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  1. Re: What Mandolin Did I Get From the Thriftstore?

    I think you're all a bit harsh on this mandolin. Yes, it seems to be an unlabelled 70s Suzuki -- they were sold under a number of different names in various markets. It seems in pretty good...
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    Re: What has your mandolin been called?

    I recently played at a church and a very young fellow …. first or second grade came up to me after the set and said" I really like your little guitar". I thanked him, politely corrected him and...
  3. Thread: Musician Jokes

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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Well, a few years back a homeless man died near where we lived, and he had no family or friends, so our church decided to give him a small funeral, and asked if I could play bagpipes for the funeral....
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    Re: Best mandolin wall stand, e.g. hook etc?

    years ago my 3 + 5 year old boys conspired to get my mandolin hung up high on the living room wall ..climbed up on some furniture..somehow managed to knock it down...miraculously it got wedged behind...
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    Re: cites rules on older instruments

    Well as I said earlier, there is an exemption for personal instruments. If you accompany your rosewood guitar across the border there is no need for any CITES documentation. The exception to that...
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    Re: cites rules on older instruments

    Remember the op is looking into sending or bringing the vintage instrument to Canada. We do NOT have a ban on all rosewoods as does the USA. Our only ban is on the Brazilian rosewood as per CITES....
  7. Re: Willie’s Diamond Joe—on tenor banjo

    Very nicely done! Thanks for posting.
  8. The Entertainer - Solo Mandolin Arrangement [Tab]

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

    The Entertainer by Scott Joplin

    Notation & Tab
  9. Re: Old photos - a hodgepodge of musicians - folkies +

    Baez sisters meet the Beatles, 1968

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    George Harrison shows some of his jazz chord licks to the Baez sisters while Ringo looks on. L-R: Mimi Farina, Joan & Pauline.

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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Ivan, I am a tee shirt kind of guy and this morning when I dug this one out of the drawer, I thought of you. This shirt was one of my first 'celebration' purchases after completion of my chemo. It...
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    Re: Mandocaster?

    Thanks for the replies the more I research the more I think about trying to build one.
    I am thinking 4 strings because as the video from Bill Cameron shows that is the different sound I am looking...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Ivan, words do not always work when we try to express what we feel, but you are in my thoughts right now. I haven't been so active here on the forums since my wife's very sudden and totally...
  13. Thread: Who played

    by Charles E.
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    Re: Who played

    What is a "backyard"? ;)
  14. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    I am a roaming homeless minstrel. I travel through out the countryside playing music , not unlike O’Carolin, only on a mandolin. People take me in and then may kick me out. I break hearts and find...
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    Re: Tenor Banjo suggestion for beginner Mando player

    I agree with the rest of what you said but personally found a 17-fret tenor banjo tuned in GDAE to have floopy strings. YMMV
  16. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    Okay - so I decided to try this practice-in-public thing myself.

    I was sitting on a stone wall in front of the building where I work. I took out my beloved Kentucky KM-272 and began running...
  17. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    My local town of Invergordon in the Scottish Highlands is a major port where many large cruise liners dock during the summer. There are tourists from lots of countries who typically are bussed off to...
  18. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    Consider another approach and embrace the tips -- for someone else's good.

    Get a large plastic tip jar (flat-sided plastic fishbowls work great), put a sign on it stating that all tips go to a...
  19. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    They probably thought you were playing a uke.
  20. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    Many times it has happened to me, at work I usually have many hours off before I go do the load out I work as a stagehand / guitartech so I have lots of dead time, I love playing in the parking...
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    Re: Show your Mando "Gig Rig"!

    I bought a Grace Felix preamp after talking to a couple of friends who raved about theirs. It's quite a machine. I switch between mandolin (Heiden F with a Fishman Bridge pickup) and Fiddle (A nice...
  22. An incredible evening of Cape Breton music and dance

    An evening in Inverness, Cape Breton Isl.

    Very long and you will want to skip through the commercial contend.
    No mandolin , mostly fiddle, guitar, piano, singing and dancing, Some of the best...
  23. Re: Observations from my first festival parking lot jam

    The best thing a new jammer can do is spend the first 10 or so jams listening carefully and primarily doing backup -- we're talking 98% of the time. Once you learn a variety of backup techniques and...
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    Re: Sam Bush in the Raleigh paper

    Better late than never. Here's a link to the interview.
  25. Visit to Apitius Mandolins, Outside of Toronto

    Howdy folks. I was introduced to Apitius mandolins almost two years ago with this post by David Benedict. Even though I had a perfectly suitable mandolin, I was blown away by the tone and ended up...
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