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    Re: Just an observation

    Debating what to order? Here are my three Mel Bay favorites (no particular order). These get a lot of play whether at home for my amusement, or playing out with my duo partner.

    Renaissance...
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    Re: Just an observation

    Mel Bay has offered various discount levels on and off for some time. I watch for their 25% or 30% sales and then buy. Whether or not it is a gimmic is irrelevant to me. I like the low prices and...
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    Re: Your Mandolin Your Beer

    Cool old photo!
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    Re: Your Mandolin Your Beer

    Given my business (small farm winery), I'd better be. But I enjoy beer as well. There's room for it all.
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    Re: Your Mandolin Your Beer

    Just this evening on my back porch; my piccolo flat-top, one of Nigel Gatherer's Scottish music books, two of my cats listening, and a Mexican Modello. What could be better?

    187035

    Looks upside...
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    Re: Hybrid electric

    Hi Keme,

    I thank you for this thread. I am enjoying your adventuresome spirit and willingness to share your thought process. I am having fun following your build and hope you end up with an...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    No Jim, the Crystal Forest is still available. Can't be discussed in the Forum, though. Send me a PM, if you like.

    Best wishes,

    Bob
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Phil, I wish comfort, contentment and peace for you. This thread demonstrates what you mean to this community, and I hope that gives you a feeling of accomplishment. I wish you all the best on this...
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    As always, Graham, your postings on this topic are quite helpful. I am making my own fretboards in the way you describe and while far from perfect, they are getting better with each attempt. I am...
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    Re: 18" scale length-Help with options

    Hi Brian,

    I have a custom-made 18.5" scale-length arch-top Weber. The top plate is mandola-size and the sides (ribs) are OM depth. It works very well as an OM (GDAE) or as a mandola (CGDA). I...
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    Hence the need for piccolo flat-tops as a 'gateway drug'. It's funny, but the conversation here has now come full-circle. I feel like a piccolo mandolin evangelizer!:grin:
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    Hi Tim,

    These are in Mike's regular lineup, and they are amazing. Here's the URL http://www.blackmandolins.com/piccolo-mandolins.html

    Mike was really easy to work with and the instrument...
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    Hi Tim,

    The mandolin in the Vivaldi seems to be a piccolo. The mandolin played solo could be a piccolo or not, I'd have to know the scale length, but the body seems too small. It probably was...
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    Hi Tim,

    I had a Weber Sweetpea and really liked it, but it is not a piccolo mandolin. They are quite different from each other That instrument has a small body but a full scale length, and is...
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    Henry and Gracie are beautiful, and obviously quite smart. They know where the best sunny spots for sleeping are located. I have a Gracie, too, but my avatar is Robyn. Robyn loves mandolin music.
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    Hi Sue,

    They are pretty rare. They are, however, a lot of fun to play. They have a really pleasing voice which is different between the arch top and flat top varieties, just as it is in other...
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for trying. I must admit that I don't know a whole lot about why computers do or don't work. I am able to open the attachments on my computer, but on my IPad, I get gibberish,...
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    Re: floor racks

    Please do, I'd like to see a picture. And please give that sweet cat in your avatar a pat for me!

    Best wishes,

    Bob
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    Re: Well this isnít good..

    I would go the same route. I wouldn't put that one back on, and a full-contact Cumberland would be my first choice. Please let us know what you think of it.
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    As promised, here are a few MP3 files so you can see how the prototype flat-top piccolo sounds. Nothing too artful, but clips that give a sense of the piccolo at different places in its range. Here...
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    Re: Well this isnít good..

    Too bad, Joey, that's a shame. Even though it can't be seen under the bridge, you know it is there. What can you do. . .these things happen. Don't let it get to you.

    Bob
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    Kolkata News: typhoon and COVID

    The news from Kolkata looks quite dire on two fronts; the typhoon and COVID. As you all know, we have Cafe friends there including Snehasish Mozumder and Diptanshu.

    I have reached out to both...
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    Wow! Good for you!
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    Hey Jim, that catalog material is fascinating. Thanks for sharing it.

    I finally did a proper setup on it today. It sounds fantastic. I should be able to record something and post it within the...
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    Hi Jim,

    I wrote an answer a few minutes ago, but it seems to have disappeared. I'll try again and hope we don't end up with two.

    You are, in part, to blame for this foray into flat-top...
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