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  1. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    The mixture of innovation and tradition is hard to understand, and must be a tough balancing act for companies: e.g. Fender and Gibson basically make the same electric guitars over and over, claiming...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    I can’t read music and have no interest in learning. I’ve made a couple of attempts and to me it’s just not fun. I get that it would open up a whole world of music etc. Still not interested. I...
  3. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Indeed. I’d be willing to bet that the average Joe who’s been dreaming for years of getting a Les Paul doesn’t even know this has happened, and wouldn’t care anyway. He just wants his Les Paul.
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    I was thinking about this thread and wanted to share an experience I recently had regarding the old Takamine referenced in my previous comment.

    I've been wanting to learn some Rockabilly on...
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    It seems to me that there is often the need to justify loving cheaper instruments. If someone has a Kentucky, Eastman, etc, and genuinely loves playing it, that should be the end of the matter.
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    Mandolin Pick on Buddy Holly's Grave.

    I visited Lubbock and finally got to see Buddy Holly's grave (as well as the museum - a VERY cool place). The only pick I had on me was one of my coveted Jazzmando D'Andreas, but I left it there (I...
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    Re: -If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    My Collings MT.
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    For me it's all about simplicity. Electric guitar is cool and fun, but it's a serious hassle (especially when one doesn't have a music room) to drag all the stuff out and get it all set up. But I...
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    You’ve got just about every tonal possibility covered with your collection! Very nice. Have you considered taking the Ric back to stock pups?
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    Wow, cool coincidence there with the Crate, Dan! I think mine was only 10 watts but it was insanely powerful and loud since it was all-tube. The downside is that it was one channel, but I used a...
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    My fling with the Strat/Marshall set-up was fairly short-lived. I think it was a semi-midlife meltdown thing for me. I'm back to my books, acoustic guitar and mandolin: but my 18-year-old son loves...
  12. Thread: Musical contests

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    Re: Musical contests

    I have a general rule for life: If I don't enjoy something, I do not attend.

    Years ago I learned about a local songwriting society. Folks get together, sit in a circle, and play each other...
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    Re: The Traveling Pick Sampler - Anyone Interested?

    I had two or three of them, still use one pretty regularly. I think I got them at Charley’s Guitar Shop in Dallas several years ago. You might give them a call if you’re still looking.
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    Re: The Traveling Pick Sampler - Anyone Interested?

    Insane! That white Wegen in the middle of Sampler 1 is the pick that started it all. It has surely grown! That's too bad that some picks have been lifted, but all in all, a very honest bunch of...
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    Re: Do We Really Need Another Pick Thread?

    I also like the Jazzmando picks. A Cafe member recently gave me several that have never been used. My main one is from over ten yrs ago and still shows no signs of wear. Excellent material.
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    Re: Morris Flattop on the way

    Bach? Ambition! Much respect! I can't yet get O'Carolan's Concerto under my fingers (after years!), so I'm not ready for Bach.
  17. Thread: Collings MT NMD

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    Re: Collings MT NMD

    Wow, _serious_ flame! Enjoy!
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    The Georgia Shackleton Trio.

    https://youtu.be/bcYLJWIvNnc

    Found this group recently and wanted to share. Great stuff!
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    Speed exercises with Chris Henry.

    https://youtu.be/Xy3ZRxxicF8

    Very good video.
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    Re: Collings TKL USA Made Case

    My MT came with a TKL case "made exclusively for Collings." Super nice and sturdy, and I can't ever see it wearing out.
  21. Thread: Banjo Ben

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    Re: Banjo Ben

    I've never met Ben but he seems like a cool guy. He was on my favorite TV show with his sisters a few years ago. Check it out:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXoUB-uTcbI
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    Re: Music shops in DFW

    Murphy's usually has a nice selection of Taylors and Martins on the wall. I played a D18 there not too long ago that was one of the best guitars I've ever had my hands on. They carry Seagull and...
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    Re: How often to change strings

    Different instruments are funny when it comes to strings. I have two guitars: the Larrivee will not perform with old strings, but the cheap old Takamine will do fine with them indefinitely. I've...
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    Re: Music shops in DFW

    Murphy’s Music in Irving is a great shop. Cheap mandolin selection but they have a legit acoustic guitar selection. The owners are great folks too.

    Texas Guitar Ranch in Bedford has a pretty...
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    Re: Music shops in DFW

    Charley's in Dallas usually has at least a few legit acoustics and sometimes some Collings mandolins.

    The Guitar Sanctuary in McKinney (just outside Dallas) is supposed to be pretty awesome,...
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