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    Re: Best Resources for Chord Sheets?

    Sherry, I usually google the song name and add chords or tab to the end. Ultimate guitar, cowboylyrics, and a couple of other free sites pop up near the top. Sometimes the Ultimate Guitar tabs print...
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    Re: Best Resources for Chord Sheets?

    Wow, Matt, thanks for that link. You e got some good stuff on there!
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    Re: I'm back in the fold after a long hiatus!

    Welcome back, and enjoy! There are multiple excellent online resources available now, many of which are free, at least for their beginner infoÖ
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    Re: Items stolen from David Grisman's gig last night

    Sorry, Dawg! I hope everything is recovered without damage!!
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    Re: Here's my sad mandolin story...

    Oh, wow, sorry Josh!
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    There are some much more accomplished musicians posting here than myself, and I 100% endorse their more studious/academic approaches. But, LISTEN, and play along with recordings of songs you want to...
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    Re: Hoping someone has seen one of these before

    Agree, Jim…
  8. Re: Looking for a tuner that saves my sweetened tunings.

    Check out the Peterson Strobotune smartphone app. Iíve not delved into sweetened tunings formallyÖI get everything close with the tuner and then finalize it by ear most days, though there is the...
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    Re: Retirement....Time to take it easy!

    Sorry youíre have the hand problems, but congratulations on retirement and best wishes on your next endeavors!!
  10. Re: Now that I have actually tried playing one.. a few questions

    Getting clean up the neck can be tough unless you have Thile-esque spindly fingers (not meant to be a criticism, his fingers just fit better than fingers shaped like mine), but youíll get there with...
  11. Thread: Electric mandolin.

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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Of those listed would go with Eastman or Godin (especially if you can find one from a Cafe sponsor, ie, well set up). Other considerations include Ovation, Rigel, and Zeta. Ovations aren’t great...
  12. Re: Expanding my searches. Thoughts on USA Ovation mandolins?

    Itís been long enough since Iíve played one to comment much on their necks, but I donít recall them being uncomfortable. The Applause guitar I had (as a cheap plug n play guitar) had a really narrow...
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    Re: How many Mandolins to own

    Revisiting this 10 year old thread was fun. I had to make some choices when I downsized a little over 3 years ago when the youngest went to college. While I didnít want to get rid of any of them,...
  14. Re: Expanding my searches. Thoughts on USA Ovation mandolins?

    Caveat is that Iíve only played a couple through the years, but, if youíre looking for good acoustic tone, theyíre not the way to go. If youíre playing in a band with electric guitars, drums, keys,...
  15. Re: F5 Upgrade Guidance - Gibson, Collings, Northfield

    Of the three listed Iíd most likely choose the Northfield as well. I owned a Collings MT that was a very good mandolin, but I ended up selling it because I preferred the tone of my Silverangel, which...
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    Re: Review: The Iwamoto mandolin #118

    Wow! If that sounds anything like it looks youíve got a keeper!!
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    Re: Classical mandolin book..easy one?

    Depending on how many songs you need you may be able to find enough in the Cafe tab library to get you through the gig. There are also some good Bach for Mandolin books on Mel BayÖ
  18. Thread: Bag or case

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    Re: Bag or case

    Not sure about present offerings, but I have a recent Reunion Blues F style mandolin bag I bought new from a store in Winston-Salem via Reverb last year. Excellent protection and not as bulky as...
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    Re: Warped top. How worried should I be about this?

    Yes, contact Northfield. From what I’ve seen of them here on the Cafe they seem like good peeps who will take care of you and the mandolin. I’ve only played a couple of Calhouns, but they were good...
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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    Itís TAD 60 and CT 55 for me. Iím going to give the MM some more playing time before passing final judgement, but so far the Bluechips have been clear winners for me, closely followed by Wegen TF...
  21. Thread: What next to get?

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    Re: What next to get?

    Agree with the advice to check your set up and technique if you havenít already. That said, MAS enablers we are! If you can go A-style Iíd look for a Silverangel Econo or contact Ken and talk through...
  22. Thread: Secure Endpin?

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    Re: Secure Endpin?

    I had this happen on my SA Econo, which I bought from a guy in a much drier climate than me (and, of course, shipping) the first time I played it. Freaked me out, too. Based on a desire to avoid...
  23. Thread: Preamp Question

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    Re: Preamp Question

    Iím a neophyte when it comes to amplification, but Iíve used the LR Baggs Venue DI with good results on guitar (LR Baggs M1) and mando (Rigel CT-110 with internal piezo, not sure of the brand). New...
  24. Thread: Shure sm57

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    Re: Shure sm57

    Man, (or, Woman!) I havenít played ďoutĒ since February or early March of 2020. Iíve played guitar and mando/OM plenty of times acoustically through a 57 into a main board or Fender Passport without...
  25. Re: Sound difference between a 305 and a higher end Mandolin?

    I had an Eastman 315 that had 75-80% of the tone of a Collings MT I had at the same time. My 315 was a good one, one they got right. If it was all I could afford, I would have been happy with it....
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