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  1. Re: Mandolin Considerations -- Add to my List

    I have always wanted to test drive a June and a Jacobson.

    Have fun shopping!
  2. Re: Mandolin Considerations -- Add to my List

    I have always wanted to test drive a June and a Jacobson

    Have fun shopping!
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    Re: Ideas for a mandolin, $500-1,000

    Lots of options of which I have not played but have heard good things about. Howard Morris comes off the top of my head. As to those that I have experience with include several lower and middle...
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    Re: Parting with a beloved mandolin

    I know exactly what you are saying. My saving grace is that my Kentucky 950 makes a very good alternate mandolin. I previously owned a few Eastmans and a Kentucky F style that we’re Ok alternates but...
  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: Parting with a beloved mandolin

    Kevin
    I toss the same feelings around in my mind all the time to the point that I have to stop thinking. I do like coming home to the Collings as it is a very fine instrument. But, I have to say...
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    Re: Parting with a beloved mandolin

    Thanks
    We also down sized 3 years ago and storage is also a problem.
    My situation is that we travel extensively in our RV (about 250 days a year and 25K miles per year). That eats up a big part of...
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    Parting with a beloved mandolin

    Am I the only one that feels a deep emotional detachment when parting with a mandolin that has been for 7 years a delight to play and care for.? Perhaps like loosing a beloved pet?
    This past week I...
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    Re: Potential USA Recesssion?

    Explored that option. The only A I have found was priced too high and had a flat fret board. By the time I would have purchased it and had the work done I would almost have had enough money in it...
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    Re: Potential USA Recesssion?

    No
    Just cannot seem to find a used Stiver A with a radius. Fs are much more common as Lou has not built an A in a while. Scrolls just don't do anything for me (I know, don't tell me, I'm the odd...
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    Re: Mule skinner Mandolin info?

    The sycamore back mandolin he had on display was my pick of the bunch. All his Mandos are A styles of which I am partial to.
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    Re: Top 5 Sam Bush tracks

    Just saw him perform last week at a festival in Vermont. He is a great artist and nothing he does was bad. I liked his “Howlin at the Moon”, his version of Leon Russel’s “Stranger in a Strange Land”,...
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    Re: Mule skinner Mandolin info?

    Played 5 examples yesterday. Nice balanced tone and excellent playability. Wishing I had my Collings with me for comparison. A Stiver and Ken Ratcliff would make the comparison better as I develop...
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    Mule skinner Mandolin info?

    I just met the builder of Muleskinner mandolins. Anyone owning or having played one of these care to offer their impressions?
  15. Re: My new Silverangel Econo A has arrived!

    What is the general consensus on the tone of a Silver Angel? I know this may be a difficult question. Tone is so subjective and not everyone hears an instrument the same way. I'm curious as I know...
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    Re: A trip to Elderly

    Me also. Learned in my twenties after having had to make car payments for 3 years to never pay interest on anything except our homes where an opportunity may exist to recover the costs associated...
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    Re: A trip to Elderly

    You are right and I do have some regret. But I really am not a fan of the f style look. Just me I guess as many others are willing to drop a few extra grand for the look. No right or wrong, just a...
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    Re: A trip to Elderly

    Stopped at Elderly last fall during our northern travels. Spent several hours playing their used and new mandolin inventory. One in particular Northfield was to my ears heads above their many other...
  19. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I offer no proof nor do I claim knowledge as to what extent their mandolin division contributes to their lack of profitability.
  20. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Gibson fans, please be sympathetic to my feelings regarding their instruments as it is only my nonprofessional opinion and with having no idea of their overhead costs vs. other builders of mandolins....
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    Re: Interesting billboard

    I kind of see your issue with this. However, I have no interest in providing Gibson with more fodder for frivolous law suits in their effort to survive economic challenges they are confronted with....
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    Re: Song Writers???

    Thank you all for the insight. I have some theme lines (hooks) in my head and was not certain how to proceed.
    From what I have read I think I will coordinate a melody for the hook and go from there...
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    Song Writers???

    What comes first for you? Lyrics or melody? New territory for me and I’m not sure what comes easiest. Kind of the old “chicken or the egg”.
    I have often wondered about this but now feel as though...
  24. Re: What's your favorite song by Kris Kristofferson? Here's mine.

    For the Good Times

    Plays well on a dola. May be even better on an octave.
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    Re: Back to f-holes?

    With you on different songs needing a different sound. Thus why I switch between my Collings and my Kentucky. The Collings performing better on softer melodic tunes
    As for A style or F style,...
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