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  1. Re: Can anyone top this amount of Blue Chip pick wear?

    If you search out papers on how insanely Vespel (the material they're made from) is, it's even more impressive. The stuff is really made for insanely harsh conditions.
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    Re: Hamlett Two-Point Review

    Sounds gorgeous. I've heard a couple of really wonderful-sounding Hamletts--yours included.
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    Re: Which back would you choose?

    Today is the 9th anniversary of its arrival. I've sold off all my other mandolins since it came, including some really great ones, including a 1988 Monteleone "Style B." It has cured me of MAS, I...
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    Re: New Player at age 63

    Ah yes, picks! I've used a Fender medium my entire life as am electric guitarist, and am indifferent enough with guitar picks that I literally punch them out of old hotel card-keys and credit cards....
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    Re: New Player at age 63

    Been playing guitar since 1979ish, mandolin since 2011. My fingers are long, but my hands aren't large, but as someone who is used to a much bigger scale, I appreciate the extra real estate that 1...
  6. Re: Interesting: Vintage 1937 Gibson/Kalamaz guitar-bodied Mandoc

    I bet "Kalamazoo!" A photo of the one at Players Vintage Instruments:

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  7. Interesting: Vintage 1937 Gibson/Kalamaz guitar-bodied Mandocello

    Ran across this curiosity at Retrofret. I'm a fan of octave mandolin and I perked up because I thought this was a vintage guitar-bodied octave mandolin. But no--it's a mandocello. Very...
  8. Thread: Hey, Dude!

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    Re: Hey, Dude!

    I was struck by the sound of that one when it was first posted. I think Travis had it right: "This one's really appealing."
  9. Re: Price range for a Gilchrist model 2 mandolin

    I like Gilchrist ovals and haven't seen a Model 2 for sale since a 1997 Model 2 (I think it was #399 or 400) came up for sale in 2012. Steve has made fewer than 15 Model 2s of his 820-some...
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    Re: Ry Cooder isolated mandolin Love in Vain

    I love that solo, but that "isolated" track isn't that much better than just listening to it on Amazing Slowdowner. A lot of bleed from other channels for the vocal/mandolin track.
  11. Re: We have a 3-way race: Collings vs Pava vs Gilchrist

    Congrats. As I say, I used to own the Model 1 that was one number away from that, and it was a spectacular instrument that I never should have sold.
  12. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    The Gil at TME (now sale pending) is one number from the one I owned. I really thought that thing was bottled lightning, just unbelievably good-sounding. Hard to put back in its case it sounded so...
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    Re: Gilchrist Masterpiece!

    I've played a couple of those Gilchrist "4.5s" and owned one. They ranged from "damn good" to "spectacular."
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    Re: Why no narrow nut options?

    Can you simulate a narrow nut by just cutting a normal nut to simulate narrower string spacing? Or putting a narrow nut on a conventional width neck?

    I, meanwhile, am one of the guys who prefers...
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    Re: In Praise of Michael Heiden

    Heiden makes a handsome mandolin. How narrow was the nut? As you may recall, I had a super-narrow Gilchrist that I ultimately couldn't handle. And I feel like I can adapt to almost any fretboard...
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    Re: New Gilchrists land at Carter Vintage Guitars

    Can you tell whether the one Steve's playing has a fern or a flower pot?
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    Re: Gilchrist "Current builds" page

    Steve has now put up shots of every instrument "in the white" both front and back, as well as a photo of the back stained. Just click on the serial number. See, e.g., number 755, a nice Model 3...
  18. Thread: My New Duff

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    Re: My New Duff

    Welcome! I'm another guy who came to mandos after decades on guitar. Enjoy the nice regular scales and that great mandolin tone; curse the fact that you have to tune strings to the very same note,...
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    Re: Gilchrist "Current builds" page

    I'm grateful to all luthiers who post progress pics--the Dude, Gilchrist, Don MacRostie, John Hamlett, and many others I'm forgetting because I'm not looking at the monster thread where most are...
  20. Re: Gilchrists and the "one exceptional American maple tree"

    I think Gilchrist also "just saw it as good hard maple." I wouldn't attribute any hype to him.

    See:...
  21. Re: Gilchrists and the "one exceptional American maple tree"

    Gilchrist's new(ish) website has a brief discussion of the D-log:

    http://www.gilchristmandolins.com/misc#Dlog

    And a photo of "just some of" the wood from it during the inital air drying. A lot...
  22. Re: Compression grained spruce / Alpine Italian Spruce

    From Gilchrist batch 49. Striking top.

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    Re: Mando back or sky?

    Thanks! Here's the thread where I posed the question to the Cafe at the time.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?87441-Which-back-would-you-choose
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    Re: Mando back or sky?

    Gilchrist #701.

    http://www.gilchristmandolins.com/701

    I asked Steve to pick the chunk of wood he'd use if he was building his own, and that's what he selected. Worked out nicely.
    Here it is...
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    Re: Cool headstock photo

    I follow Mike Compton on Twitter and was intrigued to see him post this: His platinum album for the "Oh Brother" soundtrack and a framed photo of his Gilchrist's headstock.

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