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    Re: Short-neck oval A models?

    In Canada, Peter Sawchyn, Regina, SK.
  2. Re: Any builders/aspiring builders/luthiers in Minnesota?

    Lloyd LaPlant -- well-known mandolin and guitar maker in Minnesota. He's not in Twin Cities, but north in Grand Rapids.
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    Re: Marla Fibish's Irish Mandolin Course

    Marla will be teaching mandolin again at this year's O'Flahertys Irish Music Retreat in Texas in October.
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    Re: My new Beavertail pancake

    I had a Beavertail octave mandolin for awhile with similar woods -- very well made and great sound. I don't have it anymore but still have a couple of other Peter Sawchyn instruments -- a carved OM...
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    Re: What Techniques Do You Use In A session?

    Thanks for sharing the video in this forum, Mike -- I'm sure folks will find it useful. I really enjoyed Mick's class a lot, and have been trying to pass along to my "students" the idea of...
  6. Re: What A style Oval hole mandolins to consider in $2000 range?

    GASguy -- there's a pretty nice-looking new Old Wave A-oval hole in the Classified right now for $2650 -- that would certainly be worth checking out!! Lovely quilted maple back.
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    Re: Onion vs. Shallot

    Onions versus shallots, hmmm... I have an old Gibson A4, a newer **** A5, and a Sobell (spruce/maple) mando, and they are all quite different. Compared with the vintage A4s and newer A5s (the...
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    Re: Best Flat Top Mandolins?

    Don't overlook Peter Sawchyn's Beavertail line of flat-tops -- similar in appearance to the old Flatiron pancakes. Excellent workmanship and very nice sounding instruments. Optional bling (inlay,...
  9. Thread: Irish mandolin

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    Re: Irish mandolin

    Very nice playing, Tergal. I've been playing more tenor banjo than mandolin these days, and I really like your banjo videos too. Thanks for sharing your tunes and technique on the Cafe.
  10. Re: straw poll: what's your favourite pick for trad/celtic playin

    For mando playing (Celtic), I mostly use a Blue Chip TD35 or TD40, and occasionally if I want a bright, snappy sound, I'll use a Dunlop Ultex standard 0.73. For tenor banjo though, I'm pretty much...
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    Re: The Dark Side (Banjo)

    I play mainly folk and Celtic styles of music and jumped off the cliff about 6 years ago. The mandolin wasn't cutting it in sessions, so I opted for a tenor banjo, and for jams and sessions, it's my...
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    Re: Instrument insurance?

    I have Heritage. If accessories are itemized, you should also have coverage for them but you have to ask to include when you set the policy up. It's worth it for high-end items like expensive cases...
  13. Re: Relationship Between Tenor Banjo Tunings And Mandolin

    If you plan to play Irish trad a lot, especially with fiddlers in jams and sessions, I suggest GDAE tuning, in which case single melody notes and chord shapes translate directly, only an octave...
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    Re: St Kilda mandolin

    'Love to visit St. Kilda someday, but I know it probably won't ever happen! There's a small but nice gallery of photographs in Dunvegan Castle, the ancestral MacLeod home, that depicts the history...
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    Re: Jessica Waltz (Canadian, I think)

    Nicely played, Martin, and nice arrangement. One can hear that tune quite a bit in this part of the world. 'Love the Canadiana in the video portion!
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    Re: David Curley/Runa

    Dave Curley is also an accomplished singer and tenor banjo player in addition to his other instrumental talents. Runa was at the Goderich Celtic College and Celtic Roots Festival in Ontario last...
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    Re: Gibson A-2 identification

    Good purchase! According to Gibson serial number listing, it appears to be from 1920. You can easily Google that list. I have an A-4 from late that year (63178).
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    Re: "Highland Strands" cd by Kevin Macleod

    Claygate -- if you like the Highland Strands CD, you should look into Kevin's three earlier CDs. You would certainly like those too!
  19. Re: Help - Shipping Internationally - Any safe way?

    I've had instruments imported into Canada (from USA and Ireland) as well as shipped some out (to USA and UK) and have not had a problem. I think USPS into Canada from the US is the best option as...
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    Re: Taran Springwell Mandolin

    Sweet!! 'Looking forward to seeing more "Springwell" details on Rory's website in future.
  21. Re: Taran "Springwell" mandolin by luthier Rory Dowling

    Nice playing, nice tunes, nice mandolin!!
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    Re: Vintage Epiphone Mandolin

    Not mentioned and perhaps less known by many is that Epiphone and before that House of Stathopoulo were huge in the banjo business in the teens and twenties, competing with Gibson, Bacon & Day, Lange...
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    Re: Stefan Sobell mandolins and other instruments

    The new toy!! 'Finally got a chance to provide images of my "new" 2002 spruce/maple Sobell mandolin (composite photo from photos taken by Andy Marshall, used with permission). Lovely instrument, and...
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    Re: How to make your child not succeed at music

    Dan Cohen's experience above reflect my own. I imagine there are more than a few guitar/mandolin/banjo players out there who made the switch to something else because of a less-than-joyful experience...
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    Re: The Marino Waltz (John Sheahan/Dubliners)

    Nice one, Martin! It sure sounds pretty on the bowlback. 'Love that waltz. I play with the Ottawa Ceili Band for the monthly ceili, and we often do that tune later in the evening for the dancers....
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