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    Re: Frank Wakefield

    “who else should I be listening to?“
    Bill Monroe - Bush, Grisman, Wakefield all listened to Bill Monroe. It all goes back to Mr Monroe.

    (Listen to Mike Compton as well…)

    Kirk
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    Re: Looking for something darker and throatier

    Maybe stop changing your strings...

    Kirk
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    Nope. I never got into that - I don't name mandolins, guitars, motorcycles, other vehicles...
    Agree with the person who said that you name pets and children.

    Kirk
  4. Thread: stand or sit?

    by tiltman
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    Re: stand or sit?

    I always use a strap and make a point to hold the mandolin the same way whether I'm sitting or standing...
    This sounds really nit-picky but it's truly practical - I don't want to have to learn how...
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    It sounds like the options are:
    - true "travel" mandolin - sacrifice playability and tone
    - "beater" mandolin for travel - sacrifice some playability and tone
    - go like j. condino - take your...
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    Re: anyone know this signature on this Gibson

    I've got a '96 Gibson F5V - also Montana era and signed by Bruce Weber. I get unsolicited compliments on the mandolin (not my playing...) quite frequently - including from folks who are well known in...
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    Poll: Re: Poll - Gold vs Silver

    Gold vs Silver? Probably what I pay the least amount of attention to when looking at mandolins...

    YMMV.

    Kirk
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    Re: Mandolin Café Milestones

    I lurk more than I post (my Dad always said that you learn more with your mouth closed...) but I always enjoy seeing what Journeybear is up to.

    I just cannot believe that Fatt-dad is not fat. Wow....
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    Re: NMD: Ellis A5 Special

    Baby got back!

    (Sir Mix-a-Lot is woefully under represented on the Cafe...)

    Kirk
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    Re: RIP Jerry Jeff Walker

    Jimmy Buffet is putting out a new album during COVID - “Songs You Don’t Know By Heart” - basically a lot of lesser known songs his fans chose.
    Anyway, there’s a series of YouTube videos with him...
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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    I think I’ll write a song - “Troublesome Creek” - and then rationalize getting another mandolin...
    They look nice!

    Kirk
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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    Three chords is really all you need...

    Kirk
  13. Re: If money was no object, and perfect bluegrass tone was only g

    https://themandolinstore.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/wsprodlg_givens.jpg

    An older Givens A5 can give you that dry, cutting tone that you seek. I happen to currently own this one - she’s not...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    ...or a Mandocaster turned up to 11!

    Kirk
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    sidecar can carry a mandolin, tent, sleeping bag, stove, beer, beer...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

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    Yup - a Ural. Here we are headed to a bluegrass festival a few years ago.
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    I've got a '96 varnished Gibson F5 that I've had since '04. I've had a lot of other mandolins come and go but that's the one that I've held on to. The neck is very comfortable (a big thing for me!)...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

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    182278

    Maybe this will work?

    On the first page of this thread I posted the '70's Givens mandolin (A5) that I have - it's number 131.
    This black top Givens (A6), as I said above, is...
  19. Re: Going out of the country...personal item/carry-on?

    I fly a couple of times a year with a mandolin. Usually domestic but also Mexico, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and twice to China.
    (knock on wood) Never a problem. As stated above, i usually just have...
  20. Re: Live From Here - Is There a Better Music Show ANYWHERE?

    I'm not necessarily a fan of Chris Thile - FWIW I tend to fall more into the Mike Compton camp (playing, stage presence, hair style...).

    But, a couple of years ago Live From Here was passing thru...
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    Re: Chris Thile's first mandolin

    Bottom of the photo says Jan 1, 1970...Pretty sure that CT was not even born at that time.

    Curious about that.

    Kirk
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    Re: Vulfpeck - Thile appearance

    :grin:

    Good point!
  23. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    Yup. $500 road trip would still leave $4,000 for a killer A-style mando.

    Kirk
  24. Thread: Uther my cat..

    by tiltman
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    Re: Uther my cat..

    Condolences from another cat lover. My user name is "Tiltman" the nickname for my old cat Tilt. I adopted him from an animal shelter in Boston. He had a permanent head tilt due to an inner ear tumor...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

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    Givens mandolin from the 1970's. Not a pretty mandolin but a very dry, cutting tone.

    Kirk
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