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  1. Thread: Eastman MD-305

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    Re: Eastman MD-305

    If I wanted to play bluegrass and had $1k to spend, I would jump all over that Gibson A9 (NFI). I have played a couple of A9s, they were all great mandolins, not just great for the price. One of...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    I agree with both of these posts. I am basically a one instrument musician. I have often said, "The wand chooses the wizard." I play my Dudenbostel almost exclusively. I own a Breedlove Quartz as...
  3. Thread: Walmart mandolin

    by dwc
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    Re: Walmart mandolin

    At least there is some truth in advertising:

    "A well-built F-Model mandolin at this price range is truly unheard of."

    Truly.
  4. Thread: Ellis A5?

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    Re: Ellis A5?

    I have owned both a Northfield Big Mon and an Ellis A5. I have played two more Ellis mandolins and played two Kimble A5s and a Kimble F5. Hands down the best pure bluegrass mandolin I have ever...
  5. Re: What is the Difference between a $6,000 and $3,000 mandolin?

    Many times, nothing. But I will say that when you find that really special instrument, you know it.

    In March I went to Nashville for a long weekend and ended up at Carterís. At the time, I was...
  6. Thread: A vs F style

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    Re: A vs F style

    If no one on a forum ever asked a question that had been asked previously, there wouldn't be forums, just wikis.

    I just want to go on record saying that aesthetics are an entirely valid reason for...
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    Re: =O Carter Vintage Guitars

    Carter's can be dangerous...

    I was in Nashville for a long weekend about a month ago. That Saturday my wife and I took a side trip to Carter's before grabbing lunch. I had bought my Bourgeois...
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    Re: Eastman Violins for Fiddles?

    Short answer, they are fine.

    Much longer answer, I would never claim to be a fiddler, but I can play a few tunes on the fiddle, the result of having tried the very same thing that you are about to...
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    Re: Northfield Question.

    Absolutely not true. Even the high end Kentucky mandolins are built in a factory. Northfield mandolins are made from US sourced woods in a very small shop in China. Their shop in China isn't much...
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    Re: Northfield Big Mon Versitility question

    Having had an Ellis A5 before I got my current Northfield "Big Mon", I have some insight into your question and your dilemma.

    The Ellis was a fantastic mandolin; the build quality was impeccable. ...
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    Re: Martin to Mandolin Question

    I think the estimate of $4k for the D42 after shipping and fees is pretty close, maybe even slightly optimistic, and Breedloves just don't hold their value, but you could probably net around $5k to...
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    Re: NonCountry Bluegrass suggestions?

    Part of the problem here is semantics. I think what you are looking for is acoustic string music. Bluegrass is acoustic string music, but not all acoustic string music is bluegrass. There are...
  13. Thread: Tab vs ear

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    Re: Tab vs ear

    I strongly disagree with this statement. If it were true, music schools and conservatories wouldn't require two years of ear training classes. I have personally witnessed successful ear training. ...
  14. Thread: Tab vs ear

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    Re: Tab vs ear

    I agree that it is not an either/or scenario, but likewise, music is not an endeavor where you get points for difficulty. A well rounded musician should not neglect ear training, but you should also...
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    Re: Genius/prodigy and discipline?

    It is difficult to answer objectively. I am not a psychiatrist, and I can only speak about my own experiences, which, being neuroatypical, is very difficult. Over the years, in conjunction with...
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    Re: 1930 TB2 conversion NMC

    It is the classical "Ship of Theseus" paradox. How many planks in ship can you replace before it is no longer the original ship? How many pieces of a Gibson banjo can you replace before it is no...
  17. Re: Is the electric guitar dying, taking Gibson and others with i

    I straddle the Millennial/Gen-xer line and I play music with people from 25 to 75. That is pretty much the earliest Boomers to the middle of the Millennials, and part of it is interest, but a lot of...
  18. Re: NMC: Best resources for Italian beginning bluegrass guitarist

    For bluegrass guitar, there is an 8 book series called "Flatpicking Essentials". It is the best book CD combo series I have seen, so much so that I recommend it even to those who don't want to play...
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    Re: If I Could Only Listen To One Player.

    Chris Thile. You get the Nickel Creek catalog, the Punch Brothers catalog, the Mutual Admiration Society live shows, the Thile/Davies duo album, all of the solo stuff, plus the Prairie Home...
  20. Re: question for anyone taking lessons online at artistworks

    You are correct. You are buying a subscription that allows access to content; you are not actually buying content. In addition, most of the learning is done by watching pre-made video content and...
  21. Thread: Kentucky Km-950

    by dwc
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    Re: Kentucky Km-950

    OK, so the KM-950 from Amazon arrived today.

    Abstract: Despite some sketchy packaging and no case, the mandolin arrived in tact. The only setup work it needed was to set the height and position...
  22. Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    Mine wasn't actually a mandolin album, but Eric Clapton Unplugged and then Nirvana Unplugged were the beginning of my exploration of acoustic music. Lead acoustic guitar wasn't something I thought...
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    Re: stores near charlston south carolina.

    You can replace "not much" with "absolutely nothing" and have a more correct statement. Ye Olde Music is a very good guitar shop, but nothing in the way of quality mandolins.

    Now, you want to...
  24. Thread: Newbie Question

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    Re: Newbie Question

    One of the "tricks" to being able to play in any key is to learn Four Finger Closed Position major and minor scales. Once you understand the pattern, you can move the same fingerings anywhere on the...
  25. Thread: 10 CDs

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    Re: 10 CDs

    I've thought a lot about this. Early bluegrass is sort of like early blues. The recordings are often low fidelity; the vocals take some adjustment to get used to, and the playing can be spotty. ...
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