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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    I wonder if part of that may lie in how many great builders there are now. Take Andy Statman for example, for the longest time, I would have associated him with his A2Z but now he's on a Kimble (see...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    I have found incredibly talented and capable musicians who obsess over their gear (Dawg, Thile) and those who don't (Monroe). I'm unsure if skill correlates with not being a mando-head. Some folks...
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    Re: IV "In the White" F5 model

    I'm with Mike on that. Finishing is as important as how the plates are graduated and put together. That's a totally different skill set to learn and challenge yourself with.

    For $340 it could be...
  4. Thread: PA trip

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    Re: PA trip

    I wouldn't drive the extra couple of hours ONLY for the Martin Museum (it's pretty small). If you can arrange in advance the factory tour, then sure.

    Fred Oster's Shop Philadelphia Vintage...
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    Re: IV "In the White" F5 model

    Well, you don't get to finish the top and back graduations. This is really a kit ready for the big second half which is finishing the instrument. I've not built one (nor have the desire to). It's...
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    Re: Bought & I Don’t Even Play

    Enjoy the new instrument. I hope learning and playing bring you a great deal of pleasure. Welcome to the Mandolin Cafe.

    Jamie
  7. Re: New Labraid (Brian Dean) Grand Concert - Jazz

    If there isn't video of this one (a year out) there is plenty of Joe Brent playing his. Look into older 9 Horses...
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    Re: New to the cafe

    Welcome to the mandolin and the Mandolin Cafe. I'm pretty similar to you in terms of playing and goals. There are several members that also share your work background. Hope you have fun with the...
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    Re: We're not so weird...

    Don't knock Pez. The Pez Museum is worth the visit.177644

    Jamie
  10. Re: The new (old) mandolins of long time reader.

    Nice collection. Welcome!

    Jamie
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    Re: We're not so weird...

    We're in a padded room telling the drooling person next to us not to be like the dude across the way b/c "he's crazy!"

    Jamie
  12. Thread: Noob. Hiya!

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    Re: Noob. Hiya!

    Welcome! Enjoy our obsessions!

    Jamie
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    I have had my mandolins on wall hangers for years. Never had one fall. The only thing they get is dusty sometimes. I cover the peg head/tuners with a hat. I play them less when stored in cases.
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    Re: For Family. For Country. For Freedom.

    Lest we forget that we are an international group, we can remember the contributions of the British, Canadian, and allied forces who were also landing in Normandy and also remember the terrible toll...
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    Re: Man....I had a blue guitar...

    I've seen plenty of blue mandolins through the ages. When I first started and was obsessed with cheap mandolins on Ebay, I loved the Marcus Martini blue mandolin.

    Max and Laurie of Girouard...
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    We have members with the means to cycle through some really high end mandolins and they quite publicly share their quests. I'm not a performer, I don't even earn fun money playing mandolin. I have a...
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    What makes a keeper is owner dependent. If you enjoy it and get satisfaction from how it and you perform together, then it's a keeper.

    Jamie

    See my signature....
  18. Re: New Apitius Club Jazz Mandolin acquisition…

    What a fantastic mandolin. Will you put a pick up on it to play with the voice at all plugged in?

    Jamie
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    Re: Finished at last

    Great work! I hope it brings pleasure and I'm sure it brought learning and appreciation.

    Jamie
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    Re: Grieving Sally Goodin

    Our pets are often closer than work colleagues and even most friends. I know your loss. It hurts. It's real. Grieve. I'm sorry for your loss. It's especially hard when you're the one in the house...
  21. Re: Traditional or modern design, what's your strategy ?

    Welcome to the Cafe.

    If it were me, I might learn the fundamentals of an instrument design that worked first (even the A5) and master making plates that move well and sound chambers that make...
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    Re: Mandolin Try-out Etiquette

    It all depends on the person (you and them). If they offer, I'll give them a go. It's how I got hands on a Loar signed instrument once.

    I know how I treat things. The loaner won't. I won't know...
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    Re: Just staring in to the figure

    In general, I sound better when I do that.

    Jamie
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    Re: Chris Baird info?

    He's on FB. I don't know about building but he's living a good life biking around his home.

    Jamie
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    Re: Predicting the Future

    I doubt it. Thile plays an F5. So many hot young kids are picking F5s. Don't get me wrong, I love two points, flatbacks, cylinder backs, even banjo mandolins and bedpandolins (Commodium) but, I...
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