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  1. D'Addario's new Chris Thile signature mandolin pick

    I recently got in one of the new Chris Thile signature mandolin picks from D'Addario (Model 2CA7-01CT), which are currently retailing for $25 apiece. That's fairly expensive for a single pick, but...
  2. Thread: Banjo Ben

    by tmsweeney
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    Re: Banjo Ben

    A lot of the great player talk about starting on gospel or other Christian hymn music. A good portion of the "rules" of Western music were formulated from early church music. So weather or not you...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi all - Unfortunately,the form of cancer that i have,Mesothelioma - is incurable. It can however be 'controlled' by chemotherapy,but to what extent, & for how long is an unknown,as it depends...
  4. Thread: Banjo Ben

    by Mark Gunter
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    Re: Banjo Ben

    Ben's one of the good guys, I believe. Never met him in person (but I met his talented twin siblings at a Purple Hulls performance last year). Ben is a stellar talent (worked in Taylor Swift's...
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    Wow! Check this out!

    Cool new article on Bluegrass Unlimited

    bluegrassmusic.com/content/2019/feature/steve-sorensen
  6. Thread: Banjo Ben

    by Al Trujillo
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    Re: Banjo Ben

    I'm currently taking lessons from Banjo Ben through his website, and also from Joe Walsh and John Reischmann through Peghead Nation. My out-of-pocket costs for all three is $55 a month. I've taken...
  7. Thread: Banjo Ben

    by Johnny60
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    Re: Banjo Ben

    Can't speak highly enough about Banjo Ben. Been a lifetime member for several years.

    What I really like is the fact that most of his fiddle tunes have a "basic" version followed by a more...
  8. Thread: Banjo Ben

    by Br1ck
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    Re: Banjo Ben

    Not asking for change. I have the freedom to walk away any time. I do get sidetracked learning guitar licks though.
  9. Thread: Banjo Ben

    by Gary Hudson
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    Re: Banjo Ben

    Ben is a genuinely nice guy. He is very responsive to email. I just missed out getting in to his camp but I became a gold pick member and I really like his versions of some of the songs I already...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi all - Tomorrow,29th Feb.,i have an appointment with a cancer specialist at one of our top North of Engalnd hospitals. I expect to be told that i'll be having a course of Chemotherapy. How long...
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    Re: Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    I find that a little strange. I firmly believe that dollar value is never the whole story on instruments. I play $300 mandolins and have played $200,000 ones. I love finding real bargains like...
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    Re: Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    I understand your point Don. IMHO though, browsing with no real intent to buy is harmless and perfectly acceptable.

    What I think is rude and totally unacceptable is browsing any brick and mortar...
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    Re: Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    In my experience, both stores are very generous in their time and encouragement to play things. Hats off to them both. Cotten is just as generous. Great shops!
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    Re: Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    I went to Carter's for the 1st time a few months ago. I was standing over in the "moderately priced ($2500-$6000)" mandolins fumbling my way through a few tunes (I am not a great picker and I tend to...
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    Re: Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    Many years ago when I was fairly young, I was very into photography. I lived in New York City then but there were some stores, in which if you wanted to look at a camera the sales person would ask...
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    Re: Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    As for playing but not buying... Stores that so willingly allow musicians to educate their ears and brains are doing a great service and hopefully developing future buyers! (and its a surprising...
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    Re: Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    For clarification, the handful of times I have gone to Carter and Gruhn, the store employees don't usually hover too much. And George Gruhn gave me an unscheduled hour-long tour/conversation/Loar...
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    Re: Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    Well, if it makes you feel a little better, you don't need to bother the employees to play most of the instruments on the wall at Carter's or Gruhn's unless you're wanting to play Loars.

    Last time...
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    Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    Howdy folks...spent all day at Carters and Gruhns yesterday. Cotten today. Mandolin tasting. I played almost everything in inventory, including three Loars( non Virzi) and a 31 Fern. Here are my...
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    Re: If you only knew it back then...

    The easy path will peter out. Work now helps prevent future backtracking or wandering.
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    I have the op. to drain the fluid around my right lung tomorrow which will be a big help. Right now i can hardly climb the stairs in my home without being totally out of breath. A biopsy sample will...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hello folks - Right now it's a struggle - the ''don't really know or understand'' days. Until i have my biopsy on 11th Feb.,& find out the result on 14th Feb,it's cruelly worrying. The reality of the...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Never underestimate the power of the mandolin. Good therapy.

    All the best to you going forward.
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    The end of my playing days.

    Hi all - It's not nice to have to post this,but i've been diagnosed with a strong possibility of having lung cancer. As a life long non-smoker,that's pretty ironic.
    It's not 100% certain yet,as i...
  25. Re: Article: Weber Mandolins Winter NAMM Yellowstone Celebration

    Woo hoo! Guess I can never say "I never win anything" again!

    Now let's see, F14...that's like 9 better than F5, right?!?

    Many thanks, Scott, and to Mandolin Cafe and Weber Mandolins!

    Totally...
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