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  1. Re: Campanella, Red Diamond, Northfield, Collings experience

    My cousin lives down the road from TME in Cambridge. I have spent a lot of hours playing and gaining information from their knowledgeable staff. I have an MT2-O I bought from TME that has Italian...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    They F style was was what attracted me to the mandolin. Was sort of the attraction of the1800s buxomy ladies you find in old paintings. I find the F style has tone that is a bit fuller than a...
  3. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    A number of years ago, I learned a song on the banjo by tab that I had never heard, *Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor." It sounded kind of flat. A week later at a street fair, I bought a Doc Watson...
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    Went Outside the Box, again.

    I was looking at a row of Martins at Carter Vintage and saw one the didn't look right. It was blond back and sides. Checked the tag. Said Martin J65M. I never heard or seen on before. I is a...
  5. Getting better at Mandolin by Playing other Instruments

    Recently, I have been playing mostly bass for a Church band and a jam and guitar for music writing. From the bass I have been focusing on fluidity in using chord tones. From guitar, I have been...
  6. Re: Sparse mando and guitar examples aka taste lessons

    While somewhat in the bluegrass realm, Skaggs and Rice, has some beautiful arrangements. Bury Me Beneath the Willow is to me sublime.
  7. Re: Octave Mandolin question: Teardrop versus mando-guitar?

    Here is a link to a thread I wrote with my positive experience in a jam with a GOM,
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/151310-GOM-more-than-holds-it-s-own
  8. Re: Octave Mandolin question: Teardrop versus mando-guitar?

    As has been commented on, the tone of a particular instrument has a number of factors that may well be more important than the shape. I prefer the GOM to the traditional shape because guitar shape,...
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    Tresbear Music Update is Live

    As a result of feedback from the Cafe, we have made major changes to our website, www.tresbearmusic.com . There are a lot of music and mandolin related articles that you may find interesting. You...
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    GOM more than holds it's own

    I was at a jam last night with 4 guitars and an electric bass.. When not playing bass, I played my Mowry GOM. I was surprised at how easily the Mowry cut through those raucous guitars, while...
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    Very Lucky Guy

    My music studio was a little slow this week giving me time to play all my mandolin family instruments. What a collection... As you can see from the list below, I have a wide variety of instruments...
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    Re: Collings MT-O v Gibson A: Any Opinions?

    I have an MT2-O and an F4. The MT2-O has a bit more depth of sound than the MT-O that it replaced. It is in the modern school sound and play feel. Up the neck is no problem. The sound is crisp...
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    Octave in the Mix

    From having a musical studio and being in a church band for the past three years, I have become more aware of an instrument's and vocal place in the mix. I came to a jam with an octave with a number...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Just for giggles, I pulled out the Hester F4 and the Collings MT2-O and played a number of different genre songs on each back to back as closely as possible to see how they compared. While they are...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    The issue of necks is real. I love the sound is the old Gibson As, but the necks are to me huge and uncomfortable to play. I noticed that the F4 and 2s have some what more shaped necks. I played...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    I have had and have both. I have a raised fret, Collings MT2-O. Great instrument. I have a Hester F4 recreation of a 20s F4. Awesome. I prefer the short neck sound of the F4 when playing alone...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Would a some one delete my past post that was intended as a PM.
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Pheff,Walter Carter has an Old Wave oval A mandola. Was mine in the past. Great instrument. I have a Giroaurd sp? Oval A Studio Mandola (mine on consignment, I traded in the Old Wave to get it). ...
  19. Re: Gibson opposes Collings' headstock trademark registration, ci

    This whole thread makes me sad. I remember when in the past administration they took on one of the truly respected individual and organization in Stan Werblen and Elderly Music. That event left a...
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    Circle of Fifths

    For the past week, playing electric bass, I have been working on arpeggios using three different chord shapes around the circle of fourths, starting with C. Then, staying in one position: frets 1-5,...
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    Re: A little late but here is my NMD post

    Great looking instrument. Would love to hear a sound bite, please.
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    Re: New mandolin player

    Welcome to the cafe. As you have already indicated that you know, the cafe is a great resource for mandolin information and a great family for support.
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    Re: Larrivee mandolins

    Ken Olmstead's thread when he reviewed his experience with a Larrivee "F".

    A thanks to Lawn Jockey for providing a link to Ken's thread that provided Ken's very informative review the the F style...
  24. Re: How to Open a Vintage Guitar Store in Seven Easy Steps

    I live about forty miles west of Nashville. I remember my first trip to Carter's, not knowing what to expect. After I walked through the checkout lobby, where you can buy cool non instument items,...
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    Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    I have played a number of Eastmans and I have the same reaction to them as you do. They are well made, but the tone is just not my taste. I prefer Kentuckys to Eastmans and The Loars I have played...
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