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  1. Re: My favorite Red Bear pick just broke after a decade :(

    If a Red Bear has been your favorite, then why not get another? Treat yourself -- get two!
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    Maybe just put a couple of pennies under the legs to raise it a few cents?
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    Gibson Snakehead A Junior

    I am anxiously waiting for my Gibson Snakehead A Junior to arrive on Monday. I recently sent the mandolin to Ron Cole in Idaho for him to install a new bone nut, ebony fretboard and bigger frets. He...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    I used to read those types of articles back in the day and assume they must be correct. As I've grown in lutherie I look back on them and see what poor science many of them were, how poorly...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    No, that's not it at all. The old bracket exerted vertical tension on the mandolin rib, which restricted its horizontal oscillations and increased the resonant frequency of the rib beyond its ideal...
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    Re: Is my truss rod broken?

    As others have said, wait a bit with the nut loose and see what happens.
    I always barely snug the nut in situations like this to avoid buzzing from the nut (and sometimes the rod) being loose and...
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    So it's the second night of the new duo gig with the singer and the pianist. Just before the gig, the pianist says, 'during 'Girl From Ipanema, I want you to start in F major. Halfway through the...
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    Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    Unlike many "new to the scene" mandolin builders who ask ridiculously high prices for their new F5 mandolins (of varying quality and sound), Tom Ellis is a true mandolin pioneer who, in my opinion,...
  9. Items stolen from David Grisman's gig last night

    Heads up... would appreciate folks sharing this sad news wherever they can, just sent us by David Grisman:

    Sorry to report a theft from AC Marriott Valet Parking in Portland, OR yesterday (playing...
  10. Hamlett Two-Point - Four Month Check In

    Hi Everyone,

    I had some time today to make a short recording of the way the Hamlett two-point is sounding after four months of consistent playing and care. It's sounding quite robust to my ears....
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    Re: Ellis F5 Special

    Thanks Don for the nice comments!

    A few years back I had purchased an Ellis A5 from Evan one of the Mandolin Cafe members and I got stupid and sold it and regretted doing it. So I decided to...
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    Ellis F5 Special

    I just received this new Ellis F5 Special #550 today. This mandolin is a testament to Tomís ability to voice a mandolin! Its rich, vibrant and lively, with great SUSTAIN!! Tomís workmanship is...
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    Re: When you get injured...

    As I grope through my late 70's, I find the danger of falling continues to increase. I've taken several tumbles, luckily with nothing more than bruises and a bit of sprain in my right shoulder --...
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    David Surette's health

    David has been battling with cancer for quite a few years and decided to go public with it in a recent note to his mailing list. I was unaware of any of this and so asked for his and Susie's...
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    Thank You Peter Coombe!

    I'm refinishing a tenor banjo and have been looking to up my game from wipe-on finishes such as TruOil, but not wanting to make the leap to sprayed finishes. Here on the Cafť, I came across Peter's...
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    People have heard me play a tune on the mandolin and they’ve said, ‘oh, beautiful, how do you remember all those notes? I wish I was as talented as you are!’
    But it’s the people who are close to you...
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    Toilet paper and mandolins aren't interchangeable. Don't ask me how I know that.
  18. Re: First instrument(s) suggestions - mostly Irish/celtic/folk

    I think the ones you mentioned are all good potential first mandolins - I'd also add Eastman to that list. If you're able to play any in person that would help as far as figuring out if the neck...
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    Re: Ellis Through the Years

    I purchased it!

    Anyone want to buy a lefty D28, LSL bad bone, or Fender Princeton special edition?! :-D
  20. Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    I do. I started that thread on Sep-21-2016 at 10:13am.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/126826-199-00-solid-F-style-mandolin

    By the way, mine ended up being gifted to my son-in-law....
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    There's a lot flying under the radar that's selling so fast it's dizzying, or doesn't even appear anywhere. Music Emporium sold $22K worth in two Ellis Mandolins in a couple of hours yesterday that...
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    Re: Screamin' CL deal on a (very worn) F2

    Just got home with the F2. Lotta driving.
    Yeah, there were angels and rainbows. It looks and sounds amazing. Amazing. I knew in about 3 seconds.
    The pictures don't do it justice. I'll post pictures...
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    Re: Screamin' CL deal on a (very worn) F2

    Yes, Sue bought my F-2. The price reflected what I paid for it, and the numerous repairs I made, mainly the refret. "Luthier' can indeed mean many things these days, which is why I listed a link to...
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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    The [MM] monogram and Apollo [lyre] logo are both lightly etched into the pick. Definitely tactile, but the overall pick is polished, though not slippery in my fingers, at least.

    My very...
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    Re: Shop questions

    It takes a certain personality to enjoy upright basses & working on / building them.

    For me....upright bass payers are typically 10 times easier to work with than mandolin players, they always...
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