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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    Agree -- I would also check out players like Sarah Jarosz, Sierra Hull, I'm with Her band (for different voicings). All master players and worth listening to!
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    Absolutely stunning! I love the look of the top-bound tortoise/white/black/white binding. Haven't seen that combination yet. I like it!!
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    Re: True Bluegrass Mandolin

    Yep!
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    True Bluegrass Mandolin

    I was browsing through the Bill Monroe content on spotify and at the end of the play list there is an "Also Appears on" section. And in Bill's section, there is a Rebel label album titled "True...
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    Re: What's the deal with Vintage F4s?

    I've owned a '25 F4 and played several pre-Loar F4's. Generally speaking, the tone of these F4s (2's) is more "woody". I think another way I would describe the tone is maybe last focused or more...
  6. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    I have owned both and still own my MM. If either one of them were my only mandolin, I would be happy and content (barring any MAS affects). In the end, I wasn't playing the Ellis as much as I...
  7. Re: What's the diff between Northfield NF5S and F5 models?

    I was just at the Northfield workshop where Derek said that they do not use torrefied tops in their mandolins.
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    Re: Northfield Marshall Mandolin Summit

    A great event! I will definitely be returning. I can second just about everything that has been said. Great people, great instruction, a jam for everyone! I love that it is a smaller event (38...
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    Re: Ellis F5 Fern at Gryphon

    CW, Your assesment is right in line with what I experience between my own Ellis and Northfield. My Ellis is a "Tradition" with a torrified top. The Traditions are modeled after David Grisman's Loar...
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    Re: Thile quote on resting hand on the bridge

    Mike Marshall, one of the best teachers I know, is a big advocate of resting the fleshy part of the palm (just below the thumb) on the strings behind the bridge and also just on the top edge of the...
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    Re: Meet ... the Perfect Mandolin Player.

    Maybe he's spent too much time in the woodshed?
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    Re: Northfield 4th Gen F5 reviews?

    I am headed to the Marshal Mandolin Summit in August and plan on ordering a custom 4.0. I am told they will have a couple 4.0's there to try out. I've had a F5V1E for several months now and can't...
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    Re: Rawhide pick stroke advice sought

    It feels nature to me to, as you say, "appy standard pick stroke theory" -- keep the right hand in constant motion. That said, I don't know how Mr. Monroe did it.
  14. Re: 4-string emando, what’s the best out there?

    I owned a ‘64 mandocaster that had great tone. I ran it through my ‘63 Gretch twin. That was a killer 60’s vibe. BUT, I always found the neck to feel ‘tight’ (best descriptive word I could think...
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    Re: Gibson F-5L thoughts

    MAS is MAS and sometimes we have to learn the hardway, but I think you will be happy with a Harvey! I love my 2012 MM and won't part with it.
  16. Northfierld F5A/Gibson MM/Ellis Tradition Video Comparison

    Hey Cafe,

    My new Northfield F5 Artist 5 Bar arrived yesterday afternoon and am super impressed with it. Amazed at how well it holds up to my Gibson MM and my Ellis Tradition. Especially for...
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    Legal Zoom Mandolin Commercial

    Just curious if anyone else has seen this commercial:

    https://www.ispot.tv/ad/ItTo/legalzoom-com-miguels-mandolin-shop?autoplay=1#

    I saw it last night, did a few searches but couldn't find...
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    Re: New Ellis F5 Tradition

    And Here is a quick video of the Ellis F5 Tradition. Nothing fancy. Just tried to play up and down the neck and do a bit of chording, chops, etc.:

    https://youtu.be/RFsxeCTdRGI
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    New Ellis F5 Tradition

    My new Ellis F5 Tradition arrived earlier this week and I have to say I am beyond impressed with this mandolin. Thanks to Scott Ruttencutter you can see pictures of it on his ruttlist website here:...
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    Re: Post MAS syndrome

    I am hoping (and praying for the sake of my marriage) that the Ellis Tradition that is set to arrive here in a few "counting the seconds till it arrives" days will cure my MAS once and for all (He...
  21. Re: 1 year, self taught - give me some feedback (audio clip)

    I like the sound of the first pick better. Smoother sounding. The Fender seems a bit harsh.

    Very nice for 1 year. Keep it up.
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    Re: Thile's Mandolin Playlist

    John Reischman is the mandolinist on the Nygaard fiddle tune.
  23. Re: Lloyd Loar, 1905. What instrument is he holding?

    From the looks of the cutout at the top of the headstock, it looks like a Martin Style 4. Here's a website with some reference photos:
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    Re: capo, capo no

    I am in complete agreement about no shortcuts to theory. Being a jazz player, theory rules. However, there have been a couple requests for a simple method. I think the easiest method is to learn...
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    Re: I aquired a Old F4..

    That is a beautiful F4 -- all around! Congratulations! Enjoy!
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