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    Sierra Hull has a Patreon!

    Sierra Hull has started a Patreon as a way to connect with fans.

    If you have $100 a month, you can get one-on-one lessons from her. I do not have $100 a month, besides which me taking a lesson...
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    Re: What's your favorite mandolin resources?

    1. Check the articles, links & studies under the Learn/Listen tab here at the cafe. Mandolin Cafe is my favorite hangout for all things mandolin. You can also join a social group for projects to...
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    Re: Thank you, Eastman

    Three months ago I e-mailed Black and Decker Lawn Mowers about a faulty fuel tank cap on my new B and D mower . I e-mailed them several more times since. The cap loosens and falls off with the...
  4. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Led Zeppelin IV
    R.E.M. Green
    Garcia/Grisman
    Cowboy Junkies The Caution Horses
    David Grisman Quintet(first album)
    Bill Monroe and Doc Watson /Live Recordings 1963-1980
    Butch Baldassari, John...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I could use more homework, but im certainly not "trolling"
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    Re: Damping vs. letting notes ring

    You have several good questions here, Knoppa.



    1. This can be decided by a number of factors, understand that all players will develop their own style and so you can get different answers, for...
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    Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    If your budget limit is $1000 because that is what you can afford to spend, then my comments are entirely irrelevant and you can ignore the rest of the comments. You are on a good track without me.
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    Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    I would not judge any mando brand, Eastman or other, based on what you heard playing in a shop, that has not been properly set up or doesn't have decently new strings. Especially if you plyed it at...
  9. Re: Mandolin Recommendations - Beginner to Intermediate

    While I know what you mean and your question is good, I am going to object to your premise.

    I believe that there is no "deserving" or "being good enough" for a particular mandolin. After one's...
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    Re: Dylan on bluegrass in the New York Times

    Just answering a question, with his own opinion. He is a musical legend, but he was worn out as a very young man by people expecting him to provide some rare, prophetic insight to mundane questions....
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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    You should see my mandolin. Dragged to over 2,000 gigs. Dents and dings mean nothing to me. Nor do slight imperfections in naturally grown wood. What does it sound like? And, to top it off, to help...
  12. Out of solidarity we will observe Blackout Tuesday

    Since inception this site has attempted to serve as an oasis, a respite from the rest of the world, a place to relax, let down and get away from a lot of complicated news, hot button topics, and many...
  13. Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    As for the age spectrum, I suspect there is a filter at work here. After all, this is not electric guitars.

    Assuming you start playing at an age when the mandolin slowly looms out of the mists of...
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    Re: Northfield is simply nailing it lately

    It really is that simple, folks.
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    Re: Northfield is simply nailing it lately

    Not sure what's 'fragile' about a 1/2" thick piece of maple....

    I wouldn't use it to hammer a nail, but frankly, it would probably work ok for that. Love my F5S like my children.

    As for the...
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    Re: poor quality or MAS?

    Well, I for one, feel the OP chose very well and picked an instrument that for that price point is very often recommended here as a no brainer. This forum is not a place where we belittle others...
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    If you can make yourself get older, you will lose the ability to hear high frequencies, and this will make your mandolin sound much less tinny, and give it way more bass. I've been trying this for 20...
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    “Mutability”
    BY PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

    We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon;
    How restlessly they speed and gleam and quiver,
    Streaking the...
  19. Re: Happy 75th Birthday Today, David Grisman!

    First he and Tony's EMD blew my head off, then he showed me the way to Barstow while Janice was cooking in the background.
    Then we went to France and fiddled with Django's Steph with Opuses spinning...
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    Re: Having trouble picking in public

    Best medicine is to lose the desperation. Maybe Zen, or Yoga? Seriously though, you'll have to get past the anxiety somehow, because to play well, you'll need to be able to relax a bit in those...
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    Read Me First

    The old Forum software has been reinstalled. But I wasn't done meddling just yet. I saw some things in the other version and decided they had their place here so changes have occurred in the...
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    Re: Should I be insulted?

    I have trouble just getting my cat to stay ON the wall hanger.
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    Playing backup is a tremendously good way to learn to play with both beginners and and advanced players. With beginners it reinforces your timing and teaches you how to keep timing straight with...
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    Losing My Religion (cover) - Collings MT2V

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyrei7VE0KQ
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    Re: In case or on stand?

    By the same token, as applied to music stores, "It takes literally 3 seconds to open a case, so anybody who is using that as an excuse not to sell an instrument is pulling your leg."

    Must be nice...
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