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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    Yes
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    Re: Pickguards and Tone

    I prefer no guard because I find it interferes with the way I play.
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    Re: The first Apitius Era

    That's a great deal on a great instrument! Enjoy and join the Apitius club!
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    Re: High marks for Schaller GrandTunes

    I wouldn't recommend them for that application. For the price of the Grandtunes and a pro install (it would require considerable redrilling) you could just move up to the Eastman 505 and get a far...
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    Re: potato chip casein picks

    Might be helpful to share here for others.
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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    Nik opens the store when his order backlog has room for more. He hand makes each pick and the demand has grown pretty high, so the best option is to get on his mailing list or watch his social media...
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    Re: High marks for Schaller GrandTunes

    Oliver posted this the other day, and it seemed relevant to this discussion. This happens to be my new Apitius Rosine Loar Spec, and I requested the gallalith ivoroid buttons on the Grandtunes...
  8. Re: Items stolen from David Grisman's gig last night

    A single Neumann KM84 like those goes for north of 2k these days. Times 4.

    Stealing from musicians infuriates me. The lowest of the low.
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    Re: Trying to identify an old pick

    Maybe a Dunlop Jazztone 207? I have a 208 that looks about the same texture with the print worn off.

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  10. Re: Routines for keeping your technique in shape

    That's about as spot on as it gets.
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    Re: Octave Mandolin advice

    Slight correction, Weber made them. Weber is not making any mando family instruments at the moment (and I suspect they won't be for the foreseeable future). This used Weber Bighorn Octave just popped...
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    Re: Ellis F5 Special

    Famous MASt words! ;)

    Absolutely stunning instrument!
  13. Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    In the case of Gilchrist mandolins, there is somewhat of a cost of living increase in the form of favorable currency exchange rate (well, favorable if your customers are predominantly US based, that...
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    Re: Bill Monroe’s mandolin and other Loars.

    That said, I've spent countless hours pouring over the Loar signed mandolin photos in the Mandolin Archive F5 Journal which has a lot of examples in far closer to factory condition than Bill's.
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    Re: Bill Monroe’s mandolin and other Loars.

    The vast majority of photographs before the 1970s were black & white as color photography was cost prohibitive. Without color, it's very difficult to discern the much about the finish, which is what...
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    Re: Should a beginner buy electric mandolin?

    I guess that depends on what is meant by "tone production". I tend to think of that as the ability to pull sufficiently loud tone from an acoustic instrument that is also pleasing to the ear. Which I...
  17. Re: Decided to expand from just guitar to mandolin

    *My comment below reflects arched/carved top style mandolins, not flat tops, and is generally geared towards a bluegrass oriented player.

    Regarding your questions about do woods, strings, etc....
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    Re: Monel strings

    I almost chimed in before but didn't want to be the first to say I don't care for them. I'll echo Eric's thoughts above on the irritating edge of them. What really sealed the deal was when I put PB...
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    Re: K&K jack for an A5

    I have put a K&K in with the provided 1/4in jack and drilled out an Allen style tailpiece AND the wood behind it to fit it. Personally, I probably wouldn't want to go that route again unless...
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    Re: K&K jack for an A5

    Tapastring Vintage Jack for Mandolin is the answer you seek.
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    Re: Low profile arm rests

    What's the thickness of the McClung? I have a Banjolit Dr. Arm mandolin armrest that is 12mm / 0.473in thick. It's quite comfortable.
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    Scooped usually means removing frets and wood from the extension, like so...

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    Re: Another Newbie Here

    Under 1k, I'd go with an Eastman. MD-505 is an unbeatable mando for the money and comes with a hard case. For the first year or two, you really don't need anything other than a good instrument, an...
  24. Thread: Vinyl!

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    Re: Vinyl!

    I've got a small collection of bluegrass, maybe 3 dozen. Bill Monroe, Osborne Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Newgrass Revival (1st album), Norman Blake, David Grisman. Those are the ones that come to...
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    Re: Books About Mandolins

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/177927#177927
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