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    Re: Happy Birthday Scott!

    Happy Birthday Scott! Thanks for being my mandolin enabler! Have a great day.
  2. Thread: Roland White death

    by Ken
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    Re: Roland White death?

    Roland was a wonderful person, a kind and unassuming human being who was able to share his knowledge of the mandolin simply and graciously. I had a workshop with him maybe 15 years ago that I still...
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    Re: Left Hand Thumb and Mando Playing

    Don't know if the mandolin would be easier than the guitar because of the smaller neck size but on mandolin there are a number of chords where your thumb is at the back of the neck. I'm a long time...
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    Re: Rare and Fine Birthday / Mike Compton

    Happy Birthday Mike! Sure glad you're on this planet and playing the mandolin!
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    Re: Eyeglasses for Reading Sheet Music

    I wear bifocals but when I know that I’ll be looking at stuff at a consistent distance ( computer screen, in the shop, or reading music) I just use drug store reading glasses so I don’t have to tilt...
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    Re: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    A very happy birthday, and a thank you for this great site!
  7. Thread: Trigger Finger (s)

    by Ken
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    Re: Trigger Finger (s)

    I also recently came up with trigger fingers, the middle finger on both my right and left hand (and what was I doing with those middle fingers to cause this you ask :-) ). I did get the cortisone...
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    Re: Western Michigan Pickers

    Pretty active acoustic music scene in Southwest Michigan. Includes a lot centered around Kalamazoo, Brian Oberlin out of Grand Rapids, Wheatland music festival in September in Remus, also stream...
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    Re: Happy Birthday Scott Tichenor

    Happy Birthday Scott! Many best wishes, and Thank you!
  10. Thread: Douglas fir

    by Ken
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    Re: Douglas fir

    My first three mandos built in 1980-81, had carved Doug fir tops. Also made a dulcimer just prior to those with a carved Doug fir top. I still have one of the mandos and the dulcimer, no problems...
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    New Lefty Mandolin Player

    My five year old granddaughter is a lefty. I have taken care of her (and her sister) since shortly after she was born while her folks work, so we have a lot of time together. She has always enjoyed...
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    Re: Happy Anniversary Mandolin Cafe!

    Congratulations and Thank You! Your efforts are sure appreciated by this mando maniac.
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    Re: A take on Tipsy Gipsy (clarinet included!)

    Wonderful! Thank you.
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    Re: Better tone with light strings?

    I also like lighter strings on my Mandolins. Usually either GHS A 250's (10 - 36) or D'Addario J 73's (10 - 38). I feel I get a richer tone and a little more sustain, and yes, even a little better...
  15. Re: Happy 70th birthday today to Mike Kemnitzer of Nugget Mandoli

    Happy Birthday Mike! Thanks for building such wonderful mandolins. Not even close to being in the same league but my current mandolin, one of my builds, is a black topped A model inspired by Tim...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    As I've mentioned in another thread I've only had mandolins that I've built. My first mandolin, a stop gap while I was starting to build was a banjo uke, peghead holes filled and re-drilled, skin...
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    Re: Burtenshaw Mandolin #16...

    Sounds real good. (Looks good too).
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    Re: Shoulder pain in fretting arm?

    I've got tendonitis issues in my left bicep/rotator cuff. PT exercises have helped a great deal to lessen pain and increase mobility but its not quite as good as new (neither am I) What mostly works...
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    Re: Eddy Davis passes away

    Eddy was such a master. Sad news.
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    Re: Hilburn #12 peghead

    Very nice inlay. Like that style.
  21. Thread: Whatcha up to?

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    Re: Whatcha up to?

    Most of my mandolin life has been spent playing swing, with some additions of fiddle tunes, country, western, folk, and jug band. But not bluegrass, although I have always liked the power of the...
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    Re: Happy 75th Birthday Today, David Grisman!

    Happy Birthday! And Thank You for the initial mando inspiration and all the years since.
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    Re: Happy Birthday Norman Blake

    Norman needs to be declared a National Treasure. In addition to his prodigious picking, the songs that he has collected, saved and kept alive are rare glimpses into the history of Americana.
  24. What a great and incredibly rich article....

    What a great and incredibly rich article. Certainly made my day and when I read and listen again tomorrow it will make tomorrow too. Thank you.
  25. Re: Article: Remembering Jethro Burns on his 100th Birthday, an A

    Truly wonderful article, a beautiful tribute to Jethro. Thank you.
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