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    Re: Vinaccia disection

    Nice job! It was fun to follow your progress.
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    Re: Picking Fiddle Tunes?

    I think the term "Fiddle Tunes" in my area of the country refers to old time music. My band, "The Playin' Possums", plays the old time Appalachian music that was typically played for dances in the...
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    Re: New Gal

    There are a lot of great learning resources out there, but you can't go wrong with www.mandolessons.com.
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    Re: First Mandolin

    I agree with Bill. As much as I prefer to buy American, it is had to find an American made entry level mandolin. I opted for an Eastman 305 (made in China) from The Mandolin Store (NFI) a couple of...
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    Re: Played my first gig

    Congratulations. The first time is the hardest, and it gets easier as you extend yourself to play in front of people more often. I find that our fellow musicians can be far more critical than the...
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    Re: Floyd Old Time Get Together

    This was the best music camp I have ever attended, and it was not our first rodeo. The folks from the Handmade Music school did a fantastic job. The instruction (Calab Klauder and Reeb Wilms from...
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    Re: Eastman 305 string preference?

    D'Addario XT (11-40). I have tried 3 or 4 other strings, including EJ73 and EJ74, and Elixir coated. So far the XT are the best fit for me.
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    Re: Best bet on a road trip

    I once was advised to wrap instruments that would be left in a car in a "space blanket" with the silverside out. This helps reflect the heat.
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    Re: Polishing Gibson Tailpiece Cover

    Another vote for Nevr-Dull.
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    Re: Rubner tuners on Eastman MD305?

    I put a set of Grover 309's on my Eastman 305 and am completely satisfied. The posts lined up perfectly, and I did not change the bushings. The screw mounting holes lined up, for the most part. I...
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    Re: Setup Workshop?

    Check out Rosa String Workshop on youtube. He has done many videos of setting up various mandolins.
  12. Re: Open-back banjo recommendation for a mandolin player?

    I currently have a 12" Pisgah Dobson (26 1/4"sacle) nut width is 1 3/8", an 11" OME XXX made in 1973(26 1/4" scale), and a short scale State banjo that was built in the 1920's to which I added a 5th...
  13. Re: Drop - in tuner upgrade for Eastman 305?

    I put a set of Grover 309's on my Eastman305. They drop in to the post holes perfectly, but all the screw holes don't line up. The good news is that you only need to add one new hole/side (if I...
  14. Re: Eastman MD 305 unbox - thanks all, I'm a satisfied customer.

    You summed up my feelings towards my Eastman 305 very succinctly. Glad you like it. I've had my for about 1.5 years now, and still think it is a very adequate mandolin. No plans to upgrade, yet.
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    Mandolin Donation to Veterans

    I just wanted to pass along a "good news" story. A month ago I was looking for some instruments to donate to a local veterans organization in the hope of getting some of them started playing. A...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    The old time world has a few that might be considered standards: Whiskey Before Breakfast, Cherokee Shuffle, Angelina Baker, and Saint Anne's Reel. (IMHO)
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    Re: Pandemic Reading

    Not about a mandolin, but "Clapton's Guitar" is a great book about Wayne Henderson and building a guitar for Eric Clapton. Lot's of very interesting guitar history, especially Martins, and...
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    Re: HELP with tuning

    I agree with Allen. I play guitar/banjo/mandolin and my wife plays a tenor guitar. I like the tenor guitar sound. We often play and sing at assisted living facilities, as well as our old time jams...
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    Re: Bridge upgrade on new Eastman mando?

    NDO. I bought an Eastman 305 from TMS a little over a year ago. I found the setup to be very good. I did do a very minor re-fitting of the bridge as there was a tiny sliver of light visible under...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Medley12,
    No, you are not alone. I like Bluegrass, but I play mostly old time fiddle tunes, which can also be played pretty quickly, but they are intended to be dance tunes, so playing faster than...
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    Re: Banjolin tailpiece replacement

    You could probably get by with a standard 5-string "no-knot" tailpiece. Just put both strings of each pair on a single post. The bridge will take care of the spacing.
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    Re: Eastman MD305 = AMAZING!

    I agree with the OP on his description of the MD305. I bought one about a year ago, also from TMS(great store, great service), and have enjoyed it. I have tried several different sets of strings,...
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    Re: Leaning Toward Old Time Fiddle Tunes

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    Here is a list of some of our favorite old time jam tunes. Enjoy!! Almost all of these are available on YouTube in one version or another.

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    Angelina...
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    I Need a Favor

    I have been thinking about this posting for about a week, and figured I would post it while everyone is in a holiday mood.

    I am associated with a local veterans wellness center here in...
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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here on MC. I have been playing the mandolin for about a year now, and have benefited in so many ways from this site. Thanks for your contributions.:mandosmiley:
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