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    Re: What's the real difference?

    The Gibson mandolins in recent years are reported to be fine instruments. It is a boutique shop overseen by one guy. At least since the mid 1990s quality has been good and since mid 2000s ...
  2. Re: PRETTY Collings Custom MF FLAME looks like a real auction on

    Your right again. I consider $975 a lot of movement, but at $3700 that's a real good deal. I haven't seen any priced that low.
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    I appreciate the question. I remember when I started to play banjo, I had an inexpensive banjo and really didn't know how good or bad it was. What I did know was this: more expensive banjos in stores...
  4. A tune I wrote for octave mandolin - Something Squirrelly

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6m4KKE1WJs
    Tab
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    Is there any reason you cannot play fingerstyle on a D-28? You may not like those budget guitars. You have an excellent guitar. If the scale is is too Long then use a capo. If you get serious about...
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    Re: Dennis Vance receives double transplant

    Wonderful news to hear! As a liver and kidney recipient my self, I can say that Dennis has a road to recovery to travel. His first six months are the most critical. Our thoughts and prayers are with...
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    Re: Update From The Mandolin Store

    Hello all. I appreciate the prayers and concern about my dad, Dennis. I just wanted to make sure that everyone is aware that we are still open and functioning as "normal." Sure, it's a little...
  8. Re: Michael P Smith, songwriter of "This Old Mandolin", has passe

    That got me thinking, so I tried it. Thanks GDAE.

    https://youtu.be/HYlK-PYM_BA
  9. Re: Sierra Hull's Turkey In The Straw Theme and others...

    Thanks for sharing your transcriptions - that was a nice thing to do. We are all all looking for constructive ways to redeem the time under social distancing restrictions, and learning new breaks...
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    Update From The Mandolin Store

    Received the following broadcast email from The Mandolin Store this morning. Text as follows as an FYI for those who may not have received it:

    Hello Friends,

    I'd like to start off by saying...
  11. Re: Michael P Smith, songwriter of "This Old Mandolin", has passe

    It sure sounds like a suggestion!

    Wonderful brilliant writer of so many great, great songs. Aside from Dutchman and Mandolin, I always come back to Roving Cowboy (Ballad of Dan Moody) and Spoon...
  12. Re: Michael P Smith, songwriter of "This Old Mandolin", has passe

    His Spoon River is great for mandolin.
  13. Re: Michael P Smith, songwriter of "This Old Mandolin", has passe

    I've been a fan for decades. I was sorry to hear of his passing. There's actually a Facebook group devoted to Michael if anyone is interested.
  14. Re: Michael P Smith, songwriter of "This Old Mandolin", has passe

    That's very sad news. Michael Smith was a great songwriter, not just for The Dutchman but for many other songs that never became hits. The 2-for-1 CD of his two solo albums for Flying Fish was on...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    Thank you and goodnight:)
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    I would hold my mandolin out in front of me, with strings facing upwards. Then I would produce a one-inch red rubber ball, which I would begin to bounce off the strings...like on a man on a...
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    Re: Best Online Sites For Learning

    I recently acquired a Carvalho octave mandolin. I have scoured the internet for online lessons for the octave and have found only a couple that are specific to the instrument. Does anyone know of...
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    Re: Donations to the Cafe

    Thanks. Useful to know that the Cafe gets more money from one chunky donation than from lots of small continuing ones. In addition to a donation that I have made from a recent sale, and one that I...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    OK, friends and neighbors. The deed is done. I just ordered the Eastman MD504 from The Mandolin Store. Now comes the hard part, waiting.
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    Re: Ultra low action

    Have for years, I even carry a gauge to watch for any changes from humidity or dryness and put it back to it's low action. Jethro couldn't understand why anyone wouldn't play with low action. My...
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    Prayer for Dennis @ The Mandolin Store

    For those of you so inclined, I would ask that you keep Dennis Vance in your prayers. He is facing some medical issues that must be addressed in the near future. I do not wish to, nor do I intend to...
  22. Autumn Leaves - Mandolin Chord Melody [Tab]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuPfDrACb-M

    Tab
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Best to you these days and may they be filled with as much peace as is possible.
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    The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Hi all. Ive been a member of the forum since 2006. Before June of 2006 Id never touched a mandolin. The Caf quickly became a main part of my daily life.

    Scott Tichenor, Mike Edgerton,...
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    Re: A Newcomer to Mandolin Asks the Experts

    MandoLessons.com - Baron has recently relocated to the PDX area, so that may be an option for local lessons. In the meantime, the site has a ton of good beginner content and a whole lot of fiddle...
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