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    Michael Cleveland twin mandolins

    one of Michaels originals - I dig I dig

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    A fun little comparison video

    Since receiving my "new-to-me" '82 Flatiron 1N I've been playing it nonstop! That is until I changed the strings on my Red Valley EM (flat top)... after I was finished changing them I played the Red...
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    Frank Wakefield's mandolin bridge

    I was watching this video in another thread and at 2:12 it shows a very unusual bridge on Franks mandolin. Did Frank make it? Was he known to tinker on his own mandolin?
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    Re: RIP Barry Kratzer

    Agreeing with Lucy. We knew Barry so well and talked to his wife on the phone the day he passed. Tragically he passed from a heart attack and we are devastated! The details don't matter all that...
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    RIP Barry Kratzer

    Barry Kratzer, who built Bulldog and Kratzer instruments died last night in Savannah from complications of COVID. Barry was also a singer and musician who played in bands in Pennsylvania and all...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Well part b of your comment is undeniably true! :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    In case anyone wants to know either (a) that they are fooling themselves into thinking that they hear something that is not actually there, or (b) that they are becoming half deaf old geezers who...
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    Re: The cure for MAS

    My biggest fear is to leave my wife and kids with a mountain of mandolins and other instruments and no backhoe to bury the instruments with. :)

    A dear friend and fellow collector of the same...
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    Re: The cure for MAS

    Yeah, this is a one-in-one-out (OOIO) house, too.

    But lucky for me, I'm in the same situation as Librarydog: My mando and guitars all do it for me better than anything on the rack. With mandos,...
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    Re: The cure for MAS

    My biggest fear is that when I die my wife will sell my mandolins for what I told her I paid for them. I've even tired that "there is empty case coming in next week" and she fell for it as mandolins...
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    Re: The cure for MAS

    As long as you understand there is no known cure for M.A.S. then you are better able to live with it day to day. Using going out and playing other mandolins is like taking an Advil for the cure. It...
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    Re: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    Happy Birthday MC

    What better way to celebrate and say “thank you” than to send a few dollars toward maintaining this wonderful resource :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    https://youtu.be/ZLBDGy62ccQ
    Here’s our group’s recent video. A slow drag. I’m playing a Tenor Guitar in Mandolin tuning.
    Joe B
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Kevin, where I’m living now, internet is spotty, plus I’m lazy … I’ve been immersed in the blues recently and hopefully will find time to post new stuff; in the meantime here are a few I put up in...
  15. Re: Bill Monroe’s mandolin and other Loars.

    Here's MC member f5loar on Monroe's F5:

    Okay you guys are all over with these Monroe repair dates.
    Let's get it right if you are going to discuss it. To start the date bought for $150 in the...
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    Sonny Osborne passes

    Sonny Osborne passed away this afternoon at 1:30. Another giant of bluegrass music gone.

    https://bluegrasstoday.com/sonny-osborne-passes-a-giant-in-bluegrass-music/
  17. Re: Norman Blake & Saint Elmo Slim - T.A.G. Railroad Rag

    The mandolin is a Lyon & Healy style B with stairstep or art-deco peghead, 13 3/4" scale, and a low 3 digit serial number.
    The bridge has an ivory saddle inlaid into it, which appears to be factory...
  18. 1923 Gibson "Lloyd Loar" F-5 Mandolin-Storied Sounds Demo

    this is a neat place to hear the story of an instrument, and then hear the actual instrument.

    *take note of comments regarding this mandolin below the video (T Ellis and Don MacRostie)

    **i...
  19. Focal Point Presents | Mike Compton + Joe Newberry

    Bumped into this on the interweb the other day. Not nearly enough views, so I figured I would share here. Just some great old and new tunes picked by two aces.

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  20. Re: New Bela Fleck Album out - My Bluegrass Heart

    From the CD, here are the musicians (I apologize if the pic gets turned around):
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    Re: Griffith Loar

    Played it one year at IBMA my favorite Loar !
    If I could have any mandolin that’s the one
  22. MP3 of the Day - Little Rock Getaway by Scott Tichenor from the a

    MP3 of the Day

    From the Mandolin Cafe MP3 Library.

    Song title: Little Rock Getaway
    By: Little Rock Getaway by Scott Tichenor from the album Steady Breeze
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    Bela!

    https://www.instagram.com/tv/CR19Gz2gy-k/?utm_medium=copy_link

    Bela instrumental with Sierra, Justin, Bryan, Mark and Michael backstage at Rockygrass
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    No snarky comments? Is you forgot where you is? :))

    Actually, I do think some have. This isn't facebook, ya know, where it's customary to just open one's mouth and let fly regardless of...
  25. Re: the Lloyd Loar F5s: in the 1920s and today

    Musical instruments, outside of furniture sized pieces - and with a few exceptions, were generally considered objects that would wear out and get replaced. Guitars, mandolins, and banjos especially...
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