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    Re: Ditson Victory

    Sure, but perhaps I should start by saying I'm not just talking about my own preferences. In the classical world, players are usually not so quick to say "use whatever works for you," "YMMV," etc. Of...
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    Re: Ditson Victory

    Excellent post, Eugene. That's definitely Cafe-Hall-of-Fame-worthy. Especially your point #3, that by far most of the American bowlbacks produced were low-quality to begin with.

    To those points,...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    I'm sorry to hear that. Since I taught at Berklee for 18 years (ear training, ensembles, string labs) I can tell you that no one graduates without being able to read standard notation, both...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    This raises another interesting point. To my knowledge, Marilynn Mair and Richard Walz are the last two professional-level mandolinists who studied directly through the American system of classical...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    Alas, classical mandolin hasn’t found an academic home yet in the USA, although there are some college programs that have been mentioned above that have included mandolin in some way. These programs...
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    One tip about using the online version--The design of the Kindle Reader software is that you have to set the screen width to "maximum' -- it's in the KR font control. If not, the staves will appear...
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    Re: Strings for a K-1 Mandocello

    As I recall there was a recent thread where a D'Addario representative said they might be reconsidering their string gauges for mandocello. Hoping we'll hear news about that; I suspect we need...
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    Re: Unknown Suzuki bowlback (MR-300)

    I think the 70s-era Suzukis are more often the good ones. I've had a few, among the ones I tend to collect for students. I've heard about bent necks, but am thinking that's likely because of the...
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    Re: Pettine Method copyright?

    Yes, and also there is a new edition, with full English translation, of the Calace method -- by Catarina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall. Here is the Mandolin Cafe article:...
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    Re: 1902 Martin Bowlback mandolin

    Seems to me that premium American bowlbacks are regularly going over $1k. As I recall, Carter's sold a 1902 Martin Style 6A for $1100, not too long ago. That's a higher model, although less...
  11. Shouldn't be too long until the print-on-demand...

    Shouldn't be too long until the print-on-demand version is ready; maybe another week! Meanwhile, the online version is available, for those who prefer to use it on their devices. I prefer a print...
  12. Re: Article: Progressive Melodies for Mandocello: 40 Studies for

    This book is designed for use on any computer, using the free Amazon Kindle Reader software.
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    Re: Suzuki Mandolin

    I think of these as solid, entry-level instruments. I have had several, since I like to collect good instruments for students. Good materials, good workmanship. Yes, heavily built, but that's typical...
  14. Re: mando in $300 price range for Italian songs

    If the purpose is to sing Italian songs, I'd get an Italian-style instrument. There are some dealers who have vintage instruments in that price range and are reliable in terms of quality. Try...
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    Re: pandini owners

    Very few of those here in the USA, since Sr. G. Pandini speaks no English. I went to his workshop in Ferrara and met with him, and played several. High quality instruments, obviously, and I've seen...
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    Re: Bowlback 101

    Yes, but that doesn't necessarily reflect demand for bowlbacks: not so long ago you could go into your average store in northern Italy (and I assume this is a typical experience across Europe), and...
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    Re: Bowlback 101

    That link went to Musikalia, which was recently taken over by Alda Leone, daughter of Musikalia's founder, Alfio, and it appears there's been a lot of change there. I haven't seen the higher end of...
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    Re: Bowlback 101

    It's not always easy to find a good bowlback, but here are some ideas:

    DEALERS: There are very few who sell good vintage bowlbacks, and even fewer who have the capacity to do quality...
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    Re: Classical Mandolin Dealers

    German-style mandolins are available over at Trekel.
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    Re: Mandolin music library

    I'm confident it's only a matter of time until things turn around. There's a lot of interest at Berklee in "roots music" (actually, the ensemble I taught there from 2000-2014 had an official "roots"...
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    Re: Mandolin music library

    Thanks for the idea, Joe. I taught one of those ensembles for 15 years, through the Berklee Ensemble Department, so I have a good collection of ideas that worked for me. You may also find some of my...
  22. Re: New Player / Question about bowlback mandolins

    I've played a few of these, in Italy. Haven't seen them here in the USA. The ones I saw were good, solid, well-made instruments, and the Calace name might give you some resale value. But here in the...
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    Re: Vinaccia - 1908 - Value?

    I think it has a lot to do with the reputation of the seller. There are well-regarded Italian luthiers who sell fully-restored mandolins of this type for several times that sum. Then there are...
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    Re: Mandolin music library

    I've been looking into this for years. What's really needed is an academic home for the American mandolin -- a university or college with the resources and interest to take on the cataloging and...
  25. Re: Need help in identifying an old bolwback mandolin

    I suspect the bridge position is in correct for intonation, and the reason for the extra-high bridge is a sinking top. Can't tell from this photo angle. Bridge is way too heavy; if it was mine I'd...
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