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    Re: Recommendations For Headphones?

    I agree with some of the other comments here. The Sony MDR7506 are great headphones. I've used quite a few others in different studios, but I've never found anything worth the extra cost over the...
  2. Re: Mandolin > K&K Twin Internal > Grace Bix - Help please

    Try running straight into your Helix. Use the Mic Pre, along with an EQ block, and a compressor (LA Comp is my favorite). From there you can add whatever effects you like. I usually use the spring...
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    Re: Buying without being able to play

    I live close to Nashville, so I have been fortunate to play a lot of great mandolins. Some of those were very expensive ($20k+), but I still find Northfields to be incredibly good mandolins....
  4. Re: Advice on buying a new mandolin? Been playing for 15+yrs

    I've been really impressed with all of the new Eastmans that I've played here lately. The Eastman 500 series instruments are a great value. You get a lot for your money with those.

    If it were me,...
  5. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    This is obviously a very subjective question, and there will always be some amazing deals out there that only occur "once in a lifetime" in the used market... That being said, I'd say in today's...
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    Re: Question about Collings mandolins

    I was actually in Nashville 2 weeks ago. Like others have said, Carter's and Gruhn's are the top spots for used mandolins. Carter's is my favorite. During this last visit, they didn't have as many...
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    Re: Question about Collings mandolins

    In my experience, Collings mandolins are very consistent, and they build a great mandolin. I feel that the MT's are the best value in a Collings though, because I personally prefer other builders for...
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    Re: Best Wall Hanger For Mandolin

    I've been using the String Swing hangers for 10+ years. Never an issue. I actually purchased 2 new ones last year to add to my studio after I rearranged.
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    Re: Struggling with Eastman V-neck

    I had a very nice Eastman 615 for a while, but the neck was always a problem for me. I believe it was a 2007 model, and the neck profile felt a bit too narrow, and too sharp (in the V) for my hands....
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    Re: Collings Vs. Northfield Vs. Kelley

    After reading all of the comments here, and a few older articles on the Cafe, I have decided to get the used Kelley.

    Like some here have mentioned, I like the idea of supporting smaller builders,...
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    Re: Collings Vs. Northfield Vs. Kelley

    Thanks for all of the input so far!

    Samlyman, and Tim, I agree with what you are saying, but that's why I said in my OP that "I know this topic is subjective". All instruments are different, and...
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    Re: Got me an Eastman MD315...

    Eastmans are a great value in general, but the 315 is hard to beat for a first "serious" mandolin. Great choice for a step up. That mandolin should serve you well!

    Congratulations, and happy...
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    Collings Vs. Northfield Vs. Kelley

    Hey guys,

    I am looking for a new (to me) mandolin, but I would like to get some input on what is going to be best for me. I know that this is a highly subjective topic, but any input would be...
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    Poll: Re: Poll - Torrefied vs Natural

    I like Torrefied instruments a lot. I find though that the biggest difference is when they are new, and it's always the volume of new Torrefied tops that stand out over natural tops (for me). After a...
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    Re: Brekke vs Traditional Bridge

    Just to clarify, I have the "original Brekke Bridge". Mine has the 2 wooden wedges with the Allen screws that you use to adjust the bridge height. I do really love how easy it is to adjust that...
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    Re: Brekke vs Traditional Bridge

    This is exactly what I am experiencing on my mandolin. I feel like it sounds muted, and especially the high E string on mine seems to lack clarity and definition.

    I actually did some sanding on...
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    Re: Tortoise shell pick alternative

    I think you'll be very happy with the Dunlop Primetone picks. I agree that they feel and sound very similar to the real thing. I used Blue Chip picks for a while, but now I use the Dunlop...
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    Brekke vs Traditional Bridge

    Hey guys, I am looking for opinions here on using a Brekke Bridge vs a Traditional Loar style bridge.

    I purchased a Weber Bitterroot a little over a year ago, and it came with a Brekke bridge...
  19. Thread: Eastman MD 614

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    Re: Eastman MD 614

    My primary mandolin is a Bruce Weber Bitterroot. It's a great mandolin, but I was needing something a little more budget friendly for jam sessions, so I just purchased a 2018 MD315. I've had several...
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