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    Re: Looking for Lessons in North Carolina

    Wayne Benson, if he's taking new students. I can personally vouch that Wayne is a fabulous teacher. Lives in Boiling Springs, SC - well worth a drive.

    Google will get you the contact info, I...
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    Re: Ibanez Buyer beware

    I lived in SC for 28 years. While it is indeed a humid place (especially in the summer, ugh) in the winter the humidity is much lower and therefore the relative humidity inside buildings with heat is...
  3. Thread: Happened to you?

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    Re: Happened to you?

    I can't listen to Since I've Been Loving You without getting distracted by the deafening squeak of John Bonham's kick drum pedal.
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    Re: Tone Dexter users?

    I have a ToneDexter and use it for playing through the sound system at our (fairly large) church. I didn't spend a ton of time training it with different mics but whatever I did do seemed to make...
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    Re: Old Wave Mandoins & Bill Bussmann

    "My motto is cheap and built to stay that way" :))

    I wanna be like Bill when I grow up. Seriously!
  6. Thread: italian spruce

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    Re: italian spruce

    1. Common names are trouble because there are so many for a given species (Norway spruce is the one I recognize for Picea abies). The scientific name Picea abies is most helpful because it tells you...
  7. Re: edit of the bluegrass album with only bobby hick's solos

    Nice educational resource for learning his approach to BG soloing, licks and killer tone. Love Bobby Hicks!
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    Re: curly maple wood description

    Maple is a "hardwood" (quotations because the term is really only vaguely about how hard the wood is). Xylem cells in hardwoods are fundamentally different from xylem cells in "softwoods"(softwood...
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    Re: curly maple wood description

    That website sells other wood besides maple, woods that typically show more color difference between "sapwood" (light color) and "heartwood" (more pronounced color). Take cherry for example - the...
  10. Re: Going out of the country...personal item/carry-on?

    +1
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    Re: Obscure Tony Rice tabs. No mando content.

    Thanks for sharing the work on T's solos . . . I'd love to find a resource like this on his rhythm playing, especially the open voiced chords he seemed to favor.
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    This is either a rabbit hole or the weeds, take your pick.

    The answer to the OPs question is a simple no, with all due respect.
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    Re: Aluminum saddle on vintage Gibson ovals

    Hmm. Maybe the next time I change strings I'll try the aluminum saddle on my F5G . . .
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    Re: New member, old Gibson.

    Welcome to the Cafe, Bazz.

    You could do what I did with my '21 A2, which is also has the beefy neck without a truss rod - I made a new bridge. In my part of the world, humidity increases in the...
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    Re: Aluminum saddle on vintage Gibson ovals

    My 1921 A2 came with the adjustable bridge/aluminum saddle, I didn't like the tone at all - kind of quacky/bright and distracting. I switched it out to Cumberland Acoustic, which to my ears is a...
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    Re: What's In Your Mind

    If I know what I'm planning to play for a break, I generally focus on my right hand touch and listen hard to what's coming off the mandolin so I can adjust.

    If I don't know what I'm gonna play, I...
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    Re: Get Up John and tuning

    I agree there is no "split tuning" in the live clip posted, but the iTunes version I have is from their debut album Hot Rize (I think), which also includes a fiddle break, and I do hear the split...
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    Re: Get Up John and tuning

    I gotta think Tim O'Brien "split tuned" tuned his E course to something like that for his breaks in Pow Wow The Indian Boy, which (IMHO) are 2 of the most brilliant, bada$$ed mandolin solos EVER. It...
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    Re: Rubner tuners are back

    I'd buy a set today but the spacing isn't correct for my '21 A2. Close, but not close enough to drop in the existing holes and even though I'm fairly handy I'm not interested in retrofitting . . .
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  20. Thread: '17 A-1 Bridge

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    Re: '17 A-1 Bridge

    I also have a CA on my 1921 A2 . . . I didn't like the tone of the adjustable bridge with aluminum saddle that came on it. I made a nonadjustable bridge out of persimmon and it sounded great, but...
  21. Thread: Help with rhythm

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    Re: Help with rhythm

    Listen to Sam Bush and David Grisman when they're playing rhythm. They're not scared of anything . . .
  22. Thread: Need some advice.

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    Re: Need some advice.

    It's good ear/brain training to try to pick out parts from other instruments. If you start with a simple, iconic guitar (or saxophone, or piano, or whatever) lick or two you can build it into a solo...
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    Re: What tune is this?

    I don't recognize the first one but the second one with LRB is called Rebecca, a Herschel Sizemore good 'un.
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    Re: What's on the grill for the 4th?

    No need for a grill here in VA today, just put your grill item of choice out on the driveway and it'll cook right up!
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    Re: And Now Weve Lost Dr. John

    Sad indeed. To bend a line from a New Orleans song, "Let him go, let him go, God bless him . . ."

    I hope his funeral is New Orleans joyful - he sure brought joy to folks through his music and...
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