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  1. Re: sanding/scratching picks for better grip

    I do this to certain picks. Others are not as slippery to my fingers.
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    Re: Refinishing a nice mandolin

    if it were me, I wouldnít change anything that couldnít be reversed. Iíd keep it just as my dad played it. But itís not mine, itís yours, and youíre free to do as you wish. Be advised that a speed...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    Does Stew Mac sell Loar fairy dust? Asking for a friend.....
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    Re: Newbie needs equipment advice

    Agree 100%. Dollar fir dollar, your going to farther ahead with an Eastman or Kentucky over the MK.
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    I use Dunlop Ultex (Rhino) or Tortex 1.14 mm because they are cheap, available, and sound good. I sand or otherwise scuff them up for better grip.
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    Re: Repair question

    How did it crack? Was it an impact break or under humidified? Just curious.
  7. Re: Looking for Mandolin Recommendations that hold their value

    I think I would want to know a builders track record before I bought #1 from him or her. It may turn out to be a fantastic instrument, but guitars and mandolins are very different. I’d want to see a...
  8. Re: The Hollies - Look Through Any Window

    I always liked the Hollies. Graham Nash could have been a bluegrass singer with that high tenor of his.
  9. Re: No mandolin content. Taylor Guitars story about sourcing wood

    And the robot tuners were ridiculously expensive.
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    Re: Garcia guitar Grisman mandolin

    Oh man. That made my morning. Those two together just had some mojo. Thanks for the post.
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    Re: the Loar VS Eastman VS Kentucky

    I’ve always been partial to Kentucky. I like their tone and volume. I’ve owned at least four, and they’ve all been consistently good. Ive owned a couple Eastmans. They were ok, but the tone is...
  12. Re: how often do you refill your humidifier?

    I like how you think.
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    If it were me, without playing any of them, I would be leaning toward the Ellis or the MT2.
  14. Re: New mandolin, is there something wrong with the nut?

    I had a km900 that had a fossilized walrus ivory nut. It had all kinds of imperfections like that. It looked like a fossil. I thought it was very interesting, and it sounded good.
  15. Re: Underwhelmed by Northfield Archtop Octave Mandolin

    I played one at Elderly a couple months ago and I thought it sounded fantastic. They also had a Pono at that time. I thought it sounded very good, but not as good as the Northfield.
  16. Re: $25,000 Gibson on FaceBook Marketplace

    As Mike Wolfe would say, “I don’t want to buy the memories, I just want to buy the mandolin.”
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    Re: Noob looking for a little direction.

    I recently got a km500e mandolin from The Mandolin Store. This little gem punches way above its weight. I think you would be happy with the kn756. I have no experience with older 1980s Kentucky...
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    Re: Happy Birthday Sam!

    Congrats on another successful trip around the sun, Sam! Keep rocking’ that Fern!
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    Re: "Playability"

    A great sounding mandolin that has bad playability can be fixed, but a great playing mandolin that sounds bad is always going to sound bad.
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    Re: Thinking of buying a second mandolin

    It’s ok to want an F-style. We’re just saying that it’s going to cost twice as much to get the same level of build quality and tone as a an A-style. Also, when you get one, you’re not going to play...
  21. Re: Torrafied is actually an ancient Jewish process

    Anybody remember the movie Torah, Torah, Torah, back in the sixties? I watched it and I was torrefied—I mean, terrified.
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    Re: best mandolin for 700.00

    A couple months ago I bought a Kentucky km500e from The Mandolin Store. It was on sale and well below $700. It is a fabulous mando, couldn’t be happier with it, and the setup was spot on.
  23. Re: Grand daughter is a Lefty - Help needed converting RH to LH

    You said that she’s four years old. Has she played any other instruments like guitar or violin? If she hasn’t had any formal lessons, it really doesn’t matter. It’s kind of arbitrary anyway. I...
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    I’ve seen and played a F5 style mandolin with “Takeshi” on the headstock, but never Iwamoto. It was at Elderly Instruments, and it’s been a while, maybe two or three years ago. Unfortunately I can’t...
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    Re: Going to California

    Nice. Very nice. In a former band, a mando and guitar duo, I used to play this with my guitarist partner.
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