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  1. Re: Interview with Ron Thomason of Dry Branch Fire Squad

    75? Holy cow! Ron Gordo is still at it, of course.
    Good interview. I was disappointed that Ron didn’t mention that his mandolin is an AIT Loar. AIT is “Always In Tune.” Lol
    I spoke to Ron...
  2. Re: Tony Williamson's 2019 IBMA vintage instruments session

    Great music. Loar has “it.”
    Yes, Tom Gray, IMHO, is the standard by which all grass(other genres too) bass players are measured. When great bassists emerge you soon hear “is he/she as good as Tom...
  3. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    After seeing it a 2nd time - it was really heavy on Cash and Cash connections like the Carters, Roseanne and Marty. I love Cash but........
    I guess Burns didn’t consider Glen Campbell country??? ...
  4. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    The last hour of the final episode lost my interest. I guess time will tell if country music is still cyclical. It looks like there are very few people deciding what music is on the airwaves. ...
  5. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    It would be more fitting if it ended in 1999 with Larry Cordle’s Murder on Music Row.

    Bob
  6. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Where’s Glen?
  7. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    The best thing on TV since Band of Brothers.
    I was hoping to see Joe Maphis because he and Rose lived here in Clear Spring, MD for while. She had family here and they played here. But I guess Joe...
  8. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    I’m hoping they mention Joe Maphis. And Homer and Jethro.
    Bob
  9. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    I would contact Pete Hart to get a Buckeye. I played a ton of good mandolins. The only one that was close was a Gibson Derrington Master Model for $12k. The Buckeye was $5k nine years ago, and...
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    Re: Top 5 Sam Bush tracks

    Kevin,
    Doc’s Midnight Train is a keeper, and Sam is great.
    Sam’s break and energetic chops on Doin My Time in an early NGR project is another good one.
    Sam seems to always be slightly ahead of the...
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    Re: Top 5 Sam Bush tracks

    Girl from the North Country. His version is classic, unique Sam Bush. It’s not full of tremolo, not a bunch scales, not a bunch of melodic stuff. Doesn’t sound like a fiddle, banjo or guitar. ...
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    Re: Original cost of a Lloyd Loar F5

    Interesting thread!
    Nearly impossible to come up with an avg income in the ‘20’s. So much bartering, chores for food/rent, and cash. More of a rural, mountain country. My grandfather made $17...
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    Re: any repair for a pinky wear spot.

    One option would be to convince all builders to leave the pinky area on all mandolins unstained and unfinished.
    A preventative measure would be to require mandolin players to have their pinky nail...
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    Re: Gruhn's and/ Carter's?

    Gruhn’s has George, the leading authority on vintage instruments...of all time.

    Bob
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    William,
    Benny’s Loars, as well as a few nice Martins are a mystery. After Vallie died, Benny’s son and girl friend moved in with him. His son died first. Then the girl friend took care of...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    According to Darryl Wolfe’s F5 journal, Benny Cain published the first Loar serial numbers in Bluegrass Unlimited in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    William,
    Benny Cain’s list was his own handwritten scribbling. I think it was even before Daryl Wolfe had a list, but not sure.
    Bob
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    Benny Cain’s 5 Loars we’re in that trunk in mid August near Winchester, VA. Really hot!! One Loar was exceptional, which he said was insured for $25,000. The other 4 were in rough shape. Benny...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    I attended the last big Indian Springs Bluegrass Festival, I think 1980 or 81. I saw Duffey, Gaudreau with Spectrum and Joe Val. I was inspired! I then went to Harmony Hut and bought an Epiphine...
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    Re: Brought home a Buckeye!

    Welcome to Buckeye country. My #55 just turned 9 years old. It gets louder and fuller every year. A fantastic mandolin.

    Bob
  21. Re: -If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    When I visited Herschel Sizemore about 10 years ago, I played his 2 consecutive serial number Loars. I would want either one of those. The sound seemed come out of the walls of his living room. ...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    It’s been a little while. I hope you are doing better.

    Bob
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    Re: Leave leather strap on?

    Did Bill?

    Bob
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    Re: Grieving Sally Goodin

    Slowly getting accustomed to life without Sally Goodin....not something I ever wanted to do. I still find myself wanting to call her name, expecting to hear her bark, and to see her looking at me...
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    Re: Grieving Sally Goodin

    Thank you all for the kind words. I’m doing a little better.
    Sally was my first pet. Like the 60 year old child that I am, I never considered our life without Sally. When she was diagnosed with...
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