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  1. Re: The merciless camera (recording ourselves as a reality check)

    Forcing a smile will create as much tension as whatever else you’re doing. A relaxed smile (cuz, hey, music is fun!) has helped me. Also, watch some early Chris Thile videos on YouTube. You’ll feel...
  2. Thread: Trading

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    Re: Trading

    I’ve only traded once, with another cafe member. He initially put up a want ad for an OM, but took it down pretty quickly, replacing it with a ad selling a Collings MT. I had a Weber Hyalite with a...
  3. Re: The merciless camera (recording ourselves as a reality check)

    I played at a family member's wedding years ago and in one of the pics realized that I get a pre-snap linebacker look of intensity when I'm concentrating. I still do it occasionally, but have worked...
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    Re: String suggestions for flat tops

    I used A250 or D’Addairio J62s, depending on availability. Same gauges, and both good string sets...
  5. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    So, now you’ve got me very, very interested!
  6. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    Jim, I don't think a CF mandolin should be inherently less expensive to build (and possibly more expensive, at least initially from what I've read on threads through the years), I just haven't played...
  7. Thread: Troublesome Creek

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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    They look nice! Always cool to have high quality options!
  8. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    Jeff,

    The beauty of these instruments, for me, is their "impervious to the elements" design. I don't want to take my Kelley or my Rigel camping in the summer or when temps start dipping low,...
  9. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    At that price point I’d be interested in a mandolin, and agree with Jim that an OM based on the bari uke, if similarly priced (realizing the tuners are doubled, etc, so expect it to be more), is very...
  10. Thread: the Small Dog

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    Re: the Small Dog

    Beat me to it!
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    Re: impulse purchase - non-mando

    It’s actually very intuitive, and, if you become proficient, you’ll get gigs when the world
    Re-opens. As a dabbler, it’s painfully boring to practice alone but great fun to play in a band setting. A...
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    Re: Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    Nice work, Spencer!
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    Re: Does anyone else get "steps" from playing?

    Yep, while wearing it on my fretting hand. Also get a lot of steps clapping at ball games (well, before 2020, anyway).

    Unfortunately, the Fitbit irritates the skin under the sensor, so I pretty...
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    Re: 7th fret: 3rd or 4th fingers?

    Just for the record, anatomically, the pinky is the fifth finger (the thumb is the first). But I know what you all mean. Now, back to the excellent advice being offered!
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    Re: Please help me choose a beginner instrument

    Agree with all of the above advice. Will add that if you buy from a Cafe sponsor it will come well set up. If you buy used on the classifieds it will likely be well set up, but no guarantee there. If...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    I use the iStobosoft app almost exclusively at home and always did my final tune up before worship services with it (prior to March 13). The only downside, IMO, is that it’s not practical for stage...
  17. Thread: Eastman 805 Review

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    Re: Eastman 805 Review

    Kevin,

    Sorry you had to part ways with your most recent “baby,” but glad you found this one! Take heart that it sounds amazing in your hands. The wood and wire do matter, but the real magic is in...
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    Re: What’s after a Kentucky KM-1050?

    I’ve owned a Weber Yellowstone mandocello and presently own a Weber bitterroot OM. Both are spectacularly made instruments with outstanding tone and impeccable fit and finish, and both were built...
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    Re: What’s after a Kentucky KM-1050?

    Lol, in re-reading that, it sounds harsh, which wasn’t my intention! But, I stand behind it, as I’ve been there. My main mandolin prior to the Kelley was a Silverangel Econo model from 2009. After a...
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    Re: What’s after a Kentucky KM-1050?

    Skip Kelley and Steve Sorensen are two builders I’d check out. I have a Kelley A5 that’s a spectacular instrument. Mandomutt sells them on consignment and often has links to videos of Skip playing...
  21. Thread: Why Mandolin?

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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    Nickel Creek’s “Ode to a Butterfly.” A DJ for one of the country stations in Charleston, SC, played it in the background as he kicked off the morning show every day. Someone finally called in to ask...
  22. Thread: Ok, who dunnit?

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    Re: Ok, who dunnit?

    Congrats, TAlex. Sorry, Mark!
  23. Thread: NMD Pomeroy Oval

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    Re: NMD Pomeroy Oval

    Very nice, Don, and, even on my iPad speakers, sounds awesome!
  24. Thread: NMD Pomeroy Oval

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    Re: NMD Pomeroy Oval

    Gorgeous, Don! Agree, can’t wait to hear it in your hands!!
  25. Re: Do you think a Morris flat top would fit in this case?

    I’ve had good luck with Gator cases through the years. They’re relatively inexpensive but hold up well. Calton quality? Of course not, but for everyday use and for car travel, playing at church, etc,...
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