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  1. Re: Was the mandolin played in traditional folk before Bill Monro

    Thanks for the interesting comments and article, David. In your country and mine, we often use the terms "folk" and "traditional" to refer to music which belonged to (often rural) elements within the...
  2. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    I recently bought a Finnish mandolin made for the Espana company in the USA (by now, you should be thoroughly culturally confused) circa 1965. I was first attracted by the sign saying "Wide-Neck...
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    Personally, I like my mandolins loud and powerful, especially in jams as I'm a bit hard of hearing. It doesn't matter if I'm home alone, and is much less of a problem with my fiddle.



    I take...
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    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    Everyone's taking my query (OP) awfully seriously. Where are all the Mandolin Cafe smart alecks when I'm looking for them?
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    Insomniacs? Asians?

    "There are currently 1797 users online. 90 members and 1707 guests
    Most users ever online was 11,326, May-25-2019 at 4:28am."

    This always puzzles me, as most Mandolin Cafe users seem to be North...
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    Re: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

    Sorry that we haven't been much help to you MrCleveland. I'm afraid we were distracted by youthful or childhood memories of that album cover. When the Tijuana Brass was on the hit parade, I enjoyed...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Even if the seller replaces the missing string?
  8. Re: Good source for beginning Celtic and Quebecois music

    We call it the "west" though. We don't have a "midwest." Winnipeg, Manitoba is near the middle of the country, going from east to west that is, but it's in "the west." Ontario and Quebec are to the...
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    Re: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

    For you youngsters, not old enough to remember 1965:

    180360
  10. Re: Was the mandolin played in traditional folk before Bill Monro

    Mandolin was also a folk instrument before this time. Rich Del Grosso explains in Mandolin Blues, pp.6-7, that mandolins were brought to the USA by Italians in the 1850's, and were first manufactured...
  11. Thread: Fiddolin ??????

    by Ranald
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    Re: Fiddolin ??????

    As a fiddler and mandolin player, the fiddolin looks practical for me, especially for playing a song. It's not easy to sing when fiddling, but a person could sing while playing mando, then enhance...
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    Re: Index finger pain

    Here's a recent similar thread, with no definitive answers, as you likely guessed:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/146102-Arthritis-pain-relief
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    Re: House of the Rising Sun

    I thought the House of The Rising Sun was in New Orleans. ;)
  14. Thread: Thumb Pick

    by Ranald
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    Re: Thumb Pick

    They're about $6.95 CDN each, cheaper in quantity. The information you need is here: https://blackmountainpicks.com/ (If link doesn't work, google "Black Mountain Picks.") The lad in the demo...
  15. Thread: Thumb Pick

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    Re: Thumb Pick

    I too use a thumb pick, due to arthritis. I like the Herco picks which have to be softened in hot water and moulded to the shape of my thumb.


    180061

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    However, my new favourite thumb...
  16. Re: You know you think about mandolins too much when...

    ...you've taken a vacation 4,000 km away, and left your mandolin home because of the bother of lugging it around airports and on ferry rides, then you step out of a cafe, notice a guitar shop across...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Funny. Years ago (1970's or early 80's), when security wasn't what it is today, I came out of Union (train) Station in Toronto, and saw cops all over the place. I asked one what was going on, and he...
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    Re: Ottawa Mandolin Club Starting Up

    We had a good meeting last night in Ottawa, with only three of us. What we lacked in numbers, we made up in enthusiasm. We brought and worked on four tunes in different genres: "Xotis Romanes"...
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    True. They were a lot better with letters than parcels. I'd get pretty impatient waiting for those orders from the Eatons catalogue.
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    I wish I could tell you things are much better here in Canada, but I can't. Ordering something whether by courier or mail, whether international or within the country, is a crap shoot. Sometimes the...
  21. Re: What's the origin/lyrics of this song: All Around the Mountai

    Hi, vojtechkral.

    Starting with your lyrics above, here's how my Canadian ear interprets the lyrics as the IllMo Boys sing them. Though I've never been to Missouri, I have watched "Winter's Bone"...
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    There's no question that they're a bull and bear, the symbols of the stock market. I was reacting to the comments beneath the pictures, in which the people posting, perhaps with tongue in cheek,...
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    Yup. To me too, but check posts #19 & 22.
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    Sorry if I was being insensitive (in Post 23, to the vegans perhaps), as we don't have much banjo crime up here in Canada.

    Actually, I do get your point, JE. Some of the humour is getting close to...
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    [QUOTE=Bertram Henze;1734069]Someone may come up with a similar idea for Frankfurt Stock Exchange - I always wondered why there is a
    cow and a pig...


    If you ever decide to take up farming,...
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