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  1. Re: California Coast Music Camp Week 2 - Auburn, CA

    It's a wonderful camp. Very guitar-oriented, but there are always some mandolinists and solid instruction. Plenty of opportunities for learning, jamming, and performing, and great hanging in a lovely...
  2. Re: Gibson model F-9 mandolin master model reverb

    Prices on F-9s are all over the map, but $3K is not unusual these days, especially for some of the newer ones with binding, gloss finishes, sunbursts, etc. There's one listed at over $4K, too:...
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    Re: Long term band

    Thanks for the kind words, Gan. We have been talking about follow-up recordings since shortly after we made that first record, and we certainly have enough material for an extremely thick box set as...
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    Re: Long term band

    I've been playing with the Hillbillies from Mars for 37 years and Wake the Dead for 19 with gigs on the horizon, and have had reunion gigs over the years with the Hurricane Ridgerunners, which...
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    Re: TC Electronic Polytune Clip-on Tuner

    In my experience, the "polytune" feature doesn't really work the same way on the mandolin as it does on a guitar -- showing which strings are sharp and flat and whatnot in a single view after a broad...
  6. Re: Make/model of this Levon Helm mandolin

    I had the pleasure of opening for Amy Helm a few years back. She was playing a Gibson F-9 at that show, although it was a bit lighter and more gold than the one Levon is holding above.

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    Re: Seems like a "no brainer"

    These guys have an F-5 kit for $150: https://www.solomusicgear.com/product/solo-f-style-mandolin-kit-sapele-body-spruce-top/
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    I change them much less frequently since I switched to EXPs. They just keep sounding good and don't seem to break much, so ... I change every couple of months or if I have a lot of hours on a set and...
  9. Re: Interesting Instrument Santorini Greece

    Bouzouki, baglama, and guitar -- ready for any rebetiko session.
  10. Re: Check out the old "repairs" in this guitar

    Interesting choice for the bolt-on neck. I'd be curious to hear some luthiers weigh in on that particular method, hardware, glue, etc.
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    Re: Slipping plectrum

    I've been fighting pick-slippage for 55 years and I'm finally getting the hang of it.

    I really like this Dunlop Primetone 1.4 with the "grip" surface. Nice, fat tone, a bit of point for clarity,...
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    Re: Grateful Dead tunes

    Will do, Jim. Hmmm. I'm not sure we've ever played any early Stones stuff (although I certainly played a lot of it in my early years), and our Motown is a tad peripheral (might be more inclined...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    That's a tough old journey, Ivan, but thanks for sharing it with us. Sending you all the best wishes from out here in sunny California. Here's hoping that your sense of taste, hair, and yen to play...
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    Re: TI strings

    They don't work at all for me, but a friend uses them on a Flatiron A-5 I (wish I had never) sold to him, and they sound great for his approach. That particular Flatiron is a true canon, and it was...
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    Re: Grateful Dead tunes

    For Bay Area Deadhead/mandophiles:

    Wake the Dead is playing three shows next weekend with mandolin and octave mandolin featured prominently on acoustic settings for the Grateful Dead songbook...
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    Re: EMD stress...who has it?

    Sweet, lazy version. I haven't tried playing it in years, but that sounds pretty darn manageable compared to the original, which was always a favorite, along with "Ricochet."
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    Re: Favorite Doc Watson albums

    I really like Doc Watson - On Stage. Learned a bunch from that one.

    And I think that The Watson Family is pretty essential listening, too.
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    Paul Hostetter Obituary

    Very nice and thorough obituary for luthier, musician, and all-around virtuoso human being Paul Hostetter in today's San Francisco Chronicle:
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    Re: Luthier Paul Hostetter has passed away

    There's a very nice, very complete obituary for Paul Hostetter in today's San Francisco Chronicle and online here:
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    Re: Setting vs. Arrangement

    In my experience, those terms refer to different things altogether.

    In the realm of traditional music, anyway, where tunes are passed along by from one musician to another without intervening...
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    Re: Gibson A 50 for $7500

    I had a great one -- sounded like a vintage F-5 -- but I paid about $500 for it. Never heard another one that sounded as good, and certainly never one that would deserve that price tag.
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    Re: Tips for hambo and mazurka

    You'll learn a lot by listening a lot and paying attention to how traditional players phrase the tunes. Also watching how the dancers step and what secondary rhythms they emphasize with their feet as...
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    Re: How to play in A Flat

    While I wholeheartedly agree that it's a good idea to master (or at least get competent enough to fake it in) as many keys as possible, unless you are playing with horn players or singers who...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Sorry to hear your sad news, Ivan. Let me add to the chorus of support for you, and urge you to consider holding on to at least one instrument. You might find that it gives you some comfort in the...
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    Re: Gibson F9 with sunken top

    Seems to me that an experienced luthier could probably restore and reinforce the existing top for a lot less than the cost of replacing the sagging top with a new one.

    This photo essay from the...
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