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  1. Re: Grover? Gotoh? Schaller? Golden Age Mandolin Tuners?

    Grover 309's get my vote.
  2. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Depends on the gig, which band and what is needed. Heck I got a call to play fiddle the other day, which I haven't done too much lately. I teach mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo in no particular...
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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    Add John Reischman to the yes column.
  4. Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    There are books on improvisation like this one

    And this one: https://www.melbay.com/Products/98557M/john-mcganns-developing-melodic-variations-on-fiddle-tunes.aspx

    But nothing takes the place...
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    Re: Solo builders

    Single makers should include Robb Bophy in Colorado. His Elkhorn mandolins are mighty fine, I love mine and liked others that I have played. His prices ar ein line and his work is first class.
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    Re: Need mando advice

    I've played three or four Morris mandolins and they all sounded real good. Actually helped a couple of students get them. if you can get past their tacky peg heads they are are very good for the...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    I spent over a month not using the toneguards on my mandolins. I suspected that toneguards act much as a shoulder rest on a violin does tonally speaking. The voice of both instruments is changed by...
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    Re: Does anyone recognise this Gibson?

    A-40
  9. Re: Early flatiron mandolin prices rise help?

    Last year we saw a price increase across the board on entry level mandolins. Collings raised their prices and it seems that the whole market has grown tighter with higher pricing. At the same time...
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    Re: Screws for tuner buttons

    Thanks Mike, PM sent. I have fixed enough of these over the years that "easy does it" is the MO. If I could corral the kids and their mandolins and get them to a very good local hardware store, we...
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    Screws for tuner buttons

    I teach in a JAM Junior Appalachian Musician program and kids don't pay great attention to the small things, like screws in the tuner buttons on their mandolins. Does anyone know the screw size/spec...
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    Re: Chris Thile's new pick

    Sad news, that pick or any other won't make you sound like any one but yourself.
  13. I've got a killer Big Horn but that Pronghorn is...

    I've got a killer Big Horn but that Pronghorn is mighty fine looking.
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    I had a Martin guitar with a torrified top. It swelled up and I got rid of it.
  15. Re: Favorite Electric Mandolin Albums or Artists?

    Billy Flynn did a good blues album several years ago.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-iX5JsuF2U&list=OLAK5uy_nGNIhaEwfEoxOIcHArqxXC2Ljwl7F1fA4

    I have a long out-of-print blues LP by Johnnie...
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Pick

    It is all about finding the erogenous zone on your mandolin. Those sweet spots that make it come alive. One must always be attentive to her needs. I like Wegen picks too.
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    Re: Adam Steffey

    His presence on their last CD was minimal. He played mandolin and it was good but nothing jumped out to my ears. Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans.
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    Re: Way Western North Carolina jams

    Clay has reopened his store for Friday jams, I was there back in October. Not many folks there but some of the local kids were good pickers. They also have jams at JCCFS (the Folk School) some...
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    Re: Northfield mandolins

    You are too funny. Be grateful for what you have.
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Some folks think you need this or that mandolin. If the one you have plays easily, sounds good, play it. You will grow and learn what you like about mandolin. Play every mando you can get your...
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    Re: Your Thoughts On D'Addario XT Strings

    I put the 11 - 40's on and found they were brighter than the EXP's I had on but otherwise they stayed in tune and were ok.
  22. Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    If you play with someone who tunes down a 1/2 step, either get used to the keys that forces you into or tune down your mandolin to play with them. I'd advise tuning it down before going to the gig...
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    Re: NMD....Eastman MD305

    Good solid mandolin, congratulations!
  24. Re: Mike Compton+Norman Blake Live performance video Gallop t Geo

    Watch Norman's right wrist, such fluid action! Nice to watch two pros do what they do.
  25. Re: Flop Eared Mule -- by Stephen Foster (?!?!?!)

    Add steroids and it sounds something like this.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VorB7OQLUI
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