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    Re: Old Gibson A mandolin copy?

    Sorry about the rude awakening - but my kids seem to like to point out my lack of youth at every possible opportunity.

    The other day my son spent well upwards of $200 for a concert ticket to see 3...
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    Re: Old Gibson A mandolin copy?

    Oh good grief - the early 70's were nearly 50 years ago. Damn, I'm getting old!

    Anyhow, Japanese copy from 50 years ago might not have a truss rod (hard to tell in the picture) - so, I would be...
  3. Thread: I fear

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    Re: I fear

    Yes, there is a proper way to tune a banjo . . . however - when the inventor never told anybody how to do it, and when he died the secret went with him to his grave.

    I have found that if you...
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    Re: Harmonizing at the end. Vids. Please!

    Jethro Burns was a big fan of the Blue Sky Boys - as a matter of fact, they were his inspiration for starting Homer and Jethro. When the Blue Sky Boys played the National Barn Dance in Chicago,...
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    Re: Harmonizing at the end. Vids. Please!

    Bill and Earl Bolick inspired the Everly Brothers . . . the Everly Brothers inspired The Beatles . . . therefore, The Blue Sky Boys are the true 5th (and 6th) Beatles.

    [Hey, I have heard much...
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    Re: Weak trigger finger woes

    Every so often I will poke around on eBay 'Completed Auctions' to see what a particular item might sell for - and that is when usually stumble across some really great deals . . . two weeks after...
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    Re: Just a happy trio.

    Another vote for ovals . . . welcome to the club!
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    Re: First Jam Session.

    The real question is, how long do you have until the jam? Quickly learning the 14 basic major and minor chords is not really very difficult, and that will get you a long way in a loose jam. Once...
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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    Natural light (if possible) and/or camera angles are key. When photographing indoors, avoiding harsh direct light with little tricks like covering overhead lights with a sheet or paper, or even...
  10. Re: How do you test the qualities you're looking for in a Mandoli

    As a non-bluegrass guy who is more of a melodic player with a light touch, it is often very difficult for me to get an idea of how a mandolin (or any other instrument) sounds when played by somebody...
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    I have been doing shipping/receiving for a living for most of the past 40 years. I have noticed that ever since last Christmas USPS shipping and tracking is not quite as good as it once was, but...
  12. Thread: 1918 f4

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    Re: 1918 f4

    I am certainly no expert - but to me it looks like normal 100 year old wear, accentuated by uneven lighting . . .

    Beautiful, nonetheless - thanks for sharing.
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    Re: A word of encouragement (but maybe not)

    I'll move forward about 2,300 years and bring in G.K. Chesterton:

    'Some things cannot be seen because you are too close to them.' Most of us are our own worse critics . . . step back and try to...
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    Yes, I am all for keeping banjos out of the hands of both dangerous hillbilly-wanna-be's, and folks who have strong ties to pro-Deliverance groups . . . but if we let the authorities begin to...
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    >> Kevin Cevon Varlack, 42, of Dallas, was charged with criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct. <<

    Was he charged with all of these things because he attacked...
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    Interesting question -

    Without getting into minute details, I would have to say 'Yes' - I would be willing to sacrifice a bit of tone for significantly better playability.

    As a guy who plays...
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    Re: Our First Bluegrass Jam

    My first and only bluegrass jam happened in 1991, at a local radio station. Even though I knew NOTHING about playing bluegrass at the time, they asked me to come because it was a snowy night and it...
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    Re: Friendly reminder

    I am not entirely sure that the instruments on the wall are the main reason for the change in sound - I am much more tempted to think that it has to do with the size and acoustic properties of each...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    I can't help but wonder if marching bands 'lip synch' nowadays . . . especially when you see them in big events like the Macy's parade . . .
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    Re: How an Instrument Shapes Our Playing

    I am a firm believer in instruments changing playing styles. Without getting into boring specific details - I have owned several instruments over the years that because of their feel, tone, and/or...
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    Re: Altering Original Tempo

    Personally, I do a song in whatever tempo/style I feel comfortable with . . . as long as I think that I am still doing justice to the song itself, and not just feeding my own playing abilities and/or...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    I fully realize that this isn't even close to your experience - but . . . I once played at a county fair where the act that went on after me was a dance troupe of 5 and 6-year old girls. For the...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    No thanks on the Presidency - they'll start digging into my past and find out that I nearly burned down a nuns convent, back in 1972 . . . and then in 1978 I underpaid my taxes by $6.00 . . . not to...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    I guess I'm safe - because most people only listen my albums once, and then give them away to Goodwill . . . where the new owner only listens to it once, and then gives it to the Salvation Army store...
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    I have almost the same recurring dream, only I am going on stage with Elton John's band, and I don't know how to play any of the songs - which in my case is only a moot point because even if I did...
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