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    Re: post a video of yourself

    My first week with the Octave. Pheffernan challenged me with the idea of playing this song. Just out of the hospital a month ago so my voice still a bit weakened by the tracheostomy.
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  2. Re: Are Thomastik-Infeld Strings That much Better?

    Thanks for pointing that out for me, Pat! I was off and it makes a difference to be sure.
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    Pat, I appreciate this reference because it is a rare offering of both round wound and flat wound steel. I like that tone and this gives me another option to consider. I will compare the set-up of...
  4. Re: Are Thomastik-Infeld Strings That much Better?

    I have been playing the Octave a couple of hours today and I am getting accustomed to it and really enjoying trying a variety of things. Fiddle tunes, using it to accompany singing (a song Pat...
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    Re: Informal Poll

    David, Love the Whimpy reference from the Pop Eye cartoons! Dan
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Great job Spencer!
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    I didn't think I would be able to still sing with a tracheostomy in my throat. With a Passy Muir Speaking Valve I am able to sing a bit. I did a cover of a folk gospel tune this morning with my...
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    Re: Shout out to Collings

    I love my MT! It is a gloss top, bound in ivory, with a wide nut. A ‘17. I just love the loud and warm tone, with even volume across the courses. The wood selection sounds exceptional. It is so...
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    Re: looking for a travel mando

    I am with Pat. I think the flat top route is an excellent answer to your travel mandolin needs. Lots of volume, easy to pack and a lot of fun to play.
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    And you as well, Caleb. I appreciated your comment about our guitar styles having similarities. That is a compliment to me!
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Dear Mandolin Friends, I am now home and getting stronger each day. Walking with a walker, fed through a tube and a tracheostomy in my trachea, but I am full of gratitude to be alive! I am enjoying...
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Gelsenbury, First of all, great job! Secondly, so wonderful a gift. It touched my heart to be covered by you, my friend. Update: After they brought me back on a ventelator and with the trach and...
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Dear Friend Pat, I as am struggling with the phone I was unable to successfully send you a PT. You’re blessing, Pat!
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    Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    I am missing the cafe but had a serious breathing emergency. I will be in a rest home for some time learning to breath and eating from a peg tube. Miss all of you! Dan Brooks
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    Re: Thanks to Cumberland Acoustics

    Eric, Good choice on a better bridge. I bought one from Steve this past June and it worked out great. So nice to deal with too!
  16. Re: Ebay Ratliff Mandolin Ads - Why is there little interest?

    I’m truly appreciating my 1999 Ratliff R-5. Mr. Ratliff is very approachable and has many videos that a buyer can watch in order to get an idea of his process as he builds. Great flame, fit and...
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    Re: What's The One That Got Away?

    There was an F5G in the classifieds in 9/10 condition about a year and a half ago for just under 2800. I wish I had pulled the trigger, but only in the sense that I am answering this survey (which I...
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    Re: New Northfield Model M

    Doggone nice looking A5! Wow, love the color, that one piece flame back and great sunburst! Impressive looking and I bet it sounds even better. Congrats!
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful worshipful music!
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    Hello! Wow, that is a wonderful looking instrument and well worth waiting for, my friend. Good for you and I hope you have many happy years of playing pleasure with this one.
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    Re: Mandolin Orange on today Show

    mojocaster, you couldn't have said it better! I feel very similarly!! They have some great lyrics. I love "The Wolves."
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Hi My Friend, Gelsenbury! You are too kind. Bless you, Lflngpicker
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    I played it on my Martin 000-28, though I wrote it on my Collings MT. This is a rough cut of my song, "Vader Tavern." This is a true story. (Note: my Parkinson's Plus Syndrome has affected my...
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    Re: Mandolin Orange on today Show

    I have been collecting their records and found, unlike Olddantucker (BTW-- a great song by that name/title was written and recorded by Chuck Girard), find that they use a variety of combinations of...
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    Re: Mandolin Orange on today Show

    I think of Mandolin Orange's songs as who they are as songwriters and appreciate the depth of their lyrics. True, their musicianship is exceptional, as is the production quality whether live or in...
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