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  1. Thread: Whatcha up to?

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    Re: Whatcha up to?

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NeS8nw_7pmE

    For you electric minded folks, when you have 20 minutes or so check out the sounds Billy Strings gets out of his Adi/Brazilian acoustic and pedal board....
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    Re: How to play chords to sing along to?

    Beat me to it! The chord diagrams show you where to put your fingers for each chord. Find some simple songs that you already know (Happy Birthday, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Wagon Wheel--insert...
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    Re: Just bought my first mandolin!

    Clappy, clappy, clappy!
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    Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    Generation X, aka the latch key generation: We were made for this! It's finally our time to shine!!

    Work has been hectic and I have both kids home now (one from law school, one from undergrad)....
  5. Thread: Waiting for UPS

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    Re: Waiting for UPS

    Other than the occasional work meeting, it's pretty much the only time I want time to speed up, lol. They and Fed-Ex usually come by our house in the late afternoon/evenings, which is generally...
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    Torrefication occurs prior to putting the instrument together, so the wood is theoretically ‘Drier” but more stable when assembled. Unless you’re Frank Wakefileld, storing your already assembled...
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    Re: Just bought my first mandolin!

    Go with the Ratliff. The strap button is just that, and doesn’t signify any structural issues. My Silverangel Econo had a speed neck, and I really liked it. Most violin necks are finished similarly,...
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    Re: My New (Old) KM-1500

    Beautiful mandolin! Congratulations, and enjoy!!
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    Re: Pick (nerd) journeys

    I'll bite:

    Started with Tortex 0.73 (yellows) based on recommendations on Folk of the Wood before I found the Cafť. Eventually switched to using the rounded end on those as well. Tried a few...
  10. Thread: C E Ward mandolins

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    Re: C E Ward mandolins

    On a positive note, many pickers around here have a very healthy respect for his instruments. I got my hands on one in a local pawn shop, and the box was right, the neck felt good, but it needed a...
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    Re: I Miss Playing Live!

    Bob, I agree with catmandu2. We all need to put our situations into perspective, but the fact that others may be in a worse position doesn't invalidate your own feelings, especially when it comes to...
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    Re: Happy 75th Birthday Today, David Grisman!

    Happy Birthday, Dawg!!
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    Re: Neck fall away at 12th fret HELP?

    Iím continually amazed by the experience and expertise of those willing to contribute to the Cafe. Justrythym, youíve gotten some advice from some of the best in the biz...
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    Re: Stressful Times: Bringing New 'E' Up To Tune!

    Donít think Iíve ever broken one tuning up new strings, and Iíve gotten fearless enough that I get them pretty close to pitch with a string wonder now, then stretch and finish by hand. I have broken...
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    Re: Attention Silverangel owners

    My SA Econo always sounded best with EJ-75s as well, but it really didnít suffer much with 74s. I usually used whichever set I had on hand, which was based on which local shop I went to latest (one...
  16. Thread: Low tech humidity

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    Re: Low tech humidity

    Yes, it does! I received a Kala soprano travel Uke this week from The Ukelele Site (from whom I’ve bought 3 ukes so far and been very pleased with their set up and service). They filled up the...
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    Re: Play better when alone

    My willingness to humiliate myself publicly far exceeds my stage fright ;)

    Seriously, all the above recommendations are good ones. I’m the “adult supervision” for our church’s youth band. As long...
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    Re: Current Schedule of Fines: OTJ Deportment Police

    Yes, Mark, youíre going to have to add fines for beard maintenance, or use of any product other than beer, shine, or coffee in an effort to conceal beard maintenance 🤣
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    Re: Looking for new F Style Mandolin

    Between those 2, agree, Eastman. I’ve bought twice from TMS, and had great service and set up both times. Dennis also gave very fair trade prices on mandolins in both deals.

    For 1000 I’d be...
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    Re: looking for a travel mando

    For that nut width you may want to consider calling Bruce Webber, Sonny Morris, Redline, etc, and discuss getting a custom build. There are a few options out there with that width, but not many...
  21. Re: Article: Sierra Hull in Concert at Old Town School of Folk Mu

    Thanks for that, well done! Downloaded the album yesterday and am digging it. It’s cool to witness her maturity and associated musical evolution. And, damn, she can play!!
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    Re: Thank you Scott and Dan!

    My thanks as well! Yesterday I was on my phone for a couple of minutes, and my wife asked, "What's happening on the Cafť today?" To which I replied, in a bit of a panicked tone, "I DON'T KNOW, IT'S...
  23. Re: Want flat fretboard, at least 1 1/8" nut width. Suggestions?

    Your best bet is probably to put a want add in the classifieds, and also to watch them like a hawk. (I was going to suggest commissioning a build with someone who's building upper tier instruments...
  24. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    I keep my BCs in the strings of the instruments, unless I’m letting someone try out an instrument. If I know them well I’ll offer the good pick, if not, they get a cheapie from the case. I keep a BC...
  25. Re: Tom Bedell's TED Talk on sustainable woods for instruments

    CarlM, agree completely about finding alternatives to ebony and RW, and accepting those alternatives as players/consumers. Regarding the clear cutting of spruce, my understanding (and I’m happy to be...
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