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    Re: string life with limited playing

    I just use a microfiber cleaning cloth. Wipe down the strings after each use. Cleaning under the strings with the cloth helps, too.
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    Strings can and do lose their vibrance and tone over time whether played or not. Finger residue and sweat can speed up the process, especially if you're not careful to clean the strings after playing.
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    This was a good read. I appreciate him sharing the struggles they went through as well as their successes. We planned on visiting Carters last year but the trip didn't materialize. Life happens....
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    Great thread going on here.

    I've played scales since I was a kid playing the organ. Didn't like them then but it paid off in the long run. So, when I picked up the mandolin 3 years ago, one of...
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    Re: Northfield Calhoun

    I bit the bullet and got one from Elderly in January. It has a very pleasant tone and handles the mid to low range better than my The Loar f style. Thought it would be my primary but, interestingly...
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    Re: How much do you practice?

    Not as much as I would like. Since I started working from home due to the pandemic, I decided to hang my mandolins on either side of my desk. That way I can pick them up and practice at will since...
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Phil,

    Thank you for sharing the hard news with this family. Been following your posts since I got here. Praying for you.
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    Re: Strap Recommendation

    Lakota leathers puts out some really nice straps. Used a flat strap all my life for guitar but, then found braided straps when I took up mandolin and haven't looked back. There's plenty of YouTube...
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    Re: Northfield Calhoun

    I ordered a Calhoun from Elderly back in January. It's got a beautiful flat-top tone. It's a keeper for me.
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    Re: A couple more new ones

    Great work. The back side of that A is beautiful.
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    Re: When You First . . .

    Mike Marshall & Chris Thile. Many more now. Really like Tristan Scroggins' style of play.
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    Re: A new prototype mandolin

    Graham, you've made me realize that I can really get into something with a non-traditional look. You're on the right path. Looking forward to seeing more.
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    Re: The Long Lost Mandolin Cafe Time Wasters Page

    Fun stuff! At least it kept me out of the Cafe Classifieds for a while.
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    Louise, I just saw the post about your mother. My condolences to you. Sorry for your loss.
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    Re: Learning songs by ear

    Really good thread going on here. I enjoy playing by ear but, in order to do so, I need to know the melody well; then transfer what I hear to playing the mandolin. Knowing the melody as it's...
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    Re: Keyboard recommendation for a newbie

    As Pops1 said, weighted keys give you the feel of a piano which is what I prefer. Each keyboard has a different feel. Too, you need to determine if you want a full 88 keyboard or something less. If...
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    It's good to hear you're home now, Dan. Music is a great relief and helps with the recovery. And, an angelic wife does wonder for one's spirit.
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    Re: Gravity and mando case surprise...

    That was such a painful read when the article came out.
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    Re: Thank you Scott and Dan!

    It's a repeat of what others have already said but it's from the heart: thank you Scott and Dan for making this happen. There's no other site I'd rather be than here at the Cafe. This place is such a...
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    Re: Mandolin/Bluegrass players in Lawrence, KS?

    Head over to Mass Street Music. It's a good place to start.
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    Re: A new A with mostly Australian timbers

    That is a strikingly handsome mandolin. That top along with the contrasting woods on the sides and back is fantastic.
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    Re: Northfield Calhoun

    My Loar is the LM-520 (F-style). It's louder than the Calhoun (A style) and is more conducive to Bluegrass. I love it but it is weaker on the bass end. The Calhoun has a deeper voice with more...
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    Re: Burtenshaw Mandolin #15...

    Your mando has a beautiful backside. I really like that walnut.
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    Re: Northfield Calhoun

    The Calhoun is a sweet mandolin. After months of mulling it over, I pulled the trigger about 4 weeks ago and got mine from Elderly. It's a big change from The Loar and both have their place. Br1ck's...
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Dan, I've been following this thread closely since you first posted with prayers for healing and full recovery. Glad to see you posting today; and, with a positive update. Hang in there!
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