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    Re: Black metal mandolin

    I like when different folk instruments are added to the basic BM sound. You guys have a bigger tolerance for it in your part of the world. A band like Turisas can play to 10,000 people there, and...
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    Re: Which upgrade for Eastman MD-315?

    Mine came with a Travelite from Mando Store. They did the set-up as well, was playable out of the case when I received it. After first string change, I had it checked out, all was well.
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    Re: Which upgrade for Eastman MD-315?

    I too have the 315, very happy with it. The only upgrades I've done so far have been a cast tailpiece and Grover tuners. Next will be an armrest.

    I already have the case, so that's probably where...
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    Re: What did you get for Christmas?

    For Christmas... I got a little feeling back! Whilst helping my kids prepare costumes for Halloween, I damn near sheared the top of my left index finger off with a camping knife. The laceration was...
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    Re: Six songs to define bluegrass

    People tend to be very passionate about the tradition, but to a larger extent, about the music.

    It's like wine. The classic notion of a fine aged wine is desirable and valuable, and to those "in...
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    Re: Clearwater beach jam?

    Len, is that Sunday jam a regular event? I live in Dunedin.
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    Re: Why I Don't Listen To Country Music.

    I have a friend that is my age, mid-40's, and is a lifetime country fan, listens to whatever is on country radio. I recently sat him down and played him Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell, he said it...
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    Re: Self Teaching

    I started playing in June of 2014. I spent hours in front of a bunch of online and YouTube lessons, learned quite a bit. Got a bunch of 2-finger and a few 3-finger chords working, could run a few...
  9. Sticky: Re: An invitation for members to use their real name

    Please change mine to John O'Brien. Many Thanks!
  10. 2014 - Favorite record with mando content?

    Looking back over the last 12 months is there a mandolin-related record or two that sat at the table and made itself family?

    I'm a big fan of Greensky, and their 2014 offering, If Sorrows Swim...
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    Re: The Mandolin Store

    Brian just helped me last week with my Eastman, great experience. I asked if they had any B-stock or blems, got a great deal. There was a tiny bit of marking where the bridge moved during setup....
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    Re: Eastman MD315

    Agreed. I love the satin old/distressed look, feels great, and sounds like a dream.
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    Eastman MD315

    Santa drives a FedEx truck and looks a little like Vanilla Ice.

    I've improved in my playing to a level that I was ready to step up out of the basement and play a better quality instrument.
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  14. Re: Ozarks Band covers Carol of the Bells. Whatcha think?

    That's great, really enjoyed it. I may try to play along later when I'm practicing. Thanks for sharing.
  15. Re: Best Old Time Intruction for Intermediate Player

    I found this great instruction record from 1977 by Michael Holmes. "Mandolin Instruction: Old Time, Country, and Fiddle"
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    Re: clip-on tuners post umpty-ump

    I found a Grover Clip On Tuner at a local store, was going to get a Snark, but the clerk, a friend, suggested I try the Grover. I've tried others since, but like the Grover the best.
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    Re: Dealing With Spouse

    I was debating about throwing my hat into the ring on this one, but here goes...

    I purchased my first mandolin in June, an entry level A with a pickup. Sitting around the fire one night I was...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    I've been picking away at Fisher's Hornpipe for a few weeks now, got the first section down, finally locked myself away in my studio last night to hammer out the last section. At one point, I dragged...
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    Re: Mandolin-related injury... don't laugh

    Funny that you mention this. I played a lot this weekend, even acquired a second mandolin on Sunday. I played a ton. I'm right handed, but for some reason, I tried to use my left hand to operate my...
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    Re: Explaining chord progressions

    Nice. Brad Laird. I'm a new player, and have spent a ton of time with your videos. Thanks for the kick start! I enjoy and appreciate your work.
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    Re: Four fingers not three

    As a new player, I am building up the strength and dexterity in my left hand fingers, and notice that my wedding ring now fits a lot looser. I hope that's not a bad sign. I will tell you that after...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Attended my first Jam this past weekend (what a great experience!), ordered my fakebooks, listening to plenty of fiddle tunes and standards, gearing up for the next one, and will certainly be...
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    Re: Mandolin Album Thread

    The new Greensky Bluegrass record "If Sorrows Swim" was issued Tueday. A phenomenal mix of roots and exploration, all wrapped-up in well-crafted songs. Paul Hoffman continues to be one of my favorite...
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    Re: Mandolins and Beer!

    Right in my wheelhouse for sure. My favorite is picking by the firepit with a Magic Hat #9, although, now that Fat Tire is available in the south, it's catching up. Since Suwannee Springfest, I'm...
  25. Re: Just for a Chuckle-- Why don't people recognize a mandolin?

    I walked out of my room a few weeks ago, strumming my mando (an Ibanez A with a pickup), when my wife's friend says "Oh, is that a new ukelele?", which is funny, considering she had given me a...
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