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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Well, as stated by Gary in post 24, he builds them to sell them, because folks order them, not ‘collective improved understanding.’ He’s not restoring anything. Clearly there’s a commercial benefit...
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    Re: Lessons with Adam Steffey

    Nice to hear about him. He fell off radar after leaving Volume Five.
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    Re: Unusual maple grain pattern

    Nice. Sometimes called blister, I believe.
  4. Re: MAS: Remember, it's stronger than you and there ain't no vacc

    I can resist the trombone:))
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    Duh:)

    Yours lives on my Ratliff A.
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    They can elevate your wrist off the face, which can be good, and damage the finish, depending on the type of finish. I have a couple, but don't use them typically. That said, I have 2 mandolins...
  7. Re: Talk me out of replacing an ABS nut with a bone nut

    Gibson Loars and others at the top end have MOP nuts. Playability is just setup. Tone is in the ear of the listener/player.
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are"-Satchel Paige
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    Re: Electric Mandolin Build Help?

    An octave mandolin would play and sound more like an electric guitar, so it depends on the genre(s) you want to play. The Bigsby electric mandolins I believe were all maple, but you could look at...
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    Re: Comfy in our new RV

    Cool. Went last week for some socially distant jamming. A day and a half of rain didnít dampen the spirit but I burned 6 gallons of propane in my heater to make popup housed jamming comfortable.
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    Re: Red Bear Lilí Picker

    They're still there. They used to run batches that sold out quickly, but they seemed to have ramped up production somewhat and now have picks available at all times.
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    Re: Pomerory - Don Paine

    Picture?
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Beautiful work as we always see from you, I'm sure with sound to match.

    But the days of putting another's name on the peghead surely have passed, whatever the reason.

    But it could be a Vessel...
  14. Re: How to Open a Vintage Guitar Store in Seven Easy Steps

    Covid cancelled my Nashville trip for April, but we'll try again. I've been to another store there, years ago, and received the unfriendly treatment, not nasty, just unwelcoming. My buddies have...
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    Re: 1930ís Stradolin I Bought

    That should be a fun project. Seems odd to me that the top looks fine, but the back and sides (especially) seem quite worse for wear. Or sitting in a case.
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    Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    Call me crazy, but I'm not a fan of open flames in woodshops. Long ago, I used a 4" copper pipe for guitar bending over a cone heater, running insulated, meaning asbestos insulated, wire. (it was a...
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    Re: 1930ís Stradolin I Bought

    Pictures would be nice:)
  18. Re: Mandolin Recommendations - Beginner to Intermediate

    it would be helpful to understand your budget and the type of music you are playing and would like to play. How long you are playing is also useful. And maybe setting up your Savannah might be all...
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    Re: Kimble or Duff F5?

    Oh no:disbelief:, didn't you tell me I could have the Duff? I believe hell has frozen over:)

    That of course is an unbiased opinion since I haven't played your Kimble.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Foxy, Sonny Rollins.
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    Re: Blue chip picks

    Primetone picks are quite good, and cheap, but my current favorite are Radex, by D’Andrea. Also very reasonable, 3 for $6-7. Btw, what are you playing now?

    I have multiple BlueChip picks, but...
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    Re: Strings for magnetic pickups

    Yes. to both questions.
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    Re: Hard Times Bluegrass Festival

    Good luck with that. A few hundred strangers, singing to each other in groups, sharing all kinds of space. What could go wrong?

    Btw, Stevenson (Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival) is still on,...
  24. Re: An (incomplete) list of recorded black mandolinists

    Pleased to see your interest in musical ethnography. Wonderfully diverse taste you seem to have.
  25. Re: What should I do with this interesting and great sounding man

    Talk to Mark Simon?
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