Ken Ratcliff's mandolins are a real bargain and are pro quality instruments. More importantly, after having one of his mandolins for over 17...
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    I hope they do a Patchouli and Dank Skunk to bring back the essence of the 1990s jam band scene
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    Re: Dirk Powell and Tim O'Brien

    Although he is primarily known as a bluegrass great and carrier of the Monroe style torch, Mike Compton is great old time mandolin player. He uses that driving right hand in a duo or group setting...
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    Re: Eastman mandolins

    I really like my 504. I wasn't sure I would when I took the chance and bought sight unseen it last spring. It has that short neck oval hole sound I was looking for without the worries of buying a...
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    Re: Stringing an A 1

    I put D'Addario NB on both of my oval hole mandolins last April and they are still going strong. I may change the strings on at least one of them soon if only to try out the monel strings I bought...
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    Re: Question for Eastman Owners

    I (for now) use the same picks on all my mandolins of the same type, Blue Chip TD 50s on f hole ones, and Blue Chip TD 40s on oval hole ones. I don't have any flat top or bowlback mandolins.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    I have his Jimmy Wheeler recordings and love them.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Goehring learned tunes from recordings of Adams that Jeff made himself. This is supposed to be one of those tunes, like Putney Run and Cincinnati Hornpipe. I got it from some friends that include...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Here's the latest one I'm working on. I got this from a couple of different sources but never could find a recording of the alleged source musician, Estil (sometimes Estill) Adams, playing it. I...
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    Re: “Mineola Rag”

    Nice tune and good picking. I like the cool Kay Venetian vibe in the appearance of that mandolin, too.
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    My most sincere prayers and thoughts of positive energy for you. You are a valuable member of this online community who has (and I hope will continue to) contributed in a thoughtful and positive...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Here's my Maysville as of a couple of years ago, perhaps a little too fast. Another great tune, one of my faves, but a big time jam buster.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qq7Kwh-wPc
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    I knew him but not well. I grew up about 15 minutes from where he lived when I was a kid and didn't even know he played music. He and my grandfather once worked in the same coal mine when he was...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    As far as tunes changing, I very much agree with the comments above. I would also add that it's helpful to not be tied to a certain arrangement or phrasing of a tune when playing with others, don't...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Jim, I will admit that I learned it as much from the fiddling of friends Dave Bing and Danny Arthur as I did from Frank George. And, yes, this thread has several times reminded me of "orphaned"...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    I've been polishing on this one, Frank George's Dusty Miller (not to be confused with the several other tunes by the same name), for a while and am finally happy with my playing on it....
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    Re: what's the best fiddle tune ever?

    "The next one" or "the one I'm working on" is almost always the best one ever.
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    Re: Officially joining the Silverangel Fray

    I hadn't been on the Cafe lately and hadn't seen this thread. I did see the video on Youtube a few days ago, when I got the subscriber notification. Sweet! Congrats. I'm obviously a big fan of...
  25. Re: Silver Angel Mandolin - Buy in store or have built?

    Ken sometimes has used ones available that were trade ins on new ones. He also builds new ones that haven't been ordered and may have some available at any time. His handle is KyKen on here if you...
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