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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Sympathies and good wishes to you, for what they're worth. Get better!
  2. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    I'd second (or third) the idea that you should play with others, if you can, as soon as possible. Not only will you improve, you'll have -- with luck -- your own on-site cheering section.
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    Re: Hello, new member here.

    Glad to have you -- or have you back, depending. Welcome to the cafe!
  4. Re: 100-Piece Mando Orchestra plays "Both Sides Now" & "Something

    A lovely job, if i do say so myself!

    You know, I heard many of the tunes that were played when I was young and not paying attention. They were background music to my youth, as it were. Being able...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    I should tell you about my foray into the fiddle, but my ego was so damaged, I abandoned it only about 2 months in! I may pick it up again some day, but, to paraphrase Aragorn, "not this day."
  6. This just showed up on Reddit ... one of us, do you think?

    https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/e3gxo7/now_on_disney/
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    Re: To A Higher Standard

    I can see that we expect more perfection in music students than a lot of other subjects because there appears to be less wiggle room. I mean, there's certainly scope for differences in written work...
  8. Re: Where do all the Mandolin Cafe decals end up?

    It's on my husband's guitar case. and i have a couple sitting on my desk. My husband's guitar case is plastered with all kinds of stickers, including one from my office band, the Bad Slugs.
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    You can always find a reason to not do something if you're so inclined. Just putting that out there.

    I think the idea of talent (as opposed to dogged determination) strikes at our concept of...
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    Re: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    Happy belated to the cafe! I won't even estimate how many hours I've spent here over the years -- and every one of them well spent!
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    Re: What are you playing for the holidays?

    We always do a rendition of the reel Christmas Eve at any session in December.
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    Re: Fun observation

    I'll occasionally pick up one of the mandolins I almost never play any more and I'm always surprised. Some of them are better than I recall, some worse. But it's always nice to visit old friends!
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    I'll admit, like Richard J, I thought you'd put a capo on your mandolin, so I'll give you a pass on the banjo this time. Whew! it could have been worse!
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Fiddler I know plays Dowd's Number 9 and then Bird in the Bush as a set. Nicely done!
  15. Re: Aluminum saddle on vintage Gibson ovals

    My mandolin has an aluminum saddle and it has fantastic tone. YMMV, but it works very well with my A1.
  16. Re: 1923 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    I think there are always going to be anomalies, certainly in the early years. My mandolin is clearly labeled A-1 but someone wanted to argue the point because it has no logo on it. He stood down when...
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    Re: "Dark" Fiddle Tunes?

    I picked up "the night before larry was stretched" -- the session version, which i think is in G -- at any rate, you play it on lower strings -- and passed it on to a couple of people including a...
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    Re: Looking for some recommendations

    Well, I'm old school -- if you want to learn from scratch, there's always Mel Bay. Like any other do-it-yourself book, he takes you step by step, note/fret by note/fret with beginning exercises, sort...
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    Re: Naming your Mandolin

    I'm more like the OP. I have the strad, the snake, the quiet bandolim, the loud bandolim, the rogue, the Eastman etc. etc. I used to name my cars but haven't in decades.
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    Re: 2019 Satin Silverangel A

    nice, nice. and i hope you're feeling better!
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    Re: Just got a Strad-o-lin as a gift...

    I think my luthier just replaced my strad's old tuners with something straight out of stew-mac; if you're up to it, you might be able to do it yourself. and the price you've quoted for the instrument...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    RIP Ivan -- condolences to his family. I was away and just got back on the computer, saw that there were new posts on this thread and hoped for the best, or at least an update from Ivan. Was so sorry...
  23. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    There are generally strad-o-lins around, too. Certainly mine has a neck like a baseball bat -- and you can generally get them for a reasonable price. I own a strad, an Eastman 305 (which i put a...
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    Re: Back in action

    If you ever decide on a guest artist, Jill McAuley has been posting a tune a week around here for a while (nearly a year?). she also plays unaccompanied. It's nice to see ITM get some love!
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    The only Elixirs I've used have been coated mediums, which I use in the summer. fwiw, i tried D'Addario's coated mediums this summer. I didn't like them, so i'll go back to elixirs for the summer....
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