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    Re: Apitius Mandolins

    Yes, Oliver's f-holes are a key part of the Apitius voicing along with his tone bars. Here's a shot under the hood of an Apitius voiced top.

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    Re: Apitius Mandolins

    I'm surprised it hasn't sold yet. I'd be interested if Oliver wasn't literally putting the finishing touches on mine as we speak.
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    Re: New Mando Suggestions

    At that price point, you're right on the cusp of the next tier up where things start to get really good. I'd suggest considering a used instrument like a Northfield Model M, one might pop up in the...
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    Re: Apitius Mandolins

    I have to mention that we have an Apitius Mandolin Group here that is a bit quiet. I've been posting my progress photos recently.
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    Re: Apitius Mandolins

    Mine will be a Rosine Loar Spec. His 4 F models and 1 A model differ only in aesthetics (binding, inlay, scroll & points). Sound wise, they will be exactly the same across models with the exception...
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    Re: IBMA Awards Announcement

    This announcement from IBMA did not include the industry awards, but I figured I'd share this one since it is one of our fellow mando players.

    Writer of the Year - Tristan Scroggins
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    Re: My MAS is cured.

    I've been using the 1-for-1 system for years, particularly in conversation with my wife. Funny thing though, my total number of instruments has still been creeping up. It's a real head scratcher....
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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    Well, I have to caveat my response with the disclaimer that I don't have a mandolin to test it on at the moment*, so I've only tried it out on guitar. I've been using an Apollo Adam Schlenker pick in...
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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    Mine came in yesterday.

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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    From Nik's post regarding the "black material" used for the MM pick on the Apollo Picks Facebook page Sept 7th:

    Q: … so what is this black material that you are using?

    A: …down the rabbit...
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    Re: Kentucky KM900 strings

    11-15-26-40 (the D'Addario J74 gauges) are probably the most commonly used strings for F-5 style mandolins. They call those medium, and I wouldn't use anything lighter than that myself. I tend to...
  12. Re: New Artistworks Bluegrass Mandolin with Sierra Hull!

    Yeah, I think this will be additional bluegrass mandolin content, not a replacement. They've done this with bluegrass banjo, adding the Noam Pikelny course in addition to the existing Tony Trishka...
  13. New Artistworks Bluegrass Mandolin with Sierra Hull!

    https://youtu.be/rtMecMG8eK0

    Well this is certainly big and exciting news!
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    Re: F Style Mandolins

    Short answer, the predecessor to the Orville Gibson designs were the European bowlback mandolins. For a more thorough answer, highly recommend watching this video when you have an hour to spare.

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    Re: Best all time Inlay's

    That Brentup mandola in the classifieds has some pretty spectacular headstock inlay going on.

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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    Is this sarcasm? I really can't tell. Sturgill can't sing his own songs?

    I'd take this over mainstream country all day long.

    https://youtu.be/zCvO_mSSHuE
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    Not sure what constitutes the "current spotlight", as Sturgill has been making waves for the last 7-8 years on the edges of country music. He's part of a push against mainstream country, and I, for...
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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    On my android phone, which is my preferred tool for the job, I use ASD and Spotify. In Spotify, create a playlist named something like "Songs to Transcribe" and add any songs or albums I want to work...
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    Re: Tortoise shell pick alternative

    No one has mentioned casein, so I'll chime in with that recommendation as a good TS sub. I have been using a casein triangle from EML picks, but it seems he is no longer making picks. Nik Monnin has...
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    Re: String comparison forthcoming...

    Thanks, sblock. Just hadn't thought about doing anything with them until seeing a thread were some folks mentioned liking them. Disregard for sale comment, all.
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    Re: Mandolin recommendation for new player

    I'll second (or third) the Eastman 305 rec. If you can't afford a new one, look for used. But the tonal difference between that and a sub 500 instrument is going to be major. 305 will carry you as...
  22. David Grisman - 'Home is Where the Heart is'

    I've recently been listening to this fantastic Grisman album of old tunes with an all star lineup. David Grisman - 'Home is Where the Heart is' (1988)

    For those that may know, which mandolin is...
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    It's not about mandolin, if that helps. Based on the press release, I expect more "philosophical" content.

    "Music is Life is Music is a three-part look under the hood of my music-making process,”...
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    Re: Strap for A-style (that old chestnut)

    In hindsight, I'm not sure why I thought it would need to go under the strings. Makes much more sense to go over. Thanks for the sanity check!
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    Re: NMD Kelley A5

    In theory, I'm on the wait list for Oliver's wait list. So, that could be a good long while. But this one will absolutely do the job in the mean time and then some! After a couple years of play time,...
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