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    Re: Vega 20 string

    Bob Page is a seller that you can have confidence dealing with. I've found him to be knowledgeable and informative and thoroughly professional.
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    Re: Still cant play a break!

    Have you taken a look at this video? It was made for the Cafe's profile of Michael Daves who teaches Bluegrass Vocals for ArtistWorks, but it's a great guide to building a bluegrass mandolin solo.
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    Re: Hello! I'm new here and my name is...

    Just to emphasize the message above, the first step is taking off the string tension doing some research on what the correct bridge for a bowl back mandolin looks like, and then seeing what your...
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    Re: Steve Earl and his Gibson mandolins

    It's really unusual to see someone to 'get it right' when it comes to Martin and Gibson history, and he does. And recording the Gibson one so soon after the passing of Justin Townes Earle is just...
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    Re: Gibson A0 Found in Attic

    That's a good comparable. Note that it's in much better condition than the one posted by the original poster. And it's from one of the top dealers in the country.

    The instrument found by the...
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    Re: Gangstagrass?

    When I first heard of the band in NYC, I didn't really take them seriously, and assumed it was just a light hearted musical mashup. But the first time I saw them perform, it was obvious that these...
  7. Thread: "Soft" Pick?

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    Re: "Soft" Pick?

    The Wedgie elastomer pick us comically quiet when used on a mandolin. But for an octave or 'cello... who knows?
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    Re: Wood identity question

    Who made your violins, Jim? I've neber seen a design quite like that 'pointless' pair. ;-)

    edit: I see from your link: Brooklyn made. Looking forward to learning more. B.
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    Re: CEO Chris Martin IV Announces Retirement

    Chris is rather boyish looking. I hope we get to do a longer interview and in person if we can beat this damn virus before next summer when he 'steps down' as CEO. A lot of interesting business...
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    Re: CEO Chris Martin IV Announces Retirement

    Ha! It can't hurt.

    But there is a clue to a possible successor in this short interview with Chris Martin IV that I did for WLVR the day he announced his retirement. Before you hit play, guess...
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    CEO Chris Martin IV Announces Retirement

    This just in: CEO Chris Martin IV Announces Retirement
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    Re: NBD: 1895 Lyon & Healy (Banjo related)

    Thanks Daryl. I appreciate the advice, and hearing about your experience.
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    Re: NBD: 1895 Lyon & Healy (Banjo related)

    Are you pleased with the tuners?

    I have a Washburn 5 string from that era, with friction tuners, and would love to move to planetary tuners and a easier 5th string tuner as well.

    I'm not at...
  14. Thread: Humidity

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    Re: Humidity

    As others have said, high humidity is much less a problem than low humidity - until you get to a mold or mildew problem.

    I don't think finishing the interior of the instrument would make any...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I'm impressed with Kimsey's thoughtful open-minded treatment of the questions. It sounds like you've mostly made up your mind, and there's a lot to be said for taking the most 'conservative' approach...
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    Re: Live from Here is no more

    Sarah just posted this one from her new album. No mando content, but so very sweet. And maybe the last LFH video post!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZCGH5_sFAU
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    Re: Live from Here is no more

    Five years ago this month, I cornered Thile backstage at a show in Cincinnati and confirmed that he'd be taking over Prairie Home Companion. I wrote a short news story on my phone for Mandolin Cafe,...
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    Re: Pearl top Martin

    What a lovely instrument.
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    The Miller Etsy site doesn't have a good size comparison of the different shapes - probably most useful is to photo them next to the most common pick brands for reference. I was intrigued by the...
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    Do you know the actual material they are made from, or is that a trade secret? I like that greenish color too!
  21. Re: Why do L&H Model A, B, & C owners use TI mittels and not star

    An aside: Lyon & Healy made mandolins in both 13 7/8" and 13" scale lengths.

    I don't think you can generalize broadly about the correct string gauge for either maker. Instruments vary over the...
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    Re: '50s Stradolin: solid or laminate?

    Folowing the link provided by the original poster... photo #3 out of five, seems to show a laminated top, if you look at the exposed edge in the segmented sound hole.

    With it in hand you'd know in...
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    Hey there. Did anyone watch most or all of the TWO helpful videos in posts 16 and 17? Curious to hear if you find a difference in emphasis that goes beyond simply 'learn the melody'.

    Also, I'll...
  24. Beautiful photos. Well done all around!

    Beautiful photos. Well done all around!
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    You may find this useful. Made for the Cafe a while back.


    https://youtu.be/KIOTCubijZE
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