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  1. Re: Does anyone like the new green blue chip picks?

    Should be easier to locate after dropping. Especially when playing outside.
  2. Re: Torrafied is actually an ancient Jewish process

    Thank you for the information.I am on occassion interested in tidbits related to my culture as I know nothing. I could be the most goyish person to exist as my grandparents held no beliefs in culture...
  3. Re: Uncharted territory in my mandolin life

    Enjoy! I have always had interest in trying a Kimble as I have heard nothing but good reviews. I settled on a Stiver I am soon to receive because I never played one I didn't want to own (excepting...
  4. Thread: What?

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    Re: What?

    Just trying to keep us safe. We are in route home from Florida and hiding out in the mountain forrests in our RV. Nearly everything closed. No use hurrying home to the Burgh with governors orders to...
  5. Re: How to play chords to sing along to?

    Not rediculous! Many of us have been or still are there. I started where you are. I played in a mandolin orchestra with many accomplished players that never strummed chords. B. B. King was quoted as...
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    Re: These trying times

    No way to stay!
    RV camps/resorts are closing to all excepting permanent residents. We are practicing 6 foot social isolation and taking all other precautions as serious as we can. No sharing of any...
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    These trying times

    No mandolin content (kind of)
    Slowly making my way home from south Florida. Six days to get to north Florida. In three days we hope to be in the mountains of NE Georgia. No idea if my usual jamming...
  8. Re: A positive Cumberland Acoustic bridge story

    Had a similar experience with a red wood topped mandola with a top that crashed and then was replaced by the builder with a spruce top. It had been prior to getting a new top the best sounding...
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    Re: Rag vs Morris vs ???

    Jammed with a fellow playing a Rag at the Green Mountain Bluegrass and Roots Festival. I didn’t play it but I heard it and looked it over. Sounded good while finish was not where high end or even...
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    Re: Viola to mandolin or mandola

    You will get lots of opinions with regards to your questions.
    1. viola to mandola likely easier transition than to mandolin as they share tuning and C clef.
    2. more learning resources available for...
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    Re: Looking for new F Style Mandolin

    I paid $850 for a used KM 950 from the Cafe classifieds about 2 years ago. It showed no signs of having ever been played and came with original case, Cumberland Acoustic bridge, black tuning knobs,...
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    Re: Looking for new F Style Mandolin

    Do not rule out A styles while new to mandolins. You will get more mandolin for the same money as an F style, unless you just have to have the “look” of a F style.
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    New Stiver Mandolin in 5 weeks!

    Returning home from Florida in 5 weeks and then the 70 mile drive to Mr. Stiver to pickup my new mandolin and hopefully forever put an end to my MAS.
    Sold my much enjoyed Coliiings MT in September...
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    Re: Heavy duty gig bag

    Levy’s deluxe leather mandolin gig bag
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    Re: Round vs. pear shape

    Curiosity: do these shape differences provide a different tone such as flat top vs. arch top? Or are the tonal differences impacted more by other factors?
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    Re: tone woods for Octave Mandolin

    Good advice about picking a builder you trust. My builder built to my request for a red wood top of which he lacked experience. This resulted in him making the red wood top too thin which resulted in...
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    Round vs. pear shape

    I notice many of the mandolin family instruments made in Britain, Ireland, and Scotland are roundish while US instruments (A style) are more pear shaped. Any advantage tone wise for one or the other?...
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    Re: tone woods for Octave Mandolin

    Is anyone building OMs, Dolas, or even many builders using torrified wood on f style mandolins due to fear of cracking? I think I would want a red spruce top or something that has proven itself to...
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    Re: Mandolin right hand technique

    Wrist playing notes (melody).
    Combination of wrist and arm playing tremelo.
    Arm strumming chords.
    ......and not always purely as stated but certainly mostly.
    Right or wrong, I don't know, but...
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    Re: Muleskinner Mandolin Raffle!

    Played Andyís mandolins at the Green Mountain Bluegrass and Roots Festival. Nice Mandolinís. I especially liked the tone of an A model he had with him comprised of (I think) sycamore.
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    Re: Solo builders

    Lots of great builders with reputations that make you want a build from all of them. Many of whom are active here on the Cafe. Find a reference to a particular builder here on the Cafe and then begin...
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    Re: New MD-305

    Congrats
    I derived much pleasure from my 305.
    A 304 makes a good addition.
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    Re: Sold my Collings and got a Pava

    Sold my Collings to get a Stiver. Was happy with my Collings. I have yet to receive my Stiver. I’m betting I like my Stiver better as it is being built to my preference. I also know and like the...
  24. Re: Here's why you are an amazing mandolin picker but still dumb

    I wish my parents had been “tigers” forcing me to play and practice an instrument. It would have kept me from being a street wise urchin doing things that would have put me in serious trouble in...
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    Re: Travel to Europe

    I doubt if anything will happen. I have traveled throughout Europe with no issues. Someone did advise me to carry a copy of regulations. I did not, but it is probably good advice.
    If you do have a...
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