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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    Mark, thatís an amazing story! Even my wife, who hates banjo but saw BÍla and Chris Thile with me before the pandemic, was in awe (she recognizes how good Bela and Noam Pickelny are, just hates the...
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    Re: Daughter's New Mandolin!

    Thatís awesome on all fronts!! Congrats!
  3. Thread: Nut file sizes

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    Re: Nut file sizes

    Agree 100%Öunless you just want to understand a piece of that art, too. Iím no cowboy when it comes to this, and if my Kelley required work Iíd absolutely get it back to Skip. But, I like learning...
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    Re: Nut file sizes

    The two cheapest and easiest ways to potentially fix the issue with the least amount of risk are to try lubing the slot with graphite (pencil lead is fine, but thereís also tubes of graphite you can...
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    Re: Walnut Back and Sides Spruce Flat Top Tone

    Iíve only owned spruce/maple mandolins so canít really comment on other tone woods in that regard, but Iíve owned a Taylor 714 (Cedar/EIR), a Guild D-40 (spruce/hog), a Martin all hog 00, and a Yairi...
  6. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    Count me as another who follows their musical ADDÖmando and guitar are my two favorites and get the most time, but I also play bass, uke, OM, and 5 string banjo. Mando gets the most practice time...
  7. Thread: Modern F4 options?

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    Re: Modern F4 options?

    Skip Kelley is making some awesome mandolins and has done some ďhybridĒ and trad F4 style mandos. Believe thereís a video of him comparing a 12 fret join vs a 23 fret join on YouTubeÖ
  8. Re: Northfield F5S consistency (or buying without checking)

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

    Iíd also like to throw out there that while Iíve 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 havenít 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 Iíve been pretty satiated there. But I did buy an OO sized Martin and a McPherson Touring. I also...
  12. 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...
  13. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    ďVintageĒ makes me think old and good/desirable. If the instrument isnít good/desirable, then itís just old. My 1984 Ford Tempo would be, by definition in the auto community, ďclassic.Ē 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. Iíd give him a call to start withÖ
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    Re: Yet another first (budget) mandolin question

    Congrats! Iíve bought all but one of my mandolins online and have been fortunate with the exception of the first (which taught me a lot), but itís 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, Iím not a pick guard fan. I prefer to see the contours and wood of the top unimpeded, and I donít need the...
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    Re: Old vs New Kentucky KM-150

    My understanding (from Cafe reading) is theyíre now made in the same factory as the master models (KM-900 and above), so, while Iím 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!
  20. Thread: J.D. Crowe passes

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    Re: J.D. Crowe passes

    :(
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    Re: Sam's Christmas Message

    Samís 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...
  23. Thread: trouble strumming

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    Re: trouble strumming

    Practice, practice, practiceÖbut sensibly so you donít 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. Iíve got a couple of...
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    Re: Stan Miller Brazilian rosewoods

    There it is! Gorgeous!!
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