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    Re: Payment for Mandolins on Mandolin Cafe

    I have mailed checks, money orders, and done bank transfer to buy on the MC classifieds. No problems. But I do try to deal with folks - professional or not - who are known on the cafe.

    (once when...
  2. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    Yes.

    (like everyone else I'll add some caveats...)

    I play in a Bluegrass Band. If we're playing on stage, with a (single) mic, I'll take my most valuable mandolin. It's been to many bars,...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    How many bluegrassers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    Just one, but the other four will complain that it's electric...

    (maybe it's the fact that it's a survey on the computer)

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    Re: Even the cafe is biased towards f's

    Man, as soon as someone mentions Chris Thile the thread goes sideways...

    Does Chris Thile even play Bluegrass?

    :popcorn:

    Kirk
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    Re: Even the cafe is biased towards f's

    I think it depends on how you define bluegrass...

    :popcorn:

    Kirk
  6. Re: Setup's equal.. More expensive play easier as less expensive

    There is a free download on Mandolin Setup here on the café from Rob Meldrum. PM him and he will send you a copy. Yes set up is extremely important with double courses and short strings.
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    Re: RIP Arthur Stern

    I never had the pleasure of knowing or meeting him but I know of him from his comments over the years.
    This is such a great thread. It’s nice to know that there are such good people in the world -...
  8. Re: Items stolen from David Grisman's gig last night

    Yeah, serial numbers might be helpful.

    I'm local and can put the word out to musician friends (non-mando players...) and a buddy who has a recording studio with contacts in that world.
    And I'll...
  9. Re: Win: A Private Mandolin Lesson with David Grisman

    What kind of pick does he use?

    :))

    Kirk
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    Re: Eastwood Mandolins

    Well??? What do you think?
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    Re: Advice for first classified ad

    I read the classifieds at least twice a day - kind of a hobby…

    Seems basic, but don’t forget to put the price.

    (just read one)

    Kirk
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

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    I currently have 2 Givens mandolins - #131 (brown one) and #631 (black top). It's interesting to have 2 mandolins from the same builder - 500 mandolins apart.
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    Re: Picking Hand: where to strike the strings

    Here's what I do:

    Chopping - C) somewhere between the end of the fretboard extension and bridge. If I want it to have more "pop" - near the bridge. If I want it to have more tone and/or I'm doing...
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    Re: Workshop Topics Suggestions

    ...someone's been to a few workshops.:(



    +1 on that. You could even incorporate double stops, inversions,different fingerings, and rhythmic changes to make backup more interesting.

    Kirk
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    Re: Eastwood Mandolins

    Cool and congrats! Let me know what you think when it arrives.

    Kirk
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    Re: Eastwood Mandolins

    Thoughts about the Eastwood 8-string mandocaster to be specific...

    Thanks again!

    Kirk
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    Eastwood Mandolins

    Hey There,

    New to this area of the Cafe even though I've been a member for awhile...
    (lurk more than I post)

    I have a vintage Fender mandocaster that I dink around with a bit but I'm...
  18. Thread: Light Strings

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    Re: Light Strings

    I was talking with Greg Boyd about this a few years ago - he was on a roll and really got going on this topic...
    According to Greg - Bob Givens thought that his mandolins should have light strings....
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    Re: Frank Wakefield

    “who else should I be listening to?“
    Bill Monroe - Bush, Grisman, Wakefield all listened to Bill Monroe. It all goes back to Mr Monroe.

    (Listen to Mike Compton as well…)

    Kirk
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    Re: Looking for something darker and throatier

    Maybe stop changing your strings...

    Kirk
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    Re: Do You Baby Your Mandolin?

    “They don’t get pampered but they are respected.”

    That sums it up for me. Several good mandolins - 2 Givens, 2 Gibsons, etc. - out on stands and ready to play. All came to me used so I don’t have...
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    Re: Powerful A models in the 5K range

    I would add Givens to your list.

    Kirk
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    Re: What's the big deal about changing strings?

    Two things factor in this for me:

    1) I'm busy (not to imply that you are not...I don't know). Wife, daughter, career, adult responsibilities (taking care of house, vehicles, etc.) playing mandolin...
  24. Re: Question for pickers who play BOTH mandolin and guitar

    I was told that there's no money above the fifth fret...

    Kirk
  25. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    That's just what I was thinking is the definition of a lifelong keeper instrument.
    $4,500 for a used A-model would get you into an Ellis, Kimble, Duff, Givens, etc.
    Probably 95% of us will never...
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