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    Re: refinish top

    Max and Louri Girouard

    http://www.girouardmandolins.com/

    They are good friends of Rolfe and super nice people to deal with.

    Why do you want to refinish the top? It could affect the resale...
  2. Thread: Kentucky Waltz

    by C2WAVE2
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    Kentucky Waltz

    Love this song,
    Been trying to learn,found many good examples
    online..
    Here is great one.
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x35ker0
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    Fiddle Tune (and more)

    Just ran across this link from a friend on the Acoustic Guitar Forum. Lots of tunes!
  4. Re: Mandolin Recommendations - Beginner to Intermediate

    What mandolin to buy? That is the question we all have to answer; from the very beginner who has never even held a mandolin, to those of us with years of experience wanting to upgrade to the next...
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    Re: Mandolin strings

    While you may receive a variety of answers, the only person who can answer that question is you.
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    Re: Replacement Tuning Machines

    I have played mandolin for 50+ years on many different mandolins. I have NEVER replaced tuners. What is it y’all are looking for? I keep mine LIGHTLY lubricated and have had no problem.
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    Re: Mandolin strings

    In my opinion there is no single weight that is better for picking than any other weight. So much depends on the specific instrument, an individual's left-hand strength, picking skill, and musical...
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    Re: Replacement Tuning Machines

    Take yours off clean and lubricate them , and put them back on .. they're probably fine..
    The ones on my 90 year old mandolin are still OK..

    you can measure , and then compare ? stew mac site...
  9. Thread: Waverly Tuners?

    by otis66
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    Re: Waverly Tuners?

    Thank you all for the recommendations. I will stay with the Grover tuners.
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    Re: Waverly Tuners?

    I have Waverly on one mandolin it came with them. My other mandolins have decent less expensive tuners and I agree with those above. You won't really impress anyone with fancy tuners. Rubners or...
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    Re: Waverly Tuners?

    $2,400 for the mandolin and $500 for tuners??? Not me. Plenty of decent tuning machines out there.
  12. Re: Looking for Mandolin Recommendations that hold their value

    Mandolins do not 'hold their value', no matter what you buy. The best you can hope for, IMHO, is to buy used at a good price and not lose too much if you sell it. If you can buy at 60% of new, you...
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    Throaty, known to some as “depth”. The one big complaint I had concerning all three Northfields I owned was that when you “stepped on the gas” and really dug in, you could never get the top to...
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    I have a Collings, an Ellis, and a Girouard right now. All Adi/Sugar Maple. What I can tell you is that the Girouard and the Collings will give you more volume than the Ellis. The Ellis is a...
  15. Re: I have read other threads and i am still confused- newbie man

    Get a $50 Rogue, and a $100 setup! Or buy from a reputable dealer who supplies them already set-up.
  16. Re: Does anyone make Monel strings packaged separately?

    Try Curt Mangan They manufacture a Monel string in two gauge sets and they package the strings in separate paper envelops. R/


    https://www.juststrings.com/manganmandolin.html
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    Hands down, at TME the Girouard A5 Concert would be my pick. It has to be one of the best sounding A style mandolins I have heard. My choice would be that one or that very fancy MF5v at $16k. Save...
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    Seen Wheel of Fortune? that may be a method to pick among those competing quality builders ,

    Spin the wheel with those names on it..
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    Those are all great choices, Pavas are made in the Ellis shop but cost half as much.
    I would consider Girouard mandolins as well and those new Northfield A specials look pretty sweet too.

    Good...
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    Re: Last Mando standing, How to choose?

    If you need to liquidate for monetary reasons, keep the one that would sell for the least money. It will still play like a mandolin.
    If you're in dire straights, put them all up for sale and keep...
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    Re: Thinking of buying a second mandolin

    No, but a considerable part of your budget is going to aesthetics rather than sound.
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    Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    About a year ago I was in Washington for a ski-athon fundraiser at Crystal Mountain. I built in some extra time to hang out in Seattle and eat at Piroshky Piroshky and to go play instruments at Dusty...
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    Re: Solo builders

    Just want to weigh in and offer that my experience (twice now) with Max and Lauri Girouard has been fantastic. Max sent me an A5 about a year and a half ago and though I do check out other things and...
  24. Thread: Informal Poll

    by Br1ck
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    Re: Informal Poll

    The two most expensive instruments I have bought were a cello and a viola. Both were exceptional for the price $12,000 and $5500 respectively. One to each daughter. Those were merely serious student...
  25. Thread: New Bob Dylan

    by Glassweb
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    Re: New Bob Dylan

    to me this isn't a song as much as a musical, historical tome... a darker version of "American Pie"...

    i dig it.
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