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  1. 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.)
  6. 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/
  7. 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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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    Worth trying! Thanks for the suggestion. :)
  15. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    I play piano, guitar, banjo, and mandolin and have dabbled in other instruments. The mandolin has been my main instrument lately, partly because I just love the mandolin for all the common reasons...
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    Thanks! My James tailpiece wouldn’t close when I got the mandolin from the builder. He said he forgot to adjust it. I didn’t have the instructions but bent the James up. Sounds like I might need to...
  17. Thread: Straps

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    Re: Straps

    Have you considered using a guitar strap? I’ve tied a leather bootlace through the end of the strap on the neck side. Being able to use a guitar strap gives you lots of choices!
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    Interesting. (My James was installed by the builder and I didn’t get any instructions.)
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    Interesting. I hope Time will be similarly helpful for my James tailpiece! :)
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    I had a James tailpiece installed by the builder on a recent mandolin. After a couple of months of use, I'm not sure I'd upgrade on future instruments. The cover doesn't seem to close tight enough on...
  21. Jam at St Luke's Methodist Church, KC MO

    I'm planning to try the jam at St Luke's Methodist Church tomorrow night (9420 James A Reed Rd). Anybody here go to that jam (or any others in KC area)?
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    The thought did cross my mind that with the Plek machine doing most of the fret jobs, the repair folks might not be on top of their game if asked to manually work on frets.
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    This mandolin isn't high-end by any means, but it's the most expensive mandolin I've yet owned. For various reasons, I plan to keep this particular mandolin and pass it along to one of my sons who...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    I thought about trying to make a nut myself (I've made them for other guitars before, but never for a mandolin), but there were so many little issues with this mandolin that I wanted a good repair...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    Yes, there were some fret (and nut) issues from the beginning. I like the luthier, who is going through some issues, so I don't want to bother him; I just want to get the instrument to playing to its...
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