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    Re: The Ol Pals Footprints in the Snow

    Guys - slightly off topic - but what’s the song about? I’ve read and re-read the lyrics several times and am still confused!

    Did he find her dead in the snow? In which case, why does he bless...
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    Used a blue snark for years, but got a TC Polytune clip for my birthday, and the Snark hasn’t seen any action since then. The TC is great! Highly visible screen, very accurate, and no “hunting” for...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Sad news indeed - Ivan was always very helpful, and a good guy.
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    Re: A pair of Diamonds

    They look great! As does the A2 jacket!
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    Re: NMD #774 Ratliff R-5 (1999)

    I’ve played 2 Ratliffs in my time, and both were really good instruments. Love the back on your new one!
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    Re: Converting guitar chords

    I’d already been playing guitar for 30-odd years when I started the mandolin around 7 years ago. Someone told me it was a bit like an “upside-down guitar”. And so, for the first couple of weeks,...
  7. Re: Underwhelmed by Northfield Archtop Octave Mandolin

    Al - maple is a brighter sounding wood than mahogany. Was the one you played a maple or hog back and sides?
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    Re: Review and comparison 'The Loar LM-700 VS'

    I’ve got instruments that were pristine when new, and I’ve also bought a couple of used guitars a few years back that were well and truly pre-owned. All good, and they all have their own look, feel...
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    Re: What can I expect in quality from upgrade?

    I went from an Eastman 505 to a NOrthfield F5S 4 years ago. The Northfield has a lot more going on in the sound - more bass, deeper tone generally, “woofy” chop, more volume, quality workmanship and...
  10. Thread: Banjo Ben

    by Johnny60
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    Re: Banjo Ben

    Can't speak highly enough about Banjo Ben. Been a lifetime member for several years.

    What I really like is the fact that most of his fiddle tunes have a "basic" version followed by a more...
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    Re: Adam Steffey is Back

    So pleased to hear that AS has managed to get things back on track - it’s no fun being on a treadmill 24/7. He has such a talent, and it’s great there will be new music from him in due course.
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    Re: A ''Happy New Year'' from the UK

    Yep, Happy New Year to all.
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    Re: tonguards ..do they really work?

    My son recently got a new Eastman 305 - great instrument, with a really comfy neck, newer cast tailpiece and a really punchy tone. Lovely instrument - and not just “for the money”.

    Knowing how...
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    Re: Eastman MD-315 for Christmas! Woohoo!

    The 300 series are really nice instruments. Enjoy!
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    by Johnny60
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    Re: Sullivan F

    Ah yes, you’re right Demetrius. Knew there was some kind of connection between John Teer, Andrew Marlin and Sullivan mandolins!
  16. Thread: Sullivan F

    by Johnny60
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    Re: Sullivan F

    If I remember rightly, John Teer from Chatham County Line plays one now.
  17. Thread: Sullivan F

    by Johnny60
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    Re: Sullivan F

    Haven’t heard any real Gibson “Loar’s” up close and personal, but Caleb was kind enough to let me have a go on his Sullivan whilst chatting after a show. It’s got a great tone, and it’s REALLY loud!
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    Re: Adam Steffey steps away from the business

    Can only echo what others have said - really sorry to see him leave the business, and I wish him all the best in his new profession.
  19. Re: Differences between various Eastman A models?

    Oh my God - I clicked the link to the Gryphon, and that’s got to be the worst looking mandolin I’ve ever seen!
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    Got my first mandolin back!

    Hi folks,
    my first mandolin is back in the fold!

    Started playing mandolin around 6 years ago, and the one that I started on was a Kentucky KM162 - it's a discontinued A model, with solid hand...
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    Re: Left Forearm Pain

    Yeah, it’s hard to spot any bad technique there. Nice straight and relaxed-looking wrist, etc.

    I assume your string action is OK and that you’re not having to grip too hard to fret the notes?
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    Re: Yet Another Tone-Gard Post

    Hi Dave,

    4 of us (all from Yorkshire) clubbed together a few years back and put in a "bulk" order direct from the manufacturer. We're all impressed - a great piece of kit that increases timbre,...
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    Re: Instruments, Cost & the Placebo Effect

    There are many, many things to consider with instruments - sound, playability, build quality, to name just three.

    Add to that, the comfort of the neck (that is, does the neck and nut width suit...
  24. Re: There is NO WAY that pinky is going to make it to the boardwa

    I can play the big 4 finger G chop chord, but often do a 2 finger variant if I'm jamming all night, that gives 90% of the tone, same chop, and doesn't give my tendons any problems. It's 755x -...
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    Re: Nut too close to edge of neck?

    One of my guitars had the same problem - every time you did a pull-off on the top E string it'd "fall" off the edge of the fretboard. A very easy fix - when I took it in for a set-up, my luthier...
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