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    Re: Hazelnut tree wood

    Another interested tree geek here; I did a quick search and suspect, since it seems to have been planted in a church yard, it is most likely a landscape variety as opposed to the hybrid Corylus that...
  2. Thread: yamaha mandolins

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    Re: yamaha mandolins

    I have no memory of the model number, only that it was red and seems in my memory to have had a box that was slightly smaller than a regular dreadnought. I was sorely smitten after just having seen...
  3. Thread: Tremolo technique

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    Re: Tremolo technique

    David Grisman has a fine tremolo, IMO, in any style he chooses to play. His right hand overall is pretty doggone (haha) incredible . . . love his dynamics!
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    Unusual, somewhat - but consider that it's Gibson. Who was it that said the one thing they consistently are is inconsistent (or something to that effect)?

    That is one more sweet looking mandolin...
  5. Thread: yamaha mandolins

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    Re: yamaha mandolins

    Hah - mine was a Yamaha FG-180, ca 1971. Solid guitar, excellent value, I learned to play on it but after 3 or 4 years was seduced by a red Guild with a crappy neck and perpetually high action. ...
  6. Re: Old photos - a hodgepodge of musicians - folkies +

    I swear, sometimes I think Keith Richards might outlive us all
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    Re: Happy 75th Birthday Today, David Grisman!

    Happy Birthday Dawg, and thanks for being the source of so many musical ideas that infuse my picking and enrich my life!
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    Re: We need songs for these times

    Let's consider another road, the one that takes our minds away from our troubles for, say, 3:09


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH1u5j-1QZw&app=desktop
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    Re: When You First . . .

    When I first started, I'd have to say David Grisman, because DGQ was fresh and hot. Also Dick Fegy, 'cause I was listening to David Bromberg a lot.
  10. Thread: 1913 A1 thoughts

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    Re: 1913 A1 thoughts

    My maternal grandparents were married in June 1918, while he was on weekend leave from the Army. He was deployed to Europe shortly afterwards. Although I never knew him (he died the year I was...
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    Re: A new prototype mandolin

    LOVE the Jetsons/50s jazz vibe! I can't wait to see the mandocello with the new tailpiece design, whenever that is completed.
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    The regular local Friday night jam was just cancelled "for the remainder of the month". I suspect probably longer than that . . .

    Pay attention to the public health experts: use your common sense...
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    link doesn't work for me
  14. Thread: 3/4

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    Re: 3/4

    Or set a good old 4/4 camp meeting melody in 3/4.

    I set the hymn There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood in 3/4, there is something so primal about tremoloing the double-stopped half notes in that...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    My go-to reference on sharpening is Leonard Lee's excellent book, The Complete Guide To Sharpening. The chapter on scrapers is only 12 pages, but it covers the subject with clear and concise...
  16. Thread: Finger stretch

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    Re: Finger stretch

    Try using your pinky to get the C#
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    Re: Thank you Scott and Dan!

    Thanks for your passion for mandolins and music and this website.

    I have no clue how bad it was for you but I do sincerely appreciate that you've gone through hell and come back to make this...
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    Re: Looking for Lessons in North Carolina

    Wayne Benson, if he's taking new students. I can personally vouch that Wayne is a fabulous teacher. Lives in Boiling Springs, SC - well worth a drive.

    Google will get you the contact info, I...
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    Re: Ibanez Buyer beware

    I lived in SC for 28 years. While it is indeed a humid place (especially in the summer, ugh) in the winter the humidity is much lower and therefore the relative humidity inside buildings with heat is...
  20. Thread: Happened to you?

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    Re: Happened to you?

    I can't listen to Since I've Been Loving You without getting distracted by the deafening squeak of John Bonham's kick drum pedal.
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    Re: Tone Dexter users?

    I have a ToneDexter and use it for playing through the sound system at our (fairly large) church. I didn't spend a ton of time training it with different mics but whatever I did do seemed to make...
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    Re: Old Wave Mandoins & Bill Bussmann

    "My motto is cheap and built to stay that way" :))

    I wanna be like Bill when I grow up. Seriously!
  23. Thread: italian spruce

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    Re: italian spruce

    1. Common names are trouble because there are so many for a given species (Norway spruce is the one I recognize for Picea abies). The scientific name Picea abies is most helpful because it tells you...
  24. Re: edit of the bluegrass album with only bobby hick's solos

    Nice educational resource for learning his approach to BG soloing, licks and killer tone. Love Bobby Hicks!
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    Re: curly maple wood description

    Maple is a "hardwood" (quotations because the term is really only vaguely about how hard the wood is). Xylem cells in hardwoods are fundamentally different from xylem cells in "softwoods"(softwood...
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