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  1. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    Coming from guitars I was initially more comfortable with heavier necks with a C profile. I found a very nice mandolin that suited me. This spring I bought a MD305 to use as my camping/festival...
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    Re: I am totally bummed out

    Doug Clark has been doing that for a good while. He's s builder in Canton, NC.
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    Photographing shiny things

    I'm getting ready to sell a few instruments but I'm finding it difficult to get good pictures of the glossy ones. I'm getting too many reflections. Can any of y'all give me a tip or three on getting...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    11 time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year Michael Cleveland is also one heck of a mandolin player. He really likes to mash on it. I've never heard him play it at a mortal human's tempo.
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    I've had pretty good luck with USPS and prefer them for instruments. Anything that comes to me via UPS looks like it has been dropped off a cliff.
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    Re: Out of my league

    I believe it was bought as an investment. I was shocked to have it handed to me. I definitely wasn't going to ask to tune it up and play it. It is in very good condition and I am sure it is playable...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    A Northfield 5 bar
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    MAS is apparently more difficult to treat than I first thought. Tomorrow I need to photograph a motorcycle, a banjo, my nicest guitar and a mandolin I never dreamed I would sell so I can get them...
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    Re: Out of my league

    The strings were loosened so it wasn't ready to play. I did gently pick at it a little and had my picture made with it. I was surprised when he just handed it to me. I admit that I gave it a good...
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    Re: Out of my league

    I got to hold a '24 Loar this week. It has aged much more gracefully than I have. I did not drop it nor drool upon it.
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    Yes!
  12. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    For 24 hrs I was down to 3 mandolins. I had a Eastman 305 in the shop for a setup and someone wanted to know if I'd sell it. Sure, why not. When I went to drop off the gig bag that belonged with it I...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Answer: Because want and need are not the same thing.

    I play a mandolin way beyond my pay grade because I like it.
  14. Re: Check out this mandolin...... Thoughts, comments, concerns

    "It's not easy being green." - Kermit the Frog
  15. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    4 mandolins
    6 guitars
    1 banjo
    1 fiddle
    1 double bass
    1 ukulele
    1 Appalachian dulcimer

    Dang, I might need an intervention.
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    Re: I canít play now

    ATGATT

    I separated both shoulders in a m/c accident about 10 years ago. I was a guitar player back then and had to switch to a smaller bodied guitar. Last year I reinjured my right shoulder again....
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    Re: Best Banjo joke I've heard in a while

    Q: What do you call a banjo player with health insurance?

    A: 65
  18. Re: If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    I already feel guilty for owning a mandolin that is much nicer than my skills deserve but that doesn't stop me from lusting over an Ellis F5.
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    I keep a guitar and a mandolin on the wall by my practice chair. Most of the time it's a Taylor 614 and my Doug Clark unless the humidity gets too low. There was only one week last winter when the...
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    Re: Used beginner mandos

    I had been looking for a used MD305 for months to replace my beater. They were all either priced as new or in need of fret work. On a motorcycle trip last month I stopped at a music store in...
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    Re: Help! Buying my first mandolin!

    The used 305 I bought shows signs that it has been played a lot but not abused. There's a couple places on the finish that look like it has been exposed to bug spray, sunscreen or something that left...
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    Re: Help! Buying my first mandolin!

    I just bought a used Eastman 305 to serve as my "drag around" mandolin. I'm pretty impressed with it. The set up isn't bad and it sounds way better than my current beater. I had a 515 that I...
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    Re: Walmart Mandolins on Clearance!

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    I'll just drop this screenshot here for grins an giggles.

    I wish my mandolin had winding pillows.
  24. Re: Red Spruce uses in musical instruments question

    Lawrence K. Brown is a luthier in Weaverville, NC that uses a lot of red spruce. I have one of his guitars and it has a red spruce top. He has also built mandolins, lutes, violins, cellos and banjos....
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    Re: Is a Rogue a mistake for a beginner?

    I now have a nice hand built mandolin that is better than my skills will ever justify but I still have my original Rogue. It is my autograph collector. I knew my "better" mandolins were going to be...
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