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    Re: Sierra Hull- tone tips video

    Just watched this, and it is very clearly presented. Plus her tone in incredible!
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    Please add “Time Travel” to Chris Thile’s resume
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    Re: Douglas fir

    James, that “Cricket” mandolin is really something!
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    Re: Has Waverly Jumped the Shark?

    It really is too bad there’s not such a wide range of choices as with guitars. Rodgers tuners for guitars set an amazing standard, both for beauty and ease of use. Although they are about twice the...
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    Thanks everyone, for the helpful insights. (Especially James, for the purple/yellow mammoth ivory chop info!). It sounds like tradition for mother-of-pearl nuts may be a good part of it, but...
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    Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    Dear Luthiers—In the acoustic guitar world, nuts are at least in my experience almost exclusively made of bone. (By contrast, bridge saddles on flattop guitars vary from bone to ivory, to fossilized...
  7. Wow, what unabashed energy!

    Wow, what unabashed energy!
  8. Re: How to Open a Vintage Guitar Store in Seven Easy Steps

    Great story! Walter is a natural writer and an astute observer of the music business. It’s a gripping account even though at the end it is easy to see how Walter and Christie succeeded—they did what...
  9. Great time feel! Absolutely LOVE Don...

    Great time feel! Absolutely LOVE Don Stiernberg’s tone, so smooth and such great pop, perfect for the music. A Nugget, I recall? Could not sound any better.
  10. Re: Happy 70th birthday today to Mike Kemnitzer of Nugget Mandoli

    Every great instrument leaves an indelible impression, but that is dedication!
  11. Re: New Joe Campanella F-5 at The Music Emporium

    Seriously beautiful instrument, with so much old violin vibe!
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    Re: Sorensen Tone

    Wonderful tone!!!
  13. Re: Luthiers! Advice on back seam hairline crack ...

    Dear rcc56, Sunburst, and Andrew—Many thanks for this helpful input! I will proceed as suggested. —R.
  14. Luthiers! Advice on back seam hairline crack ...

    Hi, I have a 2” hairline separation of the center back seam adjacent to the heel, and have seen recommendations to rub some hot hide glue into the separation. to stabilize it and stop it from...
  15. Re: Great new composition by Joe K. Walsh - mandola and bass

    That Smart mandola has just a fog of beautiful harmonics!
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    Timothy, Bill would not be the first builder who began life as a draftsman! —R.
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    Hi Mike—You make a persuasive case that ANY F-5 mandolin is in some sense a “Loar copy” because the F-5 itself originated in the Loar era. So that it is perhaps one end of a spectrum, and toward the...
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    Derrington & Harvey era Gibsons

    I’ve read a lot of positive things about these two eras of Gibson’s mandolin renaissance. Are there any marked differences in tone or appearance of mandolins produced under Charlie Derrington or...
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    Re: Sierra Hull - Amazing FB video

    Just super! And the great update.
  20. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    Mike, just listened to the clip on your Gil and that mandolin simply could not sound better to my ears! Fat mids, massive clarity up the neck, huge power. Wow!
  21. Re: We have a 3-way race: Collings vs Pava vs Gilchrist

    Have you played the Gilchrist? Any of the others?
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    Re: Chris Thile's Loars

    The last time I saw Chris Thile, after he’d opened the show with several numbers requiring total mastery of the instrument, he referred to what he’d just finished as “shameless revelry”. Perfect...
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    Re: Chris Thile's Loars

    “All the talk of the Loars and they do sound great, but to my ears this mandolin suits his style more than any other.” Thile of course sounds great on anything, but that Gilchrist (F5c I believe)...
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    Re: Peter Coombe flat top mandolin

    Yes Peter, plus one for you to post photos of that new archtop!
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    Re: Why so many glossy finish mandos?

    Good to remember there’s a whole lot of territory between a high gloss and satin finish. Sweet spot for me is a somewhere between the two that brings depth to the wood but not so bright it hurts the...
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