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  1. Re: Duff A style mandolins, like to hear owner thoughts, some ?

    Wow, man, sorry it didn’t work out. The one you need is out there, just got to time it right. Another to look out for is Skip Kelley’s builds. I have an A5 that straddles the gap between modern and...
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    Re: Ry Cooder & Taj Mahal Get on Board

    Oh, great, another rabbit hole for me to fall down…this one’s gonna be fun! Thanks for posting!

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    Oh, great, another rabbit hole for me to fall down…this one’s gonna be fun!...
  3. Thread: A.J. Lee

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    Re: A.J. Lee

    Very tastefully done!
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    Re: Got my first mando:)

    Congrats!
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    Re: New Player at age 63

    I bought an Eastman 315 as a beater a few years ago, and I noticed the narrower width compared to my 1 and 1/8 main player, but I adjust after a couple of minutes of play time. I really thought 1 and...
  6. Thread: 2020 Duff A5

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    Re: 2020 Duff A5

    Congratulations! Man, that’s a gorgeous mandolin. I initially passed on a Duff “Scout” F model, which was supposedly the only one he’s built with the back unbound and some other “Econo” features, at...
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    Re: Sierra playing a Goldtone mandocello

    She never ceases to impress. Such an amazingly talented young lady!
  8. I’d love to go to this one but already have a...

    I’d love to go to this one but already have a family trip scheduled that month, so can’t take the time :(
  9. Re: New year goals - advice for getting better at practice

    Some good advice above. While I typically stink at developing and sticking to practice routines (life gets in the way, sometimes I’m brain dead after a long day of work and really don’t want to...
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    Re: Floor stand for octave mandolin

    Another vote for Hercules. I’ve had their 3 instrument stand for 4 or 5 years and it works with all of my instruments from electric bass to soprano uke (and including OM). The only down side is that...
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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    Mark, that’s an amazing story! Even my wife, who hates banjo but saw Bêla and Chris Thile with me before the pandemic, was in awe (she recognizes how good Bela and Noam Pickelny are, just hates the...
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    Re: Daughter's New Mandolin!

    That’s awesome on all fronts!! Congrats!
  13. Thread: Nut file sizes

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    Re: Nut file sizes

    Agree 100%…unless you just want to understand a piece of that art, too. I’m no cowboy when it comes to this, and if my Kelley required work I’d absolutely get it back to Skip. But, I like learning...
  14. Thread: Nut file sizes

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    Re: Nut file sizes

    The two cheapest and easiest ways to potentially fix the issue with the least amount of risk are to try lubing the slot with graphite (pencil lead is fine, but there’s also tubes of graphite you can...
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    Re: Walnut Back and Sides Spruce Flat Top Tone

    I’ve only owned spruce/maple mandolins so can’t really comment on other tone woods in that regard, but I’ve owned a Taylor 714 (Cedar/EIR), a Guild D-40 (spruce/hog), a Martin all hog 00, and a Yairi...
  16. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    Count me as another who follows their musical ADD…mando and guitar are my two favorites and get the most time, but I also play bass, uke, OM, and 5 string banjo. Mando gets the most practice time...
  17. Thread: Modern F4 options?

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    Re: Modern F4 options?

    Skip Kelley is making some awesome mandolins and has done some “hybrid” and trad F4 style mandos. Believe there’s a video of him comparing a 12 fret join vs a 23 fret join on YouTube…
  18. Re: Northfield F5S consistency (or buying without checking)

    Based on what I’ve seen and played in stores, agree with the above comments. Another option is to contact the shop you’re planning on buying from, explain what you’re after, and have them pick the...
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    Re: Has COVID affected your MAS?

    I’d also like to throw out there that while I’ve been able to keep working and am fortunate to have added the instruments I did over the last year, my heart goes out to those who haven’t been so...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Looking great, Skip!
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    Re: Has COVID affected your MAS?

    Regarding MAS, I upgraded my mandos to the Kelley A5 and Rigel CT-110 before things locked down, so I’ve been pretty satiated there. But I did buy an OO sized Martin and a McPherson Touring. I also...
  22. Re: Contemporary Christian Music with Mandolin Solo???

    Rend Collective and Jars of Clay both use some mandolin, but they tend to be more in the mix rather than featured solos. My Lighthouse by RC is fun and has a pretty repetitive mandolin riff you can...
  23. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    “Vintage” makes me think old and good/desirable. If the instrument isn’t good/desirable, then it’s just old. My 1984 Ford Tempo would be, by definition in the auto community, “classic.” But it was...
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    Re: Banjo dowel stick reset

    Jake Wildwood is in Vermont and has a great rep on the Cafe. I’d give him a call to start with…
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    Re: Yet another first (budget) mandolin question

    Congrats! I’ve bought all but one of my mandolins online and have been fortunate with the exception of the first (which taught me a lot), but it’s so much fun to pick one off a wall of instruments...
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