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    Re: The cafe....made my day!

    Visiting the Café after a long day at work is very frequently the bright spot of my day....
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    Re: Beginner Celtic mandolin

    I second (third, fourth) the "buy the best you can comfortably afford and enjoy! If you go too cheap, you will end upgrading soon anyway (speaking from personal experience.)
  3. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    I also agree with playing in jams - the first one I went to, I just watched and made notes of which tunes they were playing, then went home and practiced those. when I went back, I was ready for...
  4. Thread: Education

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    Re: Education

    I too would like to have a Gibson, but specifically a Gibson A-style, 1918 to early 1920s. I just can't pay what most of them are going for, so I am sympathetic to your desires. But I have no need,...
  5. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    I started mandolin 4 years ago at age 60, am passable (know I, IV, and V chords in all keys and can pick some easy tunes using music) but nowhere near where I want to be. I am planning on retiring in...
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    Re: upgrade thoughts

    I agree with the used A-style advice. Why pay extra just to get a scroll? You MIGHT find a used Pava for your price, for sure (as evidenced by the above Café ad) used Weber Gallatins, and likely many...
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    Re: Prettiest A model I have seen in a while

    Very true! I am partial to A-styles.
  8. Thread: UPS rant

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    Re: UPS rant

    I have hated UPS ever since I ordered a Classical guitar a few years ago and the driver left the box in the middle of my driveway! Granted I live rurally and my driveway is 250 feet long, but at...
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    Re: Like this site but for guitar....

    Acoustic Guitar Cabin is very friendly and not as "cranky" (for lack of a better term) as Acoustic Guitar Forum (I frequent both of these also.) I prefer the Cabin, but it is MUCH smaller than the...
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    Re: Mystery Bowl-back Mandolin

    Most of my bowlbacks did not come with original cases - that case looks a little rough, but may add a bit of value. Maybe $25 or so. Maybe string it up, keep it and learn to play it? (Will need...
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    Re: Leather straps: flat or braided?

    Good idea to make both! I have both, I like the appearance of braided better, but like many have said, comfort is the same.
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    Re: Thor's Hammer, many thanks

    I agree about loving coming into the Café, and the civility and helpfulness of the community. We are blessed with wonderful instruments, and people who understand our enjoyment of them.
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    Re: Ellis F5 vs. Gibson F5 vs. Collings MF5

    So did you buy the Ellis? If a mandolin speaks to me like an old friend, generally it comes home with me.
  14. Re: Washburn 1910 Neapolitan Bowlback Mandolin Strings

    On a bowlback, you should only use ultralight/very light mandolin strings to avoid damaging the instrument.
  15. Thread: Best Armrest

    by LadysSolo
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    Re: Best Armrest

    Do not overlook Soliver armrests (made by a Café member also NFI.) I have two of them, find them to be good quality, and comfortable.
  16. Thread: The Kentucky

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    Re: The Kentucky

    I have a Kentucky KM-805 I got in trade for a guitar that while I liked the sound, it was just uncomfortable to play. It is my only F-style mandolin, so it has gotten to stay for 2 years. It is not...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    Like LeBron James - great natural talent for basketball, yet practices 8-10 hours per day every day. Discipline is a very big help to talent.
  18. Thread: Oval vs F

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    Re: Oval vs F

    I completely agree - you need one of each. I do, and enjoy each for their different sounds.
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    Re: Just wanted to say thanks...

    There's also a honey amber Collings F that would look so nice with my Collings honey amber A-style. Thank heaven I am too broke to buy it.
  20. Re: Need help identifying Mandolin from Ukraine

    Nice! What a great gift from your grandmother! Enjoy learning to play it!
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    Re: Kentucky KM630S on ShopGoodwill

    Only $103 - could be a bargain if a person could do the work.
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    Re: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    Happy belated birthday to my "Happy Place" on the internet.
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    I once thought about trying to learn to play banjo, because at the jam I sometimes attend, the banjo player is SUPERB an I love to watch her play. But then I came back to my senses, and I will just...
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    Re: Visit to Carter Vintage Guitars

    I would like to go to Carter's, or Elderly, or one of the other shops that has an inventory of multiple quality mandolins and see what if anything speaks to me. I will say that my current "stable" of...
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    Re: Fun observation

    Now you have made me want to pull out my The Loar LM 220 to see how it sounds after spending so much of my time with my more expensive mandolins. I would let a new player haver it if they wanted it,...
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