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  1. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    Buy used from the Cafe classifies and ask for a 48 hour return with you paying shipping both ways if the mandolin does not tickle your fancy.
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    Re: Mule skinner Mandolin info?

    Played 5 examples yesterday. Nice balanced tone and excellent playability. Wishing I had my Collings with me for comparison. A Stiver and Ken Ratcliff would make the comparison better as I develop...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    I am having a more difficult time as I age. I'm 68. I find a set list with the Key, the first couple of notes, and the first 3 or 4 words of the lyrics gets me started.
    I usually learn from sheet...
  4. Re: Stolen - Weber Fern A-style - Oakland, CA

    DITTO! I grew up in an area where I was exposed to a tough element. Many stole for the adrenalin rush or because it was easier than working for what they want.
    I can share sympathy for someone...
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    Re: Mandolin Orange Information

    Made it home for an overnight to catch Mandolin Orange on the main stage at Three Rivers Art Festival.The show was worth every minute and expense for the 300 mile detour home.
    Great seeing new...
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    Re: Mandolin Orange Information

    Free Concert June 15, 7:30pm. Pittsburgh 3 Rivers Art Festival. I’m on the road in our RV but trying to fit in a trip home to take it in.
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    Re: Should I Buy an OM

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    I would add that though I do not play an OM, I do find that the longer scale I play the faster tunes become more difficult. Mandolin usually not a problem, 17 " scale Weber mandola more...
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    Re: Mandolins at rest

    As per your comment on keeping them in a case: I have seen this discussed many times here. I still fail to see the importance of me keeping them in a case when I am at home. No children and no pets....
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    Re: Mandolins at rest

    Thanks to all that replied. One more OCD behavior I can scratch.
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    Re: Mandolin purchase advice

    I bought a Kentucky KM-950 from the Cafe classifieds last fall. $850.00 !!!! The KM-950 has larger frets, radius fret board, and scooped florida. Mine was optioned with a black tuner knobs, James...
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    $4500 sounds reasonable to me. I would never pay more than 75% of new price for a previously owned instrument. For the other 25% I'll buy new.
  12. Re: Canadian buyers: good deal on KM-950

    Great buy! I think you are going to be pleased with your KM-950. At that price you should be pick'n and grinnin for quite a while. I don't care for mine when playing classical, show tunes, or soft...
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    Re: Taj Mahal on mandolin?

    [QUOTE By the way, it's a good book from an intelligent, thoughtful man with decent values, though not great entertainment for those with fantasies of "the blues lifestyle."[/QUOTE]

    Thank You for...
  14. Re: Good "TSA latch" cases available in 2019?

    I would think so but for me the real question is would you trust the integrity of the case to stand up to the rigors (abuse by) of baggage handlers. I don't think I would trust baggage handlers with...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    1st question
    After much experimentation my go to strings on all of my mandolins are EJ74. How, as a manufacturer, would you expect tone to change by switching to monels?
    2nd question
    One of my...
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    Re: Fiddle (not mando content)

    My experience has been like some on this site but certainly not all. I started playing after my career started winding down. Prior to that my life was filled with college, work, and most of all...
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    Re: Redwood Tops????

    No, but for the last two days prior to breakage it kept going flat and would need small adjustments to come back in tune. No visual or playing changes. I did not see any change in action with...
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    Re: If You Were Famous . . .

    Heard a very famous Country star state in an interview, " I'm only famous because I got lucky, I live in Nashville and can go into almost any resturant and find a resturant staff person that can play...
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    Re: Mandola lovers

    I enjoy my dolas very much but do find some challenges. This generally has me playing my dolas for solo play. When playing with others I prefer the mandolin. This for audible reasons as the mandolin...
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    Re: Memorizing the neck

    That 2 note pair will function as a double stop that substitutes for the larger chord[/B]. Take a 4 finger G "chop" chord, 3-2-5-7 (from the E course coming down). 3-2-x-x, x-2-5-x, and x-x-5-7 are...
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    Re: Mandolin Orange on Live from Here

    Appreciate the posting. Going to see them Sunday Night on West Virginia Mountain Stage in Morgantown,WV.
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    Re: Billy Strings & Del McCoury

    I attended my first ever for me bluegrass festival last July in WV. My reason for attending was "Dawg" as I am a huge fan (especially so when he is playing with his jazz trio). I think of DG's...
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    Re: Rockabilly on the mandolin.

    Too Bad! I would be willing to bet the farm he would have been good at it.
  24. Re: Role of Octave/mandola/MCello in non classical music

    I can't speak for fiddle or old time, but I like a mandola for solo play on tunes generally heard in a lower range ( Dylan, Kristoferson, etc) where a soprano instrument does not seem to me to work....
  25. Re: Question about Playing in Cold Weather

    It is obvious to me why we have so many French Canadian friends that snow bird in Florida. Last year they returned home for two weeks at Christmas with no instruments in tow as they knew it would be...
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