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    Re: The "legitimate classical instrument" thing..

    I suspect you are right that folks may not consider the mandolin a classical instrument because they don't know what they are and they haven't seen one. Until my violin teacher told me about five...
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    Re: ISO Luthier to carve and install new top

    I agree it is worth checking with your insurance company. In my case, I add a little insurance for all of my instruments that does cover accidental damage, up to the cost of a new instrument. It...
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    Re: Ellis Through the Years

    I have had the opportunity to play perhaps a half dozen Ellis mandolins over the years and dearly love their voice. I also admire the extraordinary care and beauty that goes into those instruments. ...
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    Re: Eastman 515 vs J Bovier F5t

    I can only speak for the Eastman 515. I've been playing mine for more than four years and have been very happy with it. Really nice sound, projection and sustain. I have TI M154 strings on it and...
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    Re: Flatwounds on an Eastman MD315

    I have Thomastik Infeld M154 flat wound on my Eastman 515. They are not inexpensive, but neither were my violin strings. I have been happy with their sound and feel.
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    Re: Hello, I am new here

    Welcome to the Cafe!

    I agree that taking your time and learning as much as you can before the next acquisition is a good approach. It is amazing how much you can learn here. Although I started...
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    Re: Eastman MD315 or MD 515?

    I have owned an Eastman 515 for more than 4 years and have been very happy with it. Good sound, nice feel and just what I needed at the time. Like most others in the cafe, I aspire for more, but...
  8. Re: Looking at your hands while playing -- opinions?

    I never look at my hands, either of them. I happen to be totally blind, not one who is trying some new technique. Even so, I find it quite pleasant and rather liberating.

    Back when I started...
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    Re: Mandolin for work

    I bought a Recording King mandolin a few years ago, primarily because it was inexpensive and I wanted an instrument I could consider disposable. It was an A style supposedly model after a mandolin...
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings

    I do not find Thomastik Infeld too costly, but I am from the violin world. A good set of violin strings, such as Dominants, also from Thomastik Infeld, were selling at $73 when I called my local...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I've been playing mandolin for a bit more than 4 years and never felt the need for a strap. However, I always sit when playing and the F5 model sits comfortably. Even so, some of the reasons cited...
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings

    I really love the Thomastik Infeld mediums on my Eastman 515. Great sound, easy to play, worth the price.
  13. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    For me, a "keeper" will be an instrument that I truly believe in my heart will keep me happy the rest of my life. I've been retired for a number of years and can count my likely lifespan on my...
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    Re: Blind test of 6 different bowlbacks

    I only listened to the recording once. Even so, I really noticed, and most appreciated, #5. Rich in the bass and really clear and clean voices from A and E. That was fun. Thanks for sending it...
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    Re: Why play Mandolin?

    I started out as a violinist when I was 8 years old and fell in love with the instrument. I was actually pretty good, always second chair in the First Violin section of the city youth orchestra. I...
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    Re: Mandolin in the Hospital???

    Sherry,

    I'm all for playing a beloved instrument in the hospital. My dearest friend for nearly fifty years had an extended stay inthe hospital and my wife and I would bring in his guitar and my...
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    Sheila,

    I noticed your own signature when I finally got around to officially joining Mandolin Cafe. I liked the names you chose for your instruments, and wrapping up the list with your husband...
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