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    Re: Ibanez Buyer beware

    These model numbers surely mean something to the manufacturer (I work in manufacturing and see it every day), but can look too complicated to the consumer. YMMV.


    As far as Taylor’s “layered”...
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    Re: Ibanez Buyer beware

    Just as an observation, I often wonder why some builders give their instruments model numbers like “M522SDVS”? (Takamine guitars have some model numbers twice that long.) Who can keep up? Maybe...
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Dan, just wanted to say that I really enjoyed the song of yours that was posted. I was also struck by how eerily similar our guitar styles are. Many of the little accents you were doing, and your...
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    Mandolin in a Creed song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKeE6Qfnbi4

    ^^^

    One of my teenage boys is getting into 90s rock and we were jamming out to Creed today. It's barely in the mix, but if you listen closely...
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Hang in there, Dan.
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    Re: Sold my Collings and got a Pava

    My previous mandolin was an Eastman 505. Very different neck shape and the Eastman had a narrower nut. A way different feel and a night and day difference in tone and sound, the Collings being...
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    Re: Sold my Collings and got a Pava

    My Collings MT has a pretty sharp V-profile and it does take some getting used to. I once heard of someone having Bill Collings shave theirs down with some hand tools at the booth of a music...
  8. Thread: Playing Solo..

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    Re: Playing Solo..

    I’ve only ever played solo since I know hardly any other musicians, and therefore never took the time to learn a common repertoire (e.g. fiddle tunes). I play many O’Carolan pieces, old standards...
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    Re: Love Bluegrass but....

    Yes. I've often thought of Bluegrass as the "hair metal" of acoustic music because of the fast playing, so many notes, etc. I admire people who can do it (I can't), but to me it gets old pretty...
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    I mostly play guitar and keep mine tuned down a WHOLE step, and have been doing so since discovering this about 20 years ago.

    Yes, part of it is vocal range. Many songs in G, C, etc. are just...
  11. Re: Guitar (not mando) Advice for what to do with it

    The family aspect of the deal makes it awkward and potentially messy, since, right or wrong, there are usually at least some kind of strings attached to gifts like this, and getting rid of it will...
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    Re: Different picks for different instruments

    I’m a better guitarist than mandolinist and am a believer in keeping a lot of different picks around. For guitar, some songs need a lighter, more airy touch, so I’ll ease up and grab a thinner pick....
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    That’s a cool guitar and from a maker I’d not heard of. I would personally keep it because it’s not every day that one is gifted with a beautiful guitar. You could always use it to explore odd...
  14. Thread: NMD Eastman 305

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    Re: NMD Eastman 305

    That's a fine instrument that could easily be a lifetime keeper. Play it in good health.
  15. Re: Thoughts on starter fiddles/transitioning to fiddle

    To me, the fiddle/violin is THE superior stringed instrument, and I admire anyone who can play it. Even though the fingerings are the same as mandolin, etc, I can't get used to odd way of holding...
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    Re: i love playing mandolin

    Best thread title ever.
  17. Re: Need some help from a French-speaking mandolin player...

    Just a follow-up on this... My wife, son, and I learned this song and performed it over the weekend. It went over great. We ended up just doing it with two guitars since singing in a foreign...
  18. Re: podcast FB Journal, Craig Korth, his '23 F5 loar, and much mo

    I listened to this episode a while back. That guy is a fascinating character.
  19. Thread: Older Eastmans

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    Re: Older Eastmans

    I owned a 2006 505 model for a few years. A very good mandolin but not a great one. When they came out with the 305 models, I played a couple and they both had more character than my 505 (even...
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    Re: Like this site but for guitar....

    The time I'm referring to was around 2001-2003, so it's been a long time. I admit that some of the comments were fun to read, but it didn't make for a welcoming environment.
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    Re: Like this site but for guitar....

    I remember HC; I used to read a lot there but never joined. Maybe I dropped in during its dud phase, but I remember it being a very rough crowd. Many times I saw people get ridiculed and called...
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    Re: Like this site but for guitar....

    It would be cool if there was a guitar section here since so many here play guitar, but then it wouldn’t be the Mandolin Cafe anymore. :cool:

    I often use the AGF’s search feature when I want to...
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    Re: Eastman MDA315 mandola! Yes!

    A few months ago I got very interested in the mandola. I have even spoke with a builder about a possible custom order, though I’ve still never seen a mandola in person or (obviously) played one. As...
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    Re: Because of course she is....

    Collective Soul was apparently my favorite artist in 2019.
  25. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    In all fairness, there really are some instruments that just do not work well with old strings. Example: my Larrivee guitar will not stay in tune with old strings, but my old Takamine does not care...
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