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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    Or, the built in limitations of the instrument are what help produce a style. First learned about this through an old David Lindley interview in Guitar Player in the early 1980's. It's also where I...
  2. Re: The merciless camera (recording ourselves as a reality check)

    Am another one that will record, and even post videos of my own playing. Or band playing. But I rarely if ever will listen to them again. Just cannot stand listening or watching myself. All I hear...
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    Re: RIP Jerry Jeff Walker

    Saw him once at a festival in Minneapolis in the early 1980's. Put on a great show especially the version of Up Against the Wall Redneck Mothers.

    FWIW, the Bromberg version is from a Columbia...
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    How low (temp) would you go?

    Looking outside and seeing snow in October got me to wondering. For those that live in northern climates, how much cold are you willing to tolerate to play music outside? I have done a couple of...
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    Re: What is this? Gibson-ish Mandolin

    Interesting. It's no longer an active listing. Although it doesn't state sold. Ah, went and clicked the "sellers other items" and nothing at all music related. This may have been a faked listing.
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    Re: Levin Model 42 (1948)

    Nice. Got a good sound to it. Better than the couple of Levin's I've heard around here.
  7. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    Okay, after hearing from the designer, I like this even more. An A style with option for either F or oval hole would be nice. And I like the idea of Richlite on both the fingerboard and bridge.
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    Re: Breedlove AM OF

    True. However, my bandmate knew the Weber name immediately. As he said, he usually doesn't like bluegrass shaped mandolins (F style) but the mahogany back and sides on mine mellowed the tone enough...
  9. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    Another vote for a flat top A/N, Flatiron, Kalamazoo KM-11 style. Do like the concept of an instrument that can stay out of a case all winter. Or even be played outside in the cold and snow, or rain...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    For F style, it doesn't even have to be bluegrass. Finnish mandolin master Heikki Lahti played an oval hole Gibson until he came across a 1980 Gibson F-5 while in Australia. The story goes that he...
  11. Re: NMD - impulse purchase, and an F style to boot

    Thanks. You might not have noticed but it does already have a Tone-Gard on it. Am in the camp that's a firm believer in them. That was pretty much the first and only thing I did to it. Besides play. ...
  12. NMD - impulse purchase, and an F style to boot

    With both our anniversary and my birthday coming up, and having my wife's approval, had started looking more seriously for my first F style mandolin. Was thinking would wait longer when this one...
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    Re: We've said it before, we'll say it again.

    To the latter question of playing more expensive gear but not necessarily liking it more, yes. It has happened to me many times. Mainly with guitars. Am very happy with my current stable. And my only...
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    Re: Harp Mandola- Larson Bros

    Definite scam. The seller ID is for someone from the Netherlands. Very surprised eBay is letting this type of thing continue.
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    Re: Breedlove AM OF

    Should have. Just felt bad enough about it not being liked that I realized I'd never feel comfortable taking it out again. Am overly sensitive about things like that.
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    Re: Are old strings hard to keep in tune? Why?

    Someplace out there on the internet is a great photo of old strings on a guitar. All dented up and with gunk.

    Will change strings when it's tough to keep in tune, sound dead, or just look like...
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    Re: Breedlove AM OF

    They are very nice mandolins. That model looks fairly traditional, so you won't get too many sideways looks at a jam session. Sounds like it should be perfect for you for playing many styles of...
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    Re: Gibson Opry Mills Facility

    When we did our only visit, ended up getting tickets to the The Bluegrass Sessions at the Ryman. For that show, Vassar ended up joining for over half of it. Wish I had picked up the Hatch Show print...
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    Re: LaPlant mandolins

    PM sent
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Don't have anything against the way an F style mandolin feels while sitting. Now, up until yesterday, I have not owned an F style mandolin, but that was for different reasons. Will report later once...
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    Re: Gibson Opry Mills Facility

    We almost visited on our one trip to Nashville. Was talked out of it by a couple of friends. Ended up doing other tourist things instead. Admittedly, was going to stop there to get one of those...
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    Re: impulse purchase - non-mando

    Good for you. I haven't played bass seriously in many years. Sometimes still miss not being able to play it anymore. You will become very popular once you get it going. Many bands need a good bass...
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    Re: '23 Gibson A2

    Agreed. If it's clean otherwise, sell and find a different instrument. However, if it's already been working on a lot, then find someone who might be willing to try it. It also doesn't surprise me...
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    Lloyd LaPlant of Grand Rapids MN. He will make an A model. Not sure what his production schedule is now. At 91 I think he has slowed down a bit. And yes, in my mind, he captures the "Loar tone". Bias...
  25. Re: Unexpected things/benefits about playing mandolin

    Wow, lots of great answers. Will throw in that since getting serious on the mandolin, have reconnected with a former bandmate and now we have a nice duo going. Am also part of two other bands that...
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