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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    But wait. . .isn't the Shmergel the perfect instrument?
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    Wow Nick, this is really interesting. The music is wonderful and the instrument, wow, beautiful. I hope your wife will let you give it a try when it arrives. I would be really interested in seeing...
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    Re: R.I.P. Kip Carter...October 26, 2020

    Thank you Tina, for letting us know. Kip will be missed. So sad, and a sadness many are sharing at this time. I am glad we at the Cafe have each other and our music to share. Be well, my friends....
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    Re: 'V' neck Gibson refret advice

    I use a partial bag of cat litter (I will state here that it is clean and unused, so the is no misconception). It's the cheap stuff, Paws and Claw brand from Tractor Supply. Why not? It is always...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    I like the spoons, but I think you should give your wife that pretty mandolin as her birthday present!:grin:
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    I have always wanted to see the 'workman's hand' in the individual-luthier instruments I have owned. I don't actually want perfection, I want evidence of the process.

    And over the years, I have...
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    Re: Mando Mafia cd tracks on youtube

    Thanks for posting these, Pete, they're wonderful. I especially like Josefin's Waltz. What a pretty melody, and so well played!
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    I have a custom-built arch top oval hole Weber that sits right between an OM and a mandola and can be strung/tuned either way. I love it either way but especially as a mandola. I will, at some...
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    Re: Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    Hey Spencer,

    I am really sorry to learn of your mandolin's issue. This is very sad, to be sure. But really, don't take it as a failure. I am sure that you learned a tremendous amount on this...
  10. Re: Looking for a repair person, north Jersey, NYC

    Hi John,

    Paul Unkert in Toms River NJ does great work, is reasonably priced, and is an altogether nice guy. Have a look here http://www.theoriginalguitarguy.com/ . As he recommends on his...
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    Re: Autumn is for playing mandolin.

    For me, Caleb, Fall is a magical time drawing me outdoors to play my mandolins for all sorts of reasons. It's the end of all that heat that makes me sweat all over my mandolins when I play outdoors...
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    Re: Should I buy a Charango?

    Hey David,

    Thanks, pal, now you've done it. This thread you started has me wondering whether I should get one. Just what I need. . .CAS.

    Please let us know how much you like it, once you get...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    To my mind, that is the whole answer right there. Jamie has nailed it. Choose the instrument that inspires you, make sure it is well set-up, play it with great joy. If it ceases to inspire you,...
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    Just a quick follow up to my post 44. The fourth pallet did arrive yesterday and looked a bit shopworn for its travels. Contents were fine though, and my wife and I completed the installation of...
  15. Re: My Latest Piccolo (Sopranino) Build Sports a Different Finish

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the helpful suggestion. A round hole would be a good way to go. The way I have been cutting the oval holes isn't working. It takes too long, gives variable results, and...
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    Good for you, Eric! It is a real beauty. What a nice way to mark both special dates. Happy anniversary, happy birthday, and happy picking!
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I have never met a vegetable I didn't like. As a kid (when dinosaurs roamed the earth), my mother would give me Brussels sprouts or cauliflower as a 'treat' and I fell for it. Stuck with me to this...
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    Thanks Eric, I appreciate it. I, too, think the proportions look better on this one than the earlier tries. I have to see how it sounds compared to the others, once it is all set up. I find that...
  19. Re: My Latest Piccolo (Sopranino) Build Sports a Different Finish

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks to you and everyone else for the compliments. I sure am having fun with these. So far, I have build four in this lineage although one is quite a bit different from the others. ...
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    I just completed my latest Sopranino (Piccolo) mandolin. For those new to that term, it is a higher pitched, smaller member of the mandolin family. It a fourth above...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Right you are. I think you've hit it on the head. My preference for flat-tops might stem from the fact that I don't play bluegrass at all. I love to listen to bluegrass, but that's not what I...
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    These problems are also encountered with commercial interstate trucking companies. The local Humane Society (volunteer animal shelter) has their large shipments sent here to my farm because I can...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I agree, Nick, and I really don't get it. Flat-tops can be every bit as serious an instrument (quality build, great sound albeit different from arch tops) as arch tops. There are a lot of great...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Give me a good flat-top any day. I just really prefer them even though I have a couple of really nice A's/two-points. I have never had an F, but F4's can have real appeal for me. For whatever...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    It's all amusing and either way it goes, nobody dies. So, 'discuss on'!:grin:
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