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    Re: Opinion on nickel vs. gold aesthetics

    Gold worked well for this build. I have two with nickel and two with gold. For me it depends on the finish.
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    Meh, I owned a banjo once upon a time. I was trying to get my sister to move out of my house so I traded a guitar I didn't like for a banjo I didn't know how to play. The tactic failed but I sold the...
  3. Re: Ellis Torch and Wire in todays classified.

    That surprised me too coming from that shop. I just acquired a Pava A5 with koa binding. She added koa binding to the pick guard as well and it really ties it altogether. When I first laid eyes on it...
  4. Re: Ellis Torch and Wire in todays classified.

    If the purfling on the pick guard matched the rest of the mandolin it would be perfect. That is a pretty piece of lumber.
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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    The strings were not floppy loose but were detuned to where it far from being in tune.
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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    Very true on both accounts but I'm only permitted to take one of them home with me...sigh.
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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    The strings had been loosened. I did pick a few notes though just to say I'd played a Loar. Truthfully, I was so excited that I was buying that Birdseye Northfield Artist that Marty Stuart himself...
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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    I didn't play it but I did hold it and gave it a sniff a few weeks ago. It's in great shape. I was a little nervous just holding it.
  9. Re: You all downloaded the free mando summit app from Northfield

    The app turned my phone into a hand warmer. I had to uninstall it. The Weather Channel app does that too so it may just be my phone.
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    Re: Eastman Bag - The Mandolin Store

    I've been dragging one to work most nights for the last couple of years. The mandolin is faring well and the bag is holding up quite well. Last time they went on sale I bought a spare.
  11. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    Coming from guitars I was initially more comfortable with heavier necks with a C profile. I found a very nice mandolin that suited me. This spring I bought a MD305 to use as my camping/festival...
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    Re: I am totally bummed out

    Doug Clark has been doing that for a good while. He's s builder in Canton, NC.
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    Photographing shiny things

    I'm getting ready to sell a few instruments but I'm finding it difficult to get good pictures of the glossy ones. I'm getting too many reflections. Can any of y'all give me a tip or three on getting...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    11 time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year Michael Cleveland is also one heck of a mandolin player. He really likes to mash on it. I've never heard him play it at a mortal human's tempo.
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    I've had pretty good luck with USPS and prefer them for instruments. Anything that comes to me via UPS looks like it has been dropped off a cliff.
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    Re: Out of my league

    I believe it was bought as an investment. I was shocked to have it handed to me. I definitely wasn't going to ask to tune it up and play it. It is in very good condition and I am sure it is playable...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    A Northfield 5 bar
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    MAS is apparently more difficult to treat than I first thought. Tomorrow I need to photograph a motorcycle, a banjo, my nicest guitar and a mandolin I never dreamed I would sell so I can get them...
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    Re: Out of my league

    The strings were loosened so it wasn't ready to play. I did gently pick at it a little and had my picture made with it. I was surprised when he just handed it to me. I admit that I gave it a good...
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    Re: Out of my league

    I got to hold a '24 Loar this week. It has aged much more gracefully than I have. I did not drop it nor drool upon it.
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    Yes!
  22. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    For 24 hrs I was down to 3 mandolins. I had a Eastman 305 in the shop for a setup and someone wanted to know if I'd sell it. Sure, why not. When I went to drop off the gig bag that belonged with it I...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Answer: Because want and need are not the same thing.

    I play a mandolin way beyond my pay grade because I like it.
  24. Re: Check out this mandolin...... Thoughts, comments, concerns

    "It's not easy being green." - Kermit the Frog
  25. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    4 mandolins
    6 guitars
    1 banjo
    1 fiddle
    1 double bass
    1 ukulele
    1 Appalachian dulcimer

    Dang, I might need an intervention.
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