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    Re: Mandolin recommendation for new player

    I'll second (or third) the Eastman 305 rec. If you can't afford a new one, look for used. But the tonal difference between that and a sub 500 instrument is going to be major. 305 will carry you as...
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    A4, A5, F4, F5--what do the numbers mean?

    I'm clear on the difference between an A-style and an F-style mandolin. But I don't know the significance of the numbers that follow the letters. Please educate me.
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I started a thread about F style mandolin ergonomics asking a somewhat similar question not that long ago and didnít get many responses. Maybe most people donít notice much of a difference? It was...
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    Re: mass produced instruments & size variations

    I'm so happy I could cry.
    What I thought was a scratch in the picture might have just been a finger print or something - it's perfect - I am a cynic so when I saw the one I wanted for a price I...
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    Re: Please help me choose a beginner instrument

    Thanks to all of you for your responses. I am grateful for your thoughts on the matter. An Eastman 305 (used) is on its way to me. I am a happy camper.
  6. Re: Unexpected things/benefits about playing mandolin

    I first saw my wife at a jam at Wintergrass that I got invited to as I was walking past the registration desk. Talk about unexpected! Can't be any better than that:)
  7. Re: mass produced instruments & size variations

    I will reiterate what Bill says above. Buy from a reliable dealer who provides expert setup. You may pay less at some of the bigger venues like GC, Musician’s Friend or Amazon dealers but you will...
  8. Eliminating fret buzz on a couple of frets

    I'm not adding this to the free e-book, but here's how I cleaned up a few buzzing frets on my mandolin. The aluminum sanding block, along with a crowning file, was under $20.
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  9. Re: Eastman MD604 with P/U - Very Excited - Where to start

    Even though Mandolessons leans toward the traditional, focusing on fiddle tunes, it holds a great deal of helpful info on the fundamentals that I gleaned a great deal from. I do play BG primarily,...
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    Re: Online Mandolin Lesson suggestions

    I have been doing the intermediate bluegrass class by sharon gilchrist on peghead nation. She also has an intro course. Not quite the same as a "live" tutor, but very good instruction and reasonable...
  11. Re: Happy Birthday Dennis Vance, hoping for a transplant

    Happy birthday Dennis! We’re all pulling for you here at MC.
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    Re: Best brand for upgrade

    Oregon Jim I wasn't disagreeing with you, just stating that we are all different. That's probably why they make both
  13. Re: Michael Smith song: Spoon River. Anthology

    https://youtu.be/HYlK-PYM_BA

    So...this is how you get the video to show up in the post eh? Long time since I did any html.
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    why do mandolins have carved top?

    Possibly dumb question, but I've seen seen an explanation of this before. Why do some mandolin have a carved top? What is the benefit of a carved top over a flat top from a sound perspective?
  15. How I upgraded a cheapo mandolin with minimal modifications.

    This is an update (if I recall correctly) to a post I once made about buying a cheapo manolin.

    I made a random impulse purchase of a cheap ($299) "The Loar" F-5 at some point (over a year ago),...
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    Re: Best brand for upgrade

    Good plan Tim, Eastmans are great, but so are Kentucky's ... I'm not a big fan of The Loar though. I would recommend Eastman or Kentucky over Loar. I was in a similar boat as you many years back and...
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    Re: Best brand for upgrade

    Thanks for this thorough and thought out advice. I wasnít familiar with the radiused fretboard vs. flat fretboard. I also play guitar and in the past I have mostly made decisions on feel and sound...
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    Re: Best brand for upgrade

    Tim, I'd stick with Elderly over GC. Any upgraded mandolin you buy needs a set-up. You won't get that from GC, where it might be included or negotiable from Elderly.
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    Re: Best brand for upgrade

    If I was presented with those options I'd be looking at the Eastman, Kentucky, and Loar and I'd be looking at the A style models.

    Or, you could have a ham sandwich.
  20. What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    I have many that are amongst my favorites. The genre of music I most currently enjoy playing and listening to is 40’s and 50’s country & honkey tonk and I try to listen to all the great mandolin...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I have wrestled with the ethics of this situation myself. Lots of mandolin players (even talented ones) simply can't afford the price of entry for a really good mandolin. A Collings MT-2 (what I'd...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    My, how things have changed here over the years. When I joined this site, most people here would vilify any mandolin made in Asia as a matter of principle. There used to be terms like "POS PACRIMJOB"...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I could use more homework, but im certainly not "trolling"
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    Re: String change frequency

    There are several factors that affect how frequently folks (should) change strings. Skin acidity, frequency of play, playing conditions (humidity), and material and type of windings strings are made...
  25. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    When I happened upon my first double stop.
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