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  1. Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    Data from the past 30 days of our Google Analytics: they don't even list visitors under 18, and I know we have those numbers here, 42.16% of our visitors are age 45 or younger. Might make 45% with...
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    Re: old Flatiron, old guy, some thoughts

    Thanks to everyone who has chimed in so far. I really appreciate your shared thoughts. These most recent bits of advice make sense to me: clean it up, play it for a while, and then see if you still...
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    Re: old Flatiron, old guy, some thoughts

    Get the corrosion cleaned up, but fresh strings on it, lubricate the tuners, and play it for a while to see how much you like it. Then decide if you want to put the money in to upgrade it. ...
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    Re: Informal Poll

    A few years ago, I'd have said 'yes' and might actually have done it. In fact, I spent several times that on a piano. But only recently I have come to the realization that for me (emphasizing for...
  5. Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest options.

    Was considering either a Gibson Master Model or possibly an Ellis F5 with all of his highest options. Both are comparable prices but am just really torn between the two.

    Any thoughts from anyone...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    Fyi, i paid $20 per fret, the rest was crown, set up, etc. professional quality work requires experience, and, time. Often more time than one would expect. Thats reality. Some guys can accurately...
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    Re: Removing the Florida extension

    My take is that if you are still catching the Florida after it is scooped, you need to adjust your technique. I see no need to chop it off.
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    Re: Waverly reversal?

    They might exist but there is a correct way for them to turn.

    http://www.lutherie.net/mandolin.gear.direction.html
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    Re: Does Praying Help Find Your Blue Chip?

    Well if you're already on your knees looking around, may as well try to earn some extra credit while you're down there.
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    Personally, I hold the scientific method in high regard in its ability to determine objective reality. The issue, as I see it, is that "good" tone cannot, to my knowledge be objectively defined. The...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    It's hard to avoid thinking that correlation implies causation. Do fast cars win races.. or did the cars get faster because of all the winning? That's an obvious example, but lots of life is not as...
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    Re: Bridge angle to fingerboard or top ? Arching

    Often the bridge posts are bending slightly or th eholes in saddle allow for some leaning and make this look worse than it is. But if bridge is good with tight fitting saddle on posts I try to fit...
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    Re: Gibson F-5L thoughts

    this is what I have read as well.
    FWIW I bought my 2002 fern, sight unseen, with a 3 day return. I love it.

    You cant always find one where you live. In fact, you cant always find lots of musical...
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    Re: It has finally happened (HELP!)

    The removal process is similar to pouring water out of a boot! 😉
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    Re: Short-neck oval A models?

    A correction - a short neck Gibson style (12th fret at the crosspiece) oval hole mandolin does not have a shorter scale length. The scale length is the same, i.e. 13 7/8th inch and the bridge is...
  16. Re: Who is left of the 1st generation bluegrassers?

    Eleven years later and a thread bump!?
    Mando-tech, I take exception to discounting Kenny Baker as first Generation, granted the commander of the tipped hat, has passed to the larger life, he will...
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    Re: Was Bill Monroe The First?

    Bill Monroe saw his 'Loar' hanging up in the window of a Florida barber shop. I haven't read anything to suggest that he knew anything about 'Loars' as a superior Gibson model. I suspect that like...
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    Re: The bible of monroe is released by tom ewing

    Yes, Mike asked I bring a few "old" Gibsons to show and tell at the camp and it morphed into "The Mandolins of Bill Monroe: The Lore of the Loar". I'll be showing 11 mandolins like the ones Monroe...
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    Re: Playing with Feeling

    Even more aphoristic - we're all just drummers, with variable pitch..
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    Re: Case suggestions for vintage Gibson A

    Oh for the days when you could buy that $25.00 Musicians Friend case that was perfect. Then they went and changed the design.
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    Re: How to tell if a Gibson is a fern?

    I would need to see the rest of this one, but I've not seen a newer F5L, V or Fern without multiply binding on the headstock.
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    Re: D'Addario - Seeking Mandolin Beta Testers

    Not every mandolin sounds good with every brand/set of strings. I put Sam Bush strings on my Pava and regretted it almost immediately. I preferred the J74s on it. My Northfield on the other hand...
  23. Re: D'Addario - Seeking Mandolin Beta Testers

    I miked them @ .011,.015,.025, .039,,. So far,, I'm liking them, I usually use EXP74's.
    Time is required now, to further evaluate.
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    Re: D'Addario - Seeking Mandolin Beta Testers

    I put my set on tonight and did check them with my micrometer, they are the same gauge as the EJ74 D'Addario mediums. I like them a lot and look forward to seeing how they hold up. I still have the...
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    Re: Don Parmley passes

    Don`s playing was as close to Scruggs as you could get, in fact I have heard that he did all of the banjo picking on the TV show "The Beverly Hillbillys"...

    A great banjo player and even...
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