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    Re: Jeff Austin Health Fund

    It's always sad when a formidable talent dies so young... and yet it happens all the time.

    It really makes me appreciate the fact that now, at 65 years old, I am playing mandolin with greater...
  2. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Agreed. Dave's a friend of mine and passionate about building great mandolins. (Killer musician too!) I hope he's not directly catching any blowback from the current sh*tstorm. I feel bad for him if...
  3. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    It's a tough business... This is making the rounds now.

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    Gerald Anderson, Rest In Peace

    Gerald Anderson passed away in his sleep Wednesday night/Thurs morning. Gerald was a great friend and talented musician/luthier, and on a personal level, was my wife's encouraging mentor as she took...
  5. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I feel bad for Dave Harvey. I imagine he isn't in the most comfortable position at the moment. I don't know the man but have always appreciated his input here, mutual friends all seem to hold him...
  6. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Some MC readers would do well to recall the definition of counterfeit:

    1) made in exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.
    2) a fraudulent...
  7. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Best thing to do is don’t buy Gibson products.
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    This red spruce Heiden Artist from 2010 gets played every day. My fave inlay.
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    I recently traded this spectacular Monteleone Style B:
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    For this end of the rainbow, exactly what I've always wanted, Gil Model 3.
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  10. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    He’s out of his depth at Gibson. It will end badly for him.
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    I recall Martin going in a diametrically opposite direction in supporting Dick Boak and others in forming the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (ASIA). At the first symposium held in 1988...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    Here are 2 of my faves sharing their mojo with each other. Ruhland #30 (mine) and Gibson #74003 (Ms. Griffiths)

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    Re: Ashokan Farewell Tabs anyone?

    Gosh, guys. All he wanted to do was play a song. ♫ :)
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    Re: Ashokan Farewell Tabs anyone?

    There is a difference between the Dixie Chicks making a profit singing 'I'll Fly Away', and some regular Joe singing it at the Saturday night Jam. There may be no legal distinction, but there is one...
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    Re: Brought home a Buckeye!

    Congrats! It looks great.

    Pete is sending this one my way very soon.
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    Brought home a Buckeye!

    Well, it's been twenty years now I've been wanting to get a Buckeye, after hearing Barry Mitterhoff in Rochester, NY one night. I just loved the sound of his mandolin. This winter I saw Pete Hart had...
  17. Re: If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    I just snagged this

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    I could be quite happy where my collection is right now, without spending another dime.
  18. Re: -If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    I have some GREAT ones already but I think I'd take Dawgs historic 25 Fern that was refinished in the early-mid 30's and was used on all the great stuff like Muleskinner, Old and in the Way-he's...
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    Re: Mandolin Try-out Etiquette

    In the past, I asked several players, if I could check out their mandolin. I never failed to mention that "I won't scratch it". Among the players I remember well were Kevin Lynch, John Reischman,...
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    Del McCoury Band w/ Thile

    Can't believe that this has yet to be posted


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    Re: Mandolin Try-out Etiquette

    I like hearing my mandolins from the other side in the hands of good players so I'm glad to offer my mandolin to most people. The only person I've turned down was obviously inebriated. It was at a...
  22. The new Sorensen 2020 X-Series mandolins . . .

    I am getting very excited about the new Sorensen 2020 X-Series prototype mandolins that I have in finishing.

    These sleek new machines distill everything I have learned from working with, listening...
  23. Re: Mandolin Orange Live in Studio "New Sounds"

    Thanks for all the kind words everyone! I read this and couldn’t help but respond. I did finally get a Loar through Tony Williamson signed march 31 1924. It has been played a lot through the years...
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    Re: Real Wear not Distressing

    My 2002 MM is getting more worn every day. It is subtle, but i like it.
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    Re: Real Wear not Distressing

    :)) Perfect description--never heard that one before.
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