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    Re: Alison Stephens: Con Espressione availability

    I'm still having some conversations with diverse industry players on this. I'll share word as there's more, but for now, note this new word (and emboldened paragraphs) from Astute Music:
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    impulse purchase - non-mando

    Not sure why I did this but made a low-ball bid on Reverb and now I have a bass. I didn't consider how much space this contraption takes up. Anyway, ordered a beginners bluegrass bass book and...
  3. 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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    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...
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    Re: Stolen Mandolin

    Great news! The mandolin is back home! A guy called me asking about it. Said he bought it at an estate sale. Turns out he was involved in the crime. Just glad it was a happy ending. Made my week for...
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    Re: James Tailpiece Review

    There is a product called Nevr-dull that will clean up the tarnish on the Gibson tailpiece covers. It's available at most large home stores and on Amazon.
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    Re: Celtic Mandolin Builders

    Thanks a million to everyone that has contributed to this thread. It was a wonderful learning experience! After much consideration I decided to order a flattop from Lawrence Nyberg. He has a...
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    Re: Irish tenor banjo

    Actually, I prefer the 17 fret, shorter scale. I have found that there are a lot of great banjos being made by people you have never even heard of, and probably never will. But many of them will...
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    A new classical mandolin

    Just strung up this morning, a classical mandolin, for want of a better term. 13" scale, with a body inspired by a carved top Italian mandolin I found a photo of years ago. The soundboard is Sitka,...
  10. Amazing video of Josh Luttrell finishing an Ellis

    Thought we could all use some soothing relaxing video to watch today.
  11. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    Here she is. Love it love it love it!


    https://youtu.be/FNcmjk3QsY8
  12. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    Yes, mine is a port orford cedar top with a transverse brace!
  13. Re: We have a 3-way race: Collings vs Pava vs Gilchrist

    Jordan was super helpful and sent me sound files of all three instruments. All there very distinctive and pleasant. The Pava sounded complex. The Collings was shimmery in a nice way. But the winner...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    I'm working for Glasser now, and we are also the importer of Larsen Strings. This is something Glasser has in development.
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Eastman Del Rey electric mandolin on display today.

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  17. Delfest vid - Andrew Marlin, Casey Campbell, Bryan Sutton

    Just stumbled on this video of the three jamming on the (unknown to me) Monroe tune "Tombstone Junction". Interesting to see the serious Monroe chops of Andrew Marlin....
  18. Re: New Steve Cooney guitar album of harp music

    Yes thanks for putting that up Sean.
    I watched it yesterday - really enjoyed it.
  19. New Steve Cooney guitar album of harp music

    No mandolin content, but I'm sure many of you will be interested to hear that the Australian/Irish guitarist Steve Cooney has just released a guitar album of Irish harp music. Good news!
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    Wow! Some incredible As in this thread. Raising two kids on a public schoolteacher's salary, I couldn't afford a 3k instrument, so I learned to build. This is #5. I mostly play celtic/contradance...
  21. Re: Interview with Rory Dowling of Taran on new "Springwell" mand

    https://youtu.be/3hjuxZtxUso
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    Kalamazoos and a Waterloo

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    My flat tops
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    Re: The Obvious 12/26 Question

    Hard to picture how the body was made though I assume that the steel's body was stripped and pieced together to make the width of the Telecaster? Looks like anice old piece of wood.

    Not to derail...
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    Re: The Obvious 12/26 Question

    Got a Kentucky KM252 from my wife. She’s a beauty. (And my wife is too.)
    Need to learn how to play. The mandolin.
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    Re: Your favourite mandolin picture of 2019

    From a Carter's listing in the MandoCafe classifieds:

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    It just doesn't get any sexier than this.
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