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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I think you are missing something VERY special about the 1898/1920's Gibson . . . it's a one-of-a-kind MADOLIN, not a mandolin - made in their super-secret Nashport, Ohio custom shop - most likely...
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    Re: The cafe....made my day!

    I too initially won one of the hats - but then somebody on the Cafe' staff heard my mandolin playing and quickly decided to rescind my winnings . . . .

    Easy come, easy go.

    Congrats Scott!
  3. Thread: UPS rant

    by MikeZito
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    Re: UPS rant

    As someone who has done shipping/receiving work for most of his life, I can relate personal experience that USPS is my most trusted source for safe, fast and affordable delivery. (Keeping in mind...
  4. Re: Sunday picking sessions at my house are keeping me alive...

    Not to sound like a pity-party in any way . . . but those of you who have folks to regularly play/jam with should consider yourself very blessed - it is one of the greatest tools for learning and...
  5. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    Go for it Alan! You have made the perfect first step . . . just remember to let us know when you do your first gig!

    Listen, learn, play and enjoy!
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    Re: The Ol Pals Footprints in the Snow

    Two thumbs up.

    My old radio boss (who had a country/bluegrass show for nearly 60 years) would have called that 'REAL old-timey country music' . . . his highest phrase of praise.

    Keep up the...
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    Re: Like this site but for guitar....

    I have never found a 'general' guitar forum that I was wild about - so I used to simply visit sites that were specific to certain guitars that I was learning about; (Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker, Les...
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    Re: New Mandolin Player

    I started with simple well-known melodies, and then slowly worked on embellishing them in my own particular 'style'.

    Very short video examples can be found on my YouTube channel . . . link is...
  9. Re: Micing mandolins for recording purposes...

    My mic of preference for just about every instrument is a Sure 58 Beta . . . never a complaint.
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    Re: Old Mandolin Restorer's Dilemma

    My only thought is; 'I hope it doesn't sound and play as good as it looks '
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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    I hope that I can describe this properly - it's an exercise that some magicians use to have quick, nimble and independent finger use . . . and the best part is that you can easily and safely do it...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    I can completely identify with my fellow citizen of Connecticut. About 15 years ago I bought an inexpensive violin and thought to myself; 'How hard can this be, the fingering is exactly the same as...
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    Re: Hello, new member here.

    (sigh) A 'newbie' who has joined the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra . . . and I thought I was doing okay because after 20 years I came up my own arrangement of 'Jingle Bells'.

    Starting this...
  14. Re: This just showed up on Reddit ... one of us, do you think?

    Looks like a Kentucky KM-272 . . . that gets two thumbs-up from me!
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    Re: Why do I want this?

    Although it would need a vibrato arm . . . .
  16. Re: Where do all the Mandolin Cafe decals end up?

    No room for one on my case . . . .

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=165089&d=1518911339
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I was wondering who gave that video a 'like' rating . . . .
  18. Thread: The Kentucky

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    Re: The Kentucky

    Everything you could possibly want to know about my KM-272 in this old thread . . . .

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/133969-REVIEW-Kentucky-KM-272?highlight=kentucky+km-272+review
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    Re: Opinion on nickel vs. gold aesthetics

    +1 for gold . . . .
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    There is talent (which I have none of);
    There is practice which leads to ability (which I have some of);
    but in my mind the most important aspect of music is love. If you don't love music your...
  21. Thread: NMC, but WOW!

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    Re: NMC, but WOW!

    Hey -HE STOLE MY ACT!

    (Yeah, right)
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    Re: No more EXP74's?

    Whew - that's good news . . . I prefer the sound of strings after they have been played for a day or two, so this should work just fine.
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    Re: Fun observation

    Exactly! I am sure that my first 'Santa Rosa' mandolin would be a laughable instrument if I saw it today - but at the time it was absolutely invaluable. For months I took it with me EVERYWHERE that...
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    Saying that the banjo was 'heavy' makes me think that there was a more than a little harmless looking and touching going on, in that clandestine little room.

    Since you have confessed your sin, you...
  25. Thread: Oval vs F

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    Re: Oval vs F

    I am more of a melodic player (if you want to call it 'playing') than someone who 'chops' or plays straight chords - and I find that oval holes are much more likely to give me the tone and sustain...
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