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    Re: Northfield Calhoun

    I bit the bullet and got one from Elderly in January. It has a very pleasant tone and handles the mid to low range better than my The Loar f style. Thought it would be my primary but, interestingly...
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    Re: Strap Recommendation

    Lakota leathers puts out some really nice straps. Used a flat strap all my life for guitar but, then found braided straps when I took up mandolin and haven't looked back. There's plenty of YouTube...
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    Louise, I just saw the post about your mother. My condolences to you. Sorry for your loss.
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    Re: Learning songs by ear

    Really good thread going on here. I enjoy playing by ear but, in order to do so, I need to know the melody well; then transfer what I hear to playing the mandolin. Knowing the melody as it's...
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    It's good to hear you're home now, Dan. Music is a great relief and helps with the recovery. And, an angelic wife does wonder for one's spirit.
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    Re: Gravity and mando case surprise...

    That was such a painful read when the article came out.
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    Re: Burtenshaw Mandolin #15...

    Your mando has a beautiful backside. I really like that walnut.
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Dan, I've been following this thread closely since you first posted with prayers for healing and full recovery. Glad to see you posting today; and, with a positive update. Hang in there!
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    Re: My New Hinde Mandolin!

    The top is an eye catcher,especially with the contrasting sides and back. The back is a beauty by itself. Enjoy!
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    Some days are like that . . .

    Itís been a tough week at work with frustrations affecting my operations production. Those frustrations are outside of my direct control which compounded the problem. Normally, Iím even-keel but this...
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    Re: My new Silverangel Econo A has arrived!

    Your SA sounds great. Definitely have mando envy. I may have to break down and give Ken a call.
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    Re: Peghead Nation

    If I hung out on a lesson until perfection, I would never advance and would, ultimately, get discouraged. Too, it depends on the lesson. Perfection is elusive. I watch a lesson, then go back and take...
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    Re: Visit to Fiddler's Green in Austin

    Wow, this post is timely. My wife and I are planning to visit Austin around May for our wedding anniversary. Her idea was to give me some time to go to Fiddler's Green and check out the mandolins....
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    Re: Music shops in DFW

    Every time I've gone into Murphy's, they have the same 2 mandolins on the wall. Think they now have a 3rd. It's not the place to mando shop. However, they have a great selection of acoustic and...
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    Re: Recommendations for a music stand light

    I picked up Lumiens L9 from Amazon and very happy with it. Has both battery and plug-in power with 2 settings. Gives good, even LED light over my music.
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    Re: Tips on reaching the F Chord

    Good stuff, Mark. I've been working on voicings for several tunes I'm working on and have been contemplating opening a thread on it. Even though the OP is asking about the F chord, this helps greatly...
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    Re: In Praise of Mediocrity (?)

    Ranald, I couldn't agree more. And, the article is a good support for your comments. I, too, took up mandolin late in life for my own personal enjoyment. It's more like a life-long passion that has...
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    by FredK
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    Re: Roy clark

    Yep! He was, probably, the biggest influence for me to pick up a stringed instrument when I was a young'un. Not only did he make everything he played look easy but he also looked like he enjoyed...
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    Re: Sam Bush Documentary

    I took the plunge and bought it on Amazon. Watched it last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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    Re: Which ArtistWorks Mandolin Course?

    Yes, the courses are great even if you don't submit videos. I took Mike's courses for a year. While the submissions were nice, I didn't do well waiting for his review. I prefer quick feedback so I...
  21. Thread: The (China)Loar

    by FredK
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    Re: The (China)Loar

    I purchased a LM520 as a blem from one of the MC sponsors. Of course, it came set up well. It has a good sound and I'm very pleased with it. Took me a while to find the blem but it had nothing to do...
  22. Thread: Chording help

    by FredK
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    Re: Chording help

    I've played guitar since the early 70's and just picked up playing the mandolin a little over a year ago. With guitar, there are a limited number of chord shapes because of the tuning and the length...
  23. Thread: Finger Ease

    by FredK
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    Re: Finger Ease

    Sherry, there's a lot of good suggestions here. I haven't had any problems with finger pain while playing the mandolin but acoustic guitar was another story. You've been playing quite a while so it's...
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    Re: Anyone stop playing guitar for Mandolin?

    I started playing guitar in the early 70's, mostly for rhythm and accompaniment. Never much at lead. It took a back seat when I got married in the 80's and just dabbled with it when I could. Early...
  25. Re: Learning to play Mandolin - A Beginners Happy Accident

    Thank you for sharing this. It's a great story. Can't wait to see where your journey with the mando takes you. And, yes, welcome to the Cafe!
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