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  1. Watsons Blues, filmed in a guitar shop in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    some really good music at Yura Lytkins youtube channel

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZF7QXlksQI


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZF7QXlksQI
  2. Y'all missed some great mandolin playing in Asheville

    These two really played their hearts out last night. They played some Nude Goats - oops I mean Good Notes - all night long. Don and Frank - I'd drive 200+ miles to see these guys anytime!

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  3. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    Well I've always wanted to own a Gibson Master Model or a DMM -- but they would probably not be enough (or any better) than the regular Gibson F-5s that I currently own. Many people like the Ellis...
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    Re: tone and picks vs strings

    When you get to differences between picks and strings, you are well down the list of tonal differences. The style of instrument and the materials, along with the ideas of the maker are the big...
  5. Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Fantastic!
    If you want to catch up, you can watch it here.
    https://www.pbs.org/video/ken-burns-country-music-episode-1-the-rub/?fbclid=IwAR2eLFqqjqfATOnhF2W8oVAXoZeSHRmHFsrGk8Uv7iB-BLhc7U7z0HWV3zw...
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    I agree ! Whether we are talking about play ability of the instrument , type and brand of pick, choice of strings or the instrument we have is mainly for our ears as the audience will not have a...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    The Dahli Lama walks into a pizza place and asks if they can make him one with everything..
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Seems to be a popular topic for discussion. Things usually sound better after 20 minutes or so, but it might be my hands "loosening up!" Or, a combination......
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Why isn’t there a “cracking a beer and ordering a pizza icon?”
    Not to be a complete jerk, ‘‘tis a subject that has been discussed “ad nauseum” with numerous links above.
    I agree some of it may...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    The trait that IMHO makes a Collings desirable is they hit a spot that is bright enough to cut through in a jam, yet resonant when playing alone. It has been a tone that has taken me a while to...
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    Collings MT2 - Update

    Hey, Everyone:

    Here’s a little tone update for you on my new Collings MT2 w/Torrefed top, back, and sides. I hope the tone comes through on this video. Although my playing is a bit flawed, the...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Hi, Everyone:

    Here's a little update for you. So, I've had this MT2 since Tuesday and have been playing it a few hours a day since opening the box. I'm now getting ready to put on a new set of...
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    Re: Torrefied Opinions

    There are several different treatments and result can be very different with each. The original Torrefied wood is process without access of oxygen either the wood is cooked in pressure chamber in...
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    Re: What has your mandolin been called?

    Well Len, it's simple. When a customer walks into a bank with a violin case people are generally afraid that he has a machine gun in it and will take it out and rob the place. When a customer walks...
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    Re: Prettiest Peghead Inlays Ever

    I knew Ray Alden but did not know that his dragon design was on an F4. A great combination of a Fairbanks flowerpot peghead inlay and a Bacon Chubby Dragon. Ray's dragon has been working out.

    I...
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    Re: What’s your travel case?

    My "go-to" case for air travel is from Gator.....polyfoam with a black nylon exterior. It's compact, not quite as thick as a Travelite but similar in construction. The Gator's big advantage is...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Eat off the “good China” is my constant! My heirs have not made ANY interest in them, they will not polish silver, and rarely even wash the freaking dishes (maybe a bit young but, still...)!

    I...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    One of the pieces of advice that people give when buying a first mandolin is "get the best instrument you can afford". Having a higher end mandolin increases the experience in my experience. Even for...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Good instruments are actually pretty inexpensive compared to fancy cars, trips or boats.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Because.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Answer: Because want and need are not the same thing.

    I play a mandolin way beyond my pay grade because I like it.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    I know cyclists who will never win races who buy $500 wheels. When they are out on their Sunday 50 mile ride they enjoy the performance, just like the guy out shooting skeet enjoys that premium 12...
  23. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    I had 52 guitars once, i am at 18 now. I had about the same amount of mandolins last year, but i have sold some to pay for others. I'm not sure how many i have now.

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  24. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    TOO MANY! 18 or so? Yeah I know I have a condition! They all are special in their own way, some are on the block to go for sale or swap?

    1924 Dec. 1st Lloyd Loar F-5 with Virzi
    1926 Gibson F-5...
  25. Tune I played mando on was featured on The Bluegrass Situation

    Today The Bluegrass Situation featured a cut off of Ashley Sophia's upcoming album.

    She asked me to play mando on this cut, Adirondack Dreams. It was a really fun/great tune. Mostly rhythm. ...
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