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    Re: Education

    HARD QUESTION
    I find a great deal of difference in mandolins of the same maker. Some I like and some I don't. I have come to expect certain qualities in tone to each of the makers you named, but...
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    Re: Tuner machine advice

    I'm no expert on this, but do want to offer for what it's worth told to me by people with more expertise than me, " Changes in humidity and temperature fluctuations have a larger effect on a mandolin...
  3. Re: Loar 520E, Kentucky 630, Loar 590E or Eastman 315

    Another alternative : Watch for used mandolins posted in the Cafe classifieds in your price range. Purchase with a 48 hour buisness day trial period. If you don't like it simply return it. You are...
  4. Re: Kentucky KM-1500 Fret Size and ....

    Reference thread in "Builders & Repairs": KENTUCKY KM-950
    My 950 has larger frets than my recently sold Collings. At first I didn't like them but with use I have come to like the larger frets very...
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    Don brought up the issue of reducing tension while in storage. To reduce string tension or not to reduce string tension?
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    Curious to see what those with more expertise than me have to say about this. I have asked this question in the past with regards to reducing tension while traveling. Leaving some instruments home ...
  7. Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Christmas Concert

    Mark your calendars! December 15, 2019 3pm

    St. John's Lutheran Church of Highlands
    311 Cumberland Road
    McCandless, Pa 15237

    The orchestra is always a joy to see. Charlie Rappaport,...
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    Re: The Mando Boys

    Thank you. New to me. I met Peter Ostroushko sometime in the 80s at the Augusta Music (Davis & Elkins College, WV). This is when my enamoration with the mandolin started, though it was several years...
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    Re: Satin finished mandolins?

    I often see Pava Mandolins advertsed with a satin finish.. I would think that you could custom order an A style without inlays very close to your sought after price range. I have never played or even...
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    Re: Classifieds

    The advertiser generally lists the price in the ad. If an advertiser does not quote a price, I and perhaps many others disregard the ad. This is, to me, annoying. Perhaps not as annoying to me as...
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    Re: The Kentucky

    Never sure how to describe tone, but I will give it a shot. The MT had very sweet sounding highs and the lows were dark but not necessiarily clear. The 950 lows are not as dark but clear and the...
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    Re: Fret size on Kentucky KM-950

    Should I assume I would be safe asking for FW37080 EVO Gold (0.80) based upon this measurement?
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    Fret size on Kentucky KM-950

    Would someone please advise me on the size frets that are on my Kentucky KM-950. Upon review of Saga's specs the most descriptive information they provide is "medium jumbo" (not very specific). I do...
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    Re: The Kentucky

    I have found the Master Series Kentuckys to be a cut above the lesser Kentuckys and Eastmans I have owned. Though, I was really enanmored with my Collings MT I recently sold to fund a new build, my...
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    Re: The Kentucky

    In my humble opinion, between the KM-950 and the KM-1050 you got the better looking of the two. With no difference in tone (except for individual mandolin differences) and the same appointments. Came...
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    Re: The Kentucky

    I have a KM-950 which has become my main instrument after selling my Collings and await my new mandolin on order. I like it alot. Bought it used from the Cafe classifieds in as new condition and with...
  17. Re: Opinion on nickel vs. gold aesthetics

    It did not occur to me to ask the color of the frets. I did specify the size of the frets but assumed they would not be gold to match the hardware I ordered.
  18. Opinion on nickel vs. gold aesthetics

    I recently commissioned a new mandolin build. I ordered nickel tail piece and tuners on a sunburst finish mandolin. I keep rethinking this in my mind and am interested in opinions on whether or not...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    I was able to differentiate the difference between practice and natural talent when our youngest began to play. With very little time on the strings he could tune perfectly without a tuner, listen to...
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    To answer your question for an alternative for a tonegard to fit an oddly shaped instrument I will suggest that perhaps a shoulder brace for a violin or viola may work.
    Though you did not ask about...
  21. Re: Live From Here - Is There a Better Music Show ANYWHERE?

    Well said. The show does expose me to musicians I may not otherwise ever hear of. Some I like and some I don't. But, how would I ever know if LFH never exposed me to them? Admittedly, I am, myself,...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    I met with Mr. Stiver twice in the last year for some tuneup work on my Coleman mandola and to order a new custom build A style. He is still on top of his game and a very fine gentleman to boot. I...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    I had a similar experience with defective tuners om an MT. They could not have been more helpful in getting me setup with new tuners.
    They obviously put customer service on par with building fine...
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    Re: Seagull S8

    Thank you for the review. I played one at Elderly Instruments. I could not help comparing it to travel mandolins I have owned and in that category it excelled but lacking when compared to mandolins...
  25. Re: Country Mandolin players in the Honky-Tonk era

    I mostly prefer to play 40s/50s country and 50s/60s rockabilly. Not a lot of mandolin to be found from those genres. I find no problem adapting mandolin to country of that era. I find it much more...
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