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    Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    Firstly, Mandolin Cafe, thanks for being patient with a nerd like me who is probably overly excited about his first build and my most humble apologies for "over sharing" my progress as I've gone...
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    If money was no object and tone the only goal I would practice all day instead of working.
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    Bandola / Calvert-Parker

    As many of you folks know, I am very fond of oddball instruments. My friend and excellent luthier, Joel Eckhaus (Earnest Instruments) has a geographical connection to the maker who worked in the...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    Bass player's not-persuasive-enough commentary to my wife at a jam session 10-12 years ago:
    - "Hey, for bluegrass, all ya gotta learn are 5 notes, at least to get goin'!"
    - "But, uhmm, you DO need...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    I'd also recommend a full-on 3/4 or 4/4 double bass. If a person is seriously interested in that voice and quality of sound, nothing else will ever satisfy, because a standard double bass is the...
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    Re: Douglas fir

    Well, you know how scientists are - once they have better data, they have to either reject the hypothesis or modify it to fit. It's the same with nomenclature.

    But if you think plant taxonomists...
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    Re: 1907 Torch & Wire with Virzi?

    time time said old king tut
    is something i ain t
    got anything but

    -- Don Marquis, Certain Maxims of Archy (the literary cockroach), 1927

    I think of this quite a bit, waiting out the...
  8. Thread: Douglas fir

    by j. condino
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    Re: Douglas fir

    Pseudotsuga menziesii, commonly known as Douglas fir or Oregon pine, is a great instrument tonewood for guitars and mandolins. My good friend Seth Kimmel makes amazing doubble basses out of it. I'm...
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    Re: Automation replacing mandolins?

    Bet it can’t make the mistakes I can.
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    Re: Garcia guitar Grisman mandolin

    This: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Before_the_Dead
    for those unaware of it.

    Before the Dead is an album by Jerry Garcia. It is a compilation of early recordings of Garcia playing folk and...
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    Stolen mandolin recovered.

    On July 4, my stolen Gibson F5 L mandolin was recovered, along with my banjo, briefcase and laptop. My Martin HD28 is still missing and at last report is floating around in OKC.
    I am amazed that my...
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    Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    Some argue its a vestigial appendage left over from when mandolins lived in the sea. Possibly a flipper. From the Mandozoic Period.
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    Re: Mastering a New Skill

    By saying that, you're kind of cheapening the mountain of time and hard work they've put into crafting their talent. Just my 0.02
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    Re: Rick Stone mandolins

    Really only one mention but it was by a Cafe regular. It appears he has passed on but there are a few articles about him out on the web. This one stood out.
  15. Re: Newbie wondering about "The Loar" F-style mando quality

    Funny, the case looks open to me! :))
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    Re: Roanoke, VA jams, pickers, etc.

    Yes, the jam that used to be at Mill Mt. Coffee in Daleville is now at DesChutes downtown, still on wed. nights.
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    Re: Playing notation G/F#

    If you use the 0-5-2-3 G chord fingering, then you can include the F# as 0-4-2-3
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    Re: Resisting the "Iron Maiden"

    I thought this might be about a Rime of the Ancient Mariner mandolin cover.
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    Re: I-IV-V Chords?

    Carl23 links to some studies, and Steve makes a point about the usefulness of the Circle of Fifths when you study chords. It is a good thing to learn to play the I-IV-V chords in all twelve keys. But...
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    Re: Medieval v modern mandolin

    When i play Renaissance lute, I use modern "Nylgut" strings:

    https://www.aquilausa.com/luteguitar.html

    These are wonderful synthetic strings and sound a bit more gut-like than plain nylon.
    ...
  21. Thread: Baglama

    by Jim Garber
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    Re: Baglama

    David Lindley plays saz and uses it for various genres. I remember him doing a rendition of "Groundhog" accompanied by saz. Here he is paying "Copperhead Road." I think it is a Steve Earle song.

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  22. Thread: Baglama

    by Bassboomer
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    Re: Baglama

    Here's a useful site for beginners. It's hard to find much online that isn't written in Turkish!

    http://www.khafif.com/rhy/saz/

    Love the instrument. I have four!

    171009
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    Re: Baglama

    There may not be one. Even among some of the better makers there often is no obvious maker's mark. Semsi Yastıman used to use a very visible woodburn mark but most modern makers rarely do anything it...
  24. Thread: Baglama

    by DavidKOS
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    Re: Baglama

    It's a bağlama saz - saz is a generic term, bağlama is more specific, and then there are types and sizes, like uzun and kisa sap, meydan, divan, tambura, etc.
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