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  1. Re: Absolute beginner, which of these 2, Kentucky vs Gretsch

    F Christopher -- you made a couple posts yesterday on old threads. Some threads carry on for decades; they're generally on generic subjects like "mandolin sightings," "women with mandolins,"...
  2. Re: Final choice - Eastman MD305 or Kentucky KM250

    Any chance you can play them both before deciding? Since both the Eastman and the Kentucky are good-quality instruments, the choice would come down to your individual preference for neck "feel" and...
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    Re: Michael Kelly LFS-E

    dhergert, hope you noticed that the OP started this thread seven years ago. Laura H picked it up yesterday -- re: your PS about piezos often needing pre-amps.
  4. Re: 17 fret Irish Tenor Banjo vs mandolin

    Definitions.net's explanation of the term "uilleann":

    The uilleann pipes or //; Irish: are the characteristic national bagpipe of Ireland. Their current name, earlier known in English as "union...
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    Re: Michael Kelly LFS-E

    Lots of piezo-pickup instruments require some sort of pre-amp to produce a signal that balances with other types of inputs -- mics, mag pickups, etc. Not necessarily "poor quality," just the varying...
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    Re: Here's a Doozy....

    Anything that needs a serious repair ain't "Very Good Condition" in my book. A "VGC" instrument should at least be currently playable.

    But that's just me, and I ain't selling (or buying) any...
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    Re: Crestline 'Mandolin'?

    You'll find many of these in this 10-year-old thread.
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    Re: Punch Brothers "Hell on Church Street"

    Maybe Joan Baez on her second Vanguard album?

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    Re: Hand Surgery

    Doctor: "You'll have a little limp, but I wouldn't worry about it."

    Patient: "Yeah, Doc, and if you had a little limp, I wouldn't worry about it either!"
  10. Re: 17 fret Irish Tenor Banjo vs mandolin

    Yeah, we get the "Irish tenor banjo" as well as the "Irish bouzouki." Just means that people play Celtic music on these instruments. There's also the "Irish harp" for smaller diatonic wire-strung...
  11. Re: Help identifying this "Jul. Heinr. Zimmerman" mandolin

    Some info from a violin website:

    Julius Heinrich Zimmermann was born in Sternberg 1851. He established his first workshop in Leipzig and after becoming quite famous he successfully estabished...
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    Re: Punch Brothers "Hell on Church Street"

    For those interested in more opinions on the subject or the Church Street Blues arrangement, this recent thread may be of interest.

    My late mother used to say, "'No accounting for tastes.' as the...
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    Re: Mandolin As A New Direction

    Now that's a retch-ed development...
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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    A story that could be echoed in many cities and towns. Sorta like the extinction of local bookstores by Borders and Barnes & Noble, followed by their extinction, or at least diminution, by on-line...
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    Re: Mandolin As A New Direction

    Age 78, playing mandolin about 50 years. I could say, "Well, played a long time, but never achieved the skill level that I could have. Didn't practice enough, didn't organize my practices for...
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    Re: Have you ever seen anything like this?

    By the way, I meant to say that Nicholas Turturro "invented" the Peanut Ukulele, not "invited" it.

    Probably wouldn't "invite" one myself; got enough ukes for now...
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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    Local dealers, Bernunzio's and Stutzman's, have provided the overwhelming majority of my mandolins. I did have one built for me by local luthier Bernie Lehmann. Others have been fortunate...
  18. Re: Where do the names F-style and A-style actually come from?

    Gibson has made -- and I guess, still makes on a custom basis -- a Les Paul Florentine, with a "chambered" semi-hollow body, and a sharply-pointed "Florentine" cutaway. They also made at least one...
  19. Re: Let's talk about the Stromberg archtop guitar on SGW...

    And who are these rich guys cruising Shop Goodwill? Recent thread about the camouflaged Les Paul mentioned the winning bid was over $4K.

    Is there an assumption that because it's on a "charity"...
  20. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    Perhaps you've watered a horse; have you then milked a cat?
  21. Re: Where do the names F-style and A-style actually come from?

    Oh, for God's sake -- this again?

    The letter prefixes were manufacturing/marketing designations, not "standing for" anything, as far as anyone knows. When the shapes of Gibson "A" and "F" model...
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    Re: Have you ever seen anything like this?

    It's been done, sorta. Turturro "Turnover," mandolin on one side, ukulele on the other. The overwhelming, successful appeal of this concept can be judged by the scarcity of mando/ukes you see being...
  23. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    Well, despite the decrepitude of advanced age, I'm still gigging, and the requirements of each performance largely determine on what instrument I place my emphasis. Most of my solo gigs involve...
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    Re: Why play Mandolin?

    1. Bill Monroe reportedly took up mandolin because [A] there was a mandolin in his parents' house, and [2] his older siblings had grabbed all the other instruments. (Has anyone ever speculated what...
  25. Re: Allen tailpiece - does the felt mute the sound or not?

    If you're worried, try it without the felt and see if you get stray notes caused by the strings between bridge and tailpiece vibrating. These can vibrate when the fretted notes are of certain...
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