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  1. Hartford's Mammoth Collection of Fiddle Tunes

    Posting here because I know this will be of interest to mandolin players. Fiddle tunes are mando tunes, too, after all.;)

    In case you haven't seen, there's a brand new book available containing...
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    Re: Andy Statman in NYC 05/10/18

    https://youtu.be/C8UWXNKD6FQ
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    Sierra again

    My apologies to those who have seen this video but I’ve watched it 6 times in the last two days and can’t get enough. The combination of instruments is just awesome.
    https://youtu.be/WpB3yBiJ1Jg
  4. New Mike Black Mandocello under construction

    My very long-time local mando-pal Jeff Dearinger who owns one of the nicest K-4s from the Loar era is having Mike Black make him a mandocello so the old Gibson doesn't have to travel to their...
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    Re: Underappreciated

    Jimmy Gaudreau is is one of my favourite musicians in Bluegrass. The ''Jimmy Gaudreau's Bluegrass Unit - Live in Holland'' recording is superb.
    Here's one of my favourite tracks from it - ''This...
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    Underappreciated

    I always liked this lineup for The Unit, with Jimmy Gaudreau playing mandolin and singing harmony. You don't hear much about Jimmy Gaudreau these days. I've got a couple of his recordings and always...
  7. Interesting perspective on Dawg's playing...

    ...Literally.

    This is a cool video anyway, but thought it was worth sharing as it's shot from a rare angle of below, out front, peghead-side. I learned a bit from watching The Man from this...
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    John Reischman's Loar

    I thought I'd share this here with you as this kind of thing doesn't really happen to us. On Sunday, my son (Tai) got to open for John Reischman and the Jaybirds on Vancouver Island. Before the...
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    Re: The new Mandolin Cafe case sticker

    Putting this photo out here as it's easier to document this way vs. looking through old invoices. The original order of 10,000 stickers lasted 3 1/2 years. Here's what a re-order of 5,000...
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    Re: Orrin Star Passes

    It's nice to see how many people knew Orrin. I took lessons from him for about three months back around 2010. The only reason I stopped was due to my first bout of serious elbow tendonitis which...
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    My Northfield Artist Model, “Old Dog”

    Hey all,

    I recently received a Northfield Artist Series, and it is a beast.
    I love this thing, and just wanted to share a bit about it to those who are interested in hearing about Northfields.
    ...
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    Nugget Mandolin #310

    Hello everybody!

    Last year I pulled the trigger and ordered a Nugget mandolin from Mike Kemnitzer. I played Joe K. Walsh's Nugget and loved the responsiveness and general feel of the instrument...
  13. Thread: Carlo Aonzo Trio

    by JeffD
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    Carlo Aonzo Trio

    This is great.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaQwHHRIzf8
  14. Girouard mandolins, the 'Cafe, and gratitude...

    About two years ago in a fit of downsizing I foolishly sold this unique and wonderful Girouard A5, lacquered redwood over spectacular quilted maple:
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    These pieces of playable art come and...
  15. Unexpected But Highly Anticipated NMD: Sorensen FX “Dark Shark”

    Hey guys,
    Longtime lurker here. I’m a Southern California picker of average ability who came back to mandolins a few years ago, after a long absence during which I mostly played electric bass....
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    Unedited liner notes for "Dawg and T"

    I wrote the liner notes for the new David Grisman and Tony Rice CD. It needed to be edited quite a bit to fit the format, but I thought some might enjoy the unedited version, I did a lot of research...
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    Barn Find Gibson

    Hello friends,

    I've been so excited to get this on here and share my find with you. I just got it back from the luthier (Gil Rosado formerly of Mandolin Bros, you rock!) and finished up photos and...
  18. Thread: Mrs Saggs

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    Mrs Saggs

    A lovely tune written around 2010 by English melodeon player Chris Wood and now becoming very popular in sessions in the UK. It's in the key of G, and I'm playing it here with the melody recorded...
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    Re: Ellis F5 Special #380

    Today is my six month anniversary of being the caretaker for this beautiful mandolin. It's been played every day, and I must say it sounds better than ever right now. Huge thanks to Tom Ellis for...
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    Re: Angus R Grant of Shooglenifty, RIP

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0hPhGn0J_g
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    Re: Angus R Grant of Shooglenifty, RIP

    So we celebrated the life of Angus Grant at a huge Shooglenifty party gigat Celtic Connections, which was utterly brilliant. So happy to be there performing with these amazing musicians, all of whom...
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    Inside the Ellis and Pava Workshop

    Hello fellow Cafe friends and Happy New Year.

    My wife and I travelled over the holidays to New Orleans and San Antonio before stopping in Austin for a few days. I had reached out to Ellis...
  23. Steffey pre-AKUS (plus Sharon Gilchrist in period costume)

    ...and as a bonus, you get a fabulous Tim Stafford half-fro.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJu1XzZjD_I
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    Two New Sierra Hull Pieces

    A recent upload featuring an original number and a cover of a Tony Rice song.

    I know this is tenor guitar but it's so good. Also intriguing to see a well-regarded mandolinista playing a different...
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    Re: Sobell 5-Course Cittern

    If I can turn those questions round, I don't think there's any obligation to try alternative tunings (no contractual issues or anything!), so don't feel under pressure to make changes just because...
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