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    Re: Michael Kelly LFS-E

    Thank you, I did miss the OP date... Oh well, maybe it will help someone in the future.

    FWIW, I did notice that Elderly has one of the OP's model for sale on Reverb (NFI).
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    Re: Michael Kelly LFS-E

    Gotta ask, has this instrument been setup regarding fretwork? Are the strings buzzing, as was the case with the four MK mandolins that I purchased and worked with? If the strings are buzzing...
  3. Re: David Crosby comments on tuning in Fretboard Journal

    "... DC: Anybody with good ears can do it if they know to listen for it. ..."

    Interestingly this was for the 50 year anniversary of this album, when he was 80 years old. Ears change with time and...
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    Re: Pick Hold Issues

    Worth mentioning, everybody's hands are different -- but it's also very possible to develop a way to hold the pick really wrong, and to do so for a long time...

    Over time I had developed a hand,...
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    Re: Pick Hold Issues

    The type of pick you're using makes a difference. Lots to choose from.

    I use a smooth, sort of glossy traditional guitar pick shape, the old standby Fender Heavy. Shape isn't that important in...
  6. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    I play banjo, mandolin, double bass, uBass, square neck Dobro, harmonica, flute, and I'm working (very slowly) on trumpet. I'm most known for playing banjo (50 years of serious playing), secondarily...
  7. Re: Cleaning & polishing "German silver" on metal-body National

    The cones are most likely aluminum, and very thin and fragile, so you probably won't want to try to clean these with any pressure.
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    Re: Have you ever seen anything like this?

    Looks like an extended armrest and/or palm rest to me. And yes, it has to affect tone, but volume may be unaffected; like with suspended pick guards, the sound gets out, albeit perhaps with some...
  9. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    Isn't that the indoor stadium in the midwest where they play checkers tournaments?

    :cool:
  10. Re: Alternative to Tone-Gard for a Gold Tone Octave Mandolin

    I think this depends on who you're around. In circles I jam with, I see a number of these on guitars.

    To the OP though, have you submitted your Gold Tone OM's dimensions to anyone for...
  11. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    Earl had seen and heard Don Reno playing the Granada and wanted it before Don went into the service; it had previously been owned by Fisher Hendley and Snuffy Jenkins, so Earl knew this instrument...
  12. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    Worth mentioning...

    Bill Monroe bought his 1923 signed Loar in the early 1940s, when it was around 20 years old.

    Earl Scruggs traded for his 1930 Granada in around 1949, when it was around 20...
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    Re: Playing with three fingers

    I use 3 finger chords just about all the time, mostly an index barre over courses 1, 2 and 3, with the middle and ring fingers alternating back and forth, covering the chord notes not provided by the...
  14. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    Our minimum is at 62F. If I'm playing banjo (which I usually am with this band) I can't get my blown out knees and my arthritic fingers working fast enough if it's any colder. We do have 2 Buddy...
  15. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    I take my best to gigs as well as jams -- it is my main playing mandolin. I have a pretty decent backup mandolin that I'll use for riskier weather, venue or travel situations, and I'm glad to have...
  16. Thread: Bakersfield?

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    Re: Bakersfield?

    Early on my wife and I decided not to go to any indoor festivals until post-pandemic. I know a few people who have cancelled their Great 48/Bakersfield reservations due to the recent variant...
  17. Re: Dawgtone late 90s, where does it come from?

    My wife and I love Dawg's Christmas album... Some great very traditional, as well as some really off-the-wall seasonal music. He and his chosen recording accompanists were a big part of the...
  18. Re: Dawgtone late 90s, where does it come from?

    Ok, that's probably his Loar then...

    Not that his Loar couldn't produce unique tone too, but it could also be his touch, as you've suggested a possibility.

    Or, it could also be his mic and...
  19. Re: Dawgtone late 90s, where does it come from?

    I haven't seen or heard this recording, but is it possible he's using Giacomel mandolins (or and/or mandola) by this time? I would imagine they produce a unique tone.


    (FWIW, David Grisman is...
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    Re: Can you use a Tone-Gard with an armrest?

    Yes!

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

    :popcorn:

    (I've just deleted a potential response; everyone else is saying it more gently and tastefully than I could. I love this community. Thank you!)
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    True, it is kinda funny.

    If the OP had not included "(mainly) Bluegrass" in the question, it might have been easier for me to just say no.

    As it is, I can definitely say "Maybe". :cool:
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    This is a really hard question for someone who doesn't exclusively play one genre.

    So, I'm going to make my answer clear, but it will be really hard to analyze for statistics.

    Note: If the...
  24. Thread: Bakersfield?

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    Re: Bakersfield?

    For those interested, the Great 48 in Bakersfield is still on schedule at least as of today.

    California Bluegrass Association has announced it's a go, with some schedule changes and with...
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    Re: Tips for chording with a hard(ish) pick?

    An old banjo trick to keep your fimgerpicks on. Lick the contact area of your picking fingers.

    I use Fender Heavy flatpicks. Works for me.
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