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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    These are very helpful comments. With instruments in the top half of your price range and beyond, magnificence is in the ear of the beholder, and you clearly are dialed in to the subtleties of tone....
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    Re: Guitar Center

    Yup. You know what you're in for when you walk in the door.



    Absolutely! I only went there once, twelve years ago. The selection was outstanding, and Stan was phenomenal.



    I've only...
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    With that budget, I would suggest in normal times using part of it for a trip to Nashville for visiting Gruhn's and Carter's --- two stores that have a phenomenal selection of mandolins in the top...
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    Re: Solo Recordings - 1 Mandolin

    The tunes on this album sound like 1.5 mandolins, because Zenkl used a variety of split tunings.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Hw5rK_dwQ
  5. Re: A banjo album that deserves wider recognition

    Agreed on both counts! He plays for expressiveness, rather than speed.

    I discovered that back in the goodle days when musicians could work together in a studio, he made a video for the last song...
  6. Thread: Weber now?

    by Marcus CA
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    Re: Weber now?

    It's hard to A/B them, because the Montana Webers are all at least six years old now, so they've opened up. That said, I played a few of the Oregon Webers over a year ago at Sylvan Music in Santa...
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    Re: Songs that need BG covers.

    The “Pickin’ on ...” series has lots of great covers, too.
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    Re: Clipping/Cutting Excess String

    I use something like this: https://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/daddario-planet-waves-pro-winder-string-winder-cutter/360253000000000?rNtt=Pro-winder&index=1
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    Re: New Eastwood Series

    Prices are pretty cheap.

    Yeah, that strap button placement makes me nervous. It’s along the lines of pulling out a capo for your mando. Stylistic nonconformity aside, it must change the...
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    Re: Arlo Guthrie Retirement

    I got to see him with as the young'un with Pete Seeger, as the bandleader with Shenandoah, and as the patriarch with his family band. He was great in every role.

    The last time I saw him, he...
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    The good news is that the quality of the audio and the video were really good. I watched the class on a MacBook Pro without earbuds/headphones.

    The bad news is the class began 20 minutes late,...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    When my son was starting out as a luthier, he was doing the French polish work at the shop of a well-established, highly regarded classical guitar builder. My son was taking longer on each guitar...
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    That's why the sets of great musicians and great music teachers overlap in the Venn Diagram. I'm sure that plenty of us have taken disappointing workshops from phenomenal musicians who can play, but...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Like instrument tops, veggies really pick up flavor when they’ve been torrified.

    As a vegetable, Brussel sprouts are an A model, not an F model. Slice the Brussel sprouts in half vertically,...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mando Lessons??

    You might check this out: https://www.homespun.com/shop/product/get-started-on-the-mandolin/.

    I’ve never used this particular lesson, but Homespun’s lessons are always presented clearly and...
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    Re: Freshgrass video- Everybody's Talkin'

    If you watch the (great) video on YouTube, it lists all the musicians, confirming that the group is “Mr. Sun with a couple of add ons.”
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Usually, the answer to any "Does anyone else like/dislike ..." is going to be "yes." So, if you find F models to be uncomfortable to hold, you might find it more useful to ask people to explain how...
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    Re: Breedlove FF Experiences?

    Ten years ago, the Breedlove OF's and FF's sounded way better than the Eastman models at the those price points. The Eastmans have improved a lot since then, so I'm not sure that that's true anymore.
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    That reminds me of Olympic diving and gymnastics. A judge will give a 10 to more than one dive or routine.

    That said, here is a quick exercise:

    1) Make your personal list of all the players...
  20. Thread: Old v New

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    Re: Old v New

    Since you are unable to play either mandolin before you make your decision, you'll never have evidence that you made the wrong decision. :mandosmiley:

    Seriously, you're probably going to get a...
  21. Molly Tuttle and Tristan Scroggins: Olympia, WA

    Tuttle recorded a full-band version of this Rancid song from last century on her new album, but this is a great duo version. Scroggins rocks the rhythm backing her up, and then both of them totally...
  22. Re: Two new Campanella Mandolins land at The Music Emporium

    That’s a sign o’ the times. So many people have lost their means of making money, and so many people have lost their means of spending it (e.g., travel, sporting events, concerts).
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    Re: To Cafe Members on the US West Coast

    In my part of the state, I’d add temperatures usually under 90 and humidity usually under 60, the ocean 30 minutes away and the mountains three hours away, majestic (when not on fire) redwood trees,...
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    Re: To Cafe Members on the US West Coast

    The big game changers here have been the dry lightning, the stronger winds, and the trees that are drier than usual from the many drought years over the past decade. Multiple fires have become major...
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    Re: Need mandolin recommendations a-style

    What a GREAT find!


    Whenever Stevie Coyle at Mighty Fine Guitars hears someone say that, he always adds, “For now.” 😃 In my case, I told him that I would prove him wrong. Failed miserably. 🙄😃
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