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  1. Thread: I Don't Do Tab

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    Re: I Don't Do Tab

    Agree 100%. I think having the ability to play music using all three methods (standard notation, tab, by ear) opens up more opportunities to enjoy playing in whatever situation I find myself --...
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    Re: Question about Acoustic Amps and PreAmps

    All the technical talk about impedance matching and ohms is great, but as I am not an electrical engineer, I like this quote from the Grace Designs Felix preamp user manual:

    Both Ch1 and Ch2 line...
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    Re: Remove Frets & Scoop

    As a resident of the sunshine state, I take offense at those of you who want to cut off Florida! (Just kidding).
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    Re: Northfield 4th Gen F5 reviews?

    I am headed to the Marshal Mandolin Summit in August and plan on ordering a custom 4.0. I am told they will have a couple 4.0's there to try out. I've had a F5V1E for several months now and can't...
  5. Re: 2020 X-Series -- The new Sorensen Sprite 2X Two-Point

    Absolutely beautiful!!
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    Re: Man....I had a blue guitar...

    Weber made/makes? a model called the "River" (F-14) that came in a wild red-burst or a translucent blue. Both are beautiful. I owned a blue River for a little more than a year. The blue with the...
  7. Thanks for publishing this! What a great read...

    Thanks for publishing this! What a great read (so far) and a great tribute to one of my early mandolin heros!

    Thanks,
    Todd
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    Re: Rawhide pick stroke advice sought

    It feels nature to me to, as you say, "appy standard pick stroke theory" -- keep the right hand in constant motion. That said, I don't know how Mr. Monroe did it.
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    Re: 4-string emando, what’s the best out there?

    I owned a ‘64 mandocaster that had great tone. I ran it through my ‘63 Gretch twin. That was a killer 60’s vibe. BUT, I always found the neck to feel ‘tight’ (best descriptive word I could think...
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    Re: Gibson F-5L thoughts

    MAS is MAS and sometimes we have to learn the hardway, but I think you will be happy with a Harvey! I love my 2012 MM and won't part with it.
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    Re: Northfield F5 4.0

    When I talked with Derek a couple of weeks ago, he said they have not been released to dealers yet. I think the thread that talked about it was the report on NAMM 2019.

    When I spoke to Derek he...
  12. Northfierld F5A/Gibson MM/Ellis Tradition Video Comparison

    Hey Cafe,

    My new Northfield F5 Artist 5 Bar arrived yesterday afternoon and am super impressed with it. Amazed at how well it holds up to my Gibson MM and my Ellis Tradition. Especially for...
  13. Northfield's Derek Smith Interview on Michigan NPR

    I hadn't seen this show up yet in any posts so I thought I would pass it on. Michigan NPR did an interview with Derek Smith @ Northfield. Here is the link:
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    Re: American-made F-body mandolins around $2,500

    There's a "Glenn" in the classifieds made by Allen Jones (RIP):

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/135270#135270

    I've head a couple of Allen's mandolins and they all had great tone and volume --...
  15. Re: Is this a Normal curl? for a F5 Gibson? 1993 era.

    Comparing "The Gibson" to others, It looks crooked, too big, and the hooks and curls aren't quite right. The fern looks "fat" too.
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    Re: Breaking in a brand new mandolin

    I had a famous brand, high end model mandolin at one point that was one of the most beautiful instruments I've owned. I tried lots of things to get it to open up -- played it ALOT, bought a tonerite...
  17. Thread: Fretboards

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    Re: Fretboards

    My Gibsons have small fret wire and flat fretboards, my Ellis has larger EVO frets and a radiused fretboard. Like Jim, I am a fan of the smaller frets, but don't find the difference all that...
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    Re: Legal Zoom Mandolin Commercial

    Definitely Waverly tuners, that's one of the things that made me curious about the authenticity of the shop.
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    Legal Zoom Mandolin Commercial

    Just curious if anyone else has seen this commercial:

    https://www.ispot.tv/ad/ItTo/legalzoom-com-miguels-mandolin-shop?autoplay=1#

    I saw it last night, did a few searches but couldn't find...
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    Re: Saw a Very Early Gibson Today

    The article says the neck is hollow. Says the neck, sides, and headstock are carved out of a single piece of walnut. Wow!

    Sure is a beaut!
  21. Thread: Why "The"?

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    Re: Why "The"?

    Maybe.... I think in Mr. Monroe's case it definite had something to do with the whole "regional" thing. Having lived in the blue grass state for a period, they add "the" to a lot of things... "Me...
  22. Re: Interview: A Visit with Luthier Steve Gilchrist

    Thanks for sharing! A fun read! And, loved the video at the end.
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    Re: New Ellis F5 Tradition

    Hey Len, That one happened to be at the Ale and Witch in downtown St. Pete. It happens regularly on Wednesday nights 7-10 pm. I only make that on occasionally. There is also one on Thursdays at...
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    Re: New Ellis F5 Tradition

    I didn't ask that question of Tom, I guess it might have been one of the goals. I do know that the torrefied top makes it sound much older than it is and is very close to the tone of my 6 year old...
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    Re: New Ellis F5 Tradition

    And Here is a quick video of the Ellis F5 Tradition. Nothing fancy. Just tried to play up and down the neck and do a bit of chording, chops, etc.:

    https://youtu.be/RFsxeCTdRGI
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