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  1. Re: Waiting for a Northfield Big Mon (Wide Nut/Red Spruce)

    I’d rather have the Engleman.
  2. Re: Article: Modern Mandolin Camp Designed for Experienced Player

    Yes it is. On Zoom Webinar
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I am with Bren on straps. I find that a strap frees my left hand from taking the weight of the mandolin which can happen easily when playing strapless, and this can have an effect on left hand...
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    Re: No frills vs fancier mandolins

    Bob Givens rarely used fancy wood and still had great sounding mandolins.
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    Re: Amazing Nugget F5 at Carter's!

    Seems Carter's hasn't been doing as many video's during Covid so there's no Youtube's I'm aware of but my guess is they didn't come up with that number because it's pretty.
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    Re: Mandolin Pricing?

    Awful lot of people selling mandolins for a living that do not agree with this. An awful lot of people that do not sell instruments for a living do not agree with that assessment. It's factual right...
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    Re: Dr. Arm for Mandolin

    Ok I'm not trying to start a total war here but when did it become necessary to play an instrument without actually touching said instrument? Dr. Arm, Tone Gard, etc?
    Until very recently I don't...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I had a shop in a well-known fretted instrument shop, many years ago. What I would tell the staff is that when someone calls on the phone and says, "I have a 1955 Martin D-18...", you know what it...
  9. Mandolin Track and More at Fiddle Hell Online, April 15-18, 2021

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    Hi Mandolin Café Friends! Our new schedule and instructor list are posted at https://FiddleHell.org, and registration is open for Fiddle Hell Online, April 15-18, 2021. Our mandolin...
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    As a younger man, I lived and traveled in about 40 different countries and learned how tremendously valuable a simple tip can be. I've literally had passports stamped when they were expired, been...
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    The luthiers i go to do really good work and i adjust the fee upward because the quality of their work is worth more than they charge, and i'm grateful when they fit my instruments into their busy...
  12. Re: Who Has The Largest Selection Of Mandolins On Hand... Anywher

    Literally laughed out loud.....:))
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    Re: Kelley A-V-5 advice needed

    OK, good the string tension was released. 'My mistake.

    But- this IS a mortise and tenon. It also has a Siminoff vestigial dowel pair, but at its heart, there is no denying it is a mortise and...
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    Re: Substantial sale at Bernunzio's

    Thank you Allen!

    I just purchased that incredibly rare K-4 case for a steal and now I'm excited for a new build project for 2021! A red spruce & Brazilian rosewood K-4.....;)
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Mary: your bunch will become a collection if only you add a 1950's A-50. :)

    Mine is forever a pile of tinder. It will be a cold winter...
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    An issue often resolved with some string change experimentation.
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    When not under global pandemic, I was playing in a regular jam with a banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and electric bass and we do get loud! That has made me interested in how loud various...
  18. Joining the Girouard Club with an F Oval hole

    I exchanged emails with Max and have sent a deposit to have him build me one of his Girouard F Concert Master mandolins with an oval hole. It will feature complete binding in triple bound, Waverly...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I'd like to believe that the guitar market as a whole has matured enough to understand that these are vintage instruments of a finite quantity and that we've all learned from our past mistakes...
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    yep...
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    I like it. It plays well and is very light. I'm a fan of woody banjos so the lack of a metal tone ring was no big deal to me. I think it's very similar to the early Enoch Tradesman banjos I tried out...
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    Me too! Well, in progress.

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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    Wow! Good for you!
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Maybe I just wouldn't come out!
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    If I were to take a Loar, a Gilchrist, a Heiden, a Kimble, a Dude, a Nugget, a Northfield Artist Model and let's say... a Duff... all F5s... and lock you up in a room with them for a couple of...
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