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  1. Re: Live From Here Joni Mitchell musicians' birthdays

    The level of musicianship is off the charts.
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    Also? "Hejira" is an endless source of inspiration and amazement.
  3. Live From Here Joni Mitchell musicians' birthdays

    The whole musicians' birthday segment featured Joni Mitchell songs. Aoife O'Donovan really nailed a couple songs. Skip to the middle of the video if you watch nothing else. Unbelievable renditions....
  4. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    Ken Ratcliff from Silverangel will let you try one risk free. His mandolins have a sound all their own (which I like, but it’s not to everyone’s preference). And, his quality is exceptional for his...
  5. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    Buy used from the Cafe classifies and ask for a 48 hour return with you paying shipping both ways if the mandolin does not tickle your fancy.
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Here's a little tune I made up, 'Rooster on the Run.'
    Played on my 1988 Gillies mandolin.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Saw8Eo7x24Q
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    https://youtu.be/v5NwEPjjsFI
    My first post is of a recent rehearsal with my band Pretend Friend. I have played that Epiphone for years and will soon upgrade to a Hagerty Mandolin from Taos, NM.
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    Silverangel and Jacobson side by side

    Hey mando friends. I am in possession of 2 great luthier-made instruments, A Silverangel Econo A and a Jacobson Nautilus oval-hole.

    The SA is one I custom ordered last year with a Cedar top and...
  9. Thread: 2019 Fantasma

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    2019 Fantasma

    I've just finished a Fantasma from sinker wood. Thus the dark marks at the bottom. I think this is a monster of a mandolin.:mandosmiley:
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Another original, Dragonslayer's Reel (or Saint George's victory)

    https://youtu.be/aUKw52dASUE

    https://youtu.be/aUKw52dASUE
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Here's another original tune but on fiddle this time! (Although I play it better on mandolin)


    https://youtu.be/xdaEcCRCI9U

    https://youtu.be/xdaEcCRCI9U
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    Re: My new Silverangel Econo A has arrived!

    Your SA sounds great. Definitely have mando envy. I may have to break down and give Ken a call.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    As the OP (original poster) of this thread I agree 101% with the comments. Now I just have to convince my wife....
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Because it makes the owner happy.

    Why do people that are 75 drive hot looking convertibles?
    Why does every run-down trailer park have at least one tricked out mini-truck hooked up to a $60K bass...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    I have a theory about that, and I think most professional full time musicians recognize it... I have a number of friends in full time music or music related professions, often traveling bands who...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Man, a good instrument inspires you to play! Itís that simple (to me).
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Performing in public is not the end goal for me. I have done it in the past and it was fine, but kind of like a second job that took a lot of my time away from home.

    I play music for my own...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    What's performing in public have to do with it ? I doubt of ninety percent plus of the public have even heard of Lloyd Loar ! And even less have heard of Ellis, Gilchrist, Girouard, Red Diamond, etc...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Answer: Because want and need are not the same thing.

    I play a mandolin way beyond my pay grade because I like it.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Huh? The question sort of implies that "the public" is impressed by high-end mandolins, which I highly doubt is accurate, at least among the several hundred million NOT currently registered as Cafe...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Because, on average, they sound better and can play better.

    Your question makes the tacit assumption that the only reason one owns a high end mandolin i to be seen with it. I don't think by and...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    1. Pride of ownership
    2. To be one of the cool kids.
    3. Good sound.
    4. History
    5. Some place to "park" your savings.
    6. Bragging rights (see #1)
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    Re: My new Silverangel Econo A has arrived!

    Congratulations! My Econo A is supposed to be completed this week. I never would have thought I'd have a mandolin built specifically for me, but last month I contacted Ken about a mandolin he had on...
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    Re: My new Silverangel Econo A has arrived!

    Great job, that sounds mighty fine to me, great tone! The more you play the better you'll become and with a new mandolin sometimes it takes a bit to get to know it and figure out how to pull the best...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Here's a jig I wrote recently called Raise an Irish Eyebrow, and as promised it's on mandolin

    https://youtu.be/iaTmjYSw344
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