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    Re: Builder or Company

    My preferred route has been through the independent builders. I started with Howard Morris and then Matt Ruhland. Both provided excellent experiences and mandolins and I was able to support builders...
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    Re: Need mandolin recommendations a-style

    Yeah, that thing sounds great!
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    It certainly sounds great in CJ's hands and he seems to be quite impressed with it.
  4. Re: Happy Birthday Dennis Vance, hoping for a transplant

    Happy Birthday Dennis and many thoughts and prayers!
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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.
  8. 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,...
  11. 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...
  20. 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.
  23. 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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