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    Update From The Mandolin Store

    Received the following broadcast email from The Mandolin Store this morning. Text as follows as an FYI for those who may not have received it:

    Hello Friends,

    I'd like to start off by saying...
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    Re: No motivation

    This has been a difficult time for many folks; probably more than many of us realize. I’m glad that you reached out. To reach out can take a lot of strength.

    Isolation comes in many forms:...
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    Re: Hull Covers Prine

    Same here. Agreed.

    Powerful message.
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    Re: Comfy in our new RV

    Mark, in an earlier post, I said I was envious. There’s a reason.

    Closest I’ve ever been RVing was in July of 1982 courtesy of a very close friend. I had gone through a stressful couple of years....
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    Re: Comfy in our new RV

    I’m envious, Mark. Keep it between the lines. And be sure to spread your talent around.

    May the gasoline be plentiful and cheap.
    May your tires always be round and rolling.
    May the sun never...
  6. Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    Conversely, Mike Edgerton has this to say: "Blessed are those that cannot hear the difference for they will have more disposable income."
  7. Re: APM cancels Live From Here amid other layoffs and cuts

    From Bluegrass Today, June 16, 2020

    Live From Here with Chris Thile another casualty of COVID-19

    Excerpt from the article:

    In a message to fans this afternoon, Chris expressed his sorrow...
  8. Celebration of Bluegrass Through the Decades

    For any of you who are bluegrass and Telluride fans…

    Just received an email announcement from Planet Bluegrass (the folks that put on Telluride Bluegrass Festival, RockyGrass, et. al.).

    On...
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    At the risk of derailing this thread, that era introduced us to some truly excellent groups with some truly excellent music.
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    Well, because of the subtle recommendations from you and others in this thread, I'm going to give it a try. But since I don’t know a lot about folk music of the Isles, I thought it was prudent to...
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    We have several fine builders of exceptional mandolins at our disposal these days. And we should consider ourselves very fortunate for having such unprecedented choices.

    That said, I think we...
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    With only a quick visit to your YT channel, I came away quite impressed. Heroes of Longhope was beautiful. As was Over The Waterfall with mandolin and octave mandolin. I do believe I'll be visiting...
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    Although I enjoy listening to some bluegrass, it really isn’t in my repertoire. And while I do watch (primarily for the sheer enjoyment of their craft) to learn how others approach the octave, I am...
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    How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    I’m not sure I know what to ask for or whether I know what I’m asking for, but…

    I’m primarily an acoustic guitar player with some mandolin and banjo on the side. I have a 2011 Weber Gallatin A...
  15. Re: Any idea where I can find more music like this?

    Apologies for being tardy to this party.

    If you are enjoying the “Anthology of American Folk Music”…

    Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur have an album named “Penny’s Farm “ which offers a somewhat...
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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    I agree with what stevojack665 said about bear claw. Here’s an article from Maury’s Music on the subject:
    https://www.maurysmusic.com/maury_s_blog/view/159785/bear_claw_on_acoustic_guitars

    It’s...
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    Re: Contact The Mandolin Store?

    Just ensuring that you have their latest contact information since they moved to Tennessee:

    https://themandolinstore.com/contact/

    From their Contact page:

    PLANNING A VISIT?

    At this time...
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Phil, I wish you strength. I wish you comfort. I wish you peace. You will be missed.
  19. Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    The 19.37% is 25-34 years of age. The percentages are not in order of age group (youngest to oldest) but in order of numbers of visitors as a percent (fewest to largest). 8.98% (18-24) + 19.37%...
  20. Re: Just for fun and interest - favourite acoustic tones

    Some still with us, some, sadly, are not:

    Fiddle: Vassar Clements
    Resonator: Tut Taylor
    Banjo: John Hartford
    Guitar: Norman Blake, Del McCoury
    Mandolin: David Grisman
    Bass: Barry Bales, Edgar...
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    Congratulations on the purchase! I've been dedicated fan of Ome Banjos for quite a while. I'm thinking that you probably became immediate friends with Chuck and Tanya Ogsbury if you dealt with one or...
  22. Re: Mike Marshall's Virtual Mandolin Orchestra

    Bravo!

    and

    Encore!
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    Re: Ordering strings--any luck recently?

    Strings and Beyond have been providing excellent service for me.
  24. Re: Old photos - a hodgepodge of musicians - folkies +

    Yes, my claim to fame is being a simple Louisiana boy. Home was a very small town – not much more than a crossroads – in north Louisiana. I’m just a bit older than you, but it sounds like we have...
  25. Re: Old photos - a hodgepodge of musicians - folkies +

    Thank you, Mark, for sharing these terrific images. My coming of age was during the sixties. By 1973, my musical sail had me following the course set by Blake, Hartford, Clements, et al. While these...
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