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    Re: Builder or Company

    I'd second what John said -- if you have specific ideas on what you want, i'd go with a custom builder. And while you may get a ready-made mandolin faster, the custom builder, I'd think, would...
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    Re: Suggestions on a beginner "set list"

    Comhaltas's Foinn seisuns books offer a lot of the old standards in a stripped down version and a lot of players use either the individual tunes or the sets to get started on their own list. Many of...
  3. Re: R.I.P. Kip Carter...October 26, 2020

    Sorry to see this. Condolences to his family and friends.
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    I think perfection is a moving target, and not necessarily one that moves in a line from concept to finished instrument. I think personal preference enters into it, and context, and history and age...
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    Re: Mandolin recommendation for new player

    hey kenn -- welcome to our obsession!

    I know that if you live in the US, the ability to pick and choose from Loar, Kentucky and Eastman is merely one of interest and convenience, but if you don't...
  6. Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    Having a spouse who plays is a huge advantage to learning a new instrument. When I taught myself, I had a book, some eight years of formal music training and the experience of teaching myself and my...
  7. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    Tapping into Jeff Hindreth's thoughts -- how possible is it to offer different neck widths as an option? We get a lot of people moving to mandolin from guitar who want a wider neck, and then there...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I've noticed the same thing with Fs, and I've handled some very lovely sounding high end ones. I have a terrible feeling that even a lovely sounding F would, eventually, be something i'd part with. I...
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    Re: Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    So nice! congrats!
  10. Re: Unexpected things/benefits about playing mandolin

    Probably the most unexpected was it gave me and the guy I was seeing something in common -- we'd sit around with a music book and play duets, he on chords (guitar) and me on melody. We've been...
  11. Re: Practicing the swing feel for Irish music

    Folded Path is aiming you in the right direction; from how i understand the question behind the question, it might be a more complex problem than simply looking for the correct dots that will...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    ha! Jim -- SCA is the Society for Creative Anachronism. SCA people live the middle ages not as they were but as they should have been. It's still around. The women dress up in long dresses, the guys...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    I've told this before so here's a shortened version: got involved in SCA as a college kid and really loved the look of a lute. I've always been a woodwind player, but spotted a bowlback mandolin...
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    Re: Like they don't know me

    Beautiful piece beautifully done. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Bowlback make/model?

    also, restring it with ultra light strings. a lot of these weren't built for the tension modern medium (or heavier) weight strings bring.
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    Re: A painting including a mandolin

    piggy-backing on this, since this, in a way, is a painting including a mandolin. It's the illustration for September for the Grateful Dead calendar we have hanging in the bedroom. I noticed the...
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    Re: Another from the 2020 crop

    holy cow, that's stunning!
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    Re: Just received my first mandolin :)

    Welcome to the cafe! the fun is just beginning!
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    Re: Philphool, Phil Goodson, passes :(

    So sorry to see this. My condolences to his family -- and to the cafe family (self included) who will miss him as well.
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    Re: Received my Ebay Stradolin

    What with the price of strads, i'd think you'd find fewer people worry about replacing original parts -- they're funky and cool, but i don't see them as museum pieces that need to be coddled. OTOH,...
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    Re: Double Standard

    ... and yet ... I'll add another idea. It pretty much depends on who answers first. We have a ton of people and some are more forgiving of basic questions and others are not. I've found that the...
  22. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    Probably when i stopped figuring out tunes on an imaginary flute and started figuring them out on an imaginary mandolin.

    I learned flute as an elementary school kid and played it through high...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    I've noticed that almost any song John Denver recorded seems to get a lot of love, especially country roads. Granted, the setup isn't something i've ever done or plan to do, but whenever we're out in...
  24. Re: Hello All. I'm new here, first post. Loving the mandolin.

    welcome to the mandolin and to the cafe! we do have some strings (if you want to do a search) of tips for guitarists moving to mandolin from people who have made the jump -- including how important a...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    Way late to this discussion, it appears ... but I wonder if you can compare musicality to taste. Some people are born with a type of empathy for music; some people prefer a specific type of musical...
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