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  1. Thread: Shipping Costs

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    Re: Shipping Costs

    Shipped a mandocello last week in a dreadnaught guitar box along with a regular mandolin to TMS on a trade. USPS said because I wasn’t Amazon they couldn’t ship the cello because of the box size. Fed...
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    Re: Mandolin Considerations -- Add to my List

    Not to keep piling on, but Skip Kelley, Steve Sorenson, Don Macrostie (Red Diamond), and Ken Ratcliff are building some fine instruments right now. Don's are the most expensive of my little list, but...
  3. Thread: "Powerful/Loud!"

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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    I'd rather have to back off a little because I'm loud than play harder because I'm too quiet.

    I played a Collings MT a couple years ago at a store that I thought was a little on the quiet side. I...
  4. Re: 10 high end guitars seized by Moose & Goose, find good homes,

    And now I actually get why TAMCO won’t ship to the US...high cost vs this...neither are good options...

    Congrats to the children who get to play those now!
  5. Thread: Pango Mandocello

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    Re: Pango Mandocello

    Props to those of you that can play those things. I had an ache for the low rumble for quite a while (thanks Mike Marshall and Gator Strut) before circumstances worked out so that I could get a Weber...
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    Interesting...I’ve always found the Elixirs (which I think are nickel/bronze) as a little darker and quieter than the D’Addairio phosphor/bronze strings. For a brighter mandolin (like my Eastman 315)...
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    Re: Almost Heaven.. Surprise, Arizona!

    Yes, awesome to work with, and they really take care of returning customers. I’ve got a new OM on the way and will be posting after I’ve spent some time with it...
  8. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    Sorry about the misinformation regarding Charles Johnson! I had no idea they'd moved :(
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    Re: Vulfpeck - Thile appearance

    Just to be clear, only joking. But, I don’t think he’s using a replica, and, despite the dancing, he’s actually pretty careful with it. He makes sure it’s well out of the way of Koz’s sax when they...
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    Re: Getting mildew off a gig bag

    I recently cleaned off a bunch of our tailgating chairs with bleach. Wet, scrub with bleach, let stand for a couple minutes, then rinse thoroughly. The chairs are all colored and none faded or...
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    Re: Vulfpeck - Thile appearance

    Pretty flippin’ awesome!!! And, if he busts up one Loar, he’s got the second for back up ;):mandosmiley:
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    Re: Parting with a beloved mandolin

    Interesting thread on AGF, Bart. I don't think I'm quite to that point yet, but I'm in my mid 40s and have noticed some loss, especially on the right ear, and most noticeably in big crowds/noisy...
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    Re: Now HERE's a mandolinist's worst nightmare:

    Not sure about the bass, but I “played” one of the banjo-cellos at Harry and Jeanie West’s store, way back before Harry passed away. DIDN’T buy it, lol...
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    Re: My 'Customized' Eastman MD-315

    The older models (like from 3-4 years ago) had a cheaper stamped Gibson style TP and a rosewood bridge. I toyed with changing my tuners, bridge, and TP, but at the end of the day the stock components...
  15. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    Ken Ratcliff from Silverangel will let you try one risk free. His mandolins have a sound all their own (which I like, but it’s not to everyone’s preference). And, his quality is exceptional for his...
  16. Re: Decision Time for wood type - Is the difference big?

    Yes, there’s a (potentially big) difference. If I had to choose between what you’re describing without seeing or playing, the only way I’d choose the mahogany one would be if it were made by a...
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    Re: Parting with a beloved mandolin

    Bill, I get where your head is at, completely, but I also agree with Kevin to a degree. My current “baby” is a Skip Kelley A5 that’s a beautiful, wonderfully playable tone monster, and Skip’s also in...
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    Re: Parting with a beloved mandolin

    We downsized (intentionally/willingly) last summer, and I lost my music storage room. I’ve been working up to selling some instruments and think I’ve reached that point. I’d like either a shorter...
  19. Thread: Thumb Pick

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    Re: Thumb Pick

    Amen to that! I’ve never tried it on mando but have on guitar. The experiment was brief, because I had trouble keeping the darn thing on consistently with upstrokes. I use one for 3 finger banjo, but...
  20. Thread: Export to Japan?

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    Re: Export to Japan?

    Most likely...these rules keep changing, but I seem to recall Brazilian still being on the forbidden list at the latest update...I’m sure someone who buys/sells regularly will comment...
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    Re: what is the best selling mandolin

    Yep! I spent a ton of time on that site before I discovered this one...

    And MKs were very highly regarded at that time. My first mandolin was a Kentucky 675-S that I thought I got a fair eBay deal...
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    Re: Sounds descriptions

    You’ll know it when you hear it...seriously...
  23. Thread: My new mando! <3

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    Re: My new mando!

    Man, looks like you finally got your unicorn! 1 of 1!! That back is killer...

    Congrats...hope your family is doing well! (After the “search” thread I feel like I know you guys at least a tiny bit)
  24. Re: KC area Luthier suggestions for 3" crack/ top of my Northfiel

    Ouch! Best of luck on the repair. You’ve got some great options!
  25. Thread: I fear

    by CES
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    Re: I fear

    Be afraid. Very, very afraid.

    I, too, own a banjo. I’ve even played it in public a couple of times.

    But, I don’t play it at home except when my wife’s out of the house...

    Beware the...
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