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    Re: Parchment Farm Blues

    FWIW, Parchman Farm, the jail or "work farm" (as in chain gangs), is fairly iconic in the history of the blues, regardless of any song title. If some big star got the name wrong, it's probably...
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    Re: Is my truss rod broken?

    Not exactly: It’s going to have whatever natural relief it has when the nut is loose =and= the strings are putting tension on the neck. Parker's question of "did you tune up to check your relief?"...
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    ... or would be if every dang one of them wasn't broken, ya know, speeding up & slowing down?
  4. Re: Recommendations for a tenor to hold lower tunings

    It may not be clear, to the few w/ such experience, what your actual concern is. "Holding a tuning" sounds like "staying in tune" while, I suspect, that you're asking what guitar's body, given...
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    Re: Old clipping

    So J.B., ya got me thinking that there are a bunch of names that could be relevant but not recognizeable to the younger-than-us folks around here.

    - Comedy duo Stiller & Meara are the parents of...
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    Re: Old Grimes

    Sweet and, yes, "autumnal-sounding"! Gonna dig out that AG issue for some friends I play with. Thanks!!
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    Re: Something different

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1G0jl0Vc64
  8. Re: Augustino LoPrinzi electric mandolin on Ebay

    Note the 1964 date on the case, long before his full-time involvement, and possibly made on his parents' kitchen table! IIRC, he was in New Jersey then.
    ...
  9. Re: bowl back mandolin attic find, help identify?

    With over 40 "barrel stave" segments to the body, it probably started life as a higher-end instrument (which need not necessarily translate to big bucks now, especially if there's no maker id'd). ...
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    Re: Nut Width Preference?

    As somebody who has found that being comfortable with a variety of sometimes-contrasting "architectures", each emphasizing different handling characteristics (whether it be instruments, skis,...
  11. Re: What’s the oddest mandolin related gift you’ve been given?

    Gotta love the "stitching", embossed-steel of course, around the top edge. Someone put a fair amount of thought into that thing!
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    Re: Surprising mando songs?

    See the looong-running thread on this topic whose 13 pages, approaching 2 decades, by now lists hundreds of such songs, if not thousands....
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    When my laminated '63 Kay parlor guitar ($29.95 new!) needed help 20 or so years ago, here's what I did:



    ... and then ...



    Yeah, the body's still a bit warped between the neck and...
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    Re: Learning mandolin and music theory?

    Mandolin for Dummies, by Cafe member Don Julin.

    Once upon a time, that phrase was the punchline to a bunch of jokes, then the actual book was published and ... it all became clear! There will be...
  15. Re: Please Help ID Instrument - Partial Label and Pat 88 Tuning P

    Uhmmm... Can't help thinking that someone with ~75 instruments might still have 2 tiples and not even know it?
  16. Re: Please Help ID Instrument - Partial Label and Pat 88 Tuning P

    Hopefully, one of our bowlback experts will recognize that bit of label and ID the builder.

    I'm pretty sure that the three banjo tuners were not original to the instrument, but such tuners are...
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    Re: Ashbury mandolin neck questions

    If it has an adjustable truss rod, that's what it's for.

    BTW, Ashbury is not a name with which we colonials are real familiar!
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    Re: Chord Questions

    ... and most often isn't, except when it is! Just to expand our view a little:

    In the last few years, I've been playing the '30s-era "Smile" with my local library mandolin group ("Smile though...
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    Re: Help with selecting new strings

    Yes!!

    Also realize that:
    - your ears (perception of tone) will change over the next year or two;
    - your fingers (perception of "easy-vs-difficult") will change over the next year or two; and,
    -...
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    Re: Hot humid weather

    If it helps any ...

    Northern NJ (NYC suburbs) is often warm & humid in the summer (of course, nothing like the excessive heat that some areas have had lately). We have a whole-house air...
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    Re: The Irish Washerwoman - Mandolin

    If you lived in the metro NYC area (NY/NJ/CT) in the '60s and ever heard a radio, your head would instantly go to:

    "A bargain's a bargain at John's Bargain Store
    You get more of a bargain than...
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    Re: Anyone knows what this is?

    Interesting tuners, w/ no sign of a screw or rivet holding the gear to the peg. Are they one piece, or is the gear pressed on? No expert here, but I've never seen gears with such totally flat backs...
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    Re: Shopgoodwill Auction Handmade

    "Does.. Your... Chewing gum lose it's flavor, On the headstock overnight ..."

    Looks like glue from an oval dealer logo, maybe, that used to be there. But please don't ask me to taste it!
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    Re: Transposing Notes

    Considering the ensuing discussion, this seems like a fine time to mention "FFCP", the Four-Finger Closed Position patterns that, while some consider them "mere" fretting exercises, are really SO...
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    Re: 12 string Oscar Schmidt Mandriola

    Letting folks know at least the general area where you live oftens prompts responses to the luthier question. Folks tend to not respond considering that the typical luthier, on average, is probably...
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