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  1. Out of solidarity we will observe Blackout Tuesday

    Since inception this site has attempted to serve as an oasis, a respite from the rest of the world, a place to relax, let down and get away from a lot of complicated news, hot button topics, and many...
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    Finnish fiddle tune Kellarin kautta

    Here's my attempt at Kellarin kautta by Otto Hotaikainen. Mandolin is my 1935 Gibson A-50 with elevated fretboard. Probably still a bit fast for schottish tempo. Didn't seem that fast when playing...
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    Faraway Grandchild

    Apologies to Dagger, this is to welcome our new grandchild, a happy event amid the general gloom.

    She's just across town, but given current isolation requirements it will be a long time before we...
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    Kala KA-GTR Tenor Guitar for under $160

    If anyone is interested.

    Kala is offering 20% off with discount code: PLAYON through April 30th.

    https://kalabrand.com/collections/guitars/products/ka-gtr
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    Re: Social Distancing

    Take up the pipes - bagpipes, Uilleann pipes, or Swedish sackpipa. You will be socially distanced and isolated. At least until you learn them.
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    Social Distancing

    Remember stay at least 6 feet from a banjo player———at all times.
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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    The reason for the Collings price increase was widely communicated with their retailers and business partners, less so with consumers, but I saw plenty of evidence on the Forum here it got seen by...
  8. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Whoa whoa whoa! How did I get in here? :cool:

    I'm pretty sure that Dawg or Chris could play the Rogue and pull it off.

    Blessed are those that cannot hear the difference for they shall have more...
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    Re: Arrangements for Tenor/Mandola?

    It'd look kind of funny to use a bow worth my mandola or tenor, though.

    Seriously ... great idea, thanks.
  10. I'll See You In My Dreams - Django transcribed for mandolin

    Hey Friends, long time no see, hope you all are well. Transcribed this last year for Steve Smith's mando camp, made a youtube video after and have had a few requests for the transcription. Thought...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Good grief...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Style A Professional

    You are not allowed to sell instruments or promote your sales here in the forum. It is quite unnecessary to ask forum viewers to look at your ad; the ads get plenty of eyeballs already.
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    Re: Ibanez Buyer beware

    Some of C F Martin's "Little Martin" guitars are made of, basically, Formica; fiberboard and glue hot-pressed into a "board."

    Martin calls it HPL -- High-Pressure Laminate. Sounds better than...
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    Re: tone woods for Octave Mandolin

    Tbone, you're putting the cart before the horse. Pick a maker whose work you like and can afford. Then talk with them about what woods might suit you best.

    I say this having made hundreds of OMs,...
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    Re: Girouard Mandolins

    Hi pheffernan, sorry for the late response. Busy time of year for us getting ready for the March Mandolin Festival. I did manage to get the blog updated, tone bars installed and f holes...
  16. Fumbling my way through Ravel's Bolero on an Eastman mandola...

    ...an MDA815, to be precise. Anyway...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdiIzsZubMs
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    Re: Che Apalache

    I'd heard OF these guys, but last night I actually HEARD them at a friend's house concert here in Los Angeles. I was blown away on so many levels. They're in town because of their Best Folk Album...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Thanks for your announcement Scott and it was very nice getting the chance to visit with you at NAMM and the Ranch. I'm happy to report that I've updated our ZETA website with pertinent info...
  19. Re: “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    It got the attention of other builders at the show, and plenty not there as well. Carlson is a big deal, has always been a big deal, and many of the people that worked under him at Flatiron are still...
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    Re: What under $1200 used tenors would you look at?

    Take a look at the Kala Tenor Guitar. Dirt cheap but well made. Sometimes their setup is iffy (I have two and a friend bought another one. One of mine had a horrible setup but was a great learning...
  21. Re: Amateurish string change execution - can I keep, or is it rui

    Does it hold pitch?
    If it does, don’t worry about it and do better next time, if it slips like deer guts on a door knob, make adjustments.
  22. Fender Tenor Tele - First Impressions

    I my tenor tele came in yesterday, I quickly converted it to GDAE and have had about 24 hours with it. Here are my first thoughts:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFbdzxlUWJc

    Thanks,
    Baron
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Back in 2009 when I joined the Cafe, within a week I had a 'phone call from Ivan. He saw a new member from the UK and he reached out. Over the years we exchanged all kinds of music, he helped me with...
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    Re: Should I pay for damage caused?

    Was it in a stand or leaned up against a chair? It's nice to offer to pay and that is commendable but the owner should have placed It somewhere where it was safe. I've seen instruments fall because a...
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    Re: Heads up! Nitrocellulose products dwindling

    Toxic in the sense of causing personal harm to yourself when using it is one thing, toxic to the environment is another. If we continue to take a small picture, this little bit isn't hurting anything...
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