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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    I think that we can say that (surprise!) different people have different opinions.

    Now, back to the OP question:



    Different people will distress instruments in different ways. Even the...
  2. Re: Looking for recommendations on a 20s Gibson oval A

    Sometimes playing before you buy is not possible - which sounds like your situation.
    I’ve purchased several vintage instruments online (knock on wood) and all went well.
    Sinking top, neck straight,...
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    Re: Dealing with pokey string ends?

    I don’t wipe my strings above the nut.
    I don’t play there very much…so they don’t get finger oils, dead skin cells, beer, etc. above the nut.
    But I do wipe down the strings along the fretboard -...
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    Re: Avenue Guitars in Colorado?

    I wouldn’t think that you need any more info.
    ‘nuff said.
    Go for it!

    Kirk
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    Re: eastman

    I always check out the Eastman booth at Wintergrass - lots of mandolins - definitely variation from instrument to instrument.

    A few years ago, one really blew me away.

    Kirk
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    Re: Looking for good acoustic mandolin album

    Red Allen and Frank Wakefield - The Kitchen Tapes.

    Kirk
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    Re: Brian Aldridge and Dry Branch Fire Squad

    One of my favorite bands - cool story!

    Kirk
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    Re: On the Bus with Bill Monroe by Mark Hembree

    Looks interesting!
    My local library has one copy. It’s checked out so I put a “hold” on it.
    Whoever has it was supposed to return it one week ago.
    I’m still waiting…

    If it’s one of you guys -...
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    Re: Randy Wood Two-Point at Carter's

    I can neither confirm nor deny your sanity.
    The price, not previously mentioned aloud in this thread, has not changed since the original post.

    Kirk
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    Re: Randy Wood Two-Point at Carter's

    Now, I would pay a lot of money for a van once owned by Roland White.

    Kirk
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    Re: "The Mandolin Case" by Dr. Tom Bibey

    I've been around awhile...had not heard of this book.

    Thanks for the tip - I'll look for it!

    Kirk
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    Re: Austin Texas - live music

    Cool - I’ll definitely check out th Continental Club and the Saxon Pub.
    Thanks for the link for Bluegrass - I’ll check it out and see if anything there works with my travel constraints.

    Kirk
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    Austin Texas - live music

    Hey There,

    I'm heading to Austin, TX in a couple of weeks for "work"...
    Wondering about good places to catch live music - especially within walking distance of the Convention Center. I've heard...
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    Re: Mandolin String Grommets

    If you get the grommets, pretty soon you'll be looking at Tone Guards, Arm Rests, etc.....
    It's a slippery slope, my friend.

    Kirk
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    Re: I'm amazed by the Tone Gard

    I've had one on a varnished Gibson F5 - for more than 15 years, I guess - no damage. And it stays on all of the time - in the case, on the stand, etc.
    I only take it off every 2-3 years to change...
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    Re: Primer on buying vintage mandos online

    Allen is pretty spot on with his advice/opinions. I've purchased a few vintage instruments on-line over the years and (knock on wood) have found that it's not nearly as scary as it sounds.
    And...
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    Re: Yay or nay to a strap button

    I'm a YES on strap buttons (felt the need for all caps to be heard over the nays...).
    I have them on all of my A style mandolins - even vintage ones- just feels more secure to me. I don't want to...
  18. Re: Best Mandolin for Traveling From Sea Level to High Desert?

    + 1 on the Mix.
    I have Mix A5 #10 that I purchased new from Peter. It's been great! I've literally gone to China - twice -with it and it did not go out of tune!
    The traditionalists may grumble a...
  19. Re: bluegrass listening to understand and learn the mandolin

    To me, the king of "raw" bluegrass would have to be Frank Wakefield...

    OP should add him to the list as well.

    Kirk
  20. Re: Backup mandolin pick for when I eventually lose my tortoise p

    a few years ago I saw an old blues guy playing guitar on a street corner in baton rouge, louisiana. he was using a piece of a plastic cup for a pick. sounded pretty good. I try not to "overthink"...
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    Re: Another strap question...

    Thanks for all of the replies. I'm probably over thinking it...and I think I have one of those hole punches in the garage.

    Kirk
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    Another strap question...

    Hey There,

    I didn't want to highjack another thread but I had a related question.
    If you want to make a hole in a flat leather strap- - to adjust it just a little -- what's the best way to go...
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    Re: Payment for Mandolins on Mandolin Cafe

    I have mailed checks, money orders, and done bank transfer to buy on the MC classifieds. No problems. But I do try to deal with folks - professional or not - who are known on the cafe.

    (once when...
  24. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    Yes.

    (like everyone else I'll add some caveats...)

    I play in a Bluegrass Band. If we're playing on stage, with a (single) mic, I'll take my most valuable mandolin. It's been to many bars,...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    How many bluegrassers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    Just one, but the other four will complain that it's electric...

    (maybe it's the fact that it's a survey on the computer)

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