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    Re: Please allow me to introduce myself...

    hi Norm. I am in Cedar Rapids. Looking at your title it concerned me you might be a "man of wealth and taste" as well. Pleased to meet you....At least we don't have to guess your name.
  2. Thread: Who?

    by CarlM
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    Re: Who?

    At a jam several years ago a guy kept going on and on that I looked like Grandpa Jones. I don't think he meant it as a compliment. So one of my turns I said speaking of Grandpa Jones let's do ...
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    Re: Pre NAMM discussion

    I thought that Gilchrist was Shmergel's PacRim budget line???
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    Re: Info on 70's Washburn Jethro Burns Mandolin

    He endorsed. Or as he said in his shows "The Washburn Mandolin Company has asked me to tell you I am playing a Gibson mandolin."
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    Re: Way Western North Carolina jams

    Kaufmann Kamp is at Maryville in Tennessee. Keith Yoder lives near there. He is affiliated with the Kamp and an excellent instructor. He says there are a lot of jams up in that area. It may be...
  6. Thread: Banjo evil (nmc)

    by CarlM
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    Some people say that Deliverance is the movie that lead them to take up banjo. I say it is the movie that lead me to take up archery and bowhunting.
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    That is really unfair of you to wave that in front of a person who has not been approved to be on the list to be considered to be allowed buy a Shmergel. Especially when you consider just how...
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    Re: Restored Gibson A jr on FB marketplace

    The Ol' Earl of Scheib has gone into a new line of work.

    " Any mando any color, just $29.95...Riiiight!!"
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    Another thing to keep in mind is that playing too much can cause physical damage such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and other issues. This is especially so if your technique is not good,...
  10. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Paco de Lucia discusses learning to improvise while performing with with John Mclaughlin and Al diMeola.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXj-MnoGW0g
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    A Much Less Obvious 12/26 Question

    Did any of you get a hippopotamus for Christmas? For that matter did Sarah?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fziK7dCVAdk
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    Re: On holidays. Forgot my pick!

    Another verse for Deep Ellum Blues

    If you go down to Deep Ellum
    Keep a mandolin pick in your shoe
    Them womens from Deep Ellum
    Gonna make a mess of you.....
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    Re: On holidays. Forgot my pick!

    The corner of a pocket comb works well and sounds good.. If you have a way of cutting it off it might even make a good pick for every day.
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    Re: Constantine Wood Dyes

    LMI has water soluble dyes. I am not sure if they have the color you are looking for. They are at www.lmii.com
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    Re: Book disappointment

    Not to disrespect Roger Siminoff, who did a tremendous service in advancing mandolin design and construction, but there are problems with his plans. The arching contours of the top do not agree...
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    Re: Satin-nickel plating?

    Ditto to what Greg Mirken said about satin vs high gloss plating. It most certainly is not clear coat making the difference.
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    Re: twine with my mingles ?????

    The original was "I'll twine mid the ringlets of my raven black hair" It was a composed song in the 1860s, not a folk song. A.P. Carter mangled the lyrics badly in several places or heard a version...
  18. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Music is a form of communication as is speaking and language.

    Jamming and improvising is analogous to an impromptu conversation. Conversation is usually not planned out. It may contain some...
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    Re: filling fret wear

    JB Weld and duck tape might work too. This guy did not happen to be named Red Green by the way?

    Seriously it would be just as much work as pulling the fret or frets and doing it right because...
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    Lamar Grier passes

    Former Bluegrass Boy, banjo player Lamar Grier passed Tuesday at 81 years of age.

    https://bluegrasstoday.com/lamar-grier-passes/
  21. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    CNC is not a cure all. The cost is shifted with CNC.

    While they reduce labor there is significant initial investment. It is a minimum of ten thousand dollars for a small simple machine and...
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    Re: curly maple wood description

    What people who build archery bows say is that the ratio of late wood to early (spring) wood has more effect than the number of rings. The latewood is harder and more solid, contributing more...
  23. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    It is a matter of perspective. There is a school of thought that believes in something called "the Market" that is pure and true and never wrong. The belief is maintained no matter how badly that...
  24. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    I realize some people consider Texas to be third world, sometimes for good reason, but I am not among them.

    Collings chose to go the route of automating production to the extent they can. This...
  25. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    The typical build time quoted for an F-5 by a small hand builder is around 200 hours.

    There might be a 80 to 250 dollars in wood, 60 to 400 dollars in tuners, 60 dollars in the bridge, 40 to 150...
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