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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    Often a mandolin will sound a good bit different to the listener out front vs to the person playing. Also, an experienced player will get a different range of tones from a mandolin than a less...
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    Re: Halsey mandolin, fiddle and bow

    Wow, Demetrius, these are two stunning instruments. Your photos really show them to advantage, too. Nicely lit.

    We all are aware that you know fine instruments and have exacting taste when it...
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    Re: Happy Anniversary Mandolin Cafe!

    Hey Mark, I'll raise a glass and toast the Cafe with you, but 9:14 AM is a little early for me to do so. I'll wait until sometime this afternoon, if you don't mind.;) Then, perhaps I'll toast more...
  4. Re: What are some good "Guitar Body Octave Mandolin makers out th

    And a shout-out to Mike Black. His GBOMs are beautiful and he's really good to work with during a build. I don't have one of his GBOMs but he built me one of his arch-top A4 piccolos and it's a...
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    Re: Happy Anniversary Mandolin Cafe!

    Amen to that, Brother. It is hard to believe what a big part of my life this site and the community it has gathered have become. The benefits to my music and my life have been immeasurable. I...
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    Re: Happy Anniversary Mandolin Cafe!

    Truly the best place on the internet, bar none!
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    Re: Guitar Center

    While I much prefer Mom and Pop music stores, I hate to see ANY music store in financial straits. Whenever any music store closes, it's one less location offering the 'musically curious' a place to...
  8. Thread: Wet Tuning?

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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    Just as I prefer my wine.:grin:
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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    I've had days when mine are tuned like a monsoon!:grin:
  10. Re: Luthier for Mandolin setup in Southeast PA?

    Check with Joe Todaro at Todaro's Music in Lansdowne (NFI) Here's the URL https://www.worldfrets.com/ In addition to owning the shop, Joe is a first-rate mandolinist and the Director of the...
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    Re: Where To Find a Mandolin

    Hi Keitho,

    Welcome to the Cafe and to the world of this engaging little instrument. Careful though, mandolins are highly addictive and can lead to a lifetime obsession! That's actually a good...
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    Re: The Detectorists

    I couldn't agree more! I loved this series, the people in it and their relationships. The general premise of the show seems like it might be a little slow, but the character development is such...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    But wait. . .isn't the Shmergel the perfect instrument?
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    Wow Nick, this is really interesting. The music is wonderful and the instrument, wow, beautiful. I hope your wife will let you give it a try when it arrives. I would be really interested in seeing...
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    Re: R.I.P. Kip Carter...October 26, 2020

    Thank you Tina, for letting us know. Kip will be missed. So sad, and a sadness many are sharing at this time. I am glad we at the Cafe have each other and our music to share. Be well, my friends....
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    Re: 'V' neck Gibson refret advice

    I use a partial bag of cat litter (I will state here that it is clean and unused, so the is no misconception). It's the cheap stuff, Paws and Claw brand from Tractor Supply. Why not? It is always...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    I like the spoons, but I think you should give your wife that pretty mandolin as her birthday present!:grin:
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    I have always wanted to see the 'workman's hand' in the individual-luthier instruments I have owned. I don't actually want perfection, I want evidence of the process.

    And over the years, I have...
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    Re: Mando Mafia cd tracks on youtube

    Thanks for posting these, Pete, they're wonderful. I especially like Josefin's Waltz. What a pretty melody, and so well played!
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    I have a custom-built arch top oval hole Weber that sits right between an OM and a mandola and can be strung/tuned either way. I love it either way but especially as a mandola. I will, at some...
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    Re: Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    Hey Spencer,

    I am really sorry to learn of your mandolin's issue. This is very sad, to be sure. But really, don't take it as a failure. I am sure that you learned a tremendous amount on this...
  22. Re: Looking for a repair person, north Jersey, NYC

    Hi John,

    Paul Unkert in Toms River NJ does great work, is reasonably priced, and is an altogether nice guy. Have a look here http://www.theoriginalguitarguy.com/ . As he recommends on his...
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    Re: Autumn is for playing mandolin.

    For me, Caleb, Fall is a magical time drawing me outdoors to play my mandolins for all sorts of reasons. It's the end of all that heat that makes me sweat all over my mandolins when I play outdoors...
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    Re: Should I buy a Charango?

    Hey David,

    Thanks, pal, now you've done it. This thread you started has me wondering whether I should get one. Just what I need. . .CAS.

    Please let us know how much you like it, once you get...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    To my mind, that is the whole answer right there. Jamie has nailed it. Choose the instrument that inspires you, make sure it is well set-up, play it with great joy. If it ceases to inspire you,...
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