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    Re: Strap Recommendation

    There are no questions considered dumb here.
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    Re: Waiting for UPS

    Ears are funny things. They get accustomed to a sound, and at first don’t like another. They do adjust though. Going from dark to bright can sound harsh, and the other way sound muddy. Fortunately...
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    Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    There will be deals. I hate that part of the crisis. My actual retired life is really not that different. With five dogs and a large garden, I routinely go a week without leaving my house. But...
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    I feel it’s something that can happen, but can’t be counted on. I just had an experience with an adi top. When I first strung my Arches up, I was pretty pleased, but the G strings didn’t have quite...
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    Re: Collings MT2 vs MF-GT?

    Don’t at least some of the higher end MTs feature European spruce? That and cooked tops will affect tone. I’ve played the range of MFs many times at Gryphon, and there has always seemed to me to be a...
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    Re: Just bought my first mandolin!

    The term Cafe Sponsor is used here for stores that contribute to keeping the Cafe running and it turn they are listed at the top of the forum pages and the classifieds. Click on the names or store...
  7. Thread: 1913 A1 thoughts

    by Br1ck
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    1913 A1 thoughts

    I am drawn by nature to old objects of all kinds. I bought a hundred year old house, and have some hundred year old furniture. When remodeling, we put real tung and groove bead board on the walls,...
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    Re: Social Distancing

    People have always kept their distance from me, so this whole aspect has been a big boost to my self asteem. Now people treat everyone that way.
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    Re: Shout out to Collings

    With Collings there is no anxiety, you are going to get fine materials, impeccable build quality, quality tone, good (and easy) resale value, and great playability. The MT is the perfect jump into...
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    Re: If You Are Able…

    My son in law is working from home. He is so productive without office distractions, every late afternoon he piles the grandchildren, six,four, and two, into the minivan and heads for a remote...
  11. Thread: Live From Home

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    Re: Live From Home

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq6se7Mu-bk

    I've been following these two young women for quite a while. They have done a Sunday morning video since they were in high school. They did a live hour...
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    Re: A positive Cumberland Acoustic bridge story

    You and I are in the same boat. I was in a rock band with the same guys for 25 years. We worked on material for the whole rehearsal. Stopped to work out rough spots, get the vocal harmonies perfect,...
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    Re: Shout out to Collings

    Hey, give me an MF deluxe and watch how fast I'd adapt. It was Frank Ford, a huge Collings fan, however, who told me you should buy an instrument for what it is, not what it might become. This is...
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    Re: Attention Silverangel owners

    I've gone the opposite direction as I age. At sixty nine, my hands ache a lot. This tends to go away as I get warmed up. My D 35 I bought from Brian Kimsey came with .013s and I'm playing the heck...
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    Attention Silverangel owners

    After almost four years of ownership, I finally got around to stringing my Silverangel up with J75s, even though I moved to J 75s on my Arches a while ago, and even though I was aware that Ken...
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    Re: The Long Lost Mandolin Cafe Time Wasters Page

    You know, my dream is to have a band named Geezerville. I have plenty of friends who would qualify, but people have no sense of self deprecation. I have a friend who is one of those guys who play...
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    Re: Need Advice on Selling/Upgrading Mandolin

    Several things come to mind. You like Girouard, and you’d probably like any Girouard. So you can keep an eye out for one in the classifieds.

    Or you can have the mandolin you own refretted and...
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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    I’d like to know the data, and again use Collings as an example, on who is buying an F 5. I suspect if my personal experience with guitars is any indication, more are sold to folks indulging...
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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    Don’t be sorry, a civilized discussion is rarely a wasted moment. I agree we should scrimp to buy instruments. As I sit in my house adhering to my wife’s IMHO over reaction, I’m most grateful for my...
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    Re: Viola to mandolin or mandola

    I’d buy the first Collings MT under $2000 listed in the classifieds. They come up now and then for that price. It’s a proven solid choice.
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    Re: Need Advice on Selling/Upgrading Mandolin

    Lots to cover here. I'm not qualified to talk value other than the Weber is going to be valuable to a buyer who wants quality and not break the bank, so I'd price it a bit higher and see what...
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    I live in Santa Clara county(Ca.) where we are on the exact trajectory as Washington State. Just a trickle here and there, but no one is counting on a break. Yesterday, the governor stated they had...
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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    Don’t assume that companies sit back and just decide they want more money for their product. Costs of doing business increase over time, be they raw materials, rent, wages, taxes, marketing costs or...
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    Re: Need your expertise: thinking ahead

    I have always believed, and my own experience has verified, that if you are going to play mandolin, you should focus on getting the best mandolin you can afford and look toward getting a mandolin in...
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    Re: Do You Play ALL of Your Mandolins Regularly?

    My mandolin changes daily. Most days it sounds great, other days it has a blanket thrown over it.
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