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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    When my son was starting out as a luthier, he was doing the French polish work at the shop of a well-established, highly regarded classical guitar builder. My son was taking longer on each guitar...
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    That's why the sets of great musicians and great music teachers overlap in the Venn Diagram. I'm sure that plenty of us have taken disappointing workshops from phenomenal musicians who can play, but...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Like instrument tops, veggies really pick up flavor when they’ve been torrified.

    As a vegetable, Brussel sprouts are an A model, not an F model. Slice the Brussel sprouts in half vertically,...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mando Lessons??

    You might check this out: https://www.homespun.com/shop/product/get-started-on-the-mandolin/.

    I’ve never used this particular lesson, but Homespun’s lessons are always presented clearly and...
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    Re: Freshgrass video- Everybody's Talkin'

    If you watch the (great) video on YouTube, it lists all the musicians, confirming that the group is “Mr. Sun with a couple of add ons.”
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Usually, the answer to any "Does anyone else like/dislike ..." is going to be "yes." So, if you find F models to be uncomfortable to hold, you might find it more useful to ask people to explain how...
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    Re: Breedlove FF Experiences?

    Ten years ago, the Breedlove OF's and FF's sounded way better than the Eastman models at the those price points. The Eastmans have improved a lot since then, so I'm not sure that that's true anymore.
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    That reminds me of Olympic diving and gymnastics. A judge will give a 10 to more than one dive or routine.

    That said, here is a quick exercise:

    1) Make your personal list of all the players...
  9. Thread: Old v New

    by Marcus CA
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    Re: Old v New

    Since you are unable to play either mandolin before you make your decision, you'll never have evidence that you made the wrong decision. :mandosmiley:

    Seriously, you're probably going to get a...
  10. Molly Tuttle and Tristan Scroggins: Olympia, WA

    Tuttle recorded a full-band version of this Rancid song from last century on her new album, but this is a great duo version. Scroggins rocks the rhythm backing her up, and then both of them totally...
  11. Re: Two new Campanella Mandolins land at The Music Emporium

    That’s a sign o’ the times. So many people have lost their means of making money, and so many people have lost their means of spending it (e.g., travel, sporting events, concerts).
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    Re: To Cafe Members on the US West Coast

    In my part of the state, I’d add temperatures usually under 90 and humidity usually under 60, the ocean 30 minutes away and the mountains three hours away, majestic (when not on fire) redwood trees,...
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    Re: To Cafe Members on the US West Coast

    The big game changers here have been the dry lightning, the stronger winds, and the trees that are drier than usual from the many drought years over the past decade. Multiple fires have become major...
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    Re: Need mandolin recommendations a-style

    What a GREAT find!


    Whenever Stevie Coyle at Mighty Fine Guitars hears someone say that, he always adds, “For now.” 😃 In my case, I told him that I would prove him wrong. Failed miserably. 🙄😃
  15. Re: Seattle and surrounding - looking for jams and musicians

    You might stop by Dusty Strings and ask there. Beware of the mandolin and guitar temptations, though. 😃
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    Re: Peter Ostroushko's podcast

    “The Mando Chronicles” is a tremendous collection! You’ll get a wide variety of musical styles, all played with great spirit.
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    Re: Need mandolin recommendations a-style

    In your price range, you’re going to do just fine! You might be slightly happier with an Ellis A, but it probably wouldn’t be worth the extra $1-2K unless you can easily part with that.

    That...
  18. Re: Article: New Music from Evan J. Marshall - All My Strumming

    Great project! I’d love to hear him play “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields”!
  19. Re: Happy Birthday Dennis Vance, hoping for a transplant

    So true, and when you open a business called The Mandolin Store, that comes with the territory. :mandosmiley:

    Happy birthday, Dennis, and may your candle-blowing wish quickly come true this year!
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    Re: Scale length for Octave Mandolin

    That is the key question. The richness of that different animal lies in the open strings and the first five frets. However, that’s also where you’ll notice any increase in scale length.

    That...
  21. Re: Breedlove mandolins - no on-line catalog?

    I’m sorry to hear that. Back in the day, I upgraded from a Kentucky 250 to a Quartz OF and then to a Quartz FF, which were my absolute favorites in their price range.
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    Mandolins and Beer Track by Track

    This is a really interesting and fun offshoot of Daniel's weekly interview podcasts. His first one was with Don Stiernberg a couple of months ago, going through his new album, Straight Ahead, and he...
  23. Thread: Chop Chords

    by Marcus CA
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    Re: Chop Chords

    I often hear chop chords that are percussively muted, but not mute. The notes of the chord come through, but with a strong attack, no sustain, and rapid decay. As David said, chops should be on the...
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    Re: 5 course questions

    Either way, your instrument will contain an OM. The question is whether you want to expand it into the range of a mandocello —- making it a cittern —- or a mandola. Basically, your 5-course...
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    Re: New Octave Mandolin Day

    Redwood/koa?
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