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    Re: Cool music venues in Savannah GA?

    Thanks! I'm staying just a couple of blocks from there and will have several evenings free. I'll definitely walk over there and check it out. Any other recommendations for good music and/or food...
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    Re: Cool music venues in Savannah GA?

    Oddly enough, I'm headed to Savannah next week and was wondering the same thing.
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    Re: Odd case “Stuff”

    Below is a pic of the only interesting case candy I've ever come across. As you may have guessed, it was in a banjo case. Four different capos, pitch pipes, a bunch of old National fingerpicks,...
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    Re: Bridge not perpendicular

    I do what Dale Ludewig suggests. I nearly had a heart attack the first time someone did it to my mandolin, but after trying it a time or two myself, it become no big deal.

    Bridges will start to...
  5. Thread: Supreme Court

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    Re: Supreme Court

    So was it a rhetorical question, or did someone answer him? The article gave us the question but no answer.
  6. Re: Just add it to your cart......and don't ask questions!!!!!

    Dude, you're not following directions. Just put it in your cart and don't ask questions. You won't be told again.
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    Re: Black Cloud Over Gibson

    Ivan, I have a feeling Dave Harvey could easily continue building mandolins under any name he chooses if Gibson were to fold up. He could even start his own mandolin line, just like Bruce Weber did...
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    Re: Black Cloud Over Gibson

    Maybe, maybe not. All I know is that when an artist dies, the price of his paintings usually goes up. When a company goes out of business completely and production ceases, all the existing examples...
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    Re: Black Cloud Over Gibson

    Honestly, I don't think it would make much of a difference at all in the new-production market. Gibson mandolins are produced in such small numbers these days that it may not even be noticeable to...
  10. Thread: Mandolin Mute?

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    Re: Mandolin Mute?

    I too use clothespins on my fiddles, which slightly reduces volume. Anything that adds mass to a fiddle bridge will help, because they are so lightweight and transmit a lot of vibration. Damping...
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    Re: If you want to be a good mandolin player....

    I use a stuffed bunny in mine. I tried a real bunny, but he squirmed too much. And his mojo was weak.
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    Re: If you want to be a good mandolin player....

    Get all 36 of them, throw them in a snake pit, and they will sort out who has the most mojo. That's the one you want.
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    Re: If you want to be a good mandolin player....

    Yup. The rattlesnake rattle is where all the mojo comes from. I'm a firm believer myself. I put one in my Ellis within days of purchasing it.

    Rattles are easy to drop into the f-holes of a...
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    Re: Humidifier warning

    For folks who are considering using rainwater, it's a good alternative to distilled water but only if it's properly filtered. I've had rainwater collection systems for over 10 years now, at two...
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    Re: Humidifier warning

    Thanks for posting that. I had heard of this issue before, and I am led to believe it's basically powdered scale, or lime/calcium/whatever that settles all over the house if you're using tap water...
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    Re: Bill Monroe items we'd actually buy

    I like Bill and his music, but I don't think I would pay money for anything he owned just because he owned it. Except for that F5, of course.
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    Re: The Monroe Toaster has a bidder!

    So I guess this feller is going to sell every single piece of mundane everyday junk that Bill Monroe owned, one item at a time? This will provide years of entertainment.

    It'll be difficult to...
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    Re: Is Originality Important?

    OK, well, there's a difference between original replacements and aftermarket replacements. Since mandolins don't have matching serial numbers to their parts like guns or other collectibles, there's...
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    Re: Is Originality Important?

    Even if we don't plan to sell them, we should also at least offer a passing thought to whoever will inherit our instruments when we die. We see it all the time here on the Cafe, where someone...
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    Re: Ergonomics of an F style

    The points on an F-style are indeed handy if you're playing seated ,and don't have a strap, and can elevate your left leg on a footstool, and don't mind hunching over to play. I played like that for...
  21. Re: Changing Strings: How to leave before cutting the string

    I use the same method Ray(T) and John Kelly describe. Just hook the string on the tailpiece, pull it up into the bridge and nut slots, give it a couple wraps around the tuner post, pinch the winds...
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    Re: Is Originality Important?

    I wouldn't dare put all mandolin owners in the same box, which is to say there isn't one single answer for this. Vintage Gibson mandolins are still common enough that originality/collectibility...
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    Re: Bill Monroe's toaster on eBay

    I heard that toast ain't no part of muffin.
  24. Thread: Not A Happy Guy

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    Re: Not A Happy Guy

    We always think "why me?" when it happens, but in reality it happens to almost everyone at some point. And that's the real disappointment: the system is just too error-prone. They could make it...
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    Re: Mike Blohm's Handel Tuner Replicas

    It's been a couple of years, but when I was last at Tom's shop, he and Pava were showing me these inlaid tuner buttons. This was when they were first developing their method of making them. Both...
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