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  1. Re: String Gauge Difference and Effect On Intonation

    Some folks have different experience with flat wound strings. The crux the matter is the wound A string. Normal saddles are cut so that the A string breaks farther from the nut than the E string....
  2. Re: Just One of Those Things...from Aaron Weinstein

    Loved it.
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    Re: Shout out to Collings

    I got my Collings new from Elderly back in 2007. Addy top, before you could have them toasted. I loved it when I got it, but I admit there was a time where I missed the 1983 Givens A that I sold to...
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    New case day

    Finding a case to fit a 1935 Gibson TG-50 turned out to be a chore. Well, a chore that was finished in a few hours of frantic googling, anyway. A new Gibson case by TKL, made for an ES-175 fits very...
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    Re: Ntgd

    The Kalamazoo is pretty much the same guitar, isn’t it?
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    Re: Ntgd

    https://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z215/mandocaster/63ECC3BC-1F14-460A-A2FF-138BA8B07596_zpspj2h7ybs.jpeg
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    New Tenor Guitar Day

    I’m trying to post an image of my new pristine, minty (sarcasm, except for the weird hole in the top and the overall wear and mojo) 1935 Gibson TG-50. I found it at Fiddler’s Green in Austin today. I...
  8. Re: Here's why you are an amazing mandolin picker but still dumb

    There was a study concerning a correlation between beer consumption and intelligence. The only confirmation was the undeniable fact that it had made Bud wiser.
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    Re: Bill Collings Signature

    My 2005 MF5V sn 478 has a signature. Are there any older mandolins that don’t?
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    Re: For the Record - unusual 20ís mandolin

    Banjolo might be a contraction of banjo and YOLO. If you play that instrument there is a significant danger that someone nearby will simply kill you to make it stop.
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    Re: NMD well, 100 years old

    Now that I’m home from Austin I’ve had a chance to to really spend some quality time playing it. I didn’t have any expectations that it would be as loud as my Collings, but it does have a respectable...
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    NMD well, 100 years old

    I bought a lovely 1918 Gibson A from Fiddlers Green in Austin today. It is quite beat up but fantastically playable and sweet.
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    Re: Your MAS Progression

    Peering into the mists of long ago and my shrinking cerebellum...
    Flatiiron 1n sold
    Kentucky KM1000 nice mid eighties. Gave to my son
    teens pumpkin top A1 gave to a friend RIP
    Highish grade...
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    Re: Happy Birthday David Grisman!

    Happy birthday to the man who created the music that showed me a new world, and inspired me to pick up the instrument way back in 1978.
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    Re: "The Greatest Mandolin Performance Ever"

    Thile: Do not try and click the blue link. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.
    Neo: What truth?
    Thile: There is no blue link.
    Neo: There is no blue link?
    Thile: Then you’ll...
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    Re: Who plays a mandolin worth.......

    These threads are kind of fun, I guess. There seem to be a lot of them with a similar theme lately. What's next? "How much do you make?" "Do you own a Rolex?"
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    Bowl back fun

    I have a nice quality bowlback made in East Germany in 1950 by Willi Hums. When it arrived in the mail several years ago, the tuners were falling apart and required replacement. Finding suitable...
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    Re: Instruments, Cost & the Placebo Effect

    I don't mean to be adversarial, and yet here I am. I don't there is a clear dichotomy. I know there are folks here that play a Rogue mandolin with a piece of string as a strap who probably are fine...
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    Re: Instruments, Cost & the Placebo Effect

    Here we are though, on the mandolin cafe, and it's safe to say that most of us are gear nerds. Beyond that, there is something magical about a fine instrument that might be a bit more transcendent...
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    Re: Light strings and thin picks

    Thanks for your opinion. I feel like I’ve been part of some similar discussions where science and certitude were applied in other areas where personal experience and a light touch might keep things...
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    Re: Change your strings right now!

    I changed mine last night and a miracle occured. I didn't bleed. One of the A strings almost always gets me.
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    Re: compilations of Beethoven mandolin music.

    That looks nice. I might have to order that as well.

    I might have the urtext confused with facsimile.
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    Re: compilations of Beethoven mandolin music.

    I ordered the book from alle noten. I worry about ur text editions being difficult to read, athough I don't know about this particular one.
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    compilations of Beethoven mandolin music.

    many many years ago I purchased a couple of German books published by Zimmermann "Musik Fur Mandoline" Heft 5 and Heft 6, that contained, I think, all of his mandolin music, along with separate...
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    Re: Instruments, Cost & the Placebo Effect

    At the risk of getting overly nihilistic, there will always be someone whose instrument will be finer than yours and someone else whose instrument is inferior. There will always be some 12 year old...
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