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  1. The Report Of My Death Was An Exaggeration

    I hear/see people have been concerned about my welfare during the hurricane. I weathered it just fine, in a solid building where I'd been invited by a friend - who then left town, doubting his own...
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    Re: Sprayed sunburst no mandolin content

    Bill, I think I'll go back to hand rubbed. I like the idea of not having the wood dictate how the colors blend but It took 3 tries to get it to this point and any touch-up down the road my be tricky....
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Hello,everyone. played a famous Flatt and Scruggs tune with the all that grass band of Japan .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xGKyNuSi7Y
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    Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

    One of the most beautiful songs (1976) of the British singer songwriter Elton John in my arrangement for classical guitar. http://www.chitarrarte.it


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYfRI-t9IVs
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    Rocky - Gonna Fly Now

    The "mythical" main theme of the soundtrack movie Sylvester Stallone "Rocky", composed by Bill Conti, in my arrangement for classical guitar. http://www.chitarrarte.it

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    Re: Always look at the pictures

    I guess we'll find out soon enough, but I can't go with Mike's interpretation of that vertical shot. What he is identifying as the posts appear to my eyes to be a slightly out-of-focus edge-on shot...
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    Radetzky March

    A famous march (1848) by Johann Strauss senior, traditionally played as the last piece at the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, in my arrangement for classical guitar....
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    Re: Hurricane Matthew

    You must not be a pet owner.......:(
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    Addio a Cheyenne - Ennio Morricone

    One of the leitmotifs taken from the soundtrack of the film of Sergio Leone "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968), written by Ennio Morricone, in my arrangement for classical guitar.

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    Re: Carbon Fiber Mandolin

    FWIW carbon fiber instruments becoming widespread could potentially give some forests a much needed break, but there are still substantial environmental and health issues with carbon fiber...
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    Re: Building Oval Holes

    I am reminded of the scene from The Quiet Man in which Michaleen Flynn says, "Madame, when I drink whiskey, I drink whiskey; and when I drink water, I drink water." There are times when two wonderful...
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    Re: JV "Ole Man" Johnston Mandolins

    This statement:

    Sounds more to me like somebody bought a Tut Taylor mandolin and had it revoiced. I seriously doubt Tut would have had one of his own mandolins worked on by someone else and let...
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    Re: "Tap Tuning" the why's & wherefors.

    Ivan, I have lots of tools. I have accumulated tools for various operations for 50 years or so. I only use a relative few of them for building mandolins. I use the ones I need and the ones that get...
  14. God Rest Ye Merry Gentelmen - Tenor Banjo and Guitar

    Here is our version, just wanted to play a carol for Christmas. (Tenor Banjo tuned GDAE)

    Merry Christmas :)


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaHMeoHeD74
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    Bluegrass in Indian music

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIzRdv2v4Vw

    :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Best years for a luthier?

    Ha! Lloyd wasn't a luthier, he was an "acoustic engineer."
  17. Peppino D'Agostino plays "Godfather Waltz" & "Godfather Theme"

    The famous Italian acoustic guitarist Peppino D'Agostino performs live two my arrangements: "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Waltz". http://www.chitarrarte.it

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  18. Re: Introducing the Sorensen CaliMando - The Californian Mandolin

    Steve, you never cease to amaze me. You keep carving a notch in my wish list.
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    Re: Side sound hole

    138544
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    Maria Elena

    A beautiful song by Mexican composer Lorenzo Barcelata (1898-1943) in my arrangement for classical guitar based on version by the famous guitar duo "Los Indios Tabajaras". http://www.chitarrarte.it
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    Re: Are there any different looking mandolins?

    I'm a little confused, but . . . whatever you do, please don't color in your pet dog with a sharpie!

    :))
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    Re: a couple of ?s Lignum Vitae, ebony dust etc

    Don't think lignum vitae is the same as IPE, Stuart, IF it's true lignum vitae. There is another wood that is sometimes called this that may be related to IPE. Ironwood refers to many different...
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    Re: Wood ID please

    I can't tell from the picture, and frankly, anyone who says it is one or the other simply from looking at the pic is guessing.
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    Yankee Doodle

    A well-known patriotically Anglo-American song (eighteenth century) in my arrangement for classical guitar. http://www.chitarrarte.it


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHuSW83YRiM
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    Re: Lost and found 1916 Gibson F2 - Need input

    ...all we'd need is for one of the involved parties to live in a bell tower...
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