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  1. Re: What is the "Must Have" Mandolin Book(s)?

    Since different folks have different stylistic interests, I'll leave out books that are style-based.



    I second these -- are all great books, helpful for understanding how today's mandolin music...
  2. Re: Current pros looking to teach lessons during down time

    I am offering master classes based on my book "Exploring Classical Mandolin" over at the ECM fb group.
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    Re: Another old bowlback here. What is it?

    I noticed that too! However, the position of the tuners relative to headstock looks correct, and flipping the tuners would have meant their position would have been very low on the headstock. In...
  4. Re: Anyone have information on this very unique bowlback?

    Yes, lest anyone be mislead by understatement, let's put it out there: this appears to be off-the-charts fabulous. This is the mandolin we hope for, every time someone mentions they have their...
  5. Re: Anyone have information on this very unique bowlback?

    My heart just skipped a beat. If it was me, I'd want an appraisal from one of the major builders in Italy. I'd suggest Lorenzo Lippi.
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    Re: Ensemble pieces for beginners

    In my view, Andy Boden has made a huge contribution to the mandolin ensemble world, with easily-accessible arrangements.
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    Re: Boston/Cambridge Music Stores?

    If you're taking the bus from Harvard Square (on the Red Line) to Music Emporium, you'll go past Wood & Strings in Arlington Center. Those who know Boston/Cambridge might remember Sandy's Music --...
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    Funny, I was just about to invoke the "authority argument" in defense of your position. :) Since I spent nearly 20 years teaching college music students (in part) to read standard notation and...
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    If there is a mandolin orchestra near you, you might have access to a great quantity of written music for mandola -- early Gibson promoted the CGDA mandola (then called "tenor mandola") through its...
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    Re: Found this Bohmann mandolin

    Agree, probably an 1890s. And not cheap to fix. Needs to be completely disassembled, repaired, and put back together. And when it's done, its market value will be quite low, much less than you spent....
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    Re: “Free” vrs “metered” tremelo

    I came across the above quotation recently in a 100-odd-year-old Crescendo magazine. It illustrates a way of thinking about tremolo: that it may be played at different speeds, but it is not a...
  12. Re: $200 to spend on a new or used Mandolin

    Since the OP didn't specify what kind of mandolin he's accustomed to, I'll suggest this nice $200 Greek-style bowlback over at Stutzman's in Rochester. These things are usually loud and good for the...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy 1890s Advertisments

    This is a really interesting dynamic, Of course these were pricey for their time, and it would appear they were aimed more toward the upscale or aspiring customer, probably playing parlor music. Same...
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    Re: bohman mandolins

    Sheri Mignano Crawford recently published a history of Bohmann, who claimed to have built the first American-made mandolin, in Chicago, perhaps as early as 1883. Maybe she will weigh in here.
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    Re: Ditson Victory

    Thanks, Jim, that’s a better way of saying what I was trying to get across — there are trends and traditions, and it’s helpful to be aware of them. I certainly wouldn’t offer my observations as...
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    Re: Ditson Victory

    Sure, but perhaps I should start by saying I'm not just talking about my own preferences. In the classical world, players are usually not so quick to say "use whatever works for you," "YMMV," etc. Of...
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    Re: Ditson Victory

    Excellent post, Eugene. That's definitely Cafe-Hall-of-Fame-worthy. Especially your point #3, that by far most of the American bowlbacks produced were low-quality to begin with.

    To those points,...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    I'm sorry to hear that. Since I taught at Berklee for 18 years (ear training, ensembles, string labs) I can tell you that no one graduates without being able to read standard notation, both...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    This raises another interesting point. To my knowledge, Marilynn Mair and Richard Walz are the last two professional-level mandolinists who studied directly through the American system of classical...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    Alas, classical mandolin hasn’t found an academic home yet in the USA, although there are some college programs that have been mentioned above that have included mandolin in some way. These programs...
  21. Re: Article: Progressive Melodies for Mandocello: 40 Studies for

    One tip about using the online version--The design of the Kindle Reader software is that you have to set the screen width to "maximum' -- it's in the KR font control. If not, the staves will appear...
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    Re: Strings for a K-1 Mandocello

    As I recall there was a recent thread where a D'Addario representative said they might be reconsidering their string gauges for mandocello. Hoping we'll hear news about that; I suspect we need...
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    Re: Unknown Suzuki bowlback (MR-300)

    I think the 70s-era Suzukis are more often the good ones. I've had a few, among the ones I tend to collect for students. I've heard about bent necks, but am thinking that's likely because of the...
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    Re: Pettine Method copyright?

    Yes, and also there is a new edition, with full English translation, of the Calace method -- by Catarina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall. Here is the Mandolin Cafe article:...
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    Re: 1902 Martin Bowlback mandolin

    Seems to me that premium American bowlbacks are regularly going over $1k. As I recall, Carter's sold a 1902 Martin Style 6A for $1100, not too long ago. That's a higher model, although less...
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