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    Re: Dr. John Cockman interview

    I am lucky enough to live near John's family. They are all wonderful hardworking talented people. John's dad (also John) often comes to a local jam where I play every week. He sometimes brings one...
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    Re: Damage to Loar A5???

    Thanks Darryl. Good first hand information.:)
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    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    I had a mandolin with the Nugget tailpiece for a while and was concerned about the exposure of the strings, since I have loved the James tailpiece for years.

    I was surprised that the Nugget worked...
  4. Re: A tuner shootout: TC Electronic Unitune vs. Peterson StroboCl

    Now what I'd like is to see is: all the features of the Unitune squeezed into the size of the D'Addario Micro-tuners and with pads that NEVER mar a varnish finish. (Never satisfied);)
  5. Re: Y'all missed some great mandolin playing in Asheville

    John,

    Hard to be sure who that is in the picture. Tell us more!!
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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    "Fingers are too weak; fingers are too fat; fingers are too skinny; fingers are too short; I have no talent."

    Then I turn around and see a crowd of 9 year olds with tiny hands, all knocking out...
  7. Thread: Education

    by Philphool
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    Re: Education

    You might or might not get a chance to play a good variety of mandolins at a festival..
    In Nashville, it's guaranteed!
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    Re: Strap making question

    If you have strap buttons at the tailpiece and heel of the mandolin, the easiest is a flat piece of leather with a hole to fit in each end.

    You can use another thinner strip of leather around...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    If I were even under 40, I'd definitely want to start learning to fiddle. At this point, it's too late. No one will want to hear a mediocre fiddle player who's 95 years old, which would be my age...
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    Re: Kerman Mandolin status as of 2019

    Frankly, I've never heard of them. The website gives NO information. Is there more info anywhere?
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    Re: Mandolin Orange Information

    Have you tried Jerry Brown at the Rubber Room, a recording studio in Chapel Hill where the CD was recorded? Just a thought; he might have some info if you catch him when he's not working.
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    Re: New Northfield Model M

    I was the second owner of the #2 Model M. Its tone surprised me with its depth given its price.
    The neck was maybe the most comfortable narrow radiused neck I've ever played.
    Very nice...
  13. Thread: Best Armrest

    by Philphool
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    Re: Best Armrest

    I've bought perhaps 5 or 6 of Doug's armrests through the years. All except the first have been McClungs. Love them.
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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    When forming 4 finger chords (chop chords):

    1. Make sure you're approaching th fingerboard like a fiddle player (fingers almost parallel to length of fingerboard, not 'across' the board.)

    2. ...
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    Re: Damage to Loar A5???

    I think it's in the general vicinity of Oregon now. Elderly in 2010 offered it for $342,000, IIRC. I presume that was a consignment offer.
  16. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    Of course we think that.

    Given the amount of knowledge this guy had, and the materials at hand, he didn't do such a bad job. And maybe he just likes tuners to be easily accessible.;)
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    Re: Damage to Loar A5???

    Seems unlikely, doesn't it? That's why I thought someone might have a good story from the old days.
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    Re: Damage to Loar A5???

    Addendum: I've looked through some old pix and found some evidence of wear years ago, but perhaps to a lesser degree.
    So, I am now supposing that the mandolin is getting some play time and the wear...
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    Damage to Loar A5???

    I recently came across a picture of the Loar A5 which apparently shows an area where the finish is scraped (or worn) off of the treble side of the upper rib near the heel.
    I'd never noticed that on...
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    Re: The Ghost Mandolin

    I think it looks good, but you need to be playing something jazzy while wearing a tuxedo.;)
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    I'll say it once more:

    Unroll the strings with the loops facing left; then work with 2 strings at a time;
    hold the paper tab with your right hand and pull the entire lengths of the 2 strings...
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    Mike, I think I see your point. The fallacy is that a difference in the age of the individual rings makes a difference.

    All the stuff that we discuss about "old wood" and "instruments getting...
  23. Thread: Classifieds

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    Re: Classifieds

    Quote Originally Posted by Philphool
    Remember that the classifieds are there for everyone, not just you.



    What I meant by this is that what is best for a buyer is not necessarily best for...
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    Re: D'Addario Delivers A Holiday Turkey

    Sorry. I totally disagree. Couldn't stand the feel of the EXP coating.
    XTs sound less jangly to me right out of the pack. I really can't FEEL any coating on the XTs. :)

    I've had a set on...
  25. Thread: Classifieds

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    Re: Classifieds

    Sellers would like for you to at least see the picture and perhaps be tempted to change your budget. Pretty obvious isn't it? Remember that the classifieds are there for everyone, not just you.:)...
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