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    Re: Bluegrass Gospel

    There’s a Bill Monroe album on Apple Music called “The Gospel Spirit”. It is nothing short of amazing.
  2. Re: How to Open a Vintage Guitar Store in Seven Easy Steps

    In 2002, when I first logged onto Mandolin Cafe, I had just started my little business designing and building underwater cameras for the nuclear power industry. I started playing mandolin to help me...
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    Re: From Violin to Mandolin - Questions

    I play Bach’s Cello suites on Mandolin. I use the violin notation that is transposed up an octave plus a fifth.

    I play violin as well.

    I play mandolin mostly on a teen’s oval hole Gibson...
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    Josh Turner Guitar Plays Mandolin

    https://youtu.be/_7xGI0uy36g
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    Re: What's The One That Got Away?

    Many years ago Don Macrostie was building a Red Diamond F5 for me, but I fell on financial difficulties and after many sleepless nights (I was starting a new business and had a lot of unexpected...
  6. Re: Thoughts on starter fiddles/transitioning to fiddle

    I started fiddle about 10 years ago with a free fiddle I got from a retired violin teacher. He had a closet full of old violins. It is an old European made fiddle almost 100 years ago. I took it...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    I’ve got about twenty years on the mandolin, ten years on the fiddle. I love them both. I play mandolin, and practice fiddle.
    I used to learn the tune on the mandolin first, and then go to the...
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    Re: F2/F4 style mandolins?

    As I sit here watching the smoke from the wildfires upwind of me, and see the wind getting stronger, I think of what I need to take with me if I should have to flee.
    In no particular order: my...
  9. Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    [QUOTE=atsunrise;1739076]Here’s a guy who’s just done a little hike from his town onto this hill.
    He’s doing singing and playing a big fiddle with only two strings.

    Is this easier than playing...
  10. Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    I torture myself, my dogs, and my family with violin, and although I can make notes that are almost in tune, I wouldn't represent myself as being able to play, even after 10 years. But the most...
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    Re: Should I pay for damage caused?

    My son got pretty good at guitar and was invited to play in a band. I bought him a Gibson Songwriter as he had fulfilled his end of a deal I made with him. The bass player, who had a day job and...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Hello, everybody. I just started on "First Night in Leadville", Ryan's Mammoth p42. Norman Blake does a version of this delightful tune (on guitar) on his album "Far Away Down on a Georgia Farm" ...
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    Re: A mandolin/violin relative price story

    According to Phil Salazar, the story goes that in the bow workshop, they build them first, then a violinist comes in and sorts them by how they play. They can look exactly the same, and be made...
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    Re: A mandolin/violin relative price story

    Ha! My bow was a little costly, but my violin was free. It's very expensive to replace the strings on my violin, though, and I've spent more money at the luthier on the violn than any mandolin. At...
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    Re: Gibson mandolin tailpiece cover

    I have the same on my '57 A-5.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Excelsior Hornpipe. Ryan's p 172
  17. Re: F4 vs F5; or, how do you like your oval holes?

    The best money I ever spent in my life was a wedding ring for my wife. Second best was my F
  18. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    Right after I bought my A5 I was so excited to have a "Jethro" I couldn't put it down. So waiting for my son to finish a karate class I walked over to a planter on the sidewalk outside of the dojo,...
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    Re: No to cookie cutter mandolins

    I've bought "Alternative woods" both from Joe and another builder. I doubt I would have any trouble selling Joe's instrument, although I don't think I ever would, but I have had bad news about the...
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    Re: Tuning Mandolin without a tuner

    We tried this, but I have lost digital tuners to borrowing by the lead guitarist (always) who forgot his!

    The most responsible guy in our band was the 12 string guitarist, who spent a long time...
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    Re: Tuning Mandolin without a tuner

    The simplest method I know is to start with tuning by 5ths, then fret a 2-0-0-2 D chord and tweak from there. The A to D sound should sound like the "A-MAY" in "Amazing Grace", the D to A is...
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    Re: Finally a 1924 Gibson F2 with a Virzi

    That....is....beautiful.

    Enjoy!
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    I've been ignoring my mandolin for the past few weeks in favor of a hand-built dulcimer. I've been trying to figure out the dulcimer, which is almost completely, but not quite, not the same as a...
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    Re: When is a newbie no longer a newbie?

    My dog still gets up and walks out the room when I play.

    I'm still a newbie!
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    Re: 1918 Gibson A 47968

    Except for the finish, it looks like a twin to mine, SN 42608. Mine is a little older than yours, and very beat up. Even though, the sound is great.

    I'm pretty sure the tuners are original and...
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