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    Re: Some new backing tracks

    Thanks, the tracks are great
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    Re: how often do you refill your humidifier?

    I’m in Wisconsin, which needs significant winter humidification. I use an Oasis -26. Based on my wireless humidity monitor, in January my good Collings case stays in the low 50% RH range and I fill...
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    Re: Sam Bush playing something other than Hoss?

    Here is Sam playing a different Hoss, Wheel Hoss.
    It’s the player to my ears, not the pick or the mandolin.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_DugNWf_Dc
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    Re: New (to me) Flatiron A5-1

    I think my 84 A5 had the best tone of any mandolin I've owned.
    I sold mine because I wanted a different neck profile.
  5. Outstanding, the 1984 Flatiron A5 was my best...

    Outstanding, the 1984 Flatiron A5 was my best tone mandolin.
    I can’t wait to try a ZETA Stage.
  6. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    I started as well to play at age ~57, this is my 1st and only instrument. Eight years later, I’m still having fun, playing in jams, with friends and with a band. My goal, which I am still...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Rest in Peace Ivan, and it was great to get your helpful messages.
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    Exactly,
    except the first thing I look at when in the audience is the headstock
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    Re: Should I pay for damage caused?

    If you were clearly at fault then pay.
    But if you back into someone at a jam and they don’t have their strap on tight or they have a loose end pin,
    I think it’s a grey area.
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    I like the term "player acclimatization" even though it has only been used a couple of times in the cafe and probably 1000 times less than "open up"
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    I'm in
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Gilchrist F5

    Exactly
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    There is a lot of science that goes into getting volume from a mandolin, but not much of that science is known or well understood.
    I think it is agreed that for the wood top, low specific gravity...
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    Re: ‘Beach’ mandolin

    For most traveling I take my Eastman 505. It is a fine mandolin, that I also use for gigs after I added a pickup. When I’ve gone camping/boating, or plan to spend a lot of time on a sandy beach, I...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Mandolin

    Wintertime low humidity in northern climates, hurts playability. Having a good tone and a stable mandolin would be very nice. I would be interested.
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    Re: Jeff Austin Health Fund

    Very unfortunate & sad, he will be missed.
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    I have an Eastman and a Collings. They are both keepers for different reasons. Almost all of what I hear is the player not the mandolin. With eyes closed, I can tell this is Sam Bush playing, I...
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    Re: Should I take my Eastman MD305 on vacation?

    I always take my Eastman 505 on trips around the US or Europe.
    I would use a lightweight hard or foam case, and not a gig bag,
    and try and get on early to have a good place for storage.
    On...
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    Re: Musical contests

    Past Winfield/Walnut Valley winners, are many of the outstanding mandolin players, I respect and to whom I listen. I think competition is a good way to highlight and acknowledge younger musicians.
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    My recent experience with Collings customer service has been outstanding.
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    I think a lot mandolin sales is about puffing (woody tone, opens up, beautiful back) lots of opinions and not as many facts. If folks want more facts, maybe spend time studying dialectical...
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    Offer to sell a used Collings at a fair price and you will have a line of potential buyers. I only got mine because I responded 1st.
    The only mandolin I bought new is an Eastman, since I think...
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    Re: An Observation on Humidity and Tone

    I just took my mandolin to a 70% rh location (CA) for 2 weeks from my home in Wisconsin. I have a whole house humidifier, but my WI indoor rh has been about 30%, and varies based on outdoor temps. ...
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    Re: Luthier Paul Hostetter has passed away

    Sad to hear about Paul’s passing. I have a resonator mandolin that Paul built. I sent it to Paul a couple of years ago, to get it fixed-up. It was a lot of fun corresponding and talking to Paul;...
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    Re: Mandolin Orange Live in Studio "New Sounds"

    Andrew was playing the Gibson at the show on 2/14 in Madison,WI.
    At the show, Andrew commented that he cares about tone, which is why he keeps buying Mandolins.174878
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