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    Re: Mandolin stands

    I wish the Hercules double/triple stands could adjust for each instrument. A mandolin and larger instruments must all use the same settings. You end up kind of compromising to get them all to work....
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    Re: Room humidifiers and distilled water

    That dust caused me to just give up on humidifiers. It was actually giving me a chronic cough, which stopped as soon as I turned off the humidifier. My home is consistently about 25% relative...
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    Re: Mandolin goes sharp between sessions?

    I frequently take my mandolin from Reno (high desert elev. ~4000ft and dry) to the Calif. coast (sea level and much more humidity). Every time, I spend the entire time in Calif. tuning down my...
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    Re: Question about A2 Gibson Snakeheads.

    Interesting discussion. Would the quality of the tone woods have been better on the a2-z vs the a2? Maybe closer to an a4 snakehead?
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    Gentlemen prefer blondes.
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    Over $21K for a NEW Gibson F5 MM

    That seems off the chart expensive for a non-vintage mando. Even with "The Gibson" on the head stock. Maybe I just don't get it.
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    Re: Chris Thile's new pick

    .055" = 1.397mm
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    Re: Las Vegas Music Scene

    I live in Reno, but Nevada has a very odd/arbitrary rule that only "ambient" music is allowed. The definition of ambient music is somewhat opaque, but essentially means that you might find a band...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I have owned several 'A' and two 'F' mandos. My only comment would be that the F doesn't slip or move as much on my lap while seated due to the points. Never have used a tone guard.
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    Re: Givson (yes, Givson) mandolin

    A friend had an acoustic guitar with "The Gubson" painted on the headstock. But I think the instrument started as something else and someone along the way added it. Good for a laugh.
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    Re: new: Northfield neck rest!!!

    TP roll is what I use. That or a small pillow.
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    Re: New Northfield/Gilchrist tailpiece-Nice!

    I just finished installing the NF/Gilchrist tailpiece on my NF5-S. The install was very easy, and the holes line up perfectly. The replacement screws allowed me to tighten everything down snugly. ...
  13. Re: Octave Mandolin question: Teardrop versus mando-guitar?

    But there are many many different OM configurations. Not just guitar or teardrop. There are oval hole, D hole, F hole, F body, A body, scale length, carved top, flat top, scale length, materials. ...
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    Yes, I've had a similar experience. :)
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    The NF5S is around $3.2K. Also, Northfields are not just a 'Chinese' company. Some models are built in the US, and my understanding is that all of the instruments are designed in the US, and that...
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    Getting together once a week for several weeks now. 4 or 5 of us, outside on a porch. We stay several feet apart but are not fanatical, and don't get a tape measure out. I have personally decided...
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    Re: Blue chip picks

    I think only you can decide if they are worth it. Buy one and give it a try. If you don't like it there is a good market for resale.
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    Re: Girouard Mandolins

    What a fascinating read! Thank you for doing this.
  19. Re: Matt Miller Picks - New to the Pick Market - Great pick/price

    Wonder if it is the same or similar to the BC material.
  20. Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    Possibly the Mandolin Cafe forum is not representative of the overall gender makeup of mandolin players.
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    Re: Northfield is simply nailing it lately

    I have a bad case of Northfield 4th gen MAS, but unlikely to happen any time soon. At the same time thankful I have the N5S.
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    Re: Northfield is simply nailing it lately

    I think the F5S is one of the sweet spots for Northfield. A great instrument at a great price. And they seem to be selling a ton of them. Northfield is so much more than simply an Asian knock-off...
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    Re: Feline String Change Caution

    I used to go to facebook if I wanted to see cat pics.
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    The 'asking' vs. the actual sale prices for these Loar F5s are likely very different. And it is much more difficult to determine the actual price paid since most buyers and sellers would prefer to...
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    Re: What do you use to lube your tuners?

    I occasionally use a bit of high quality synthetic key oil marketed for woodwind and brass instruments. It has a needle applicator so I can get it exactly where it needs to go.
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