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    Re: Choir Practice Turns Fatal

    Informed decision? Yes, the sixty people who chose to stay home did make informed decisions. The rest chose not to believe the science. The consequences are indeed sad. Families and health workers...
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    Re: Waiting for UPS

    I was actually shocked by the number and extent of the scratches on the top. TME showed a few, but they didn’t convey the extent! If I were thinking of future trades, the scratches would have...
  3. Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    Since shattering my kneecap in early December I've been housebound, so already used to "sheltering in place". Playing a lot of mandolin and tenor banjo, when I can (when it's quiet out - still far...
  4. Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    I'm a hospital Registered Nurse and today was pretty rough. I was honestly fine until today. It's starting to take it's toll, or maybe I'm just rambling and tired after a bad shift. My wife and kids...
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    Re: Informal Poll

    I am confused about your question. Right now I own a few $10K+ instruments but I bought them decades ago. I would gladly buy a ~$10K mandolin and considered the higher end A-models like Ellis,...
  6. Tunes At Home: Music In A Time Of Need

    Hi All! Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, many of our dear friends have had shows, tours, and project cancelled. This is a huge hit to those who depend on this work for a living. To this end,...
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    . . . and another new Sprite 2X Two-Point with the color sealed and ready for the home stretch --

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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    "To be clear, I am not accusing the manufacturers of over pricing....But the reality is that the vast majority of people are going to be tightening their wallets and it may be wise to figure out how...
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    Re: Tough times, tough decisions

    Among the toughest times is when sitting in a departure lounge, waiting for a delayed flight. The Irish have ways to deal with that..


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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    The reason for the Collings price increase was widely communicated with their retailers and business partners, less so with consumers, but I saw plenty of evidence on the Forum here it got seen by...
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    Re: The Heiden F Artist in the classifieds

    Michael Heiden has a wood stash that astounds the eye. Last year he was selling a barely used Heritage F5 with a 200 year old sitka spruce top. The selling price was $22k, and it sold fairly...
  12. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    I kinda like this one :)

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    Arkansas Traveler Chord Melody

    I've gotten some comments that chord melody isn't really applicable to non-Jazz tunes. So, I thought I'd try exactly that. Here's my chord melody arrangement of Arkansas Traveler. I hope you enjoy...
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    Greetings, my name is Grant Handley. It was my father, Worth Handley who played in the Hart Valley Drifters briefly in 1962. The flea market find, the $25 Loar F5 Fern, was his. An early photo of the...
  15. Re: “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    It got the attention of other builders at the show, and plenty not there as well. Carlson is a big deal, has always been a big deal, and many of the people that worked under him at Flatiron are still...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    There's a bunch of black magic going on with these bridges. I don't want to hand out information I'm not 100% sure on but I was like, "it'll do WHAT?" when I heard. I may be seeing Steve again late...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    My big meeting has yet to materialize, approaching two hours late because the individual I'm meeting with is having trouble getting here. Nothing works fast around here in terms of accessing the...
  18. Re: Makes me long for the old "Photoshop This" threads

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    Re: Your MAS Progression

    Surprisingly short list -

    '80s Kentucky A style - loaned to a kid interested in mandolin and didn't get it back
    Borrowed my Dad's Givens/Taylor kit made mandolin for years
    Then I acquired...
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    Re: Your MAS Progression

    I'll play along here! Too many to list that have gone but here are the keepers for now anyway? Some that went: Many Gibson F-5's, Gilchrists, Paganoni's etc...
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    Mike Black A4

    I have been a long time admirer of Mike Black’s A4. I love the oval hole sound but my A-0, a previous A Jr all have had “vintage issues” etc. In September, Mike posted on FB that he had a nearly...
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    Re: What's The One That Got Away?

    Interestingly, I've only really targeted a few mandolins over the years, but I've ultimately been able to get them by keeping tabs. The Gil Shaun posted leans toward to one that got away, but I...
  23. Re: Of your favorite instruments that qualify for this site...

    This 2010 Heiden is my all time favorite. Check out the music in my signature to hear why.

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    My usual and the one that I would play at home and at a gig, should I have one that calls for a mandolin—most of my gigs these days are fiddle and guitar, rarely mandolin:

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    Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

    Steve made this Model 1 for him last year, so 80+ y/o hasn’t stopped him :grin: Steve’s ovals are incomparable.
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