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    Re: Carpal Tunnel surgery?

    Thank you. How long before you could swing a mandolin pick?
  2. Re: Duff A style mandolins, like to hear owner thoughts, some ?

    I did not anticipate my Stiver build having a 1 1/16 nut. At first I wasn’t liking it. Did not take long to adjust and maybe now prefer it. No problem now moving between mandolins with varying nut...
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    Re: Plectrums

    I am using the same .73"s suggested by DavidKOS when playing classical and some show tunes on my bowlback. I started using them just last week when he recommended them on another thread. I like them....
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    Re: Bowl Backs

    Jim Thank You for the info on vintage American bowl backs. I have no familiarity with any of those bowl backs you mentioned. I do see a very significant difference in tone from my bowl back and my...
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    Re: John Lennon - Mandolinist?!?

    Rhythm YESTERDAY will do it.
  6. Re: I have MAS and check the classified hourly…

    MAS seems to me to sometimes become recessive, but always is lurking.
    Perhaps a 12 step program may help. Even now, when I think I have it licked, outcomes the classical sheet music, and I find...
  7. Re: Got to play on a small town TV channel…

    Nice playing! Stiver believer here. I think mine sounds great (WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS PLAYING IT)
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    Re: moving my collection to Europe

    Be aware of any CITES regulations and have your CITES Certificate if needed. Learn CITES regulations better than Customs Officers know them and have regulations in hand in the event that you run into...
  9. Re: Good Strings For My 17.5" Mandola?

    I like John Pearse Set # 2250
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    New Mandolin Day em8!

    Always excited when I receive a new mandolin. This is a solid body from Mike at Mid-Missouri Mandolins well known here on the Cafe as a builder of often recommended acoustics. This one is numbered...
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    Re: Tell me it gets easier.

    Your questions can only be answered by you. I have found things do get easier and then I challenge myself with new techniques, new to me genres, and just attempting to reach a higher bar. I have...
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    Re: First mandolin

    Just my humble opinion but I would increase your budget by $100 and buy a used entry level Eastman or Kentucky from the Cafe classifieds. Then if you find the mandolin not for you or you progress to...
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    Re: Newb's first day

    In all likely hood, the mandolin coming from Amazon, has not had a good set-up unless you have the skills to do it yourself.
    Get a good set-up from a luthier (one schooled in mandolins and not just...
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    Re: Mandola Sounds?

    I have found instrument assessment or comparisons via electronic transmission to be wrought with pit falls. Different strings, picks, and players make an evaluation less than a fair evaluation. i. e....
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    Re: Lost (and need) a Hiscox case key

    P M me with your address and I will send you one when I get home. Currently on RV tour. Should be home in a few weeks or perhaps sooner if my travels take me close to home.
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    Re: Beatles tunes

    Carol Kings CHAINS, “My Baby’s Got Me Locked Up in Chains” by the Beatles.
    Works well on Mandolin. Especially so on 8 string electric Mandolin.
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    Re: Powerful A models in the 5K range

    STIVER
    Lot's of excellent choices in this price range. While I have heard it said more than once that, " Stivers are more Bluegrass than Bluegrass itself", I am totally enamored with mine. I only...
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    Re: 3 Month Stiver Review

    Allan Seals
    Good to hear from another satisfied owner of a Lou Stiver Mandolin. I have now had mine for a year now. I had a learning curve with the 1 1/16 nut but with a little time have come to...
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    Re: Buster Mountain Longhorn Mandolin

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    The electric mandolin is its own thing for sure thing. Hot Rod is very apropos. I have not heard a sound clip for the Buster Mountain.[/QUOTE]

    MrMoe

    I was looking for something...
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    Re: Buster Mountain Longhorn Mandolin

    Where do I find info on Buster Mountain Mandolins? A quick Google search only resulted in this thread.

    I recently purchased an inexpensive used COZART 8 string mandolin from a Cafe member who in...
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    Kind of when referencing:
    STIVER KENTUCK WEB COLEMAN COZART ROGUE
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    West Virginia BACKHOME FESTIVAL

    Anyone having plans on attending the BACKHOME FESTIVAL in New Martinsville, WV June 25-26-27?
    Free festival with a variety of genres. Nearby camping. Good acts (where I was first introduced to Billy...
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    Re: Dull and Lifeless

    Your signature does not say what part of the country you live in. Could your mandolin be exposed to usually high humidity as of late?
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    Re: Review: The Iwamoto mandolin #118

    Congratulations!
    Prior to my discovery of Mandolin Cafe I had no idea so many great builders existed here and around the world. So many things in my life make me feel blessed and a plethora of...
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    Our youngest (now 31) started on cello and still plays cello though mandolin is now his main instrument. He has also expressed that few people want to hear tunes on a cello so when needing a cello...
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