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    Re: NMC, a great experience today

    When I first started playing fiddle I lived in New York City. 57th Street near Carnegie Hall was the center for violin shops. One day I needed some set up or a bow rehaired and walked into and out of...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    Lots of soundfiles from mostly OT players. Seems like there are 125 Bb tunes linked on this great site.

    Here's Casey's Hornpipe, one that I am working on in Bb. I hope to get it up to speed,...
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    Re: Source for left-handed mandolins

    Wow, is that a lefty-case?

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    Re: Recommendations for Custom Tailpiece

    TLG: That is one cool guitar. I love the bulbous headstock.

    Re: the Tailpiece — Do you see other screw holes for where the old tailpiece would have been? Otherwise, how do you know that the one on...
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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    Why is that controversial? No one is forcing you to buy one. Neither are they forcing you to buy a brown piece of plastic for $35. So what is the problem?
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    Fernando Barroso: Bach on Bouzouki

    How about some Brandenburg #3 for a cold winter night:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hznwMAeVYJU
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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    Why are they controversial? Anyone who wants to use one should do so or if you don't, then don't. Who cares what others say.

    I have one and the only reason I rarely used it was because it didn't...
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    Re: A. Lawrence Smart Mandolins

    My friend Wayne Fugate has played a Smart mandolin for many years. You can hear some samples here.

    Lawrence came to our area (about an hour north of New York City) about 12 years or so ago and...
  9. Re: Is this Gibson A-5 model familiar to anyone?

    First of all, I am "pretty Jim." not you. Also, I am pretty dumb to post that post which needs to be in the thread on Smart mandolins. Doh! :)
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    Re: Just so excited!!!

    The video link he posted above (and embedded below) shows the mandolin body going through some sort of carving machine. Maybe he can explain further?

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    Re: Just so excited!!!

    Nice tone on that mandolin. :)
  12. Re: Is this Gibson A-5 model familiar to anyone?

    My friend Wayne Fugate has played a Smart mandolin for many years. You can hear some samples here.

    Lawrence came here (about an hour north of New York City about 12 years or so ago and showed off...
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    Re: Gourd-backed mandolin

    You had the wrong link. That lot is linked here.

    Oh, I see... it shows a thumbnail. If you click on the photo it goes to the lot page. Lot #456.

    What could be even worse than a standard...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    I learn most tunes simultaneously on mandolin and fiddle. Mandolin is not as hard—just getting used to odder fingerings. On fiddle I have to work harder on perfecting intonation in those keys I...
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    Re: Old mandolin

    Must be more like this one, with the f-holes?

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    Re: Old mandolin

    Maybe like either of these?

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  17. Re: Bach BWV1007, an interesting experience with an unusual audie

    Toomas, I wanted to see some of the drawings of you from those artists. Did they show you them?

    Many years ago in New York City, my friends and I were asked to also pose playing our instruments...
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    Todd, well you named your mandolin after my daughter, so that is one point in your favor, at least for me. :)

    I would suggest that you do some outreach with social media. Do you have a youtube...
  19. Re: Nut Width for new build - how important, really

    Everyone does have their own preferences. Some prefer the wider necks and some don't. Whatever works for you is best for you but not be best for the next player. Sort of like life... :)
  20. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    For some reason, Mike started a whole new thread for this topic. It was he who pulled the trigger on this Gilchrist Model 1 and started another thread here.

    Further on the topic of oval hole...
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    I don't know Phil. I do notice certain extra-wide necks throw off my playing. Standard 1-1/8" and narrower necks are all right for me. The only mandolin I have with an extra-wide neck is my National...
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    Re: Recommendations for Custom Tailpiece

    None of the photos showed up. Perhaps you didn't upload the files?
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    Re: Professional Mando Names

    Let's see: over there is Sid "Swingline" Stapler. And there is Bachelor the Spatula. And Fred the Fire Extinguisher. And, of course, Porky the Porcelain Throne™.
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    Re: Professional Mando Names

    My favorite paragraph:
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    My mandolin and fiddle playing, at least in the earlier years for those instruments were part of learning the folk repertoires, mostly Irish and then pretty strongly old time music. The vast majority...
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