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    Re: Tango - Piano and Mandolin

    Yes, yes, yes!

    Billy Packard is the real thing, a vastly under-appreciated gem of the northern California ballo liscio mandolin scene. I may have some of this wrong, but my understanding is that...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    The listing says $4900, which I would think is an excellent price--"they" say these are every bit as good as those made by Embergher. Were it not for the fact that I bought a 2014 Hendrik van den...
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    Re: SF Bay players

    Br1ck, I'd be happy to meet with you at my home in Alameda. I don't have any Pac Rim instruments, but do have things you might be interested in seeing/trying. Of even more interest to me would be...
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    Re: Italian Mazurkas Anyone?

    YES, absolutely!

    Using a different repertoire than our usual orchestral pieces, Aurora Mandolin Orchestra plays 2 or 3 well-attended dances yearly; and Silver Strings Ensemble also does a...
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    Re: L&H Style A symmetric

    Thanks, Graham!
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    Re: L&H Style A symmetric

    Well, my friend was finally able to score, and brought it to Aurora rehearsal last night. Now, he's asking for probable date.
    It's a symmetrical (which I believe dates it pre-20s?), with the...
  7. Re: Tracks of San Francisco Italian Mandolin Masters

    Yes, that was his Calace mandolira (I seem to recall it being 1904 or 1906). To make it easier to perform while standing, he had the bowl cut off so the back was flat; and a big hole made in the...
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    L&H Style A symmetric

    A good friend of mine has been lusting for a Lyon and Healy SYMMETRIC Style A for a number of years, and is finally in a position where he can pull the trigger. He is ONLY interested in the...
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    Re: Gumby Alert!

    I bought one new in 1971; I'd put down a deposit at a local store for an A-40, only to learn that those were discontinued and this was the only available option of similar price. It was a vast...
  10. Re: Tracks of San Francisco Italian Mandolin Masters

    YES, Bill--please keep 'em coming!
    I just returned tonight from playing with Bruce Zweig and the gang at the Caffe Trieste in Berkeley--a few of the songs from Silent Fountain, as well as 4 Andrini...
  11. Re: Caption Contest - Win a free Mandolin Cafe ball cap

    "It's all been good, Lord--but the eighth day REALLY rocks!"
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    Re: Bowlback mandola fingering

    Crisscross, what Jim says is right on. I play mostly mandolin, but play EUROPEAN mandola (GDAE) in 2 of the San Francisco Bay Area mandolin orchestras. My bowlback Vinaccia mandola is, like Jim's...
  13. Re: Kalinka (Russian folk tune).Looking for tabs or arranged nota

    Silver Strings Mandolin Ensemble in SF backs up Nikolai Massenkoff and his choir at a couple Russian festivals every year--here's the version of "Kalinka" we work from.146138
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    Re: The Mandolin - a history has shipped

    Two separate envelopes, addressed to me.
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    Re: The Mandolin - a history has shipped

    Graham,

    I received your wonderful book yesterday--thank you, and congratulations on completing a fantastic project!

    However, I received TWO copies, not just the one I had ordered. Please...
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    Re: drums

    Aurora Mandolin Orchestra (SF Bay Area) plays 1-2 dances every yr, for which we enlist a jazz drummer with his trapset--really helps for the beat for the dancers, and enhances the sound. We also use...
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    Re: Blue Chip Pick for a bowlback?

    I have--and found it to be wonderful: the closest feel and almost sound of the [unnamed material] which I prefer for all my mandolins (bowlback or arched top). I don't, however, play bluegrass.
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    Re: Mandolin Brothers, NYC, July 16

    Not that Mandolin Bros. needs any defending--certainly not from me--but they are truly a top-notch, reputable, honest establishment. I've made several significant purchases from them over the past...
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    Re: Mandolin shopping in New York?

    YES--definitely go to Mandolin Brothers. Look at the directions on their website, but from the (southern?) end of Manhattan, get on the Staten Island Ferry (free), which takes you on a route which...
  20. Re: Lyon & Healy mandola Style A. Is this serial #1?

    Yes, it IS brown (but sounds better than Grisman's :) I may not remember correctly, but I THINK the one Jim alluded to, as belonging to a friend of his, is also brown.
  21. Re: Lyon & Healy mandola Style A. Is this serial #1?

    Last post info MAY be incorrect. I just looked at the original description from Mandolin Bros in 2004: "Lyon and Healy (Washburn) Mandola, c. 1915 "Style A Professional" (Model 5300), in transparent...
  22. Re: Lyon & Healy mandola Style A. Is this serial #1?

    FWIW, label on mine is "No. 13617, Style 5000".
    Also, label is Washburn, not L&H.

    Matt
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    Re: V-Picks Giveaway

    I'd love to try these; thank you.
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    Re: Mandolin Orchestras in the U.S.

    Aurora Mandolin Orchestra (www.auroramandolin.com)
    Silver Strings Mandolin Ensemble (no web)
    Caffe Acustico (no web)

    All in the SF Bay Area
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    Re: Free V-Picks - Right Here

    I used Fender medium teardrop for years, then that-which-cannot-be-named, now often Blue Chip . . . . but I'd certainly be open to trying something new. Thanks for the possible chance, Scott and...
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