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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    Yes, and I advise you to get a McClung.
    https://hillcountrystringworks.com/armrest5.html

    I love Northfield mandolins, but I have had an armrest like the one they offer, and they are nowhere near...
  2. Re: sanding/scratching picks for better grip

    Rub a little bit of violin rosin on the pick.

    If you have a thick modern finish that your bridge slips around on, the same works well for that.
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I think you should slow down a bit and do some extra work out on your handtool skills. IF you intend to become a good builder you should work patiently and carefully. Each stroke of the tool (or even...
  4. Re: How to Open a Vintage Guitar Store in Seven Easy Steps

    I was always told the secret to making a million dollars with a vintage guitar shop is to start out with 2 million worth of inventory. Many folks with a good size collection think they can use that...
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    Re: Live from Here is no more

    This is an American tragedy. Thile elevated mandolin playing to an entirely new level, and he brought the music we all love to a wide audience. It was such a pleasure to tune in to his program. I...
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    Nice playing and good sounding mandolin but man.....if you'd break that up into some paragraphs it would make it a lot more readable.
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    Re: Why do people do this?

    My friend was a big eBay seller of vintage guitars and parts. He coined a new term for grading that was purposefully confusing, describing an item as being in "excellent vintage condition" -- the...
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    I'm very sorry to hear this. I've enjoyed your posts and input for a long time.

    I hope your path is easy and a recovery that is quick and unexpected.

    You are most certainly in my thoughts.
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Phil, the Archbishop of the Anglican Catholic Church sends his blessing.
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Phil,
    I’m so sad to hear this news. I know you’ve been dealing with a lot of pain for a long time. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers and I want you to know that I always enjoyed our visits when...
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Phil, the Archbishop of the Anglican Catholic Church as well as the Rectors of St. John the Evangelist Menominee Falls WI., and St.Patrick’s parish here in Kalamazoo are all praying for you.
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Phil, it was a pleasure getting to know you a little at Augusta a few years ago. And corresponding with you here every so often. Wishing you peace and comfort and the joy of loved ones in this...
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    When I read your posts Phil I always feel like I’ve just been let in on something I didn’t know before, thank you for all your insight.
    Stay positive. I will request that prayers be offered at Mass....
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    My best to you Phil. I've always looked forward to your input. You make this a better place. Thank you.
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    I'm flattered -- and truly honored! -- to have been listed as one of your mentors. As a university scientist, I've mentored a good many students over the years, but never have I thought of myself as...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    My process has been to get the last mandolin I will ever need. I've done that a good five or six times now.
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    "More notes is better than fewer notes" - Excuse me if I'm reading you wrong, but that seems to be the gist of your thinking, and I couldn't disagree more. Following that logic, why learn any...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    I started to realize that several years ago. I was standing on the front porch of Tim's house with my poker buddies. On the 4th ring of the telephone inside the house I said "Tim, do you want to get...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    OMG, so much myth in one thread....
    Considering one fret material better than another judging by (finally good) refret of poorly setup mandolin is downright silly IMHO.
    Many makers (well probably...
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    Re: Speed neck recommendation

    Thanks Phil, excellent info and answers.all very helpful for me
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    But no one does, so what's your point? Roughly, theory is a sytematized collection of devices and concepts serving to unify and connect a multitude of special instances, and aiding one's orientation...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    To keep it from getting mechanical I practice chord movement up and down arpeggios a lot. So it becomes second nature. Never think about what the 3’s and 7's actually are though when playing. Just...
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    Re: Right hand wrist position

    I think your right hand position looks normal.
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    While describing them as "each chord is the 4th of the previous chord," is accurate, what is important is this: Each chord is the 5th (dominant) of the next chord. That is the way the chords...
  25. Re: Does anyone like the new green blue chip picks?

    I guess I've been told now!!
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