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  1. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    Exactly.

    I'm the MD of a show, I want to hear an electric guitar tone in a few places, there's no budget for an electric guitarist who'll only play half the time, and my chops on electric mando (a...
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    Re: Need some advice.

    Here is the latest info on the possibility of me joining the aforementioned band. The BL contacted me in the last week of September to ask if I could fill in for their bass player at a practice...
  3. Re: SummerGrass, San Diego (Vista), California 8/16-8/18 (THIS WE

    We'll be popping down Friday and Saturday with some mandolins in tow.

    Steve
  4. Re: SummerGrass, San Diego (Vista), California 8/16-8/18 (THIS WE

    Great, I'll look for you Bruno, we'll be in Electric.
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    $450 for a full refret seems about par for urban areas on the Left Coast. Some top luthiers charge a bit more, especially for bound fingerboards.

    I try to go with a partial refret whenever...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    I've been charging $300 + set-up costs for a full refret for 15 years. For a partial refret, I charge $18-$20 per fret plus any necessary set-up cost. I strive for precision work when I re-fret an...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    Maybe pricing is regional, but here in the Piedmont of NC, $450 ain't no part of nuthin...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    Bruno, I've never been there but I've been told that there is repair person in the Lake Elsinore area that many of the pros take their nicer fretted instruments to -- Chuck Block (yes, Ron Block's...
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    Re: Mando maintenance

    My favorite string winder is the Jop.
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    Re: High E Popping out of the Nut

    Just an outside chance: Is the string wound downward on the post from the hole, so as to provide maximum down-pull across the nut? If opposite, where the string leaves the post close to the top,...
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    Re: Best Time of Day to Practice ?

    Between beers one and three.
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    Re: Grey Fox 2018, July 19-22

    David's loving wife Lynn has asked me to pass along this sad news:


    It is with devastating sorrow that I must announce the unexpected and
    sudden death of David Versch, aka Dancin' Dave. It...
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    Re: Light strings and thin picks

    This is an old debate. Thick or thin strings? Thick or thin picks?

    The fact is that the vast majority of the top players who play (non-classical style) mandolin tend to favor thicker picks (45 to...
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    Re: Busking on Mandolin

    Reason #3: it provides for people to hear music in the world.
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    Re: Heading to Ireland (Galway mainly and Dublin) for Memorial Da

    You may want to check out this thread: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?136709-Ireland-Bound!-Suggestions

    Ryk
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    Re: Heading to Ireland (Galway mainly and Dublin) for Memorial Da

    Found this video that looks like you'll be in for a good time in Galway


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceKmNI_GOQk
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    Re: Heading to Ireland (Galway mainly and Dublin) for Memorial Da

    My wife and I'll be in Ireland for 13 days in June. Our tour company has a lot of pubs lined out for our evenings and I'm sure we'll be interacting with many musicians. I'm only planning on...
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    Re: Heading to Ireland (Galway mainly and Dublin) for Memorial Da

    The most obvious answer regarding Dublin would be to go along to The Cobblestone who have sessions every night. It's a wonderful place, with lovely music, but I have never had the guts to pull out my...
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    Re: Heading to Ireland (Galway mainly and Dublin) for Memorial Da

    Hi Galway guy here.

    Having only taken up the mandolin in the last 6 months (guitarist for many years though) I would echo the recommendation of The Crane on Sea Rd and Tigh Coli, I'm not sure if...
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    Re: Heading to Ireland (Galway mainly and Dublin) for Memorial Da

    I'm not sure how they are with non-local players, but for listening there is a Sunday afternoon session at the Crane in Galway. It was really good. We also listened to a session at Tigh Coili and the...
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    Re: Ireland Bound! Suggestions??

    Galway is where I spent two of my three weeks in Ireland last year, which I loved along with the rest of the country. For traditional music, the Crane Bar is great, as well as Tig Choili. Lots of...
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    Re: Ireland Bound! Suggestions??

    Ireland and the Irish are just fantastic. We'll be going over for the third year in a row this May. Neither Lynne nor i nor the friend that we stay with in Clare like big cities and spend the whole...
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    Re: Ireland Bound! Suggestions??

    I went to Ireland a few years ago... a fantastic trip, everyone is friendly and travel is easy (once I got used to driving on the wrong side and shifting with the other hand!)

    I went to pubs and...
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    Re: Ireland Bound! Suggestions??

    Don't be shy about asking session people if they mind you recording some tunes to bring home and learn. I picked up The Clumsy Lover that way, and it's my favorite souvenir from our trip.
    Play a...
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    Re: Ireland Bound! Suggestions??

    I always recommend visiting luthier Paul Doyle in Galway, 38a Dominick St. Good music scene in Galway pubs. Westport, Co. Mayo, is a small town with another great pub scene.

    My favorite craic is...
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