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    Re: Strap Recommendation

    One idea is to make your own. I went to a craft store and got an inexpensive book on leather braiding. Bought some different colored leather strips, thin, and braided them into a strap. It was fun...
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    Re: Informal Poll

    I have four great mandos and don't need another.
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    Re: Whatcha up to?

    I'm up to about 185 pounds.
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    Re: D'Addario EXP 75 vs. EXPCM?

    I used to use them but found Elixir Nan Web mediums much more to my liking.
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    Re: When You First . . .

    In the mid 70's I moved to a small Florida town. Fell in with a couple of guys who played guitars, as I did. We wanted to try to make a band so I decided to try the mandolin to give some variety to...
  6. Re: The Long Lost Mandolin Cafe Time Wasters Page

    Thanks, Scott, stay well.
  7. Re: Just changed my strings. Need to replace leather string dampe

    i find small rubber grommets work great.
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    Re: Learning songs by ear

    Learn basic chord positions, then try to find a chord that fits into the song you're listening to. Once you get the key the song is in, it is much easier to figure out how tp play by chopping with...
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    Re: Thank you Scott and Dan!

    Another thanks for the great work you guys do. Sometimes it takes being without something to appreciate it. This is the best site on the web.
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    Re: What strings are you currently playing?

    ]I've been totally satisfied since I switched to Elixir Nano-Web mediums. They sound good and seem to last longer than any other strings I have tried.
  11. Re: Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    Well, they got the bling right.
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    Re: No more EXP74's?

    Mandolinfox, you're welcome.
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    Re: No more EXP74's?

    I switched to the Elixir nano web and love them. They sound great and last a long time.
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    Re: Strap recommendations?

    If you would like a challenge, buy a book on weaving leather strips and a book on how to weave 4 strips into a strap. Honestly it works, I made one this was and I love it.
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    Re: Bought this on Ebay, HANDMADE J.W BRADFORD

    Very nice. I'd be careful about the strap looped around the large scroll on the headstock. Remember what happened to Bill Monroe's Loar.
  16. Re: If you always wanted one of those sunfish style mandolins

    Thanks Mike, now how do I get that image out of my head?
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    Re: I built 2 F5s and a custom 3 point

    Wow. They're beautiful.....how do they sound?
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    Re: Please allow me to introduce myself...

    Welcome to our wild, wacky world, Norm. I thought you were going to say "Please allow me to introduce myself I'm a man of wealth and fame."
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    Re: Your MAS Progression

    I'm ashamed to say that after I declared my MAS cured, i got the itch for an old Gibson A 4, the red ones, and got one. Now I was done...............except a 1920 Gibson F 4 came available from a...
  20. Re: Of your favorite instruments that qualify for this site...

    My Randy Wood, F 5 made in 1993, period.
  21. Re: Wrote me a new song... so I added some mando!

    That is some good mojo, thanks.
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    Re: Loar’s Loar!

    Timbofood, you'd need more that one house I think.
  23. Re: Where do all the Mandolin Cafe decals end up?

    On my cases, mandolins and guitar. Reminds me of the John Prine song, Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore with the line 'Stuck them stickers all over my car and one on my wife's...
  24. Re: What's the weirdest MUSICAL thing you've ever done?

    Back in the '70's we played a bluegrass festival outside of Tallahassee, FL. It had rained for days and the place was a mud hole....we named it the Mud and Geek Festival. Anyway, one of the bands...
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    Re: Tips for fairly new Mando players

    Like Dave said, practice, practice, practice. Learn some basics first such as how to make chords. Try picking out a melody that is familiar to you, something simple like the Happy Birthday song.Try...
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