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    Re: Travel to Europe

    Ebony and abalone won't cause a problem. I took a 1914 Gibson A-1 to the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK in May 2018. I volunteered to open the case at every border. Only a couple took me...
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    Re: Travel to Europe

    I doubt if anything will happen. I have traveled throughout Europe with no issues. Someone did advise me to carry a copy of regulations. I did not, but it is probably good advice.
    If you do have a...
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    Re: Travel to Europe

    We've had this discussion many times on this forum. Basically, I wouldn't take anything that you wouldn't mind losing. Customs agents have an unfair amount of power if they want to mess with you,...
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    Re: Scales for Left Handed Mandolin

    Maybe this?

    Left Handed Mandolin
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    And don't you forget it.

    Excuse now, whilst I light this Cuban cigar with a crisp $100 bill and have my secretary fetch a glass of champagne and fresh strawberries as I prop my feet up on my new...
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    Re: Help a Beginner?

    Yes, lots of on line help that is great but having someone sit across from you (As I do with Billy Packard) catching all your mechanical mistakes before they become almost uncorrectable is a...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    I gotta chime in (chime, cuz my mando has great sustain, partly due to using toneguard). Check yourself Jeff. You cast aspersions on many fine musicians making great music(Sierra, CT, and Ronnie to...
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    Re: Help a Beginner?

    In your case you would probably be best served starting out with a decent teacher. If a person comes to the mandolin after 30 years of playing guitar there are shortcuts you can take but by your own...
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    Re: Your favourite mandolin picture of 2019

    Though I did not take this picture, it is my favorite for 2019. Playing mandolin with a hundred or so other musicians, well to my mind there are not many other things I would rather be doing.

    I...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    I yodel! Did it in the school hall 5th grade, The history teacher went nuts trying to figure out who it was. Ha.
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    This thread is fast becoming one of my favorites following the collective unconsciousnesses of the denizens of this lovely virtual community. Motorcycles, Marandola s, coolness, yodeling, bow ties!...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    :))

    The mandolin, just by itself, is So. Very. Uncool. in most of the musical gatherings where cool really matters. When I think of the social opportunities that passed me by just for playing...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    Wow a strange derailment of this thread! Somehow we got to macho motorcycles and lawn equipment.

    I can say that I don't use any internal combustion engines anywhere near my mandolins. What I...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    Gee, I just put a set of $7.00 strings on my $4,500 mandolin. Maybe I should be looking for more expensive strings?
    ;)

    When something works for 'ya, it just works. I'll gladly pay for high-end...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    I started using a toneguard when I was playing ina band wearing bib overalls and a coat, etc. It saved the back of my mandolin! But I do feel a more organic connection when playing without one. As...
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    First mandolin orchestra performance

    Hi all, I am about to participate in my first concert with the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra. In about 1 hour actually! Looking forward to making my debut on mandola. Wish me luck!
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    Re: It's a habit, I can't help myself

    That’s my two cents worth twice!
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    It's a habit, I can't help myself

    It's a habit, I can't help myself. This time of the year I watch for the deals on musical instruments. This one just caught my eye. Four cents and it's on sale?
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    Re: What's The One That Got Away?

    This one....
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    Are your pecks so huge that your mando hands free in the void? Lol!
    Perhaps kyphosis(hunchback)?
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    Drop that 75 lb third trimester beer gut and you can drop the toneguard; both you and the mandolin will be better off....;)
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    Re: i love playing mandolin

    Best thread title ever.
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    Re: PEEK Pick by EML Picks

    Just sharing my 2 cents and then some on this thread...short version EML guy is worth supporting!

    Longer version:

    Well my guess is from less than funny real life experiences EML pick guy has to...
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    Re: i love playing mandolin

    Thank heavens for music and our instruments - they're my saving grace. Nothing, I've found, is as a musical instrument.

    Best of wellness and beauty to you!
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    i love playing mandolin

    i have had health problems on and off for several years. i felt awfull much of today, but when i got home i pulled out four favourite mandolins and played them all back and forth, and it made my...
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