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    Re: Tuning up a Traditional Brekke Bridge

    Hank, thanks for reporting back on what you ended up doing and how it worked out. Glad this is a success story!

    I like the candle wax trick much better than putting oil or some such near the top...
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    Re: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    I couldn't agree more - and to further quote Timbofood, "I love this place!"

    To Scott and the gang: my gratitude, and a little something via paypal. :)
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    Re: Vintage photo of a Lyon & Healy mando cello

    Some of those baseball bat necks are surprisingly comfortable to play. Seems counterintuitive, and I have small hands to boot. I'd certainly love the chance to find out how playable one of those L&H...
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    Re: Howe-Orme Mandolinetto

    Don't forget these auctions usually have a "buyers premium" (I think that's what it's called) - a percentage you have to pay above and beyond the bid price.

    Also - from the photos it looked like...
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    Re: Howe-Orme Mandolinetto

    Me too, Allen. They are fun as you said. I find you have to learn to play them like they want to be played - they are not bluegrass machines. Mine had the neck falling off, but was put back together...
  6. Re: Mandolin for Dummies/Mandolin Exercises for Dummies

    For those of us who are notation challenged, Chapter 4 and Appendix B of the Dummies book are particularly useful.
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    Re: harmonic dampener grommets

    I actually just ordered some more of these, and I have a couple of comments:

    The ones I received are a little gummy/sticky - you definitely want to keep these off of the finish on your mando.
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    Re: harmonic dampener grommets

    Here's the info you want, and in classic Cafe style, an entertaining thread to boot!

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/54120-Rubber-Grommets-for-the-Mandolin
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    Re: Florian Klaus Rumpf Kickstarter

    Those low tones caught my attention as well - gotta love it. Hope we get some more contributors in these last 4 days!
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    OK, you guys asked for it...

    I actually think this whole video great fun, but I'm linking directly to the part most (im)pertinent to the meanderings of this thread: :grin:
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    Re: Florian Klaus Rumpf Kickstarter

    Having listened to some samples of the music, I agree with Mr. Cafe that this would be a nice project to hear completed. I'm on board, hoping some more of you will agree so my pledge doesn't go to...
  12. It's all of that! Great playing, tunes, tone...

    It's all of that! Great playing, tunes, tone and recording. Heck, I'll even go along with muscular. :) It's easy to hear why these guys have such fine resume's in addition to their day jobs. This...
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    Re: Barbara

    Well I for one had not heard this tune or the album, so I am glad you posted! What great music. Just sampled the rest of the LP & bought it. Thanks!

    You're right about the John Carlini guitar as...
  14. Re: Stan Jay, Pioneer of Vintage Instrument Fame Fighting For His

    Never got the chance to visit in person, but I certainly enjoyed reading Stan's fantastic instrument descriptions. I'm sure meeting the man would have been as special as being able to browse his very...
  15. Thread: Frank Wakefield

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    Re: Frank Wakefield

    You can hear Frank, literally "alongside" several of those artists, on a great version of Dusty Miller, and he also does a couple of his own tunes on this album, which is great fun:

    Bluegrass...
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    Re: dry & dusty/ old time mandolin & fiddle

    Very nice! This came up at a fiddle jam a few weeks back and I wasn't familiar with it. Perhaps with these fine examples you folks have provided, I can at least have a clue the next time it comes...
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    Re: Newspeak - released today by Andrew Collins

    I LIKE it !!!
    Didn't see it on the web site - look forward to ordering it.
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    Re: Red Allen and Frank Wakefield

    Seems like it was just yesterday ... :disbelief:
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    Re: Screamin' CL deal on a (very worn) F2

    Good luck Sue! I hope it's got a great fret job and neck on it and sounds fantastic.
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    Re: George Frayne (Commander Cody), RIP

    RIP George. Great music. Always loved their version of Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
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    Re: My MAS is cured.

    It might be easier for some of us to relate to if you said your MAS is in remission. Some are just not destined for a cure. :grin:

    With an oval hole and an F hole you've got a lot of ground...
  22. Re: Has anyone ordered one of the Synergy Carbon Fiber mandolins?

    Did you by chance ask them for (or about) a strap button on the neck heel? I didn't see that covered at their site.

    Certainly looks like a nice axe - I hope it sounds as great as it looks. Very...
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    Re: Wegen vs. Primetone vs. Clown Barf

    Fun stuff Kevin! I'm not really convinced that I can hear much difference between the 3 picks in the context of this video and and my PC audio system, but I do think that your playing with the Clown...
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    Re: Hello, I am new here

    Welcome Zeek!
    Since you already play guitar, you know that having the instrument properly set up makes a huge difference in how it plays and how much fun you have with it. Because of the double...
  25. Thread: mildew in case

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    Re: mildew in case

    Some of the other advice here probably makes more sense, but I had fairly good luck with getting a mildew smell (not actual mold) out an old A-style case by dousing it periodically with Ozium and...
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