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    Re: Mandolins for Bluegrass Music

    Itís never a simple comparison, especially with acoustic instruments (IMHO). You can play two of the same model and they often sound different.

    It seems like the best advice is to go for a F...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin strings

    I too put 14-49 mandola strings on my 20Ē scale OM. I like it!
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    Re: Mandolins for Bluegrass Music

    I donít have the level experience and expertise thay several of the Cafe members have, but I participate in a weekly BG jam and can convey my experience. There are usually 4+ mandolin players...
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    Re: Eastman Quality: You Be the Judge [pics]

    The pictures look like crap compared to the ones Iíve owned/seen/played.

    If I were a dealer I would have sent it back to Eastman and not tried to sell it. Thatís not typical for Eastman even...
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    Re: Beginner mandolin purchase advice

    No disagreement that GC will likely not do a pro job on the strings or bridge, but if it arrived with rusty strings and he might not want to keep it anyway, it seems like putting that back on GC is a...
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    Re: First gig cramps.

    That is my issue as well. My hands tense up when I'm nervous and it starts to hurt like crazy. I'm probably squeezing too tight. Next thing you know my hands stop cooperating and I can't feel my...
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    Re: Your Opinions on inspiring a new student?

    My motivation was (in order of importance):
    1) Playing an instrument is a chick magnet (perhaps I'm the exception to the rule though).
    2) I liked the sound of guitar/mando and wanted to play it as...
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    Re: Reverse MAS?

    After looking at the images on the back of those Silverangels, I'd be less worried about being a newbie in a jam and more worried about God thinking my fingers were unworthy to touch it or that if I...
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    Re: Eastman Md615 or save up a little more?

    After going through this myself, I concur with the other folks who say if you want a real upgrade, go for a Weber Yellowstone or better, a Collings, Northfield, or something similar.

    I have two...
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    Re: Collings? Weber? Other recommendation?

    Update... I played a few Webers again and compared to a few Collings. My immediate findings are that 1) I highly prefer a nut width greater than 1-1/8", and really enjoyed a Weber Yellowstone in...
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    Re: Collins? Weber? Other recommendation?

    Dave, to me it's more about wanting to support smaller, local luthiers now that I can afford to do so. I also want the mandolin to feel like my soulmate this time. My Eastman was a great value and...
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