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    Re: Best Mandolin Under $500

    That statement is fact. I am proof.
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    Re: Best Mandolin Under $500

    Only $225 set up and shipped from Elderly: http://elderly.com/new_instruments/names/kentucky-km-150-mandolin--KM150S.htm.
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    Re: Best Mandolin Under $500

    I've owned Eastman and it would be a fine choice . I ve played the km675 and km 630 and didn't think much of either tone wise ....but it may have just been those particular mandos. I've heard nothing...
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    Re: Best Mandolin Under $500

    There are so many unknowns, Is the recipient already mandolin-proficient? If not, is a band member or other person availble for instruction? Is this "for personal fun" or for eventual band use?
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    Re: Best Mandolin Under $500

    I was given a KM-150 as a gift from my wife several years ago. It is a great sounding and playing little 'A' model for the money.
    It costs less than the $500 budget you mentioned, but add a case, a...
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    A D-Day Remembrance

    On June 6, 1994, I was in France for a meeting, and watching morning tv on the 50th anniversary of D-Day. There was a story of an American lady, my age, who travelled to Normandy for the first time...
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    Re: Take your best mandolin to the festivals?

    When i go to festivals I usually take my National. The problem is that the level of jam etiquette varies widely cutting through gets your solos heard, though i must say if the jam is loud all the...
  8. Re: Scored My First Gibson F5 Mandolin: A 1994 Gibson F5L

    Thanks Lee!

    I think I will enjoy this mando immensely; it's definitely a "signature" Gibson.
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    Re: Long Time; No See...

    Thanks Mark, now that 'life' as it was, has sorted itself out I am going to head back into the tender embrace of music and playing again.



    When I lived there, I went twice, the ex was NOT a fan...
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    Re: Northern Ohio Mandolin Gathering Version 3.0

    Hi Eric -

    I'm new to Mandolin Cafe and am a beginner on the instrument, but very enthusiastic and looking forward to meeting other players. I work at Oberlin College, so Wellington is very...
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    Re: Book Matching?

    Hey, I'm usually a pretty good spelar.
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    Re: Mando-inspired Haiku

    A Guild of craftsmen
    Hamered by Fender execs
    To no Ovation
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    Re: Mando-inspired Haiku

    Ovation death knell.
    U.S. factory died in
    a Fender bender.
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    Northern Ohio Mandolin Gathering Version 3.0

    Good Morning folks! It's that time of year again! In 2013, I hosted 2 mandolin meet and greets with fellow forum members and both times it was loads of fun. I would like to do it again on Sunday June...
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    Re: Musical loners?

    When you pick with extroverts, what happens? Blah blah blah, this guy I know, my surgery, the cable company etc. All night long. Around 3am, oh, I guess let's pick one.

    I'm all for introverts,...
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    Re: Orange Blossom Special on the Mandolin

    It just gets better and better - I had no idea there were these video out there in YT land!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DNh8D0cgpw
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    Re: Orange Blossom Special on the Mandolin

    OK this one is incredible!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWkWoNu8IVc
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    Re: Orange Blossom Special on the Mandolin

    Here is a pretty cool mandolin version of OBS with a bit of Rossini and the Pondarosa added in -- who needs a scroll?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y16ApPSH3c8
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    Orange Blossom Special on the Mandolin

    Certainly high on almost everyone's list of fiddle tunes is the Orange Blossom Special written by Ervin Rouse in the late 1930's. Many consider this tune to be the fiddler's national anthem.
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    Happy Easter!

    No mandolin content...just Happy Easter! :)
  21. I have to brag a bit...my son's band met President Obama!

    Sorry for the lack of mandolin content...but I have several of them! My son's jam band set up in their driveway to play across the street from where President Obama and Vice President Biden just...
  22. A Great, but Really Sad Song, With Some Good Mandolin Playing

    I ran across this tune web-surfing. I know different things affect people differently, so you may not agree, but I think this is the saddest song I've ever heard. The background story below is from...
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    Re: Sorensen Mandolins

    . . . and here is a recording Randy did yesterday in his recording studio.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zza14jT8UzE

    Dang! I wish that I could play like that ! ! !

    Steve
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    Re: Fingerpicking Mandolin

    What is obvious is that if you want to accompany your own vocals with your mandolin, a means of playing it soft enough is necessary. Ms. Gilchrist does it admirably.
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    Will Kimble profile

    The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association magazine has my profile of Will in the April issue. PDF here.117557
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