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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    I spend more time in the guitar world forums than mandolin (for better or worse:), and the consensus there seems to be that EVO frets don't change the tone or feel of the guitar noticeably, but...
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    Re: Steve Winwood "Back in the high life again"

    As Kevin says: "Steve is one of the great musicians of our age." I sure agree, he does it all with complete virtuosity. I am really privileged to have seen him perform live, only once unfortunately...
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    Re: Mandolin Bros Catalog Descriptions by Stan

    I really enjoyed Stan's way with words and his colorful descriptions of the instruments for sale - he certainly was a talented writer. Of course he embellished the best qualities of his wares, but...
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    Re: Dumb question... sweat removal?

    I would just wipe down with a damp cloth after each gig, that only takes a minute or so and should clean things up nicely so that there is no lasting finish issues. With that, I don't think any...
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    Re: Loar LM 600 with or without Cumberland Bridge?

    Like Barry, the bridge split on my LM 600 and I replaced it with a Cumberland Acoustics. The 600 is great but the OEM bridge seems a weak point, not very robust compared to the CA, which was a real...
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    Re: Cumberland bridge vs StewMac

    I replaced the original bridge on my The Loar LM 600 with a Cumberland Acoustics bridge. I'll agree they are very high quality and much more robustly built than most. And I could definitely hear an...
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    Re: Virginia/NC road trip query

    Prissy Polly's is a great tip as Alan suggests, really good barbecue and you can catch some live Bluegrass music. But it's in Kernersville NC, about 15 miles east of Winston-Salem, just off I-40...
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    Re: Morris Vs Kratzer mandolins

    Congrats old dog! Off topic, but in regard to Iflngpicker's post and mention of Martin Guitars, all Martins made since the late 1980's or so have adjustable truss rods. It's not obvious, as the...
  9. Thread: Jean Ritche RIP

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    Re: Jean Ritche RIP

    I'm currently reading the bio of Doc Watson. Jean was a good friend of Doc and a great help to him in getting his performing career established in the New York folk scene in the early 1960's. She...
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    Re: Letterman's leaving and Acoustic Music

    I sure agree, Dave's show provided a boost to many great musicians who are out of the mainstream, in particular for the Americana and Alt-Country genres (two of my favorites). That Avett Brothers...
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    Re: Mandolin in other genres?

    You may want to check out Caterina Lichtenberg. This is pretty interesting stuff I think:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pw26nmGgG8
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    Re: "Fertilizer for the brain."

    I've seen the Kruger brothers perform live many times. Jens is a true virtuoso, he can play any type of music on the five string and it's all as good as it gets. The Krugers are a treasure for...
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    Re: Italian blues mandolinist Lino Muoio

    Great stuff! Thanks for putting us onto it Ron!
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    Re: Mandolin Set-up E-Book by Rob Meldrum

    I received mine yesterday. Gave it a quick read, and wow - this is stuff I really need to know. Thanks very much Rob for sharing your expertise!
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    Re: CA bridge vs stock bridge

    The stock bridge on my "The Loar" LS 600 cracked, and I replaced it with a Cumberland Acoustics. It did improve the tone, more volume and the trebles are noticeably stronger, so the upgrade was...
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    Re: string spread at bridge

    Thanks Dan - good luck with your build!

    Paul
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    Re: string spread at bridge

    Since you have a Martin scale length, you could just copy what Martin does. From their web site, specs for a D-18 Golden Era Model:

    Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-3/4''
    Fingerboard Width At 12th...
  18. Re: Dave Rawlings Machine doing "Off to California".

    We saw the Dave Rawlings Machine play this tune at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival back in June, and their entire set was great. It's the first time we'd been able to catch them live, though we've...
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    Re: best mandolin rock songs

    I'd add another Grateful Dead song - Ripple. David Grisman played some very tasty licks during the chorus....understated but really makes the song.
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    Re: Allman Brothers - Melissa

    I like journeybear's idea of using the mandolin to parallel the lead guitar licks that embellish the vocal lines. My theory on why guitarists like the song - it has some great sounding chords that...
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