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    Re: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    Happy belated to the cafe! I won't even estimate how many hours I've spent here over the years -- and every one of them well spent!
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    Re: What are you playing for the holidays?

    We always do a rendition of the reel Christmas Eve at any session in December.
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    Re: Fun observation

    I'll occasionally pick up one of the mandolins I almost never play any more and I'm always surprised. Some of them are better than I recall, some worse. But it's always nice to visit old friends!
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    I'll admit, like Richard J, I thought you'd put a capo on your mandolin, so I'll give you a pass on the banjo this time. Whew! it could have been worse!
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Fiddler I know plays Dowd's Number 9 and then Bird in the Bush as a set. Nicely done!
  6. Re: Aluminum saddle on vintage Gibson ovals

    My mandolin has an aluminum saddle and it has fantastic tone. YMMV, but it works very well with my A1.
  7. Re: 1923 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    I think there are always going to be anomalies, certainly in the early years. My mandolin is clearly labeled A-1 but someone wanted to argue the point because it has no logo on it. He stood down when...
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    Re: "Dark" Fiddle Tunes?

    I picked up "the night before larry was stretched" -- the session version, which i think is in G -- at any rate, you play it on lower strings -- and passed it on to a couple of people including a...
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    Re: Looking for some recommendations

    Well, I'm old school -- if you want to learn from scratch, there's always Mel Bay. Like any other do-it-yourself book, he takes you step by step, note/fret by note/fret with beginning exercises, sort...
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    Re: Naming your Mandolin

    I'm more like the OP. I have the strad, the snake, the quiet bandolim, the loud bandolim, the rogue, the Eastman etc. etc. I used to name my cars but haven't in decades.
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    Re: 2019 Satin Silverangel A

    nice, nice. and i hope you're feeling better!
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    Re: Just got a Strad-o-lin as a gift...

    I think my luthier just replaced my strad's old tuners with something straight out of stew-mac; if you're up to it, you might be able to do it yourself. and the price you've quoted for the instrument...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    RIP Ivan -- condolences to his family. I was away and just got back on the computer, saw that there were new posts on this thread and hoped for the best, or at least an update from Ivan. Was so sorry...
  14. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    There are generally strad-o-lins around, too. Certainly mine has a neck like a baseball bat -- and you can generally get them for a reasonable price. I own a strad, an Eastman 305 (which i put a...
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    Re: Back in action

    If you ever decide on a guest artist, Jill McAuley has been posting a tune a week around here for a while (nearly a year?). she also plays unaccompanied. It's nice to see ITM get some love!
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    The only Elixirs I've used have been coated mediums, which I use in the summer. fwiw, i tried D'Addario's coated mediums this summer. I didn't like them, so i'll go back to elixirs for the summer....
  17. Re: Craig Miller's wife Isabel has passed

    Condolences to the family.
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    Re: Completed First Build

    Lovely!
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    Re: Dropped mandolin

    Did you check the bridge? it might have been shaken out of alignment.
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    Re: Mandolin Lessons for Beginners

    I'd start advertising by putting your card or some other paper with your contact information on it on the bulletin boards in local music stores, if there are any; on what passes for message space at...
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    Re: What's In Your Mind

    When I'm playing, I'm mostly just listening to what's going on around me instead of actively thinking unless it's some sort of internal notice that the woman playing beside me is slowing down, the...
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    Re: Mystery Mandolin Oddity!

    that's pretty entertaining. my first thought was it was a travel mando.
  23. Re: Help with playing the Ballad of St. Anne's reel

    We play this with our singer in the same key as the tune. It's part of a set of St. Anne's/Silver Spear/Miss Macleod's. iirc, our singer uses a capo on the guitar for the first two (he sings a verse,...
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    Re: My new mando!

    Lovely, lovely instrument!
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    Re: Just a happy trio.

    Nice. A guy I play with at an ITM session has a Martin nearly identical to yours he just picked up this summer. Really nice instrument.
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