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  1. Re: My only Mandolin's nut got damaged, what is my best option?

    And, by the way, another argument for putting the mandolin in its case when not being played. I know, I know, convenience -- I wanta just pick it up and play it whenever the idea hits me -- it's...
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    Re: Is this too junky (ebay find lol)

    You can get a decently playable mandolin somewhat near your price range: Rover RM-50 solid top mandolin $149. If you want a mandola or an octave mandolin, not much available, even used, for less...
  3. Thread: Octofone

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    Re: Octofone

    Me too.
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    Re: Charlie Monroe's Mandolin players

    On the other hand, when Curly Seckler played mandolin with Charlie Monroe, Monroe listed him as "Smilin' Bill" so that -- in Seckler's opinion, as expressed in his biography Foggy Mountain Troubadour...
  5. Re: Happy 100th Birthday 1920 Martin Style A

    My 1919 Style A says "hi" to its younger sibling.
  6. Re: “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    We mandolin-freaks have our own perspective, our own particularistic focus, and our own standards of what constitutes an "industry," and what it takes to "rock it."

    Did Fender, Gibson, Yamaha, C F...
  7. Thread: Octofone

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    Re: Octofone

    Link

    About 4X what I paid for mine, but mine needed a headstock re-repair, neck reset, carbon fiber rod installed in neck, and new ebony fingerboard -- so it ended up around $500 when everything...
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    Re: Pre NAMM discussion

    Hey -- ain't no "c" in Shmergel.

    I should know.
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    [1] I play ±200 jobs per year, about two-thirds solo gigs at seniors' facilities. These generally involve guitar, banjo, ukulele and harmonica, with other instruments such as English-system...
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    I've been working since 1991 with Bonnie Abrams, a singer-songwriter who does a good deal of Jewish material. For awhile we were in a klezmer band, then had a trio with a fiddler called Love &...
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    I've been playing a recently-acquired Stahl 19-teens mandola a lot recently; I've played a Sobell instrument tuned CGDA for years in a Celtic band, and also for accompaniment on klezmer/Jewish...
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    Re: Damaged Martin 2-20 ( I think)

    You might want to review this current thread in the Builders & Repair forum regarding a couple of Martin 2-15's with collapsed or collapsing tops. Some good info there, but also a discouraging tone...
  13. Re: Information on quality of the ARBOR f style Mandolin requeste

    A bit of Googling on the "Arbor" brand label revealed (unsubstantiated, so don't take it as gospel) information that "Arbor guitars were founded in 1984 in Osaka, Japan by an ex-Ibanez president and...
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    Yeah, glad I've avoided the pedal harp (actually, any harp) and the hammered dulcimer. Hard enough to carry a guitar, banjo, ukulele and concertina -- with the guitar gig bag's pockets stuffed with...
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    Re: An interesting accessory...

    Ya know, they sell real banjo mutes. Pete Seeger, in his long-standing How To Play the Five-String Banjo instruction book, advocated stuffing a diaper between the head and dowel stick.

    And you...
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    Re: Can you help me identify?

    However, making it sound like the Dixie Chicks won't be easy...
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    Re: 3 Point F-4 Torch and Wire

    Yeah, but not at that price. Lotsa restoration needed, and final result tone-and-playability-wise unknown. Not $5.5K+ worth, IMHO.
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    Well, my approach is [1] gig bags with straps, so I can have one strapped to my back, one in each hand (maybe two if they're small), and [B] several trips.

    Most of my small-potatoes seniors' gigs,...
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    Re: Attic Find

    Fall River suggests Portuguese rather than Spanish. Perhaps something like this Reverb listing?
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    Re: Love Bluegrass but....

    Yeah, Charlie, I have the Hylo Brown Bluegrass Goes to College LP, and was surprised to find Barbara Allen as one of the cuts...probably had something to do with the early-'60's "folk revival," when...
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    Re: Love Bluegrass but....

    Jus' sayin'...
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    Always time to play the banjo; yesterday I played banjo -- plus guitar, ukulele, mandola, Dobro, harmonica and concertina -- at an afternoon gig and an evening sing-around. Came back home, brought...
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    Re: Help identifying 2 banjolins

    You've already got them identified.

    What you get for them on the market, is another issue. Respectable brands, but not top-end; Gibsons get the biggest buxx, Vega, Paramount, Epiphone and Weymann...
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    Re: $200 to spend on a new or used Mandolin

    They may be adequately humidified and temp-controlled for the workers, but not for instrument storage. I was amazed at how quickly my attic-find cheapo guitar "went bad."
  25. Re: Flop Eared Mule -- by Stephen Foster (?!?!?!)

    My long-time musical collaborator and mentor, Geneseo NY musicologist/professor/caller/fiddler etc. Jim Kimball, told me that Flop-Eared Mule derived from an Eastern European tune, a theory borne out...
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