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  1. Thread: Modern F4 options?

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    Re: Modern F4 options?

    Skip Kelley is making some awesome mandolins and has done some “hybrid” and trad F4 style mandos. Believe there’s a video of him comparing a 12 fret join vs a 23 fret join on YouTube…
  2. Re: Northfield F5S consistency (or buying without checking)

    Based on what I’ve seen and played in stores, agree with the above comments. Another option is to contact the shop you’re planning on buying from, explain what you’re after, and have them pick the...
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    Re: Has COVID affected your MAS?

    I’d also like to throw out there that while I’ve been able to keep working and am fortunate to have added the instruments I did over the last year, my heart goes out to those who haven’t been so...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Looking great, Skip!
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    Re: Has COVID affected your MAS?

    Regarding MAS, I upgraded my mandos to the Kelley A5 and Rigel CT-110 before things locked down, so I’ve been pretty satiated there. But I did buy an OO sized Martin and a McPherson Touring. I also...
  6. Re: Contemporary Christian Music with Mandolin Solo???

    Rend Collective and Jars of Clay both use some mandolin, but they tend to be more in the mix rather than featured solos. My Lighthouse by RC is fun and has a pretty repetitive mandolin riff you can...
  7. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    “Vintage” makes me think old and good/desirable. If the instrument isn’t good/desirable, then it’s just old. My 1984 Ford Tempo would be, by definition in the auto community, “classic.” But it was...
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    Re: Banjo dowel stick reset

    Jake Wildwood is in Vermont and has a great rep on the Cafe. I’d give him a call to start with…
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    Re: Yet another first (budget) mandolin question

    Congrats! I’ve bought all but one of my mandolins online and have been fortunate with the exception of the first (which taught me a lot), but it’s so much fun to pick one off a wall of instruments...
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    Re: Thoughts on abbreviated pickguards

    First of all, I love the blueburst look of the back and sides of your mandolin!! That said, I’m not a pick guard fan. I prefer to see the contours and wood of the top unimpeded, and I don’t need the...
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    Re: Old vs New Kentucky KM-150

    My understanding (from Cafe reading) is they’re now made in the same factory as the master models (KM-900 and above), so, while I’m sure there are some gems from the older production days, I suspect...
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    Re: Marty Stuart solo mando Tom Petty cover

    He is the man! Awesome video, thanks for posting!
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    Sounds great! Nice score on the pickup and case!
  14. Thread: J.D. Crowe passes

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    Re: J.D. Crowe passes

    :(
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    Re: Sam's Christmas Message

    Sam’s the man!
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    I sold my 1N in a downsize move a couple of years ago. IIrC I tossed the original and useless chipboard case and housed it in a TKL a style case with t-shirts stuffed in to fill the dead space. Not...
  17. Thread: trouble strumming

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    Re: trouble strumming

    Practice, practice, practice…but sensibly so you don’t get any overuse type injuries. I head up our youth praise band at church and use barre chords a lot with that music, especially if the singers...
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    Re: Tips for chording with a hard(ish) pick?

    Agree, the pick rotation issue will work itself out with experience. As an inexpensive trial maybe try drilling a few small holes in the pick where you hold it, a la Wegen. I’ve got a couple of...
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    Re: Stan Miller Brazilian rosewoods

    There it is! Gorgeous!!
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    Re: Bill Halsey's last F-5

    Very nice, Dem! Can’t wait to hear more from the newer one…
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    Re: Strap recommendation for Octave

    I currently am just using a nylon guitar strap on my Weber Bitterroot with an end pin attachment and the other end tied to the head stock. But, I like a heel button and don’t think you’d have any...
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    Re: Eastman 305 string preference?

    I used to have a 315 I sold in a downsize move a few years ago. It liked EJ 74 and 75s just fine. I’ve been playing Monels on a couple of my main guitars and my fav mandolin (Kelley A5) for a few...
  23. Thread: Slow, sweet songs

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    Re: Slow, sweet songs

    Wayfaring Stranger…tab is in the Cafe library…
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    Re: My Grandmother the Mandolinist

    Awesome photo, Paul, and awesome that she was part of your connection to Mr. Moore!!
  25. Re: Suggestions requested for this array of desired attributes

    Jim’s questions and observations are good and knowing about your previous instruments’ +/- qualities will help guide us. The general rule of thumb when comparing mandolins to flat top guitars...
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