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  1. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    Maybe you could look at it like getting a tattoo. You have decided what you want, set a date of 6 or 12 months to think about it. If at the end of that time you still want a black top, make it...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    I find that most people are glad to listen to whatever you want to give em’. “ Long Black Veil” always works, “Goodnight Irene” if there are singers in the crowd. “This Train is Bound for Glory” can...
  3. Re: Should I consider a very early B.R.W. (Ben Wilcox)?

    If the early builds are anything like the later ones, I don’t think you will be disappointed. I have an F5 #76 and I am totally satisfied with its quality and tone. I am not a “catch and release”...
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    Re: Beginner getting into Bluegrass

    I think Denny filled up your plate pretty good. I think it’s important to become familiar and learn the “standards”. These are the songs you are going to hear the most in jams. I started out playing...
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    Re: Mandolin will not stay in tune

    One thing you did not mention is, to what degree it goes out of tune. Are we talking about a little adjustment before playing or is it totally whacked out on a daily basis. Do a close inspection of...
  6. Thread: Banjo evil (nmc)

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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    Anytime is the right time to pick banjo, just don’t ask my wife. The banjo was my first instrument and speaks directly to my soul. As for the movie “Deliverence”, I just thought it was a good film....
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    Re: F2/F4 style mandolins?

    How about a used Pomeroy F-4? The OP did not mention a budget so this might be a bit much. I found one a few years back, think I gave 1,800. Real quality and great tone.
  8. Thread: Hamilton Stands

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    Re: Hamilton Stands

    I have used one for over 25yrs, the best in my opinion. In fact, I bought it at Gryphon too. Seems to work the best for me. Handles guitars, banjo’s and mandolins.
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    Re: beside the mandolin.

    Been playing five string most of my adult life. Scruggs and Stanley style for the most part. Bluegrass,OT, Folk, Americana, or whatever the group wants to play. Came to Mandolin ten years ago, more...
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    Re: Should I take my Eastman MD305 on vacation?

    I would take it along. I have traveled with both mandolins and banjos, no problems yet. Mandolins are so easy, even banjos are carryons. Do it! I got to join the mile high club a couple of years ago....
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    Re: Today's Gryphon visit

    I love having Gryphon within driving distance, but what a temptation! This is a great shop with real good people to help you. Anytime I am down that way I will stop by for strings and picks. Always...
  12. Thread: oval hole tops?

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    Re: oval hole tops?

    I’m with Al, depends on which builder you are interested in. I have a Pomeroy F4 that has a carved top, and a beautiful one piece back. Good look with the search.
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    Re: Choices for a re fret

    Sblock, thanks for the information. Sounds like a road trip is in order. Will have to do a comparison with what’s available. I liked the ones that are on it, good feel. They just started to show wear...
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    Choices for a re fret

    I have a BRW F5 in need of a re fret. Not sure what materials were used initially , but they are worn and grooved now. Being a Banjo player first, I prefer larger gauge frets for the feel. The frets...
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    Re: My mandolin exploration

    I think we need to mention Frank Wakefield, traditional with an ability to explore the dark corners. Jody Stecher and Don Julin too. And if you sometimes feel the blues, Rich Del Grosso.
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    Re: In my never ending quest...diagnosis

    I guess anything is possible, but I doubt it. I play a few different banjos and a couple of different mandolins with no ill effects. Not to forget the different mechanics of playing the two different...
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    Re: Why/how did you start playing mandolin?

    I was picking banjo in a string band. The guy playing mandolin stuck around just long enough to make sure we all knew we needed mandolin on certain tunes. One day he informed us he was going to be...
  18. Re: California Bluegrass Association Father's day Festival Questi

    Have not missed Fathers Day for over thirty years! I know you will have a good time. CBA does a great job with this event. Safe travels.
  19. Thread: What city's second

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    Re: What city's second

    You might be right with Austin. There is a strong music culture there. New York City and Lansing also come to mind. I also live near S.F. I have used both Gryphon and Sylvan. Schoenberg I am not...
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    Re: F4 vs F5; or, how do you like your oval holes?

    I have one of each. My F5 is a BRW blackface. My F4 is a Pomeroy. While i really like the sound I get out of the F5, the Pomeroy has become my daily player. I just prefer the full, balanced tone I...
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    WPAQ Reminder, sort of mandolin content

    Hello all- so I am stuck here removing two layers of sixty year old wall paper, listening to WPAQ Mt. Airy N.C. on the net. Great programing today,as always. Thought I might mention this to all the...
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    Re: My new Eastman MD315

    I was in the same boat as you, years back. Been a banjo picker for decades. You can try making adjustments as NW Steve described, careful not to go too low. Check for string buzz one fret at a time...
  23. Thread: Sticky Fingers

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    Re: Sticky Fingers

    Sometimes when I am at festivals or outdoor events I have a similar problem. I have used a product called " Fast Fret". It's a dauber type thing that comes with a small cloth, packed in a can. Wipe...
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    Re: San Francisco / Marin Mandolin scene

    Two votes for Jody,certainly one of the best up here. There are also several CBA gatherings throughout the year. Great folks. And then there is Gryphon. Best wishes in your move.
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    Re: Why Do You Go To Bluegrass Festivals?

    In the early eighties I went to learn the music, then to learn to pick in a jam. Friendship were made and it became more social with lots more picking. Nowadays it's about maintaining these...
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