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    Re: the first 3 tunes you learned?

    Wabash Cannonball - very badly, by ear
    Irish Washerwoman - tab
    Liberty - tab
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    Re: New Buckeye “A” model

    My #55 F5 just turned 10 years old. What a monster. I’m hoping for Pete’s A model at some point. I’m looking forward seeing pics.
    Bob
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    Re: Dylan on bluegrass in the New York Times

    He didn’t say grassers couldn’t play other stuff. He just said that to play grass it needs to be in your blood.
    I think if you can play grass you can play other stuff. Good grass demands a...
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    Re: We Lost John Prine.

    Very sad. Prine was in a category all his own. He was one of those guys who was just “musical.” He assembled lyrics and performed music in a way that touched my heart and soul.
    My prayers go...
  5. Re: "This Too Shall Pass" A 95 year old NYC man's perspective

    Thanks for sharing this.
    Bob
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    Re: Finger joint fusion?

    Here’s an article about the Curtis hand center. Scroll down just a little and click on the video. Dr Wittstadt speaks about musicians hands at about the 24 minute mark. The whole video is good...
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    Re: Finger joint fusion?

    I had torn ligaments in my right thumb about 16 years ago. I went to a local “orthopedic hand specialist” who recommended a fusion. I then went for a 2nd opinion. I saw Dr Ray Wittstadt at the...
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    Re: Learning to play with one less finger

    Gene Stroupe was a 2 finger mandolin player from the Mt Jackson, VA area. Only had index and middle finger on left hand. Excellent player. I think of Gene anytime my hands hurt!
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    Re: Fun holiday mandolin tunes

    I like to pick Frosty the Snowman. The key of D works really well. I don’t think I still have a recording of it, but I did it about 10 years ago. A great mandolin tune.
    Bob
  10. Re: Interview with Ron Thomason of Dry Branch Fire Squad

    75? Holy cow! Ron Gordo is still at it, of course.
    Good interview. I was disappointed that Ron didn’t mention that his mandolin is an AIT Loar. AIT is “Always In Tune.” Lol
    I spoke to Ron...
  11. Re: Tony Williamson's 2019 IBMA vintage instruments session

    Great music. Loar has “it.”
    Yes, Tom Gray, IMHO, is the standard by which all grass(other genres too) bass players are measured. When great bassists emerge you soon hear “is he/she as good as Tom...
  12. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    After seeing it a 2nd time - it was really heavy on Cash and Cash connections like the Carters, Roseanne and Marty. I love Cash but........
    I guess Burns didn’t consider Glen Campbell country??? ...
  13. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    The last hour of the final episode lost my interest. I guess time will tell if country music is still cyclical. It looks like there are very few people deciding what music is on the airwaves. ...
  14. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    It would be more fitting if it ended in 1999 with Larry Cordle’s Murder on Music Row.

    Bob
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    Where’s Glen?
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    The best thing on TV since Band of Brothers.
    I was hoping to see Joe Maphis because he and Rose lived here in Clear Spring, MD for while. She had family here and they played here. But I guess Joe...
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    I’m hoping they mention Joe Maphis. And Homer and Jethro.
    Bob
  18. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    I would contact Pete Hart to get a Buckeye. I played a ton of good mandolins. The only one that was close was a Gibson Derrington Master Model for $12k. The Buckeye was $5k nine years ago, and...
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    Re: Top 5 Sam Bush tracks

    Kevin,
    Doc’s Midnight Train is a keeper, and Sam is great.
    Sam’s break and energetic chops on Doin My Time in an early NGR project is another good one.
    Sam seems to always be slightly ahead of the...
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    Re: Top 5 Sam Bush tracks

    Girl from the North Country. His version is classic, unique Sam Bush. It’s not full of tremolo, not a bunch scales, not a bunch of melodic stuff. Doesn’t sound like a fiddle, banjo or guitar. ...
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    Re: Original cost of a Lloyd Loar F5

    Interesting thread!
    Nearly impossible to come up with an avg income in the ‘20’s. So much bartering, chores for food/rent, and cash. More of a rural, mountain country. My grandfather made $17...
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    Re: any repair for a pinky wear spot.

    One option would be to convince all builders to leave the pinky area on all mandolins unstained and unfinished.
    A preventative measure would be to require mandolin players to have their pinky nail...
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    Re: Gruhn's and/ Carter's?

    Gruhn’s has George, the leading authority on vintage instruments...of all time.

    Bob
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    William,
    Benny’s Loars, as well as a few nice Martins are a mystery. After Vallie died, Benny’s son and girl friend moved in with him. His son died first. Then the girl friend took care of...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    According to Darryl Wolfe’s F5 journal, Benny Cain published the first Loar serial numbers in Bluegrass Unlimited in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s
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