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  1. Re: New San Bush album focuses on John Hartfiord tunes

    I'm really looking forward to hearing this.
  2. Thread: Wood Anatomy

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    Re: Wood Anatomy

    I don't want to go too far down the rabbit hole here, and I have no scientific input to offer. But, as a fiddler first, I've had the pleasure of playing many different instruments of different ages...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    It should definitely work. You may well outgrow it but my girlfriend has one of those and is happy with it. I've picked it a bunch and certainly would be fine with it if my pricier mandolins went...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    Eastman or Kentucky tend to be the better bets in that price point. Some feel that Kentuckys have more of the "traditional" Gibsonesque sound and the Eastmans more "modern". Some Eastmans are...
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    Re: NMD Girouard A4

    Beautiful instrument!
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    Re: My mando sounds muted/dulled :-(

    There may not be a need per se, but I using an pencil (8B preferably) and lubing the nut and bridge slots helps saddles and nuts last longer if nothing else. I've been doing this for 25 years at the...
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    Re: Campanella Mandolin

    As a fiddler and affocianado of fine violins (though all of mine are aren't "fine") I've had my eye on Campanella for a while! If I were a man of means, I would order a matching pair, one of his...
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    Re: A better bridge?

    For what it's worth, just being a hardwood bridge doesn't make everything. Dimensions, density, grain (foot and saddle) etc. all have an effect vibration transmission to the body and also a little on...
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    Re: Bourgeois Mandolins!

    I'm sure. It was a rhetorical question anyway. 🤣
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    Re: Bourgeois Mandolins!

    My thoughts exactly. And one has to wonder how much longer the Maine shop will be here.
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    Re: Bourgeois Mandolins!

    I wonder if these positions would be easier to fill if there was a means to obtain the training without sacrificing livelihood to attend one of the very few (unpaid) apprenticeship opportunities...
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    Re: A better bridge?

    If you're talking imported commercial instruments then a bridge upgrade CAN be beneficial. I've been using Cumberland Acoustic bridges with noticable improvement. But, I don't have any bench-made...
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    Re: How to “woodshed”

    In the states. It was a piper who was a former Bluegrass banjo player, so it makes sense...
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    Re: How to “woodshed”

    I picked up the term at an Irish session. This was about 25 years ago when I was still a little fresh on the fiddle and it was gently suggested that I might woodshed a little bit. I had to ask what...
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    Sounds like Sam Z.
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    Re: Bourgeois Mandolins!

    The company was started by a fella named Dana Bourgeois.
  17. Re: Elixir Official Notice Mandolin strings discontinued

    I'm not sure if it will settle it permanently. Other cafe members have received replies from Mapes staff that contradict this one...
  18. Re: Elixir Official Notice Mandolin strings discontinued

    I based my post on a previous email to them.
  19. Re: Elixir Official Notice Mandolin strings discontinued

    The moonshine is code for their coating. I'm not sure if the unwound strings are coated or not though.
  20. Re: Elixir Official Notice Mandolin strings discontinued

    Mapes offers 80/20s, and they're coated.
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    Re: Bluegrass Festivals This Year???

    Just my local festival right here in town. Ossipee Valley Music Festival. I'm doing the week long string camp that kicks it off too. Good bookings this year! Sadly, it's the only one I can afford to...
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    Re: Ordering my first mandolin- KM156

    A 272 is a good instrument for the price point. I got one in January because I have an F5 and an A5 but was lacking an oval hole and didn't have a big budget. I've been satisfied.
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    Re: NMD "Northfield A5 Special"

    Very nice! That's the one that's on my wishlist.
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Dunning-Kruger?
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    Re: block inlay patterns

    Truth! I'm in the hate 'em category myself, but I don't judge anyone who loves them. That's what's great about having asthetic options.
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