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    Re: Thomastiks on a Northfield Calhoun?

    While I have not tried TI’s on a Calhoun, I did use the Mittels (mediums) on a Gypsy Vagabond flattop to good effect and would recommend them without reservation. I have used the Starks (heavies) on...
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    Re: Pick Review for an Apollo Casein 1.4mm

    Thanks for producing this video, Jake. It confirmed my biases about the benefits of casein tonally when played solo. I especially appreciated your discussion at the end about feel or playability,...
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    Re: A fun little comparison video

    I couldn’t forget the feel, which is what led me to a pair of Redline Travelers and ultimately the Poe Scout.
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    Re: Pine, what a tone

    Well, technically spruce is a pine, and I know of mandolins that have been built with Douglas fir and King Billy pine. I haven’t heard of eastern white pine being employed in that capacity, however.
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    Re: A fun little comparison video

    That video is consistent with my experience, as I found that I preferred the tone of pancake, Army-Navy style flattops like Flatirons and Redline Travelers to the more tulip shaped Mid-Missouri and...
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    Re: Single Note Melody - Is mandolin "easier?"

    Yes :grin:

    (In all seriousness, the shorter scale and tuning in fifths make it a much more intuitive instrument for playing melodies, at least for me; conversely, the longer scale and tuning of...
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    Re: Bridge string slots?

    Make sure that your flattop can accommodate the height of the adjustable bridge you’ve ordered. I too wanted one on my Poe Scout after moving on from my Flatiron and was surprised to learn that the...
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    Re: Best prices Gibson F5

    That would be my answer as well. The Nashville-era Festivals may not have Gibson on the peghead, but it is on the label as they were built in the same facility by the same workers according to what I...
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    Re: vMAS - new mandolin day

    Let’s see, mine was a . . . ‘24 Gibson A!

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  10. Re: Mandolin or Mandola - Next step in the stringed journey

    I captured these two statements in particular to point out your statement of your intended application and your correct identification of the right tool for the job. Mandolas, tenors, and other...
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    Strange . . . I haven’t seen Zach searching up threads about The Loars to voice his dissent.

    I am a fan. My Flatiron 1N to my ears was the best sounding of the flattops I sampled when starting...
  12. Re: Suggestions requested for this array of desired attributes

    It was a 1995 blacktop Smart A5 with some pinky rash for $3250. It sounded really good on a linked video.
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    Re: Help me date a Kentucky KM-1500

    For point of reference: https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/179956#179956
  14. Re: Gibson Master Model vs Custom Master Model - advice please

    A mint instrument is generally worth more purely for condition.



    I don't think that there are fewer buyers for custom instruments, which usually have desirable features.



    I suspect not....
  15. Re: My favorite Red Bear pick just broke after a decade :(

    I’ve never played one, and they didn’t seem to take off, but the Chris Thile signature pick from D’Addario is also made of casein:
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  16. Re: Hey guys and gals, I need some help please . . . old newbie

    How about $3900?

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/179791#179791
  17. Re: Hey guys and gals, I need some help please . . . old newbie

    While I have yet to succumb to the mandocello, an octave was attractive in that it allowed me to mate some of what I had learned from the mandolin with what I already knew from the guitar. It also...
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Mando on "Harvest Moon"

    I didn’t realize that Watchhouse had released a more recent video of the song.

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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Mando on "Harvest Moon"

    I remember reading that it was a Givens kit assembled by an unknown builder, and you’re probably hearing a lot of Andrew’s hands in that video:

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    Re: Mandolins near Naples, FL

    Ross Teigen used to be the tech in that area, but he has relocated to Hawthorne upstate and I don’t know who (if anyone) has filled the vacuum created by his departure.
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    Re: Flatiron F5 - set-up advice needed...

    Just send an email to rob.meldrum@gmail.com with "mandolin setup" in the subject line and he will email you a copy of his setup guide for free.
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    Re: The Black returneth once more as an A2

    Just bumping due to the mystery of #18 being solved by Greg Boyd’s

    #1 - Sunburst GBOM - (MB logo)
    #2 - Sunburst A4 with Virzi
    #3 - Natural top GBOM with Carp inlay for Dave Firestine
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    Re: Here's my sad mandolin story...

    An admirable mission.
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    Re: Mandolin - Resonator by Republic

    Nah, just a prophet. ;)
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    Re: Mandolin - Resonator by Republic

    JeffD will tell you that nothing beats the res. Keep an eye out for a used National RM-1. And I could still be tempted by an OMI Dobro or the rare Rigel resonator.
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