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  1. Re: How do these on-line private-sales work? Pay first or ship fi

    I've bought & sold many times on the Cafe. When payment received (PayPal or check clears), the Cafe gets at least 2% and the instrument is shipped. Like Jill, I've never had an issue with sales or...
  2. Re: Possible Transition from Light to Medium Strings

    In college, I had a friend who would pay $5 to change strings on his Martin D41 and $10 to change strings on his Guild 212. Don't be like that guy!
  3. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    I seem to remember a luthier on this forum who set up a fingerboard with relatively wide frets up to the7th fret or so, with narrower frets in the upper register.
  4. Re: Definition of a good mandolin player’s spouse

    I was married almost 42 years to a wonderful woman who supported any musical impulse that I had, as long as it didn't break up the household finances. That included listening to countless gigs with...
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    Re: Collings MF5 - Any years to avoid?

    I think Collings started with the MF's first and in the early 00's added the MT's. Fit & finish on every Collings I have played are great. Most have sounded good and several have sounded great. ...
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    So there you have it for arm rests: Yes, No, and Maybe So. Next, move on to Tone-Gards!
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    Re: Looking for some new tunes

    Brian Oberlin has recorded a variety of mandolin music, but "Solo Swing" fits the genre and his site has some free instructional material in the swing/jazz realm.
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    I think the opinions about armrests will be all over the map. You don't "need" one to play mandolin. I personally like the McClung armrests and have them on several instruments - they protect the...
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    Re: Looking for some new tunes

    Tim Connell is also the mandolinist in Rio Con Brio's Caprice - lovely choro tunes.
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    Re: Best use of bulk time?

    If you have "bulk" time, you should spend some of that time with purposeful listening to tunes that you want to learn. If you can sing it, you will eventually be able to play it. Don't over-play...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    Ed Hanrahan: I agree with your thoughts. The Planet Waves NX-Micro has replaced the Snark and other similar tuners on my instruments. They work well on guitars and mandolins, aren't bulky, and...
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    Re: Old mandolins versus new a conclusion

    And if it doesn't have a scroll, it just looses that sonic complexity that allows you to play in a bluegrass band. The florentine F-style mandolins certainly look louder and have better visual tone...
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    After a while you realize that sometimes too many mandolins is one too few! When coronavirus lifts, play as many as you can and you will always be able to find one that speaks to you in a way that...
  14. Re: Really interesting A-style on ShopGoodwill

    You could always repair that tenor-side rib and the back crack with Bondo or some other quality wood putty!
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    Re: The Mandolin in America

    You can only buy that edition in person, supplied in a plain brown paper wrapper from the back room at Carter's. You have to wear a mask. You slide cash under the back door out in the alley and the...
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    Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    There is a spot in my music room that really boosts the timbre of my mandolins. There are days when I forget what I was planning to practice and just listen to the tone of simple scales or complex...
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    Re: A models rocking the classifieds

    Nothing wrong with A models!
  18. Re: It's the anniversary of Mandolin Mondays #1

    David and C: Thanks for giving me something to look forward to viewing/listening to every Monday (or Tuesday, depending on schedule). Consistently great performances!
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    Re: Young Sam Bush A5 video

    I think that's the White/Rice D28- when Tony originally got it the pick guard was peeling off, if I remember correctly. It's got the BB-scar, sound-hole, and squared off headstock...
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    Re: Young Sam Bush A5 video

    I think it's a re-necked A50, but don't remember the full story.
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    Re: Monteleones at Rudy's Music

    They carry a great collection of arch top guitars - prices that reflect NYC rents. One can always ask - I think they keep open with their electric guitar inventory. However, the most Monty...
  22. Re: My wife gifted me two mandolins for Christmas!

    My wife doesn't think she's very good, but I like her work! I'll have to practice more to live up to her painting.
  23. My wife gifted me two mandolins for Christmas!

    Well, at least a portrait of my two favorite mandolins :mandosmiley:.191015
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    Re: Thank you Scott and Mandolin Cafe

    Happy New Year to Scott and the moderators and all associated with designing and running this great site. Thank you for another great year - about the only thing during 2020 that didn't suck!
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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    I became acquainted with Critter for a brief moment during our annual music camp when he was getting ready to head off to college; totally amazing guitarist at that time with the unrestrained...
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