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    Re: Visit to Ireland -- Sessions?

    Coming down to the wire! I leave for my trip next Monday. I will be flying into Shannon and spending 4 days in Doonbeg (Clare), 5 days in Enniskerry (Wicklow) and 5 days in Killorglin (Kerry). I...
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    Re: Visit to Ireland -- Sessions?

    Thanks very much for all the suggestions. Mike, your description of a "session" is what I had in mind, and is not a lot different from the old-time jams I've been to in terms of structure and...
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    Visit to Ireland -- Sessions?

    A friend and I are planning a trip to Ireland in July. The main focus of the trip will be sightseeing and hiking, mostly along the west coast, but I'm hoping to bring along the mandolin and sit in...
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    Thanks for all you do, Scott.
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    Re: clip-on tuners post umpty-ump

    My first Snark went through batteries in 3 weeks, even though I made sure it was turned off. I contacted the company, which had me send it back to them in exchange for a new one. The replacement...
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    Re: Strangely-Shaped Mandolin -- What is it?

    Thanks, everyone, for the info. I'm not sure if I am going to get it or not, but at least I now have a pretty good idea of what I'm dealing with. Unfortunately, that particular shop is almost 400...
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    Strangely-Shaped Mandolin -- What is it?

    I ran across this instrument in an upper Michigan antique shop. There is no label inside, and nothing on the headstock. The owner of the shop believes it dates to the 1930s, but I have no other...
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    Re: Free V-Picks - Right Here

    Never tried one -- sounds interesting!
  9. Thread: Clark Mandolins

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    Re: Clark Mandolins

    I am the owner of a Clark F5 (#27) that Austin built for me almost 4 years ago. The tone was phenomenal right out of the box, and has gotten even better over time. I play mostly old-time music, so...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    I've been working on a Ward Jarvis tune, "Head of the Creek." Fun tune to play, and crooked enough to keep things interesting.
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    Re: Bill Hinkley in hospice

    Whenever Bill Hinkley showed up at one of the local old-time jams, we knew were in for a real treat. The scope and depth of his musical knowledge was astounding. He was a stellar musician as well...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    My band is working on "Johnson Boys", which is played in C. Our fiddler uses GDGD tuning with D fingering. Just for the fun of it, I tuned my old Kentucky (the one that my Clark replaced) to that...
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    Re: New / Used Clark 2-Point #39

    Welcome to the Clark family! My #27 is an F5 with the red burst and triple-tortoise binding. I've had it for almost 2 years, and it simply gets better and better every time I play it (the tone,...
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    Re: Foghorn Trio / Foghorn Stringband

    Sammy and Nadine are doing a fiddle workshop and house concert in St. Paul next weekend. It should be a blast. Sammy's brother, Eric, is a great old-time fiddler as well; he and his wife Teresa...
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    Re: Instrument insurance

    I've had pretty good results with Anderson Group. No claims, fortunately, but the customer service has been pretty good.

    I checked with the agent for my homeowners insurance, and was told that...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Some of the tunes in my "To Learn" folder are "New Five Cent Piece", "Five Miles From Town" (Skip Gorman's version; I already have Clyde Davenport's "5 Miles..." down pretty well), "Silver Lake" and...
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    Re: Need a fiddle tune with "white" in the title

    Norman Blake's "White Oak Swamp."
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    When I decided to take the custom-built plunge a couple of years ago, I was quite nervous about it. I had never paid more than $500 for any musical instrument in my life, and yet I was seriously...
  19. Thread: Tortoise Binding

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    Re: Tortoise Binding

    Triple-tortoise binding on my Clark F5 #27. It was a cost upgrade, but very well worth it.
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    Re: What do you REALLY get out of this site?

    I'm in. I've been hanging around this site for a number of years. In that time, I've made a number of new friends, learned a lot of things from some very talented people, and even purchased...
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    Re: Minnesota pickers

    Nice idea, Fred. I'm in!
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    Re: Minneapolis/St Paul Shops

    While this area may have a limited selection of mandolins, there are a large number of open jam sessions every week for both bluegrass and old-time. The Homestead Pickin' Parlor, mentioned by...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    "Indian Squaw" has been making the rounds of the local jams. Terrible title but a great tune. A recording by Jake Krack is the main source for this one.
  24. Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival

    Next weekend, August 6-9 at El Rancho Manana Campground, near Richmond, MN (about 70 miles northwest of the Twin Cities).
    http://minnesotabluegrass.org/index.php?contentID=559

    Anybody from here...
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    Re: Fingers too fat for the mandolin?

    When I first became interested in the mandolin many years ago, I decided I could never learn how to play it, for the same reason as you describe. A year or two later, I went to hear an old-time duo...
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