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  1. Re: What's the weirdest MUSICAL thing you've ever done?

    I guess the weirdest thing was learning to play the guitar in 1985. When I told a buddy that I had bought a guitar he asked me to start playing with him on a weekly guitar duo gig because he had just...
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    Re: We Honor Your Service

    I was in the final 1974 draft lottery, #35. Graduated High School at 17, so I was in college. My father was Air Force, Korean War. My father's father was a Marine, WWI.

    That year I really...
  3. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Drums since the middle 60's. By far most of my hundreds of gigs have been on drums, guitar second since the 80's. Less than a year on mandolin.
  4. Re: And Now for Something Completely Different. Gong Master Sven

    I loved playing the gong in high school band.
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    Re: Shipping Costs

    It is bizarre. I sent a sixty pound telescope via USPS to The Netherlands for $80 then when I bought my first mandolin on ebay the seller wanted to cancel the sale because she took it to a UPS store...
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    Re: Shipping Costs

    Just shipped a mandolin about as far as you can in the lower 48, from 80 miles west of Seattle to Savannah GA. I used a canvas covered styrofoam case for light weight, wrapped it in plastic and then...
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    Re: Tacoma mandolins

    They started manufacturing in 1997. Starting in '98 they went to letter prefixes:
    B 1998
    C 1999
    D 2000
    E 2001
    F 2002
    G 2003
    H 2004

    When Fender bought Tacoma in late 2004 they...
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    Re: Tacoma mandolins

    I own two Tacoma guitars, two basses and sold my Papoose, just didn't like the neck. Tacoma planned to have a carved mandolin. They made model numbers for them right at the beginning. They had a...
  9. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    I have large hands, wear XL or XXL gloves. I started on a 1 3/32" nut mandolin, I was moving from guitar and it pretty much went fine. I had to be very careful with my G chop chord so as not to mute...
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    My two Tacoma guitars have heavy silk. As stated above you see this in perfectly quarter-sawn wood. Tacoma's master luthier told me that they didn't saw but split the wood along the medullary rays.
  11. Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    I've been a drummer my whole life. In the 80's, when I told my friend Mike I had bought a guitar, he asked me to start playing a gig with him once a week because he had just lost his guitar partner....
  12. Re: My old/new Ike Bacon/Barry Kratzer broken/excellent mandolin

    No video, Gunnar. I'm technically challenged.

    I wanted to put this out there partly because repair reports are far less common but, unfortunately, something many of us will face. From reading...
  13. My old/new Ike Bacon/Barry Kratzer broken/excellent mandolin


    I value items which I’ve invested my time and emotional energy in, with which I share a story. Despite the fact that I’ve only logged a few hours on this instrument we already have...
  14. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    I'm two hours from Seattle but when I go there I plan to spend the time to try out mandolins.

    I signed up for a mandolin camp and got to hear 60+ instruments, most pro level, over several days.
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    The wages have plummeted at the USPS for two decades and new delivery people are not that far above minimum wage ($15 here) and sorting is really hard in the time allowed. You get what you pay for....
  16. Re: How do you test the qualities you're looking for in a Mandoli

    I'm fairly new but I've found it helpful to bring my mandolin and switch back and forth. Without a reference instrument I get very fuzzy about comparisons. With, I can remember volume level and tone...
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    Re: Potential USA Recesssion?

    Retired, fixed income, recession doesn't effect me other than hopefully bringing down the prices of toys I might buy.

    I'm an economics junkie, read a lot of classics econ books, attended the local...
  18. Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    The thread title caught my eye because I recently made a decision to go with maximising playability over maximising tone. My fingers can barely tell the difference between medium and light strings so...
  19. Re: Combination sound hole and a special carve?

    The point which I meant to make, and made badly, about the Gibson f versus oval holes is that sound holes effect bracing, how the top is carved, etc. so that his statement that all holes are...
  20. Re: Combination sound hole and a special carve?

    Watch those absolutist statements. There is, for instance, a huge difference between having a sound hole and having no sound hole at all.

    Are you taking the position that any sound hole(s)...
  21. Re: Combination sound hole and a special carve?

    What I'd love to hear is an F style with a single air hole near the scroll to allow the largest area for top vibration. I have a Tacoma Thunderchief and the Olympia version and bass players generally...
  22. Re: Can anyone tell me anything about this banjolin?

    Dig the griffon. Calfskin can be very thin as when used for snare side drum heads. It looks like calfskin, which is what this would have come with originally.
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    Re: K&K Pickup Question

    Nothing is that simple. I built a sound system and paid $30 a pop for Motorola spec piezos and it made a BIG difference over using the $5 ones.
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    Re: Eastwood Cosey electric

    They need 9 more people to join the 3 they have in order to produce it. I didn't realize that they had adopted the Massdrop (now Drop) model. Since it is the only model on their "Current Projects"...
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    Re: I'm buying a Mandolin

    One and done is pretty tough. I'd play a scale and a couple of chords on every mandolin you can get your hands on and pick the one that feels the best in your hands.

    I bought the first bargain I...
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