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    Happy Anniversary Mandolin Cafe!

    Scott-

    Congratulations! You and the Mandolin Cafe team have created something really special, and valuable. I know I'm not alone in appreciating how much this means musically and socially. One of...
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    Re: Me and Bobby McGee

    Corbin, really great editing and playing. Really enjoyed your vocal arrangement and singing too. Interesting, tasteful and true to the song.
  3. Re: David Grisman - 'Home is Where the Heart is'

    Not to mention Herb Pedersen, one of my all time favorite harmony singers and banjo players. The whole band, material, mixing, energy. Just stellar.
  4. Re: David Grisman - 'Home is Where the Heart is'

    Correction to my earlier post, the album is "Here Today."

    Sheesh. . .
  5. Re: David Grisman - 'Home is Where the Heart is'

    Yeah, this is such a classic CD set.

    Another classic of that general time is "Home Today." One of my all time favorite bluegrass albums.
  6. Thread: Cazadero

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    Re: Cazadero

    Really great tune. Paul Shelasky is an amazing musician, and darn funny dude.
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    Re: Surf's Up! New J.L. Smith (4-stringer)

    Uh oh. . .

    That about breaks the cool barrier. Nice.
  8. Re: Open Back / Old Time Banjos - Comparisons to Mando Builders

    We're in a golden age of luthery. I think these are all fine open backs, roughly in the same price range, maybe with Pisgah and Rickard (generally) slightly less. But you probably know all this....
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    I'd recommend Kimble as well, and Ruhland. I don't know what Matt is asking for A5's right now, but they were, and maybe still are, a great value. Matt, like Will, builds amazing mandolins. As do the...
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    Re: Doubt about a banjo for Bluegrass

    Just to add, the technique is much different, as it requires 3 (usually) fingerpicks, vs 1 flatpick. Mastering the rolls Jacob mentions is a whole other thing compared with a single flatpick (my take...
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    Re: Feline String Change Caution

    S---kabob. . .
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    Re: James Tailpiece Opinions

    I love James tailpieces, but my take it that while the tailpiece alone may have made a small change in the sound, I agree with pheffernan, it's likely mostly Lynn and whatever he did to the set-up,...
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    Re: We Lost John Prine.

    Yes, really aren't words enough for the sadness. Such a great human who touched millions of lives with his character and songs. So many people hit by this tragedy.

    Thank you John.
  14. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I wonder how many non-Gibson mandolins and guitars were built since this thread started.
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    Re: What strings are you currently playing?

    Straight Ups. You bet. Like them on every mando I've put them on.
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Heal quickly Dan, take it easy. Imagine we're each pickin' a tune for you, which you assign to each of us.
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    Couple thoughts:

    - Matt has an innate "way with wood." It's intangible.
    - He's a master craftsman
    - Flat out passionate about refining his art, seeking information, tips, knowledge, and sage...
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    Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    I don't see a need to "rank." All these great artists and more can share whatever title or stage. If they need to be on the side of the mountain just do holograms, switch them out every few days. . .
  19. Thread: UPS rant

    by Luna Pick
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    Re: UPS rant

    Billions of pieces successfully delivered around the world, bound to be a few rants along the way. . .
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    Re: The Ol Pals Footprints in the Snow

    Thanks for posting, everyone sounds fabulous. Larry is a great bluegrass banjo player as well as incredible luthier.
  21. Re: A model: Adding a strap button to the heel.

    I prefer looping it under the neck, as in the photo below.
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    Re: Will Kimble mandolins are....

    They're something anyone looking for a great mandolin should try if at all possible, or just have Will build you one.

    Give a listen to the Kimbles the Town Mountain mandolin player has, wicked...
  23. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    I'll offer what will be a pretty contrary opinion. I don't feel it's essential to play an instrument before buying it. The usual caveats here: my own opinion, experiences, tolerances, and other...
  24. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    I think only you will know the answer to that. Play and listen and hold them a few more times. One will jump out at some point.

    Others (like me) would say they'd choose something else in that...
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    Re: Mandolin Considerations -- Add to my List

    Matt Ruhland.
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