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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    I like the spoons, but I think you should give your wife that pretty mandolin as her birthday present!:grin:
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    I have always wanted to see the 'workman's hand' in the individual-luthier instruments I have owned. I don't actually want perfection, I want evidence of the process.

    And over the years, I have...
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    Re: Mando Mafia cd tracks on youtube

    Thanks for posting these, Pete, they're wonderful. I especially like Josefin's Waltz. What a pretty melody, and so well played!
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    I have a custom-built arch top oval hole Weber that sits right between an OM and a mandola and can be strung/tuned either way. I love it either way but especially as a mandola. I will, at some...
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    Re: Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    Hey Spencer,

    I am really sorry to learn of your mandolin's issue. This is very sad, to be sure. But really, don't take it as a failure. I am sure that you learned a tremendous amount on this...
  6. Re: Looking for a repair person, north Jersey, NYC

    Hi John,

    Paul Unkert in Toms River NJ does great work, is reasonably priced, and is an altogether nice guy. Have a look here http://www.theoriginalguitarguy.com/ . As he recommends on his...
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    Re: Autumn is for playing mandolin.

    For me, Caleb, Fall is a magical time drawing me outdoors to play my mandolins for all sorts of reasons. It's the end of all that heat that makes me sweat all over my mandolins when I play outdoors...
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    Re: Should I buy a Charango?

    Hey David,

    Thanks, pal, now you've done it. This thread you started has me wondering whether I should get one. Just what I need. . .CAS.

    Please let us know how much you like it, once you get...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    To my mind, that is the whole answer right there. Jamie has nailed it. Choose the instrument that inspires you, make sure it is well set-up, play it with great joy. If it ceases to inspire you,...
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    Just a quick follow up to my post 44. The fourth pallet did arrive yesterday and looked a bit shopworn for its travels. Contents were fine though, and my wife and I completed the installation of...
  11. Re: My Latest Piccolo (Sopranino) Build Sports a Different Finish

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the helpful suggestion. A round hole would be a good way to go. The way I have been cutting the oval holes isn't working. It takes too long, gives variable results, and...
  12. Re: NMD - impulse purchase, and an F style to boot

    Good for you, Eric! It is a real beauty. What a nice way to mark both special dates. Happy anniversary, happy birthday, and happy picking!
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I have never met a vegetable I didn't like. As a kid (when dinosaurs roamed the earth), my mother would give me Brussels sprouts or cauliflower as a 'treat' and I fell for it. Stuck with me to this...
  14. Re: My Latest Piccolo (Sopranino) Build Sports a Different Finish

    Thanks Eric, I appreciate it. I, too, think the proportions look better on this one than the earlier tries. I have to see how it sounds compared to the others, once it is all set up. I find that...
  15. Re: My Latest Piccolo (Sopranino) Build Sports a Different Finish

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks to you and everyone else for the compliments. I sure am having fun with these. So far, I have build four in this lineage although one is quite a bit different from the others. ...
  16. My Latest Piccolo (Sopranino) Build Sports a Different Finish

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    I just completed my latest Sopranino (Piccolo) mandolin. For those new to that term, it is a higher pitched, smaller member of the mandolin family. It a fourth above...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Right you are. I think you've hit it on the head. My preference for flat-tops might stem from the fact that I don't play bluegrass at all. I love to listen to bluegrass, but that's not what I...
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    These problems are also encountered with commercial interstate trucking companies. The local Humane Society (volunteer animal shelter) has their large shipments sent here to my farm because I can...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I agree, Nick, and I really don't get it. Flat-tops can be every bit as serious an instrument (quality build, great sound albeit different from arch tops) as arch tops. There are a lot of great...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Give me a good flat-top any day. I just really prefer them even though I have a couple of really nice A's/two-points. I have never had an F, but F4's can have real appeal for me. For whatever...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    It's all amusing and either way it goes, nobody dies. So, 'discuss on'!:grin:
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    Re: Dagger Gordon video

    Thanks, Dagger, I really enjoyed that.

    Best wishes,

    Bob
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    Re: Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    Beautiful work, Spencer. I really enjoyed watching your progress, as well as now seeing the final product of your efforts. I'll now be watching for Reports of your next build!

    Congratulations...
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    Re: A piccolo tango banjo

    Hello Kwaynewilliams,

    I am a great fan of piccolo mandolins (same scale as your piccolo banjo, give or take, and also tuned an octave above a mandola). They have become my go-to instrument for...
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    Re: Weber Sweet Pea tailpiece design

    I had a Sweet Pea and had a lot of fun with it. My opinion of the tailpiece was that it was a smart, effective design. Kudos to Vern for a travel mandolin designed to do exactly what a travel...
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