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    Re: Help comparing Kentuckys for upgrade!

    Of those 3 I would go with the 855, but what you may want to do is save until you can get a used KM 1000 or 1050. The 855 would probably be better than the Rover, but odds are very good that a 1000...
  2. Re: Replacing the Tailpiece on my Flatiron (would like original)

    You may have some luck by placing a want ad in the classifieds, and by also reaching out to larger volume stores that do lots of mandolin work. Like Carterís, Gruhnís, Elderly, Gryphon, Fiddlerís...
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    Re: Gold tone

    Not as highly as Eastman and Kentucky. I played one of their Rigel inspired mandolins once that wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t great, either. Their banjos are highly regarded, their Mandos not so much....
  4. Re: What to look/listen for when mandolin shopping?

    You’ve got an excellent list. For me, all those factors are important, though I wouldn’t count out an excellent instrument because of set up issues, which are remediable. The big kickers for me are...
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    Re: Substitutes for ebony?

    Was at Oak Island in N.C. a few weeks ago, and the house next to us was installing Brazilian Walnut decking. It’s suppoesedly the second most dense wood in North an South America, per the...
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    Re: Disappointed with the Nashville music scene

    It’s been a few years since I was last there, but the house band at Robert’s Western World was my fav on the strip. Dude’s have been playing together since 1995, I think, and played mostly older...
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    Interesting question. I’m in the case camp, but don’t have a problem modifying my instruments. I actually speed necked my first mandolin myself, though I’d take my good ‘uns to a pro. All of mine get...
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    I use a Hercules stand when I’m playing at church and will use it at home if I’m practicing multiple instruments in the same session, but they typically go in their cases if I’m taking more than a...
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    Re: Revival: The Sam Bush Story

    Nowhere close to what it should be :(

    I watched it when it was first released and really enjoyed it. I’ve never met the man, but he seems like the consummate professional, and so many of his peers...
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    Re: Ball end strings for an electric mando?

    I use Ernie Ball Slinky guitar strings. Usually buy a pack of 9s and 10s and then use the gauges that get me closest to the no longer sold “Jazzmando” set. Way cheaper way to go, and a good excuse to...
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    Re: Man....I had a blue guitar...

    Ted Eschliman used to have a Rigel Blueburst that was gorgeous. I had a blueburst Fender 62SE (before they got lumpy). Looked great and was better sonically than I expected, but I eventually gave it...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy, Washburn????

    Agree, the inlay work looks absolutely gorgeous! Unfortunately, I, too know little than what I’ve read on here about bowl backs...
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    Re: A short tune in GDGD tuning

    Very nice! Great tone from that McIlroy!
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    Re: KM1000 Spec Question -- side width?

    Everyone’s brain works differently, so take this FWIW, but it really helped me to forget the “upside down guitar” thing and just approach the mandolin like a completely new instrument. Your flat...
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    Re: picking a first bouzouki

    Yes!!! Excellent first (and possibly life long) Zouk!!
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    Re: Japanese Commission / Premiere

    Congratulations, Victor!!
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    I used to be a Snark fan, and for single course instruments they’re fine. But I made the “mistake” of downloading the Strobotune phone app, and now I can see and hear the tolerance differences with a...
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    Re: Sam Bush hospitalized!!!

    Yaaaayyyyy! Glad to hear Sam’s doing well!!
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    Re: PSA: you should try an actual mandolin pick!

    No pointing or laughing from me! I had a similar epiphany after I'd been playing a couple of years when I got some Wegen TF 140s for Christmas one year. I'd been using a Fender Heavy prior to that...
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    Re: So...I'm stuck....dang MAS...

    I’ve posted this before, but I had a similar experience/education at Gruhn’s and Carters a few years ago. I went in with a fairly open mind. I was looking for a National RM-1, but thought that if I...
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    Re: So...I'm stuck....dang MAS...

    I agree with that advice. My first mando was an eBay Kentucky that had some, ahem, issues. I got it playable and wailed on it for a few years because I couldn’t afford anything better. Loved it at...
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    Re: Why no narrow nut options?

    I'm a wide nut guy. 1 1/8 is as narrow as I'm likely to ever go in the future (love my Kelley at that width). I have an Eastman 315 that's narrower as pointed out above, and I can adjust to it after...
  23. Re: The Three Bears? Or are they rabbits? (mando family pics)

    Very nice!!
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    That, sir, is outstanding!!!
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    Re: Leave leather strap on?

    You should be fine to leave them on all the time...
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