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  1. The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    Are you watching the PBS doc, Country Music? Come join a FB group dedicated to identifying the instruments shown (not just guitars, there are some interesting mandolins too). Lend a hand with ID,...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Oh come on... you weren't really seriously thinking of having a luthier try and remove a layer of the finish on your very fine looking mandolin, were you? This is just the mental wanderings caused by...
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    Re: Valuing a Gibson by Dr Lori

    Well that was really painful. This is a version of the 'on the internet nobody knows you're a dog' problem. Nobody knows the depth of this appraiser's ignorance when it comes to musical instruments....
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    I've lived in NYC for a long while - and I've never liked that statue, or the way it was 'installed'. But I still find the idea of a serious attack on a piece of art by a probably clinically insane...
  5. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Can someone condense the 'explanation' so I don't have to watch the video? This is the strangest thing ever...
  6. Re: Michael Daves - August Residency at Jalopy, Brooklyn, NY

    ...or if your tastes run more toward the Stanley Brothers - here's Clinch Mountain Backstep with Chris 'Critter' Eldridge on the old D-28.

    Now Kay made a whole lot of these pressed top mandolins,...
  7. Michael Daves - August Residency at Jalopy, Brooklyn, NY

    (This doesn't fit in any one genre category, so posting in General.) Here's one of a series of brand new videos that I'm producing for Michael Daves. He's promoting a residency: Sundays in August at...
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    Jesse McReynolds at 90

    A couple photos from his FB feed of the party thrown for him at the Opry. I thought the Cafe types might enjoy seeing this cake: a three-point w ff-holes!

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    Re: Gibson “Black Night” at TMS

    Nice review, Billy - and what looks like a nice mandolin. As for blacktops, if you play them enough, fingerprints become less of a concern. ;-)

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    Nice Transfer Decal on L&H Model A

    Listed on Ebay - a particularly fancy 'decal' on this Model A L&H. It has the leg rest. The asymmetrical body points. Ex condition. It's the shorter 13" scale, which I find cramped, but I know that...
  11. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    So much manufactured outrage! I watched the video and frankly it doesn’t seem like such a big deal to me. Gibson will talk big, and will enforce what it is legally able to enforce. What it can not...
  12. Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    Learn both. The BG chop chords are only hard until they aren’t. And lots of players use the pinky mute on open chords as a big part of their playing too.
  13. Re: Any help identifying this beautiful instrument?

    Dollar for dollar, you're better off buying a saz without the expensive strap holder peg, and simply wrapping the saz-strap around the peg head. A leather boot lace is your best bet for that...
  14. Thread: Neck length

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    Re: Neck length

    I think John Soper's (post 3) is a good summary of this often confused situation - longer and shorter scale lengths, and differing points of 'attachment' where the neck meets the body of the...
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    Re: Unique Lyon & Healy Tailpiece Engraving

    *** FIVE YEARS LATER *** Happy 100th to this L&H Style C - and the memory of Ennis W. Clarke - 22 May 1919
    I can't say that I've pursued the origins of my L&H much beyond where I was in 2014. A...
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    Re: Satan is Real movie

    I don't think so. The soundtrack was finished and recorded and I don't think they'd have spent that money without clearing the music rights. I believe that Ronnie McCoury was the lead mandolin player...
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    Re: Condenser mic for live and home recording

    It's possible to really overthink a question like this. John has a simple interface and a modest budget. If you're interested in the one mic performance thing, give it a try. This is a mono recording...
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    Re: 1996 Gilchrist price list

    If it's any consolation, the price of his standard F-5 invested in an S&P500 index funds with dividends reinvested would amount to almost exactly $35,000 today. So if this is your dream instrument,...
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    Re: Satan is Real movie

    I'm not sure that anyone has publicly reported the story of how the Monroe biopic fell apart. It involves folks including Finn Taylor, Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and others. T-Bone...
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    Re: Satan is Real movie

    Ethan Hawke produced a bio of the great TX songwriter Blaze Foley recently. It didn't get a whole lot of love at the box office - and I can see why... but that said, I thought it was a sweet film - a...
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    Re: Virzi "Tone destroyer"

    Economically, and for other reasons - removing a Virzi from an A-4, F-2 or F-4 makes much LESS sense than removing one from a Loar period F-5. There would certainly be a large loss in value - and...
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    Re: Thile at Carnegie May 8

    Since Michael’s question started the thread, I should have mentioned that Punch Bros went first. With their single mic approach in this space, and there greater complexity, it was a good choice. N.C....
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    Re: Thile at Carnegie May 8

    A very special night. The Carnegie Hall debut for Nickel Creek, and a sentimental evening for the many who have followed that band for so long. I don't think I'm betraying any confidences by relating...
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    Re: Article: Andy Statman Rides the Monroe Bus

    Ed Haber has worked closely with Andy Statman for years and produced many of his CDs. He's a skilled audio engineer whose work can be heard on New York City's NPR Station, WNYC - where he serves as...
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    Re: Del & Dawg Tour 2019

    Well that was surely one of the musical highlights of my year! Just a terrific show!

    Two sets. One microphone. Just the right amount of banter and spontaneity to give it a 'living room' feel while...
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