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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Hello, everybody. I just started on "First Night in Leadville", Ryan's Mammoth p42. Norman Blake does a version of this delightful tune (on guitar) on his album "Far Away Down on a Georgia Farm" ...
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    Re: A mandolin/violin relative price story

    According to Phil Salazar, the story goes that in the bow workshop, they build them first, then a violinist comes in and sorts them by how they play. They can look exactly the same, and be made...
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    Re: A mandolin/violin relative price story

    Ha! My bow was a little costly, but my violin was free. It's very expensive to replace the strings on my violin, though, and I've spent more money at the luthier on the violn than any mandolin. At...
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    Re: Gibson mandolin tailpiece cover

    I have the same on my '57 A-5.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Excelsior Hornpipe. Ryan's p 172
  6. Re: F4 vs F5; or, how do you like your oval holes?

    The best money I ever spent in my life was a wedding ring for my wife. Second best was my F
  7. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    Right after I bought my A5 I was so excited to have a "Jethro" I couldn't put it down. So waiting for my son to finish a karate class I walked over to a planter on the sidewalk outside of the dojo,...
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    Re: No to cookie cutter mandolins

    I've bought "Alternative woods" both from Joe and another builder. I doubt I would have any trouble selling Joe's instrument, although I don't think I ever would, but I have had bad news about the...
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    Re: Tuning Mandolin without a tuner

    We tried this, but I have lost digital tuners to borrowing by the lead guitarist (always) who forgot his!

    The most responsible guy in our band was the 12 string guitarist, who spent a long time...
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    Re: Tuning Mandolin without a tuner

    The simplest method I know is to start with tuning by 5ths, then fret a 2-0-0-2 D chord and tweak from there. The A to D sound should sound like the "A-MAY" in "Amazing Grace", the D to A is...
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    Re: Finally a 1924 Gibson F2 with a Virzi

    That....is....beautiful.

    Enjoy!
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    I've been ignoring my mandolin for the past few weeks in favor of a hand-built dulcimer. I've been trying to figure out the dulcimer, which is almost completely, but not quite, not the same as a...
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    Re: When is a newbie no longer a newbie?

    My dog still gets up and walks out the room when I play.

    I'm still a newbie!
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    Re: 1918 Gibson A 47968

    Except for the finish, it looks like a twin to mine, SN 42608. Mine is a little older than yours, and very beat up. Even though, the sound is great.

    I'm pretty sure the tuners are original and...
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    Re: Chinese made Northfield

    Maybe not. But resale value is not normally what one would buy a mandolin for. Years ago at Buffalo Brothers I paid more than market value for a really well played-in 'teens Gibson A-1 only because...
  16. Re: and some of us think 8 strings are a hand full

    A month ago I built a mountain dulcimer. It's only 3 strings, but it is almost, but not quite, exactly the opposite of playing a mandolin, violin or guitar. It's supposed to be easy to play, but...
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    Re: Why/how did you start playing mandolin?

    17 years ago I walked into a music store and saw an inexpensive Samick laminated top mandolin on the wall. I thought "I can play that" and I've been proving myself wrong ever since then.

    After a...
  18. Re: Relearning to Read Music - a tale of Anxst

    "I read music so good, white folks think I'm fakin' it."--Coalhouse Walker, Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
  19. Re: Relearning to Read Music - a tale of Anxst

    I figured out notation for mandolin a few years back. Keeping the semiquavers, demisemiquavers, and hemidemisemiquavers in time is a challenge, but since finding the notes themselves is easier on a...
  20. Thread: Gibson F4

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    Re: Gibson F4

    Sorry, Multidon: I did notice the holes, and your posting, and I agree that the top is flawed, and should have mentioned the holes as an issue. There aiso seems to be a ding in the top as well.
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  21. Thread: Gibson F4

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    Re: Gibson F4

    If it plays well, the frets are good, the fingerboard flat, and there are no cracks or other structural problems, I think you've got a desirable instrument. As an F4 player myself, if I had the...
  22. Thread: Gibson F4

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    Re: Gibson F4

    You can get a good price for a playable F4 but a lot has to do with how it sounds. Also, is the case with it? The good news is you have the tail cover and the pick guard. Can you send a picture...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Lamplighter's Hornpipe. p. 185 of Ryan's Mammoth, p. 17 of Mandolin Player's Pastime.

    (As an introduction to Old Time Mandolin, MPP is a great resource if you can find it. The photo below is...
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    Re: Shipping these days?

    Fedex for convenience. USPS requires waiting in a line. UPS is OK. If you are in the US, stay away from DHL: there is no support if anything goes wrong.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Pulaski Guards' Reel.
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    Is it a tune about one of these?
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