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    Re: Off Matt's Bench/New Ruhland

    I don't think Matt has had to make a mandolin that wasn't spoken for in a while. Hopefully he and other great luthiers can continue to thrive!
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    My friends I have been getting together every Wednesday night for about 2 months now and jamming. Outdoors at a private residence, usually 6-8 of us ranging in age from 20-70 (I fall in the middle at...
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    Re: Looking For Morris Tuners

    Those are Grover's on there already, but as Frankdolin mentioned, the 309's are a step up.
  4. Thread: NMD Morris A5

    by Willem
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    Re: NMD Morris A5

    Congrats on the Morris! I have sang Sonny's praises many times on this forum. Great instruments at really good prices. My Morris has been dethroned as a daily player by my Ruhland, but is still a...
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    Re: Trade in KM150 for an MD305 or MD505?

    In the 1000-1200 range I would throw Howard Morris up in Oregon in the mix. $995 gets you a new A-style and the $1,200 gets you a 2 point. I think his building has slowed down due to current world...
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    Re: What is the "Must Have" Mandolin Book(s)?

    I am also eternally grateful for the Parking Lot Pickers Guide. A lot of the songs I play in jams came from that as most are truly universal. Its not meant to make you the hottest shredder out there,...
  7. Re: Pick-guard/finger-rest, on-off "Stay at home" gallery.

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    Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    I relate to this all too well. Inspiration to play was hard to find for a couple weeks, though is starting to return. I forced myself to play last night and was glad I did.
    I lost 2 gigs on March...
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    Re: Video of Ruhland number "Zero"

    Sounds great. I have played it a few times and liked it. Nice to see it getting played man! I haven't forgot about sending you some video. Frankly, I have found inspiration to be hard to catch as I...
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    Re: Video of Ruhland number "Zero"

    Is this the one that has been hanging down in the shop?
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    Re: Just bought my first mandolin!

    I had a Loar 520 for a while when I started out. I enjoyed it. Get it from a Cafe sponsor that does a set-up, and it will make a good starter instrument. Best f-style at that price point (500-600...
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    Re: When You First . . .

    At first, David Grisman for sure, and probably Jeff Austin. It really is a stretch to narrow it down to just 2 though. I didn't seek to play mandolin, it found me really. I had been into progressive...
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    Re: Shout out to Collings

    Sam, I got to play a few songs with you at Wintergrass in the big area around the corner from the OBA suite. Your Collings indeed sounded good.
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    Re: Looking for new F Style Mandolin

    Of the 2 you listed above, I would likely choose the Eastman. Though once you get up to either makers highest level instruments, I believe Kentucky edges ahead. I will also echo that Cafe sponsors...
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    Re: Eastman MDO305 Octave Mandolin

    I just bought one at Wintergrass a week and a half ago. I am enjoying it. The different voice is fun. Low end and sustain for days. It is well set-up and fit and finish good. At $750, it seems to be...
  16. Thread: Eugene Jams

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    Re: Eugene Jams

    Lots of opportunities. Sam Bonds Garage has a bluegrass jam every Tuesday night. It is well established and brings some good musicians. They also have an Irish/Celtic jam on Sundays. These may not be...
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    Re: Intervention needed(Cody Road)

    Indeed. I also hear a bit of Southern Flavor in there I think.
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    Re: Intervention needed(Cody Road)

    Afraid I can't be of much help. That tune is right up my alley.
  19. Re: NY Times profiles Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Co.

    This is awesome and speaks to me on several levels. I have worked in the addictions field for many years and clinically supervise a large program in Oregon. Our clients can be some of the smartest...
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    I was pondering how to say similar things. It is that 3rd point that really stands out to me. He is constantly working to learn and improve. I talk with Matt fairly regularly still, and he is always...
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    Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    This is pretty much how I see it as well.
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

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    Ruhland #41. About 3 months old now.
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    Re: NW String Summit vs Darrington

    Between String Summit and Darrington it is really going to depend on your music and party preferences. Darrington is largely traditional bluegrass based. String Summit is going to have a much broader...
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    Re: Andrew Marlin and Crew in Portland

    I had every intention of being there, but spaced it. I was not very happy with myself. I did speak with a certain luthier from up that way who got to spend some time with Andrew after the show. There...
  25. Thread: Best Armrest

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    Re: Best Armrest

    I have only tried Soliver's armrests. I now have 2 of them and am quite happy with both.
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