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    Re: Sam Bush playing something other than Hoss?

    I have nothing to offer but speculation, but I expect Gibson would make Sam Bush anything he wants, and no pro musician would be caught owning just one mandolin. Backup instruments are necessary.
  2. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    To each his own, but I see no reason to test drive a Porsche when Iím going to end up with a Honda, just to sit in my Honda and dream I could afford a Porsche. Iím quite confident I could find a $6k...
  3. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    I have many more Wegen picks than BC, but I like the way Blue Chips come off the strings. I take a Wegen bluegrass pick, lay it on a Dipper and drill holes in it. Love the holes the bluegrass has.
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    Re: What strings are you currently playing?

    I’m liking the Martin monel .115 set these days. I had been using J75s. I’ll try the Curt Mangan monels next.
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    I remember when Gryphon was a Gibson dealer. They moved quite a few high end Gibson instruments, arch top guitars, mandolins, banjos, and they would carry a Les Paul or two, perhaps a 335. Then one...
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    Re: Solo builders

    I know the Schoenberg shop, but I will not take up the time of someone to play an instrument I can not afford under the pretext that I can. I did play that Ellis and that was enough to teach me what...
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    Re: Solo builders

    Yes. Less powerful, but far superior in every other way. I could say that about many mandolins. The Ellis sounds better, plays better, looks better and would create envy better than anything else...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    If I did not come here, and were to go into every quality stringed instrument shop in the SF Bay Area, I would also wonder if Gibson were still producing mandolins. So the question is not so far...
  9. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    I play guitar and mandolin, bass and dobro. It seems number 1 is whatever instrument I just purchased. I was 75% mandolin, then after my D 35 came along, it’s 75% guitar. Over time it goes back to...
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    Re: Solo builders

    I think my next mandolin will be less powerful than what Iíve got, but not drastically. Ellis fits the bill. LOL

    As for forum reading and participation being a hobby, sure. And for throwing out a...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    The good news is that Gibson has bigger fish to overcook, so seems to have left the Mandolin guys alone and they are building pretty good mandolins from what I can tell from the two Harvey era...
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    Re: Ibanez M522 top collapsing

    I too am retired and have spent a lot of effort fixing instruments. I do try to work on instruments that would have value if fixed. Solid wood is at the top of my list.But I did buy a cheapo arch top...
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    Re: My New Big Muddy M-2

    I’m always glad when a maker fills a need and makes a success of it. Enjoy your mandolin.
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    Re: Solo builders

    Early and often. I’m a technical dunce. All I can do is record, convert to MP3, and e mail. I built my kit to exact specs, which I believe was .180 graduated to .110 on the sides, and .135 or so tail...
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    Re: Solo builders

    Here is a sobering thought. Forget buying a mandolin, take $50/week and find a really good teacher. Practice your butt off. Then take your mandolin and record something you recorded the year before....
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    Re: Blue Chips

    Here's a little BC trauma from this evening. I was threading my BC into the strings when it used string tension to propel itself with force. I believed I heard it bounce off of my mandolin with a...
  17. Re: Yes, you can improve a professional setup by yourself!

    As someone who benefited from your book, I agree. Unless you have a specific action you want, and can articulate that to a luthier, I think most will error on the side of caution. Martin knowingly...
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    Re: Solo builders

    Oh, sure. But I'm not looking for an XYZ when I've never played one. I'm looking to play an XYZ, and a DEF, and a QRS.

    And this thread was started in part because of the selection on MandoMutt's...
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    Re: Resonance of a fiddle vs mandolins (wow)

    Most good stores have stayed in business by treating customers well. They tend to come back when it's time to spend several thousand dollars on a better instrument because they were respected when...
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    Re: Blue Chips

    I use Wegens on my guitars. BC on two mandolins and a Primetone on my A-1. I'd use BC on everything if I felt like buying about six more. But I like the Wegen Dipper, after I drill it full of holes....
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    Re: Solo builders

    I go to Gryphon about once a month. You can play about a dozen Collings mandolins, Usually they have one or two Northfields. They try to have one or two mandolas and octaves too, and a lot of...
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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    Never mind the tonegards, it's the diet and exercise being the solution to everything that pisses me off.
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    Re: How to make the crack disappear ?

    Finish repair is an art form. One could easily make a specialty career out of it. And yes, that quote was very true. Easier to make it worse. I just did some finish work on an electric guitar a...
  24. Re: Any recommendation on octave pedal to simulate a bass guitar?

    I’d get one of the many ukulele like bass instruments out there. I’ve not heard an octave shifter that sounded even half good to me.
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    Re: Where are Pono Octave Mandolins made?

    You can find a phone number on the Pono website. By far, ukes are the majority of their builds. I have two parlor guitars, a six and a 12 string, and there is not a piece of plastic on either. Likely...
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