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  1. Thread: Carbon mandolins?

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    Re: Carbon mandolins?

    Iíve been waiting on Marty Jacobson near Atlanta to get his CF process down. Iíve always respected his work. And, as a recently new owner of a McPherson CF Touring 6 string, Iím loving the CF...
  2. Thread: RIP Barry Kratzer

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    Re: RIP Barry Kratzer

    :(
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    Re: Am i being unreasonable?

    Sorry, OP. Agree with the advice from above to move on. Gail Hester has an awesome reputation and Sonny Morris also has a good rep. Dusty Strings in Seattle may be able to help you as well. This is...
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    Re: If picks could talk!

    I primarily play Bluechips these days, so no wear or mojo for me, lol. The first Fender Heavy I tried out many years ago that was my gateway to heavier picks developed some nice wear and a natural...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    I love the fact that we can get a 3 page thread off and running about one of the first things most people learn to do with a mandolinÖand I still managed to learn something new :)
  6. Re: Hey guys and gals, I need some help please . . . old newbie

    I’ll throw 2 more cents in. I started on borrowed guitar, bought a banjo, then mandolin. Eventually got a Weber Hyalite OM that was a 22.5 inch scale. It was a rhythm machine but tough for me to play...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    Just tune often ;)

    I, too, tend to tune the heavier strings first and agree with tuning up to pitch; just seems to get there faster and holds better. I usually use my Strobotune phone app at home....
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    Re: Parchment Farm Blues

    Michael, Iím near Charlotte, NC. While we do have humidity swings theyíre not nearly that drastic. I have a whole house humidifier for winter months and run dehumidifiers in spring/summer months and...
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    Re: Hairline Cracks under Fretboard

    Agree with those who do this for a living: get it inspected. I bought a new Taylor 714 guitar in 2008 or 2009 that had a similar finish crack Iíd missed in the shop. I wanted some additional set up...
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    Re: Parchment Farm Blues

    Very nicely done, Michael! I really like my RM-1 as well, though I tend to play my more traditional instruments when alone at home. Thereís a real tone difference in the quiet of my living room, but...
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    Re: Top deflection under saddle?

    Agree, post a photo. There are some very talented luthiers on the Cafe who are likely to chime in. IMO, there shouldnít be top sinkage on a new mandolin, if, in fact, thatís whatís happening. Should...
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    Re: Best Resources for Chord Sheets?

    Sherry, I usually google the song name and add chords or tab to the end. Ultimate guitar, cowboylyrics, and a couple of other free sites pop up near the top. Sometimes the Ultimate Guitar tabs print...
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    Re: Best Resources for Chord Sheets?

    Wow, Matt, thanks for that link. You e got some good stuff on there!
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    Re: I'm back in the fold after a long hiatus!

    Welcome back, and enjoy! There are multiple excellent online resources available now, many of which are free, at least for their beginner infoÖ
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    Re: Items stolen from David Grisman's gig last night

    Sorry, Dawg! I hope everything is recovered without damage!!
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    Re: Here's my sad mandolin story...

    Oh, wow, sorry Josh!
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    There are some much more accomplished musicians posting here than myself, and I 100% endorse their more studious/academic approaches. But, LISTEN, and play along with recordings of songs you want to...
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    Re: Hoping someone has seen one of these before

    Agree, Jim…
  19. Re: Looking for a tuner that saves my sweetened tunings.

    Check out the Peterson Strobotune smartphone app. Iíve not delved into sweetened tunings formallyÖI get everything close with the tuner and then finalize it by ear most days, though there is the...
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    Re: Retirement....Time to take it easy!

    Sorry youíre have the hand problems, but congratulations on retirement and best wishes on your next endeavors!!
  21. Re: Now that I have actually tried playing one.. a few questions

    Getting clean up the neck can be tough unless you have Thile-esque spindly fingers (not meant to be a criticism, his fingers just fit better than fingers shaped like mine), but youíll get there with...
  22. Thread: Electric mandolin.

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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Of those listed would go with Eastman or Godin (especially if you can find one from a Cafe sponsor, ie, well set up). Other considerations include Ovation, Rigel, and Zeta. Ovations aren’t great...
  23. Re: Expanding my searches. Thoughts on USA Ovation mandolins?

    Itís been long enough since Iíve played one to comment much on their necks, but I donít recall them being uncomfortable. The Applause guitar I had (as a cheap plug n play guitar) had a really narrow...
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    Re: How many Mandolins to own

    Revisiting this 10 year old thread was fun. I had to make some choices when I downsized a little over 3 years ago when the youngest went to college. While I didnít want to get rid of any of them,...
  25. Re: Expanding my searches. Thoughts on USA Ovation mandolins?

    Caveat is that Iíve only played a couple through the years, but, if youíre looking for good acoustic tone, theyíre not the way to go. If youíre playing in a band with electric guitars, drums, keys,...
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