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  1. Great New Collection of Evelyn Castiglioni's Tunes

    Evelyn's books over the past 5 years, ever since her first "Evelyn's Big Book 2015," have been a great source of wonderful arrangements of mostly traditional tunes, with a few originals scattered...
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    Re: "Jascha Heifetz of the mandolin"

    But really, wasn't Jascha Heifetz the Sol Goichberg of the violin?
  3. Re: Nordic/Finnish/Swedish folk music recommendation

    Just using the search word nyckelharpa gets you a lot of good stuff, whether on youtube or spotify or whatever.

    /Magnus
  4. Re: Sebastian de Grebber, Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra

    Tim, it's great to hear from someone diving into this deep pool of great mandolin music. I just want to put in a plug for the Classical Mandolin Society of America. On the CMSA website, as a...
  5. Re: Sebastian de Grebber, Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra

    I haven't seen anyone mention Neil Gladd. His name also should be included on your list. http://neilgladd.com/
  6. Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    You know, the style C pieces are nice and the style B pieces really nice as well, especially in the era before the Cs moved to that plain paddle-style headstock.
  7. Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    Here’s mine!

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    Hmmmm.....somehow these “thumbnails” showed up and I cannot delete!
  8. Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    Because . . . why not?!

    I admit: I'm a bowlback-fan kinda guy, especially of the Neapolitan type. However, I've been bitten by the elegance inherent in Lyon & Healy's (L&H) approach to archtop...
  9. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    I'd have loved to see the finish shop at the L&H factory. If you've seen one in fine condition, it's obvious that their varnishing skills were somewhere beyond Gibson's. Just fantastic staining,...
  10. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    Not such a bad deal. Owner could sell the tailpiece, original case, and finger rest for $500. And with a few days of skillful labor have one of the finest oval hole mandolins ever made at a cash...
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    Re: Remembering Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA9lpHnZbFU

    Remembering Evelyn I made another video of one of her arrangements:
    The Old Man and the Old Woman

    Thanks Evelyn!
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    Re: Bellenghi and Weidt mandocello methods

    I was not aware of these in all my reading; wish I had known about them for my CMSA MC Solo/Method Book session. But I just don't understand the publishers and composers problem with clefs. I do know...
  13. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    Wouldn't it be great to see one of the great luthiers here on the Cafe rebuild that lovely mandolin! It would make a great repair thread and at the same time rescue a delightful instrument from the...
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    Bulgarian tambura

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OLD-TAMBURA-STRING-MUSICAL-BALKAN-FOLK-INSTRUMENT-WOODEN-HAND-MADE-PERFECT-LUTE/274018395629

    Not something you see every day. A shame someone covered the soundboard...
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    Re: Remembering Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    Joel, thanks for sharing this news, sad as it is. I was lucky to have met Evelyn at the Austin CMSA (2015) and we had several conversations about composing, arranging and book production. She was...
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    Re: Remembering Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    Thanks, Joel, for passing along what is really sad news.

    I have enjoyed playing music from Evelyn's collections for many years. For some strange reason we continue to spend our winters up North...
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    Re: "Refurbished Gibson"

    Years ago I was looking around a pawn shop at their guitars. A nice lady who was the owner told me that she had a couple other nicer guitars "in the back" if I wanted to see them. I said "sure." ...
  18. Re: Remembering Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    Evelyn very generously contributed to the Kickstarter campaign a few years back, putting her hand up for a bent-top flat back classical mandolin which she said she enjoyed playing. She was a great...
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    Re: Remembering Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    I have also never met Evelyn, but I've had extensive email exchanges with her over a period of many years. We had planned to meet up when she came to the UK earlier this year, but the logistics did...
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    Re: Remembering Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    I’m really sorry to hear that Joel.
    I actually never met Evelyn but it’s strange how life is sometimes, and the connections we make.
    I wrote her a text a couple of months ago and I wanted to share...
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    Remembering Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    I'm saddened to share the news that our friend, composer, harpist, accordionist, professor of neuroscience, and beautiful person Evelyn T. Castiglioni passed over to the other side early this...
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    Re: More 'Cello Power at 2019 CMSA!

    Fabio inspired us to play "musically" rather than struggle to get all the notes (which a few of us could not) in rapid 16th runs. He provided carefully worked reduced parts for those of us who found...
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    an etude to share

    original for liuto, but also versions for octave and mandocello.
    the liuto and OM versions are mostly 1st position.
    the MC version will require shifting from 1st and 4th

    the second half (measure...
  24. Bickford MandoCello Method in BASS CLEF!

    Finally, here for your enjoyment, is the Bass Clef Version of the Bickford Mandocello Method. I'd still say it's in draft phase, but hey, it's here and hopefully there aren't too many errors or...
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    More 'Cello Power at 2019 CMSA!

    Fabio Giudice just shared two more pictures from 2019 CMSA. Here we have the whole Mandocello section about to walk on stage.

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    And a fabulous pic of Commander Fabio overseeing his troops...
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