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    Re: Solo builders

    +1 for a Buckeye by Pete Hart. I have #68, an F-5, from 2012, and the tone is remarkable. I have a ‘51 D-18 and a ‘57 D-28, both exceptional guitars, but I find that I usually pick up the Buckeye. He...
  2. Re: F5's from $3000-5000 worth considering - Sept '19

    The Buckeye built by Pete Hart. He will customize according to your requests. Usually builds about 5 per year, over the winter. Consistently great mandolins for the price.
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    I would be interested

    Thanks

    Jim Mullins
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    Re: Brought home a Buckeye!

    Congratulations! You’ll love it. Working with Pete and owning a Buckeye have been some of the best experiences in my life.
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    Re: Top wood

    Lynnís a pretty credible source of information (understatement 😎).

    I have a Buckeye, built by Pete Hart, who used Carpathian spruce (which would qualify as Eastern European, I suppose). Pete...
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    Re: Favorite Acoustic Amps?

    There's a Loudbox Mini posted in the Classifieds today

    I've had a regular Loudbox, which I liked a lot.

    You might also look at Roland amps; they have a variety of sizes, wattage, features,...
  7. Looking to start an informal jam in Ellijay, GA area

    I'd like to start an informal jam session in the Ellijay/Blue Ridge, GA area (actually, Cherry Log, if you know where that is).

    My thought would be to play a variety of tunes - bluegrass, old...
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    Re: Tunes that improve technique

    Big John McNeill
    Big Sciota
    Molly Bloom
    Blackberry Blossom (playing the A part on the E strings)

    The other thing you could try is playing tunes without using your index finger. Somebody told me...
  9. Thread: Stamina

    by Jim Mullins
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    Re: Stamina

    Hey, Don,

    I didn't read your message as whining; I'm sure we've all gone through that - and I am now (again) after not playing much for a while.

    I think the whole thing is like any other form...
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    Luthier (mando, guitar) near north GA

    I apologize for the double posting; I posted this in the equipment and repair forum, but thought more people might see it if I posted it here:

    "Does anyone know of a good luthier for mandolin...
  11. Re: Mandolin and/or guitar luthier near north Georgia?

    Thanks, Scot - I had talked to Jim Grainger several years ago, but did not realize he had passed. I'm sorry to hear that, but glad to hear that he passed on his knowledge
  12. Mandolin and/or guitar luthier near north Georgia?

    Does anyone know of a good luthier for mandolin and/or guitar within driving distance (i.e., 2 hours) from north Georgia? I live in Cherry Log, between Ellijay and Blue Ridge. I have a couple of 50's...
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    Re: Maintaining the sound (sustain)

    You might try a compressor/sustainer pedal. Overdrive and reverb will also extend the sustain, but overdrive in particular changes the tonality. I like the Wampler Ego Compressor. ...
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    Re: The 'Perfect' Mandolin?

    So far, the Buckeye I have is the best one I've ever played - meaning that I haven't contracted an acute case of MAS from playing any other mandolin. Of course, I haven't played them all - yet.
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    Re: Using effects with the mandolin

    Glad to see this! I've recently been experimenting with effects pedals, on both acoustic and electric mandos. I've collected several pedals - compression/sustain, overdrive, octave doubler, and my...
  16. Pickup or other amplification for octave mandolin?

    Any suggestions?

    For my mandolin, I have a K&K, which works well. They offer the Twin Spot for a variety of instruments, including a bouzouki, but OM is not mentioned specifically.

    Does anyone...
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    Re: Swannanoa Mando/Banjo Week

    I'll be there again, after missing last year. Looking forward to it!

    Jim Mullins
  18. Thinking about getting an octave mandolin.

    I'm in the pre-contemplation stage of looking for an octave mandolin. I'm sure there is a wide range of quality and price, but I know very little about who makes entry level, mid-level, and the ones...
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    Re: Knoxville TN Luthier Recommendations

    I'll add another vote for Lynn Dudenbostel. He did a refret and setup on my mandolin recently. It's never sounded or played better. And I haven't been tempted to adjust the action, like I always used...
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    Re: Buying from a luthier unseen and unplayed

    Same here. After hearing Barry Mitterhoff's Buckeye, I was hooked. And Pete is so accommodating and honest, it was a great experience

    Jim
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    Re: Suggestions for a clip-on pickup

    Check out Bartlett microphones. They have a variety of clip-on mics for different instruments. I just got the Guitar B which I can use for guitar and my oval hole mandolin. They also have one for...
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    Re: National RM-1 Resonator Mandolin

    Thanks, everyone. It seems unanimous. I'll pass your opinions on to my wife - I'm sure she will insist that I get one immediately. :))

    By the way, Marty Jacobson, I checked Maple Street, and they...
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    National RM-1 Resonator Mandolin

    I've gotten interested in the National RM-1 lately but have never heard one.

    Does anyone have experience with this mando, and if so, what do you think, and what kind of music do you play with it?...
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    Re: Suggestions for trip to Nashville?

    I'd suggest dropping by Cotten Music. They have a new location in the general neighborhood of the Station Inn (known as 'The Gulch', and a really cool part of town, I am told); you can find the exact...
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    Re: Strings for a mandocaster

    I use a Fender set on my Mandobird. Stainless steel, ball end, same gauge as J74s.

    I think I got them through Elderly Instruments or possibly Amazon.

    They sound good and last a long time
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