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    Re: Wedding Ring weighing you down?

    I'd been waiting for someone to mention the Charley Pride song!

    -Josh
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    Re: Which room humidifier?

    I recommend the Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer. It is widely available--I got it at my local supermarket--costs $20 and works great. This particular model heats the water and puts out a lot of steam, but...
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    Re: "Like 'The Red Violin' but true"

    I wondered the same thing. I guess, among other things, it's an example of the power of the mystique of vintage instruments. But he likes it now!
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    Re: "Like 'The Red Violin' but true"

    Sorry about the limited access through the link. I hope this one works better. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-my-instrument-john-sharp-cello-20150129-column.html

    In case it...
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    "Like 'The Red Violin' but true"

    No mandolin content, but might be of interest nonetheless, this article from the Chicago Tribune's series, "My Instrument," features the Guarneri cello owned by the principle cellist for the Chicago...
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    Re: What can you do with three chords?

    I thought you needed the truth for it to be country music.
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    Re: Steve Gilchrist interview on TLB

    I was just thinking about this and wondered if I had missed your interview. Thanks for asking him about his interest in innovative approaches to making mandolins.

    -Josh
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    Re: Howard Morris 2 point inbound!

    I have a Morris A-5 with a Douglas Fir top and like it very much. Yours is certainly a beauty.

    -Josh
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    Re: My review of the Mandolin Cafe ball cap...

    I have a vintage Mandolin Cafe cap in khaki and a new one in black, and frankly when wearing them blindfolded, I can't tell the difference. It's funny, though; people in the audience swear they can....
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    Re: Walnut Mandoliins

    I've found it difficult to generalize about the tone of different wood for backs, but Larry Hopkins, who made my mandolin with walnut back and sides, told me that walnut has a mellow tone. He also...
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    Re: Favorite Portable Music Stand

    I also recommend this K&M stand, for the reasons Jim mentions. I really like mine. I have a big Manhasset for home, too.

    -Josh
  12. Thread: Banjo...

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    Re: Banjo...

    I second the recommendation for the Recording King Madison. The RK OT25 is an open back and the RK R35 and R36 are resonator backs. Good quality, very good sounding instruments. I have an RK OT25 and...
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    Re: String Tension?

    Is there a difference between the two instruments in the distance from the tuners to the nut?
  14. Re: Ricky Skaggs in Wall Street Journal 11/16/13

    And this one from a couple of years before that.
  15. Re: Ricky Skaggs in Wall Street Journal 11/16/13

    I just found this thread about it from last year.
  16. Ricky Skaggs in Wall Street Journal 11/16/13

    The Review section of the Saturday Wall Street Journal has a column called, "Playlist," where a different person each week writes about a song that is meaningful to them.

    Today's Playlist is...
  17. Thread: sam bush

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    Re: sam bush

    I saw Sam Bush at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago last year. He gave a workshop earlier in the day. The concert hall there is relatively small and the amplification was not loud at all....
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    Re: Who Tunes down their mando?

    Paul McCartney plays Dance Tonight on a mandolin tuned one step down. I tried it and liked the jangley sound, for this song, anyway.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVTJz2j8UBA
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    Re: Douglas fir as a tonewood...

    Howard Morris in Oregon has made mandolins with Douglas Fir tops.
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    Sweet.
  21. Re: Good Reading Material? Not Instructional/Theory Books

    Thanks for these great suggestions. I have made a couple of trips to the library to find some of them.

    Here's my recommendation. Greenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of the Kingston Trio by...
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    Re: Sassafras wood mandolin soundboard?

    Larry Hopkins, an Indiana luthier, recently made a mandolin with a sassafras top and oak sides and back. I think he was in a contrarian mood and wanted to do something that went against conventional...
  23. Re: A cup of tea and a chat with Steve Gilchrist

    Nigel,

    I would be very interested in hearing his thoughts on alternatives to the Gibson design/construction. As I understand it, for some of his mandolins he set out to copy the classic Gibson...
  24. Re: Introducing our 2nd book! Yoga Chords for Mandolin

    Now who would fall for that? Again.
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    Re: Thomastik Stark vrs. FW-74s

    Yes, they are different. I recently switched from Thomastik Mittles to FW-74s, just out of curiosity. Similar feel, although the FW-74s wound strings feel slightly less smooth to me than the...
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