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  1. Re: Small mixer with great mic pre's and great phantom power.

    There are inline boosters out there for about a hundred bucks that will allow you to use less gain on your board. (SoundCloud?) Pres get noisier as they reach maximum gain. People use thes on low...
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    Re: New Mandolin Day - Ellis

    Iíll try to be happy for you, after I get over the negetave feelings
  3. Re: Small mixer with great mic pre's and great phantom power.

    Great sounding pres come at a price. Soundcraft or anyone else can make a great pre, but then the mixer becomes expensive, like QSC and others. A friend has a few pre amps taken from pro recording...
  4. Thread: Education

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    Re: Education

    A QSC powered speaker is a joy to behold. Two of them are better. Not quite as convenient, but if you had two and a small mixer, you’d be happy. If you are never going to need flexibility, an...
  5. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    Here is another instance of market clout, and another reason Collings is so successful. There are a lot of new Collings mandolins out there. One would suppose there would be a dealer or two out there...
  6. Thread: Rehab Hospital

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    Re: Rehab Hospital

    You are on the right track. The single best thing that got me through my open heart surgery was picking up my mandolin and pickin a tune. I could hold it off to the side and play for about five...
  7. Thread: upgrade thoughts

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    Re: upgrade thoughts

    Regarding the MD 315. Of all the Eastman’s I’ve played, the 315 stands out to me, some I’ve liked better than the 515s. But for me you need to buy a quality A style in the $1500 range to get a...
  8. Thread: UPS rant

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    Re: UPS rant

    I almost didn’t start this thread, considered it to be in “just another BC pick” category. But clearly, many need to vent. This has been a public service announcement.
  9. Thread: Northfield love

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    Re: Northfield love

    Going from Colling to Northfield is insignificant to me. Both are playable, neither stands out one way or the other. It’s not at all, I like this neck better that that.
  10. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    For not owning one, Iíve played more Collings mandolins than any other brand, probably twenty or so. They have all been impeccable. They have all been toneful. They have played like butter. They have...
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    Re: Leather straps: flat or braided?

    We take for granted what you can just go out and buy here. I use a bootlace on my A1, a Bailey on my Silverangel, and an unknown but very nice round braid on my Arches. The Bailey is the most...
  12. Thread: upgrade thoughts

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    Re: upgrade thoughts

    I think if you got to Sylvan then Gryphon another hour down the road, you’ll get about the best selection in Ca. But you won’t see a huge variety of any one brand, except Gryphon has an impressive...
  13. Thread: Education

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    Re: Education

    Here is a happy complication. The mandolin I built is a cannon. Most mandolins I play in stores are not, while I confess most resonate better, but I’m not going to spend six grand on one, hence my...
  14. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    Collings is the best example of pricing premium in the business. They have developed a reputation over a long period of time. What I have noticed is they have resisted putting their name on down...
  15. Thread: UPS rant

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    Re: UPS rant

    In their defense, all carrierís systems are swamped by Black Friday sales. But Ďtis the season to bash them, each and every one.
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    Re: Beginner Celtic mandolin

    Buy a Flatiron flat top like the 1N. Perfect, affordable, lovely sounding instrument. Iíve seen a few in the $600-800 range lately.

    You may never need better. Old Gibsonís are great too, at twice...
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    Re: Shout out for Ronny Harrison straps

    A strap that is perfect for you is a wonderful thing. I have a bootlace for my A 1 that is just right for that mandolin, then there is a Bailey for my SA. Two very different takes on what a strap...
  18. Thread: Northfield love

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    Re: Northfield love

    Youíve got things ass backwards. An F5S will greatly improve your playing, because you will play twice as much. It may even eat into your Cafe time. Weíll understand.
  19. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    Retirement will kick start an accellerated process for sure. I’ve gotten comments like how good I was for only playing three years, to which I reply, forty years of flat picking guitar got me going,...
  20. Re: First Time Cafe Seller - Returns Cost Allocation

    Whatever the sale, terms should be spelled out. I recently completed a perchase with Bryan Kimsey, and with him having a UPS business account, he would have generated a call tag at his discount rate....
  21. Thread: Northfield love

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    Re: Northfield love

    Ah, how jaded I've become to call $3k a little expense. I've been looking at and playing far too many $6k mandolins lately.
  22. Thread: Education

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    Re: Education

    I must confess to owning a 1913 A1, but that seems to me a entirely different category from a modern F style.
  23. Thread: upgrade thoughts

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    Re: upgrade thoughts

    $1500 is a great budget in the used A style market. I’m Silverangel biased, particularly if you are not prone to bluegrass, but you’ll find some Weber’s for sure and someone will chime in with small...
  24. Thread: Education

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    Re: Education

    I do lust after Gibson..........and Ellis and Gilchrist and Dudenbostel, and Heiden.......but I’m just curious to know at this point. And individual instruments can be so different. Case in point. I...
  25. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    I picked up mandolin at age 65. Who knows where my skill level will be when my body gives in to the inevitable decline. But look at it as a journey with no end, where traveling in the right direction...
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