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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    John Hamlett’s workshop. :-)
  2. Re: Blues Mandolin - Big Boss Man - John Hamlett Mandolin (!)

    Thank ya', thank ya' everyone. This mandolin has brought on a journey into new types of music, hence the blues mando songs. I appreciate all of your feedback. Kudos to theeee John Hamlett!
  3. Blues Mandolin - Big Boss Man - John Hamlett Mandolin (!)

    Hi Everyone,

    Update on the 6-month young John Hamlett two-point: it's awesome, lol. That's the update. Just restrung it with Mangan 11.5s, straightened the truss rod, and tweaked the bridge and...
  4. Re: Seller’s Remorse - 2008 custom Weber Fern

    Hi Everyone,

    Good news.... I found the buyer on Facebook and he posted as recently as December 16, 2021. :-)

    I asked him to be my "friend," so hopefully he sees the request and accepts it. He...
  5. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    More of the same here…

    Back when I was playing lots of local and/or regional gigs I used my nicest/priciest mandolin for just about everything. For a while it was the only one I owned so I didn’t...
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    Hamlett and Rubners

    Hi Everyone,

    Just a feel good post here about a positive experience I recently had with John Hamlett and Rubner tuners.

    John is the mighty builder of the two-point mandolin with which I am...
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    Re: D’addario XT differences

    I'll go ahead with a mild hijack....

    Other brands/sets I've enjoyed include the following:

    1. GHS Bronze (sounded great, went dead quick)
    2. Black Diamond Phosphor Bronze (sounded great, went...
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    Re: D’addario XT differences

    I tried the XTs J75s) a bit ago and liked them okay. My issue was they lasted like 1-2 days longer than EJ75s typically last for me. So, for me they did t seem worth it: a little bit less tone that...
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    Re: Kimble neck - forearm pain

    I experienced what seemed to be unresolved hand cramping with an otherwise stellar Weber Fern years ago. I was playing a lot back then, practicing up to two hours per day and gigging a few times a...
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    Yes, I hear the differences, really between each one. For example, the difference between the Pro-Plec and the Primetone is marked. The Red Bear sounds stiff and the Casein was a little darker and...
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks to this thread I did something IU've been meaning to do for at least a year: I emailed Dunlop's marketing department to see if they'll make a non-beveled Primetone. Here's what...
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    I like the Primetone picks a lot and was sold on them as my number one choice until I tried the Blue Chip I now have. i will say, I've never been so concerned about where a pick is, haha. The...
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    Re: Powerful A models in the 5K range

    It seems to me you’re describing a Skip Kelley. His A styles are well within your price range and are way on the loud, cutting, bluegrass-oriented side of the fence. I’m a tad biased because I’m...
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    That is so cool! I love listening the Hank Williams’ Blues compilation album. If he’s not. Blue man I don’t know who is. You’re playing and singing is goooooood!
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Wow guys!

    Love it. The Neil Diamond sounds great, and Freddie King is one of my all-time favorites. Some sweet playing and singing. :-)
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Gots another for ya’. This is Jimmy Reed’s “This is the Last Time.” The trick to this one was converting the guitar string bends to single mandolin notes. Plus, there is a lot of instrumentation...
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    Mandolins near Naples, FL

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m traveling to the Naples area for the holidays and would love to check out any mandolin-friendly stores or check in with a luthier if possible.

    Know of any down there? Marco...
  18. Re: Ellis Deluxe Mandolin #110 - scam sales on eBay and elsewhere

    Interesting….

    I logged into eBay for the first time in years and received a message that my account is blocked. It’s odd, as I don’t think I’ve even bid on something since 2005. What’s more odd is...
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    A little Slim Harpo action!

    https://youtu.be/u-s6jJ1OOdc
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Some Skip James. This is “Slow and Easy.” So simple and so awesome!

    https://youtu.be/4Y5TWDzJJqo
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Love it, Caleb! Such a heartfelt melody. I think the blues can be anything that gets us into and processing our challenges.

    Thank you for sharing!
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    Re: Curt Mangan Strings - Wonderful

    I hear you, jcdraayer. There are too many variables to explain it. What works for one mandolin won’t work the same for another. Same with people. I’ve only used the heaviest bluegrass series strings,...
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    Curt Mangan Strings - Wonderful

    Hi Everyone,

    I recently ordered two sets of Curt Mangan mandolin strings and, for now anyway, have found my new favorite strings.

    They are the 11.5 - 41 guage, so virtually identical to the...
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    All of this is awesome, everyone. Thank you!

    Here’s Freddie King’s “See See, Baby.” He is my favorite of the three kings, and his music is quite translatable to the mandolin. I have about 10 more...
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Awesome, Sam. I love when the Dead does “Big Boss Man” too. It got me into Jimmy Reed. Thanks for embedding it, Mark. :-)
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