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  1. Re: Can anyone please share some thoughts on the Eastman MD515CC?

    Yes, what pops1 says. Theyíre nice mandolins, enjoy!!
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    Re: Reading mandolin music score by NOT using TABS

    I think Marilyn Mair’s “The Complete Mandolinist” is standard notation only, but am just remembering that through Cafe discussion, so, apologies if I’m incorrect. This book gets some complimentary...
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    Re: Learn to play multiple instruments at once?

    Approach each instrument as itís own, and youíll be fine. I play mando, guitar, bass, octave mando, banjo, uke, and electric mando and guitar. Iíve also owned a mandocello which I finally decided I...
  4. Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    Best bet may be placing a want add in the classifieds...
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    Re: Opinion: Wegen M150 vs Blue Chip CT55

    If I could only use one pick for the rest of my life, it would be the CT-55, but I really like Wegenís TF 140, and one of mandolins really likes the Wegen better. My hands always like the BC better,...
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    Re: Time Sensitive: Your opinions needed ASAP

    Donít do it!!! Check your airlineís policy on musical instruments. The last flight I took to Mexico prior to the COVID-19 mayhem included a Taylor guitar and a Selmer trombone, both stored overhead...
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    Re: Newbie needs equipment advice

    If your heart is set on an F style, look for a used Eastman 315. I sold one in a recent downsizing that I bought as a ďbeaterĒ after being really impressed with it in the big box store where my wife...
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    Re: Kolkata News: typhoon and COVID

    Thanks for posting, Bob. Itís easy to get so wrapped up in how itís affecting our little piece of the world that we forget how bad things can be elsewhere.
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    Re: Luthier in Cleveland, OH?

    Sad to hear that you moved! To the OP, the set up on my Kelley A5 is as good as any Iíve ever played. I would highly recommend his work!!
  10. Re: Help with type of Mandolin for string orchestra

    A style references the teardrop body shape without the scroll and points, F styles has the ornamental scroll and points. Either of those styles may have F shaped sound holes (there are 2 of them...
  11. Re: Help with type of Mandolin for string orchestra

    While Iím certainly not going to talk you out of getting a nice new A style oval hole mandolin to complement your F style, I will point out the Lloyd Loar originally designed the F-5 style mandolin...
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    Re: Cool Stuff to Watch When not Playing

    The Sam Bush documentary was awesome, and I enjoyed the Avett Brothers’ “Make it Last.” While the Punch Brothers are probably my favorite band, “How to Grow a Band” didn’t do it for me; probably...
  13. Re: Mandolin Mondays #228 w/ Special Guest Mike Marshall

    Hey, Drew Egerton, now you can say you’ve performed with Mike Marshall!!
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    Re: Which mandolin to buy

    That does change things a bit...that oval hole Morris linked is a great idea, but if shipping puts it out of reach, then I’d go with the Eastman 504. I haven’t played a KM-150 in a few years,...
  15. Thread: Harmony mandolin

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    Re: Harmony mandolin

    Agree, set up is huge. Any instrument will be a bit painful and tough to play at first, as you have to build up callouses and finger strength/dexterity (especially with that pinky finger), but a good...
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    Re: Beginner getting into Bluegrass

    Above recs are good, and I’ll throw Mike Compton And Ricky Skaggs into the mix. They’re two monster Monroe influenced pickers who play both traditional and more modern music.

    As a jazz drummer,...
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    Re: Which mandolin to buy

    The 504 is a nicer instrument, IMO, than the KM-150, unless you can envision yourself diving into bluegrass, in which case the 150 is a better tool for that job. Kentucky makes some higher tier...
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    Re: Doubt about a banjo for Bluegrass

    Another thumbs up for We Banjo 3...some nice mandolin picking by them as well!
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    Re: Doubt about a banjo for Bluegrass

    Dang, Jacob! Iím all for education, but what are you trying to do to us??? Thatís a loooootttttttt of banjos in that video...shudder, shudder...Iím gonna go curl up in the fetal position in a dark...
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    Re: Strap Recommendation

    Agree with all of the above recs. I have a Lakota Leathers round braid and a Long Softy 1/4 flat strap, and both are high quality. If youíre on a tight budget, a bootlace will work. When I was a very...
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    I play BC CT 55 or Wegen TF140 on mandolin, BC TAD 40 or Wegen TF120 on guitar, and BC TAD 50 on OM. Why? Tone, how they feel on/glide off the strings, and grip. Works for me, but may not work for...
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    Re: The beagle has landed

    Wow, Charlie, way to bring a ghost back to life! Now, pick the snot outta it for a lotta more years!!
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    Re: Looking For Several Genres Of Mandolin

    Yep, thatís his Dude, before he got the headstock scroll break fixed. Mighty, mighty fine music by them both. And, yes, a mighty fine mandolin that some prefer to his Loar (though I see what he means...
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    Re: Issues with converted mandocello

    Unless you want to play slide mandocello, I agree with belbein...unless you want to learn some hard core luthiery. Eastman is making some nice MCs under 2 grand. Thereís also David Wishnevsky, who...
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    Re: That Stitched band around a case lid

    Seriously! Don’t leave us hanging!!
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