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  1. Re: The long, arduous journey of Silverangel #438 - with a happy

    Congratulations! Sorry for the wait, but glad it turned out well in the end! I once had a mandolin that was shipped from Boston take a week to get to me with no updates, and it was shipped second day...
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    Re: NGD: Martin TEN515 - My first tenor!

    Congratulations! Sounds great!!
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    Re: Shopping! Or...Playing Around

    If you’re within striking distance and want the education, check out Charles Johnson’s shop...
  4. Re: What's your favorite song by Kris Kristofferson? Here's mine.

    Hard to beat Johnny and Janice!!
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    Re: Thanks To Lowe Vintage

    Congratulations! Yes, they’re a great group of guys. I know you don’t want to say, which I totally respect. If you bought the one I think you did, you got a helluva mandolin!!
  6. Thread: Uther my cat..

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    Re: Uther my cat..

    Love cats but allergic, hence I’m a dog person. Regardless, so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is always tough...
  7. Thread: Your First Upgrade

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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    First mandolin was a Kentucky 675-S, bought after much research but before I discovered this site. Only $350, but it was an eBay mess, and I ended up putting as much into getting it playable as I did...
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    Re: Newbie here, suffering from analysis paralysis

    Agree with the advice to get a well set-up Kentucky or Eastman of recent vintage. Buy from one of the Cafť sponsors so you don't end up with an Ebay mess, as I did with my first purchase back in...
  9. Re: Article: Sam Bush in the D'Addario Studios - Red Haired Boy

    Ah, well, he’s still a legend! Thanks for clarifying (fist bump emoji)
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    Re: Does Praying Help Find Your Blue Chip?

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

    Sorry, Al. Bet Chrisís most generous offer will bring it back for sure! Otherwise, prayer would clearly be the way to go :mandosmiley:

    Itís funny, I go through phases....
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    Re: Bought & I Donít Even Play

    Welcome, and congratulations! I typically use a strap whether seated or standing. It keeps the mando in essentially the same position for both. Otherwise, I feel like it helps to prop my left foot up...
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    Re: Help comparing Kentuckys for upgrade!

    Of those 3 I would go with the 855, but what you may want to do is save until you can get a used KM 1000 or 1050. The 855 would probably be better than the Rover, but odds are very good that a 1000...
  13. Re: Replacing the Tailpiece on my Flatiron (would like original)

    You may have some luck by placing a want ad in the classifieds, and by also reaching out to larger volume stores that do lots of mandolin work. Like Carterís, Gruhnís, Elderly, Gryphon, Fiddlerís...
  14. Thread: Gold tone

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    Re: Gold tone

    Not as highly as Eastman and Kentucky. I played one of their Rigel inspired mandolins once that wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t great, either. Their banjos are highly regarded, their Mandos not so much....
  15. Re: What to look/listen for when mandolin shopping?

    You’ve got an excellent list. For me, all those factors are important, though I wouldn’t count out an excellent instrument because of set up issues, which are remediable. The big kickers for me are...
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    Re: Substitutes for ebony?

    Was at Oak Island in N.C. a few weeks ago, and the house next to us was installing Brazilian Walnut decking. It’s suppoesedly the second most dense wood in North an South America, per the...
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    Re: Disappointed with the Nashville music scene

    It’s been a few years since I was last there, but the house band at Robert’s Western World was my fav on the strip. Dude’s have been playing together since 1995, I think, and played mostly older...
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    Interesting question. I’m in the case camp, but don’t have a problem modifying my instruments. I actually speed necked my first mandolin myself, though I’d take my good ‘uns to a pro. All of mine get...
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    I use a Hercules stand when I’m playing at church and will use it at home if I’m practicing multiple instruments in the same session, but they typically go in their cases if I’m taking more than a...
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    Re: Revival: The Sam Bush Story

    Nowhere close to what it should be :(

    I watched it when it was first released and really enjoyed it. I’ve never met the man, but he seems like the consummate professional, and so many of his peers...
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    Re: Ball end strings for an electric mando?

    I use Ernie Ball Slinky guitar strings. Usually buy a pack of 9s and 10s and then use the gauges that get me closest to the no longer sold “Jazzmando” set. Way cheaper way to go, and a good excuse to...
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    Re: Man....I had a blue guitar...

    Ted Eschliman used to have a Rigel Blueburst that was gorgeous. I had a blueburst Fender 62SE (before they got lumpy). Looked great and was better sonically than I expected, but I eventually gave it...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy, Washburn????

    Agree, the inlay work looks absolutely gorgeous! Unfortunately, I, too know little than what I’ve read on here about bowl backs...
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    Re: A short tune in GDGD tuning

    Very nice! Great tone from that McIlroy!
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    Re: KM1000 Spec Question -- side width?

    Everyone’s brain works differently, so take this FWIW, but it really helped me to forget the “upside down guitar” thing and just approach the mandolin like a completely new instrument. Your flat...
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