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    Re: CEO Chris Martin IV Announces Retirement

    I thought it was going to be the D-18 Song(Thank You Mr. Martin) Oh well, The Weight works too! Thanks Brad and thank you Mr. Martin!
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    Re: NBD: 1895 Lyon & Healy (Banjo related)

    Brad

    yes, like these tuners very well.

    I like these older banjos I've gotten from Bob a lot, everything works as it should, they note as one would expect a brand new banjo to do, so its like...
  3. This date 1982 DeFord Bailey passed away.

    This date 1982 DeFord Bailey passed away.
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    Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    Home Depot electric charcoal grill starter; $16. 'Best secret heat source going for bending irons! You can bend it and mash it around to fit your pipe size.

    IMO, the Stew Mac electric bender is...
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    Re: Why do people do this?

    Stan was a true gem in the instrument sales world; I miss him too. I can remember first meeting him as a 15 year old with only a few hundred bucks in my pocket and he happily handed me a 1940s...
  6. Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    If you want the independence and autonomy and you feel like you will make a few dozen fingerboards, then by all means tool up for it. Do you have a tablesaw? If so, the LMI templates and fret...
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    Hey Brad!

    I did not choose to "re-watch" both of them, just watched a little of Don's that day ... but I have watched both those videos numerous times in the past. I was first acquainted with...
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    Re: Live From Home

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y10ZbXSW1Go
  9. Re: RIP Gene Shay - Philadelphia Folk Music Legend

    I remember meeting Gene at WXPN, I was taking phone pledges,Gene noticed my mandolin case and asked me about it. We had a nice conversation about music as I was on to a practice after the pledge...
  10. Re: RIP Gene Shay - Philadelphia Folk Music Legend

    That's really nice Jamie. Thanks so much for sharing those pictures.

    Lise and I were dining at World Cafe Live several years ago, and heard a very familiar voice at a nearby table. We knew...
  11. Re: RIP Gene Shay - Philadelphia Folk Music Legend

    Yes. Gene has passed. I worked at the Philly Folk Fest for 17 years. from 2001 - 2018. I have so many good memories of the music I heard, the people I met, and experiences shared there. Gene was...
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    Re: 1913 A1 thoughts

    Both my dad and my former white face A-3 were born in 1919. I played that mandolin for many years then got my 23 A2 and sold the 19. I should have kept it. Oh well. Now they are both gone, sadly....
  13. Re: Article: A Brief History of Evening Prayer Blues

    One of our more popular features of the past few years celebrating another birthday. Love this Bradley Klein article.
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Dear Mandolin Friends, I am now home and getting stronger each day. Walking with a walker, fed through a tube and a tracheostomy in my trachea, but I am full of gratitude to be alive! I am enjoying...
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    Re: Richter Patent Tuners

    I have my grandfathers mandolin that I just restored. All of the tuners are in tact. Love it!
    183725
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    Re: Used Gibsons

    Just an opinion: nothing is going on except you extrapolating a trend on tens of thousands of instruments based on four, unless I counted your references incorrectly.
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    Worth told me he bought his favorite F5 (I assume it was a Loar) from a lady in SJ for $75 in the early 1950's when he attended SJ State. That was cheap even then, but it's clearly Not the one he's...
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    Worth with his mandolin and Jerry
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    Greetings, my name is Grant Handley. It was my father, Worth Handley who played in the Hart Valley Drifters briefly in 1962. The flea market find, the $25 Loar F5 Fern, was his. An early photo of the...
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    Just for fun I googled "Hart Valley Drifters" and, lo and behold, there are a bunch of photos from 1962 online -- thanks to the Grateful Dead connection. Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter were in this...
  21. Michael Cleveland Tall Fiddler Grammy Winner

    183164Congratulations to Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (Nathan Livers on mandolin) for winning Best Bluegrass Album at the Grammy's.
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    Re: How many of you knew or knew of Don Brown?

    I worked with Don Brown and his sons Denny and Don Jr. for many years. I was put on the same team with Don Sr. at the Wentzville GM plant. I liked Bluegrass before I met Don and had bought a mandolin...
  23. Re: “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    It got the attention of other builders at the show, and plenty not there as well. Carlson is a big deal, has always been a big deal, and many of the people that worked under him at Flatiron are still...
  24. Thread: Bracing f5's

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    Re: Bracing f5's

    I'm not sure if Gilchrist uses X bracing much anymore. I've built a few F5s with X bracing, and the difference wasn't as pronounced as I would have expected (I probably wouldn't be able to tell that...
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    Re: Playing Solo..

    During the Ken Burns specual Country Music: Live at the Ryman, Marty Stuart did a jaw-dropping vocal/mandolin solo of Johnny Cash's Orange Blossom Special.
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