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  1. Thread: My new Pava F5!

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    Re: My new Pava F5!

    I got to play it a little at Acoustic Music Camp. It's very nice right out of the box. The fit and finish were excellent. It played very easy and had a ton of sound. It's only bound to get better.
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    Re: My wonderful experience at Carter's Vintage

    I was there this time last year. The best "Gibsun" I played in the high end room was a (clearly marked) fake. I forget who made it but, as I recall, it was a mid '70s instrument and sounded great.
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    Re: best new f-5 style bridge (arched)

    Sounds like the OP solved his problem but since the the question was about best new bridge available, let me opine. If, like me, the heavy sharpe shoulder of a Gibson style bridge cuts/pushes...
  4. Re: Mando Tasting Notes... Wow. 35 Mandolins in a day.

    How were the tuners? I was there in the spring and I was surprised at how hard some of these $3K and up (way up) mandos were to tune. Thought I'd need channel locks for some of them. I'll put up...
  5. Re: Mandolins... Ready to buy my first quality instrument...

    Get the best mandolin in your price range for which you can hear a positive difference. Make sure all components work well, particularly the tuners. Earlier this year I was at a well known Nashville...
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    Wimberley was her home base but her mama took her...

    Wimberley was her home base but her mama took her around to other jams too. She was unfailingly polite and never, never precocious (in the negative sense which word is often used). Everybody knew she...
  7. Re: Beginner question:Should the right (picking) hand hit the bri

    The Gibson style bridges really cut into my hand. When I had mandos with that style bridge, I used a modeler's wood rasp to really break that sharp edge and the sandpaper to polish. To me, that just...
  8. Re: Mandolin players that play other fretted instruments

    I find that playing mandolin and guitar helps both. I also think it makes me have to think notes instead of fret position.
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    Re: Women with Mandolins

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    Bonnie and the Clydes…

    Bonnie Sims playing mandolin. A fun mix of Bluegrass, Western Swings and torch songs. This was at a house concert in San Antonio. I was impressed with how they...
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    Re: A 10 year old ellis and a 15 year old gibson

    I've had the opportunity to play both of these instruments. They are superb examples of the art. Gibsons are scarce in these parts so getting to play a great one was a treat. The Ellis is a little...
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    Re: Clifford Mandolinetto ca 1900 or so...

    I'll bring it to Steve's Monday night. You should bring your Uke. They are very similar in size so they should go well together.
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    Clifford Mandolinetto ca 1900 or so...

    I recently acquired this Mandolinetto from Guitar Tex in San Antonio. It was in sad, unplayed shape when they got it but they worked their magic and put it back pretty close to right. I saw it in a...
  13. Thread: Easy folk songs?

    by GRW3
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    Re: Easy folk songs?

    If it's not easy it's not really a folksong.
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    Re: Armrests and tone gards?

    The appropriate place to put the armrest, it's where your arm crosses the bout. You want to center it so that your arm crosses through the middle of it, that's where it will be the most comfortable....
  15. Thread: Goodbye Mandola

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    Re: Goodbye Mandola

    I've seldom been sentimental about things. I just have found for my satisfaction I need to focus on a limited number of instruments.
  16. Thread: Goodbye Mandola

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    Goodbye Mandola

    I traded off my mandola today. It played beautifully and sounded great but I just never got into it. I made an effort over this holidays to play it more but it just seem like work. I hate the thought...
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    Re: Evaluating Mandolins at the Store

    I shop slowly. When I get serious, I do a lot A/B comparisons, tunes, phrases, chords, etc, etc. First just by myself and then I get somebody to play for me. Always compare to my primary instrument....
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    Re: Rest in peace - Joe Carr

    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    With an illness that would have made most helpless, Joe continued to make a difference. He taught. He wrote. He...
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    Re: Gibson Anniversary Mandolins

    LOL. Yes, thanks clarifying.
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    Re: Mando string winder adapter for cordless drill?

    I have a nice wooden bodied, metal hex unit made by Durl Jones. You can find him on Facebook.

    I also use the a AA battery powered screwdriver. With 4 AAs it's geared way down to get useable...
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    Gibson Anniversary Mandolins

    Followed the front page note on Gibson 120th Anniversary mandolins to the Mandolin Store. I guess they got a special dispensation to show these as they typically say they can't show Gibsons in stock....
  22. Re: Has anyone built a mandolin trying to get the most bass possi

    Seems to me the first step in getting a bassy mandolin is to play with more base. My Bighorn has a pretty good low end but I use a lot of alternate chords and inversions to keep me on the G-D-A...
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    Re: How the banjo gets its tone

    Alan has a new album out with Billy Bright. "Bright Munde" is the two of them banging out some delightful mando/banjo tunes.
  24. Thread: Pava A5 Mandolin

    by GRW3
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    Re: Pava A5 Mandolin

    Steve is a great teacher. It was tough missing out this year but I needed to catch up on guitar. He's very patient and very good at dealing with the usual varying level of skill in a typical class. ...
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    Re: How the banjo gets its tone

    Alan Munde, a banjo player of renown, says when a banjo player talks about "good tone" he means how loud it is.
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