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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    A Morin Khuur (by request of customer):
    https://i.imgur.com/zHXCUjU.jpg
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I think this will work well:
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Diamond volutes.
    Guitars, not mandolins. Purely ornamental, a PITA to carve, but compared to a scroll? Not so bad really! They do have to be sharp and precise though, and when things need to be...
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    Are you calling me lyre?
    https://i.imgur.com/HkByZOd.jpg
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    When I was approx. 19 and stationed at Tinker AFB in OKC, Don Teeter lived about a mile down the road from me. He did the best $100 fret job I've ever seen on my old 1940s archtop guitar.

    I...
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    Not every day in the shop is perfect, so you need some creative solutions....problem solved! ;)
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    Re: RIP Arthur Stern

    Sad and surprising news! When I was new to mandolin in the co-mando listserve era, Arthur was a welcoming and supportive Bay Area mandolin community member and I continued to count on his presence...
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    I was deeply saddened and shocked to receive this news. Arthur was a brilliant artist and a true friend for over 40 years. His studio/home in Oakland was our playroom and hangout in the early days of...
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    I visited Arthur's home once more than a decade ago, when I was living in the Bay Area. He was hosting a mandolin get together.

    I got to see his stained glass artwork at his studio. Amazing...
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    But why, when and how? This is saddening.

    RIP

    He was one of the people whose posts were always interesting, educating or enjoyable.
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    Very sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed his posts. RIP.
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    Very said to hear this news. Rest in peace, Arthur.
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    What a punch to the gut. I got to meet and hang out with Arthur at a Mandolin Symposium. Thanks to the Cafe it was like we had known each other for years. He was kind, generous, and I admired his...
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    Shocked and sad... a true Mando booster and a great artist. He will be missed by many...
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    Also a friend of Dawg and a witness to lots of history when Dawg music was forming. A brilliant artist who create some amazing pieces in glass. RIP Arthur.
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    Ah, man. That's sad. Thank you for letting us know.
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    RIP Arthur Stern

    I haven't seen it mentioned here, but Arthur was a friend to everyone in the mandolin world and a brilliant artist. He was a long time forum contributor and a fountain of knowledge and experience...
  18. Newspeak - released today by Andrew Collins

    Enjoy.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7lb_ncsiVg&t=16s
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    Re: IBMA Awards Announcement

    This announcement from IBMA did not include the industry awards, but I figured I'd share this one since it is one of our fellow mando players.

    Writer of the Year - Tristan Scroggins
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    IBMA Awards Announcement

    BILLY STRINGS NAMED
    "ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR"
    AT 32nd ANNUAL IBMA BLUEGRASS MUSIC AWARDS
    presented by YAMAHA

    Nashville, Tennessee (October 1, 2021) Billy Strings received the coveted...
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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    The [MM] monogram and Apollo [lyre] logo are both lightly etched into the pick. Definitely tactile, but the overall pick is polished, though not slippery in my fingers, at least.

    My very...
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    I wonder how will they wear. The glass filled plastics tend to wear into somewhat grainy surface and will be hard to polish back to smooth without some special abrasives because of the glass fibers....
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    I received mine yesterday and so far I am really loving it. To me it has all the things I like about the casein picks plus some of the characteristics of a Blue Chip thrown in. Great feel on the...
  24. 2021 Mike Auldridge Instrumental Composition Contest

    Attention, bluegrass and old-time musicians: This year's Mike Auldridge Instrumental Composition Contest is underway. The DC Bluegrass Union is accepting entries until Sunday, October 10th. Tunes...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

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    Doing some finishing work on these two mandos.
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