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  1. Thread: Nmd

    by Richard Mott
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    Re: Nmd

    Gchris—Say a word about what led up to you breaking your 40-year mandolin fast! —R.
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    Re: Amazing Nugget F5 at Carter's!

    Yeah, it would be great if Carter’s put up a video. Although sometimes there’s a lot of cross-noise in their showroom. Tone, looks, & feel—they all go into the price of an instrument I think. ...
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    Re: Rusty Young RIP

    I saw Rusty at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, probably 1974. He was playing a steel guitar built to fit with a strap around his neck and the strings tilted forward to the audience, I heard him call...
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    Re: My favourite things.

    Nice work!
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    Re: Comparing Mandolins

    The rolling curl in the one-piece back of that Smart mandolin would swing it for me!
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    Re: Olive wood for mandolin body?

    Liked this from James Condino! “ -Is it an emotional attachment to the wood? Did my 9x great granddaddy cut it down by hand when he worked as a 13 year old apprentice for Stradivari back in the old...
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    Re: A child's size oud

    That is terrific to see, somewhere there is a lucky child!
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    Re: How long does it take?

    In my experience there can be a huge gap between how long it takes and how long it feels.
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    Re: Nugget Info 2021

    Old Growth, I’d love to see the Ned Alderman article, as I’ve never come across it. Daryl, the Fretboard Journal number is 38. (It inexplicably didn’t but absolutely should have listed the...
  10. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Just as a coda to this, I know of an absolute top guitar builder who had a customer come to him and say “Build me an instrument out of the best-sounding piece of spruce in your shop that you could...
  11. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Beautifully figured wood typically costs more than plain, but any connection to the sound of the instrument likely derives from economics—i.e., a builder whose instruments are sufficiently...
  12. Re: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the very best to you

    Hi Bill—Wonderful note to close out a difficult year. For many of us, playing music and having this on-line community have been real pillars holding things together. Here’s to looking back on 2020...
  13. Re: Great quote about instruments from Gordon Lightfoot

    Great quote! I have often thought that guitars have three components to their sound: string, wood, and air. A trinity of sorts. Which makes a kind of sense, in that it is a string that vibrates...
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    Thanks everyone, for the helpful insights. (Especially James, for the purple/yellow mammoth ivory chop info!). It sounds like tradition for mother-of-pearl nuts may be a good part of it, but...
  15. Re: How to Open a Vintage Guitar Store in Seven Easy Steps

    Great story! Walter is a natural writer and an astute observer of the music business. It’s a gripping account even though at the end it is easy to see how Walter and Christie succeeded—they did what...
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    Hi Mike—You make a persuasive case that ANY F-5 mandolin is in some sense a “Loar copy” because the F-5 itself originated in the Loar era. So that it is perhaps one end of a spectrum, and toward the...
  17. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    Mike, just listened to the clip on your Gil and that mandolin simply could not sound better to my ears! Fat mids, massive clarity up the neck, huge power. Wow!
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    Re: Why so many glossy finish mandos?

    Good to remember there’s a whole lot of territory between a high gloss and satin finish. Sweet spot for me is a somewhere between the two that brings depth to the wood but not so bright it hurts the...
  19. Thread: Speed

    by Richard Mott
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    Re: Speed

    With all due respect to contrary opinions expressed here, I think that atsunrise’s tremelo video is dead-on. It recognizes that we tend to increase right-hand speed not linearly but by doubling (or...
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    Re: Why "The"?

    I think as others have alluded, it’s a choice for emphasis. I think back in the day of Orville Gibson, it was an effort to make Gibson sound a little grander. The pinnacle. It’s a type of usage...
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    Re: No to cookie cutter mandolins

    I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about precisely this question. In one respect, working with as many different materials and designs as possible will give you a broader understanding of mandolin...
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    Re: Mandolin of MAS Destruction?

    Back in 2011, I played a Gilchrist for the first time, and a friend asked me how it compared to my then-current instrument. I told him: louder, more even, clearer trebles, fuller bass, easier to...
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    Re: Gilchrist Archtops

    What a fabulous recording! For anyone interested, here's the link: http://www.gilchristmandolins.com/274
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    Re: Gilchrist Archtops

    Dear Jim Fox, great to see your post on here. I am sure you will not remember, but about 12 years ago you were kind enough to take my phone call about Steve Gilchrist's archtops, as I was thinking...
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    Re: Tone bar vs X braced

    The tone-bar versus x-braced difference seems to be an "all other things being equal" kind of difference--although things are rarely equal, certainly not across builders or different wood...
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