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  1. Thread: Hamlett Pick-Off!

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    Re: Hamlett Pick-Off!

    Kevin, thanks for posting; I'm deferring watching until I get to some better speakers, but will get to it later tonight. I keep coming back to my CT-55 and TAD-60 (I'd been a CT-55 guy until my wife...
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    Re: New Bela Fleck Album out - My Bluegrass Heart

    Holy Smoke! I'm only 5 tracks in, but this album is scorching! (I will NOT be trying to play along with it anytime soon, LOL). Amazing collection of musicians!!
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    Re: 2021 batch of Forster mandolins

    Pretty cool looking cases, Nigel! Nice adaptation. And, of course, the instruments look amazing as well!
  4. Re: OM closed position fingering and pinky and FFCP

    I have a 20 scale inch OM that I really like. It is a pinky workout, but much more doable for me than my previous 22.5 incher. That said, thereís no way for me to do 4 finger chop chord style chords...
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    Re: Buying without being able to play

    Iíve had very good luck buying from the Cafe classifieds, but my purchases have definitely gotten better with experience. As stated above, asking the right questions is key. It also helped me to have...
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    Re: The Glory of J75sÖ

    Youíve got you a keeper! My first mandolin was a Kentucky eBay mess that was built just after they moved production to China and before they had their builders as dialed in as they do now. The first...
  7. Re: Advice on buying a new mandolin? Been playing for 15+yrs

    Yes, ďstructural failureĒ ;) is more common in those bargain basement type instruments, though they do occasionally get one right. I remember seeing a video of a young Sierra Hull absolutely ripping...
  8. Thread: I went and did it!

    by CES
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    Re: I went and did it!

    I started playing more guitar the fall before the initial lockdown after a couple of graduations and the addition of a budding bass player to our youth praise band (Iím the adult supervision/stray...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    Lots of good advice. The main thing is keeping your instrument stabilized in a reasonably consistent position so that you get an optimal pick angle and have the freedom to move your hands around...
  10. Re: seeking advice/connection to builder to re-top an F5

    Mark, my advice was going to be to try it yourself or just buy a Silverangel A style, lol. Best of luck sir, and enjoy the journey. Odds are youíll learn a lot from it!
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    Re: "This mandolin was intact until my son sat on it"

    And, there you have it, folks…
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    Re: Chris Thile - 10 representative tracks.

    Nice work, David! Of course, there are a couple of my favs I’d sub in, but that’s the great thing about his expansive library. The man has made a lot outstanding music, especially when you consider...
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    Re: Hamlett Two-Point Review

    Congratulations on all fronts, Kevin!
  14. Re: Emotional hearing, and changing out my 7-year old strings...

    I donít haveĒacid skinĒ and have several instruments, all of which I play (though I do have my favorites and a couple that get played pretty sparingly), so Iím not wailing on 1 or 2 everyday. I...
  15. Thread: Sarah Jarosz

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    Re: Sarah Jarosz

    Saw her live in Charlotte pre-COVID. She was touring behind Undercurrent. She and the band were amazing! Iirc, she only played mando on one song that night (much more Octave and a couple with guitar...
  16. Thread: First mandolin

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    Re: First mandolin

    Of the ones you list I would take a chance on Ibanez before the others, especially if you’re thinking acoustic/electric. While they’re not great acoustically, some I’ve played sound decent...
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    Re: Surprising mando songs?

    Sound of Madness by Shinedown fits pretty well, as does the intro to Sweet Child of Mine by GNR. Especially fun to play on the Mandobird with a lot of distortion (as expected), but not bad...
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    Re: Gibson A2Z refret with larger frets??

    Iím with Mr Condino on the one. My Rigel has the larger banjo frets as did my Silverangel econo, and those mandolins are very playable, sound great, etc. But my Kelley A5 has the taller but narrow...
  19. Thread: 61 F5 at Carters

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    Re: 61 F5 at Carters

    Yup, updated as an F-12. Theyíre good people running (IMO) the premier acoustic music shop in the country. Mistakes happen.

    (But, yeah, thatís a pretty unremarkable back, lolol)Ö
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  21. Re: Name the tune? (The Mandolin Store Eastman Mandola demo)

    I donít know the tune, either, but agree itís a nice one, and a very good sounding ĎDola!

    Iíve only had the chance to play a couple of mandolas, and Iíve never been able to get a sense for what...
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    Re: New picks and pick noise

    Not to muddy your waters, but I recently got some 1.3 mm Clown Barf picks from Banjo Ben that Iím liking. Iím a Bluechip and Wegen guy, but itís fun to experiment, and the Barfs are pretty cheap. For...
  23. Thread: Memorizing a song

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    Re: Memorizing a song

    Agree. One of my daughterís friends is a pretty good singer and guitar picker. After one of their coffee shop concerts a few years ago I heard someone ask her mom, ďHow does she learn all that and...
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    Re: Lost (and need) a Hiscox case key

    Agree, Alan. Mine stay in the case storage pocket, though with the OPís experience I may move them to the detritus drawer. I canít recall ever locking any of mine, and agree that, other than keeping...
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    Re: Lakota mandolin straps

    I have a braided strap and a solid leather (3/4-1 inch wide; not home to measure) one. I havenít had major issues with either stretching, but the braided one could slip off the end pin after a few...
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