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  1. Thread: Eastman MD-305

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    Re: Eastman MD-305

    If I wanted to play bluegrass and had $1k to spend, I would jump all over that Gibson A9 (NFI). I have played a couple of A9s, they were all great mandolins, not just great for the price. One of...
  2. Thread: Eastman MD-305

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    Re: Eastman MD-305

    I play a good bit of bluegrass mandolin. I bought an Eastman 305 for a friend as a wedding present. It is a fine mandolin for bluegrass. I would have no issue playing one in a jam. The main...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    I agree with both of these posts. I am basically a one instrument musician. I have often said, "The wand chooses the wizard." I play my Dudenbostel almost exclusively. I own a Breedlove Quartz as...
  4. Thread: Walmart mandolin

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    Re: Walmart mandolin

    At least there is some truth in advertising:

    "A well-built F-Model mandolin at this price range is truly unheard of."

    Truly.
  5. Thread: Ellis A5?

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    Re: Ellis A5?

    I have owned both a Northfield Big Mon and an Ellis A5. I have played two more Ellis mandolins and played two Kimble A5s and a Kimble F5. Hands down the best pure bluegrass mandolin I have ever...
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    Re: Mounting a DPA 4099 on a mandolin

    Thank you all for your help. I think I now have good ideas for mounting the mic.
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    Re: Mounting a DPA 4099 on a mandolin

    Thank you. As you correctly surmised, I was asking a slightly different question than I thought was. I used a twist tie attached to my arm rest (I take off the tone guard when I clip on the mic) to...
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    Mounting a DPA 4099 on a mandolin

    I recently bought a DPA 4099 clip-on mic for amplifying my mandolin. I haven't found a good way to mount it. The clip is not tight enough to just clip onto my pick guard and the adjustable mounting...
  9. Re: What is the Difference between a $6,000 and $3,000 mandolin?

    Many times, nothing. But I will say that when you find that really special instrument, you know it.

    In March I went to Nashville for a long weekend and ended up at Carter’s. At the time, I was...
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    Re: How long should a complete refret take?

    I entirely understand that there can be exceptional circumstances, and in no way do I mean to impugn anyone's craftsmanship. I read the Fretboard Journal article about Stephen Gilchrist restoring...
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    Re: How long should a complete refret take?

    I am reading through this thread, and I just cannot imagine tolerating the business practices that I am reading about. I can’t believe people accept this business model. “Leave me your instrument...
  12. Thread: A vs F style

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    Re: A vs F style

    If no one on a forum ever asked a question that had been asked previously, there wouldn't be forums, just wikis.

    I just want to go on record saying that aesthetics are an entirely valid reason for...
  13. Thread: A vs F style

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    Re: A vs F style

    The answer depends on who you ask. The general consensus is that an F5 from a given builder is unlikely to sound better than an A5 from the same builder. That statement makes some assumptions about...
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    Re: =O Carter Vintage Guitars

    I tend to agree.
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    Re: =O Carter Vintage Guitars

    Carter's can be dangerous...

    I was in Nashville for a long weekend about a month ago. That Saturday my wife and I took a side trip to Carter's before grabbing lunch. I had bought my Bourgeois...
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    Re: Yet another post asking for advice...

    Contact Walter Johnson. He builds “June” mandolins in upstate South Carolina. I have owned two of his mandolins and played two more; all of them were excellent. His F style mandolins start at just...
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    Re: Eastman Violins for Fiddles?

    Short answer, they are fine.

    Much longer answer, I would never claim to be a fiddler, but I can play a few tunes on the fiddle, the result of having tried the very same thing that you are about to...
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    Re: Northfield Question.

    Absolutely not true. Even the high end Kentucky mandolins are built in a factory. Northfield mandolins are made from US sourced woods in a very small shop in China. Their shop in China isn't much...
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    Re: Northfield Big Mon Versitility question

    Having had an Ellis A5 before I got my current Northfield "Big Mon", I have some insight into your question and your dilemma.

    The Ellis was a fantastic mandolin; the build quality was impeccable. ...
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    Re: Portable battery powered PA

    We actually did set up the gas generator, but we found electricity at the venue, so this one particular instance worked out fine. But I see this as an ongoing issue, so I continue to search for...
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    Re: Portable battery powered PA

    Thanks to everyone who has responded. We are looking into a gas powered generator, but I am concerned about the noise. Food trucks typically have generators of their own, so that can get quite...
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    Portable battery powered PA

    My band plays some outdoor gigs, farmers markets, food truck rallies, camps etc. In some of these gigs we don't have access to electricity. We need a battery powered mixer, speakers, and mics. We...
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    Re: Martin to Mandolin Question

    I think the estimate of $4k for the D42 after shipping and fees is pretty close, maybe even slightly optimistic, and Breedloves just don't hold their value, but you could probably net around $5k to...
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    Re: Top Five Favourite Players/Biggest Influences

    Interesting question. Let's see...

    1) Matt Mundy The mandolin player who made me want to pick up a mandolin. He played with a band called Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit. I was...
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    Re: Change the G and D, leave the A and E alone?

    This has been my experience. The intonation of a string goes well before it starts to sound dull and lifeless. I also find that my strings last somewhere between 20-30 hours of playing time.
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