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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    My first and third mandolins were Pawn shop specials - an old Monterey and a Kentucky A; my second from a friend- an A3 that got away. My forth was when I bought a Kelly through a local music store...
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    Re: A Jazzy Note - Duo Vibracao

    Jesper:

    Thanks for the transcriptions - lots of material to wrap my fingers around! Great playing on that CD - I'll have to pull it out of the pile and listen again; it's been a while!
  3. Re: Cleaning & polishing "German silver" on metal-body National

    Martin: Having a 1928 National German Silver mandolin, and previously a '29 style 1 square neck tricone, I'd suggest contacting the folks at National Resonator - they've always been helpful with my...
  4. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    Always play my best one for a gig, unless I need to amplify - then I use my best one with a pickup. For jams at friends' homes, I usually bring two, so that eventually all my mandolins feel some...
  5. Re: Nice group of top shelf instruments in classifieds today

    Mandoporn!
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    No, not mainly - although I have been accused of playing Bluegrass in the past!
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    Re: J.D. Crowe passes

    The story behind 0044; thought I'd share this:

    https://thebluegrasssituation.com/read/the-story-of-0044-part-1/?fbclid=IwAR0AhtOVc6JeUC1GE-lYB2_4IKi645inoEbccpVkHugJryv4tpQbxCiq_9s
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    Re: J.D. Crowe passes

    Lost another giant, RIP. I hope his family has peace with his passing. The Rounder New South and the Bluegrass Album Band records are touchstones.
  9. Re: I have MAS and check the classified hourly…

    I don't have any idea how often I visit the classifieds on the Cafe, but whenever I'm in need of surfing for mandoporn, there it is! I've gotten pretty good at predicting advertised prices and which...
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    Re: Old vs New Kentucky KM-150

    In the late 1980s, I bought a Kentucky A with F-holes - most likely Korean built and pressed top- in a pawn shop for $45. It had a 12-fret neck join and weak volume, but I got it set up to play...
  11. Nice - the humbucker sounds great!

    Nice - the humbucker sounds great!
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    Re: your mandolin ownership history

    Time to update:

    I figured that I never owned a mandolin; I just rent them!

    1971- Kay POS (gave to a friend)
    1974- '20 Gibson white A3 (sold to finance a move, the one that got away)
    1979 -...
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    Re: Game Changer - Vintage Gibson Mandolin

    My first "good" mandolin was a refrigerator white A3 that I bought for about $300 in 1973. I had to sell it to finance a U-Haul truck for a cross-country move 5 years later, truly the one that got...
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    Re: vMAS - new mandolin day

    My first "good" mandolin was an early '20s refrigerator white A3 bought for about $300 in 1974, replacing a pawn shop pressed wood Harmony. The one that "got away" was sold in 1978 to finance a...
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    Re: Doc Watson - Blackjack County Chain

    I first heard Doc when all of us midwest city slickers in the late '60s were trying to emulate his flat-picking and fingerpicking from his debut album - especially "Deep River Blues". I saw Doc...
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    Re: Michael Nesmith RIP

    RIP Michael Nesmith - he took the last train... but many of us have a warped perspective of his musicianship because of our biases caused by watching too many of the Monks TV shows.
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    Re: Slow, sweet songs

    "Georgia on my Mind" is "Just an old sweet song" - and usually played at a slower pace than breakdown speed.
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    Re: Ellis F5 Special

    That mandolin proves again that Tom makes mandolins that look almost as good as they sound!
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    Re: Shell Chords on mandolin

    I'd recommend that you look into Don Stiernberg's Soundslice video lessons. For $20 you get a great introduction in how to use 3 note chords. You can replay the lessons over and over, speed them...
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    Re: Northfield M, a Step Up From My KM-900?

    Every Northfield I've played has sounded really good, but each is unique and every player is look )listening?) for something different. I'd play before I'd buy, but sight unseen would choose a...
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    Re: The cure for MAS

    My catch. & release program works well for maintaining a stable fleet until I catch more than I release!
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    Re: Espresso Swing - Jordan Ramsey mandolin

    Lots of good notes in these videos! Great selection of tunes.
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Mando on "Harvest Moon"

    Yup, he's playing the early Nugget he got from Danny Gotham.
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    Re: New NMD - Collings

    Wish something like that had been my first mandolin! Have all the fun that mandolin deserves!
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    Re: Mandolin - Resonator by Republic

    I hope the original owner didn't die of acute lead poisoning!
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