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    Re: What strings are you currently playing?

    Straight Ups. You bet. Like them on every mando I've put them on.
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Heal quickly Dan, take it easy. Imagine we're each pickin' a tune for you, which you assign to each of us.
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    Couple thoughts:

    - Matt has an innate "way with wood." It's intangible.
    - He's a master craftsman
    - Flat out passionate about refining his art, seeking information, tips, knowledge, and sage...
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    Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    I don't see a need to "rank." All these great artists and more can share whatever title or stage. If they need to be on the side of the mountain just do holograms, switch them out every few days. . .
  5. Thread: UPS rant

    by Luna Pick
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    Re: UPS rant

    Billions of pieces successfully delivered around the world, bound to be a few rants along the way. . .
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    Re: The Ol Pals Footprints in the Snow

    Thanks for posting, everyone sounds fabulous. Larry is a great bluegrass banjo player as well as incredible luthier.
  7. Re: A model: Adding a strap button to the heel.

    I prefer looping it under the neck, as in the photo below.
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    Re: Will Kimble mandolins are....

    They're something anyone looking for a great mandolin should try if at all possible, or just have Will build you one.

    Give a listen to the Kimbles the Town Mountain mandolin player has, wicked...
  9. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    I'll offer what will be a pretty contrary opinion. I don't feel it's essential to play an instrument before buying it. The usual caveats here: my own opinion, experiences, tolerances, and other...
  10. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    I think only you will know the answer to that. Play and listen and hold them a few more times. One will jump out at some point.

    Others (like me) would say they'd choose something else in that...
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    Re: Mandolin Considerations -- Add to my List

    Matt Ruhland.
  12. Thread: Round picks

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    Re: Round picks

    +1 for Dawgs and their scentillating notes. . .
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    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    Maybe most posts are from North Americans; all users online aren't necessarily posting. (?)
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    Re: New Mandolin Weekend (w/video)

    That's a beauty Willem, and it sounds really great. Matt has it dialed.

    Echoing the congratulations.
  15. Re: 2019 National Mandolin Championships from Walnut Valley Festi

    Yup, comes with a complete set of finger and hand exorcises.
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    Sounds great. Very classy looking too.
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    Re: Ellis F5 Fern at Gryphon

    Not to mention many stores are in business because of their love and respect of musical instruments and their builders. Part of that friendly reminder may simple have come come from their admiration...
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    Re: Ellis F5 Fern at Gryphon

    I just looked and that Northfield A5 Special appears sold. At least it's not on line, which it had been while in stock.
  19. Re: Ale Brider (a Yiddish folk tune) [on Red Valley Mandolin]

    Tim Connell is the mandolin player in the foreground. I can't tell who the other is.
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    Yowza!

    Congrats to you both. And congrats to Matt for building at such an amazing level.
  21. Northfied Artist Model at TME and New V 4.0's

    That new 2-bar is stunning. I'm looking forward to the sound clip, but I suspect it may sound in line with its looks.

    I haven't been able to find out about the price of the new Northfield V 4.0...
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    Re: Do We Really Need Another Pick Thread?

    After 25+ posts apparently the answer to the OP's question, "Do We Really Need Another Pick Thread?" is Yes.

    Just sayin'. . .
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    Pikelny and Duncan: NMC, BUT

    Hey folks-

    Saw the Noam Pikelny/Stuart Duncan show lat night at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Missed them when they last toured, 4 years ago.

    No mandolins on stage, but there was an...
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    Re: slipping plectrum

    I use 1.5 mm, and I suspect you'll find that many here are in that range. I tend to favor more rounded than pointed. Others may prefer more pointed.
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    Re: slipping plectrum

    What foldedpath said.

    I'll just add that playing with a smooth pick allows you to seamlessly switch between picks, without thinking about or even relying on special modifications.
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