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  1. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    You can start a lot closer to home. Schoenberg has an A3 Gil and an F5. Call and make an appointment to see those. I’m sure they have some other mandolins to compare yours to. He had a nice Dude A5...
  2. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    So, an Ellis is less powerful than your kit mandolin? Is that what you are saying? Or am I misinterpreting?
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    Re: Boston/Cambridge Music Stores?

    Stu has retired. Joe Caruso is now sole owner of TME.

    Uber is probably faster than waiting for public transport. If you are pressed for time it’s your best bet.
  4. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    Br1ck, just an fyi, Soundcloud will allow you a free account, and will allow you, sans technical expertise to upload a sound file. You can then just attach a link to the mp3 file here on the Cafe in...
  5. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    Yes, but remember, the thread is about shopping for mandolins. The what if- player looking for a new mandolin, which solo builders would be on the list. There are a lot of good recommendations...
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    Re: Boston/Cambridge Music Stores?

    Uber makes it easier than it was in the past.
  7. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    Elderly. The telltale sign was the Brock A5.
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    Re: Solo builders

    My point is that they might have XYZ, DEF and QRS and you would never know it. They are waiting for someone that they've just emailed or called to make a decision on whether they want them. That...
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    Collecting is like duck hunting.......you watch and wait, you find one, you play it and you peg the ones you want to keep. But you have got to be prepared to bag one when it comes around.
  10. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    I guarantee you, they have other stuff going through Gryphons that you never see. Most shops like TME, Carters, and Gryphon have Want Lists from customers who are looking for specific things. Lots...
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    Re: A. Lawrence Smart Mandolins

    It was at $6k for quite a while and then he took it down after I asked him how he got to that price. He is an electric guitar “dealer” who works out of his home. The mandolin was down for a while...
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    Here’s a resource where fly fishing meets musical instruments (guitar). Sometimes you can make connections between two passions.

    https://www.petehuttlinger.com/camp
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    Re: A. Lawrence Smart Mandolins

    He had it listed for over $6k at first. The seller has a lot to do with how long it’s been for sale, believe me.
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    Plenty of sellers, but you have to wait and work at it. Not a lot of buyers.

    But to the Op, again, you need to network, find your niche, and work at it. Building a brand is not easy. Know your...
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    Mike, I work with small business people everyday, and as someone who buys (and sometimes sells) a lot of instruments I echo your observations. Mandolin buyers are very conservative, as a whole. ...
  16. Re: We have a 3-way race: Collings vs Pava vs Gilchrist

    These are all very different mandolins. You can see and play all of those models at TME, which is a plane ride away, and make a decision then and there. They have a used Gil Model One on...
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    Re: TMS to Nashville

    Have you been to Carter’s? Artisan just moved into downtown in order to compete with the other stores there. Seems everyone wants to be downtown. Cotten Music has expanded as part of The North...
  18. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    There's a lot of magic in a lot of A style mandolins. I own a few A's and F styles, and I still prefer playing an A. I'm more comfortable playing an A these days. There are some very nice solo...
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    Re: Solo builders

    I’ve seen a few Apitius used at around $5k. The lesser-known builders market is a bit softer, especially if someone has a “distress sale”.
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    Re: Chris Thile's Loars

    Are you Loar shopping, Dem?
  21. Re: Playing with others of different skill levels

    Generally, if you play with people who have better skill sets, you will be inspired to improve your own skill set. I find that if I feel like I am being dragged behind in a jam it will motivate me...
  22. March Mandolin Festival- Concord, New Hampshire

    I was at the Concord Community Music School this past Tuesday evening for rehearsal (I play with the adult fiddle ensemble there), and someone mentioned that there were just about ten spots left for...
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    Re: Dean Martin's Volare

    Carlo Aonzo plays an instrumental version on his Mandoitaly CD.
  24. Re: New to playing Celtic music but I see its big locally

    Technique is very different between fiddle, accordion, and mandolin/banjo. The approach to triplets and other mechanics needs to be learned from those who play plucked instruments. It’s very hard...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    I believe, as with the violins, there is an option for midi. Not all the violins have midi electronics
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