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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    Trying to keep this simple and brief...
    The way acoustic stringed instruments work is this: The string moves and transfers energy to the rest of the instrument, especially the top. In general, the...
  2. Leo Kottke on 10-string -- "William Powell"

    I revisited this happy tune that seems to be about a debonair movie star. I'm using a flatpick and emulating Leo Kottke's finger-picking. Recorded with just my Shure KSM 32, this is another preview...
  3. Thread: Ocatjo

    by sbhikes

    Re: Ocatjo

    It doesn't have a strap at all (yet--I have a strap somewhere), but even with a strap, if you are sitting down to play it, it's going to be on your lap. I kind of like it without the resonator but...
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    "Map of music"

    Here's a pretty cool intro to music. I especially appreciate the anthropological perspective and variety of music functions. I have to say the section on "medicinal" or healing practices - where...
  5. A swing tune I wrote called Sunrise Swing with tab.
  6. Eastman MD604 with P/U - Very Excited - Where to start

    Hi all!

    I'm very excited today. I ordered my first mandolin this morning. Expected arrival next friday.

    Suggestions for starting my journey on this, hope to be wonderful relationship with...
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    Re: Developing Finger Independence


    There is some music that you love to listen to. You might use what you’ve already learned to try to figure out a way to play a song you really love. No matter what the ‘genre’ of music. Start...
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    Joining the Girouard Club with an F Oval hole

    I exchanged emails with Max and have sent a deposit to have him build me one of his Girouard F Concert Master mandolins with an oval hole. It will feature complete binding in triple bound, Waverly...
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    A new OM

    After a decade or so of mostly building mandolins, suddenly I have orders for a couple of OMs and a bouzouki. This one was strung up last week and will be heading off to its owner in the next few...
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    Vintage Russian mandolin

    Hi mando people! Thanks for letting me Join this community! I Just started playing mandolin on this handpainted one. I got this from my grandfather. There is no markings on it. There used to be a tag...
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    Goat Rodeo Tiny (Home) Desk Concert

    I looked around for this on the forum, and didn't see it - so wanted to share. Nicely edited home "concert" by Goat Rodeo on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts). The music is (of course) amazing, but if you're...
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    Re: Resoldering k&k twin foot?

    Thank you, again everyone. I got everything stripped, tinned, and resoldered. Sealed the rubber covers in with some glue. Put everything back on the mando and it works as good as new.
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    Re: Eastman Mandolin Advice

    Put me in as a vote to play what you have. Then play it more and more.
    If you have a nice mandolin you’re in great shape.

    The mountain isn’t the mandolin, the mountain is playing the mandolin.
  14. New tune I wrote, "Red Winged Blackbird"

    Still a work in progress, and the mandolin was a little stiff that day, but I hope you enjoy it!
  15. New song at the nexus of blues, country, jazz, and rock 'n roll

    From my new album Tofudebeest. I'm not sure what you'd call this style, but it's a bouncy song with tenor guitar, acoustic & electric mandolins.

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    Dennis Vance receives double transplant

    Very good news. Zach sent an email this morning that Dennis received his double transplant yesterday and is now in recovery but awake. Zach posted that here. I had received a call from Dennis on...
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    Another from the 2020 crop

    Another mandolin from the 2020 crop goes out this week. This one will live in England pretty soon. I think the new owner should be pretty happy with her...

  18. Don Stiernberg Trio, "It Could Happen to You"

    Every ten years or so I'll post some new videos to my ancient YouTube channel,page, (whatev) This one here is an old Burke/Van Heusen number, played by everybody from Bing Crosby to Miles Davis. If...
  19. Mark O'Connor Little Maggie on Mandocello

    OK then
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    Re: Hand Lotion and Strings

    This ^^^ I use Burts Bees hand salve, as I get very dry skin. After a week, my strings are black with grime and dead. Been wiping them down, which helps. Doesn't bother me too much, I like dead...
  21. Re: An interview with the last Gibson Gal - NMC

    If Monroe had never bought that mandolin in the barber shop window would anyone care about the unicorns and fairy dust or Loar's workbench? There's a question.
  22. Hampton Trio Concert: Live at North Meadow Farm

    This is a concert video (recorded live at North Meadow Farm in Hampton CT) by the Hampton Trio -- Mark Davis on mandolin, Beverly Davis on classical guitar, and myself, Robert Margo, on mandola in G...
  23. An instrumental tune for octave mandolin

    Hi folks!

    Here's a little composition for octave mandolin that I just recorded with my Weber Bitterroot F4.

    Hope you like it!

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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    No way; business is booming for those guys. I know them personally, including several of the big dogs; we just talked a couple of days ago (some new Condino tools are coming down the pipeline!).
  25. A couple of recordings featuring mandolin

    Hesitation Blues with Flatiron A5 Jr and Taylor 414 guitar.

    Here's another, much older recording that features mandolin and electric slide...
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