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  1. Muleskinner Instruments - Guitar Bodied Octave Mandolins #1 and 2

    Just finished about a week ago and just went off to their new owners. Friends and bandmates. These are the first two instruments of this design coming out of the Muleskinner Instruments shop, but...
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    Carter Vintage Guitars on GibsonTV

    Really enjoyed this. And... wait for it... wait...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jkh6iA3noJM
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    The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Hi all. Ive been a member of the forum since 2006. Before June of 2006 Id never touched a mandolin. The Caf quickly became a main part of my daily life.

    Scott Tichenor, Mike Edgerton,...
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    Re: Northfield is simply nailing it lately

    Northfield is not an Asian import company. It is not a business entity that solely purchases items from an external country and separate business entity and then resells in the U.S. for profit. The...
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    A new classical mandolin

    Just strung up this morning, a classical mandolin, for want of a better term. 13" scale, with a body inspired by a carved top Italian mandolin I found a photo of years ago. The soundboard is Sitka,...
  6. Mike Marshall's Virtual Mandolin Orchestra

    Mike organized this with his ArtistWorks students. He wrote out parts and recorded guide tracks for us and then we all recorded our parts. Another student put the video all together. It was a fun...
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    Live music psa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHlh9qX73jc
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    Re: Resonators

    Under $1K you either buy one of the nickel-plated brass Chinese instruments, by Johnson, Recording King etc. -- or look for a used US-made Dobro or National (here's one at Guitar Center). The best...
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    Free PDF's of Technical Exercises

    In the spirit of helping each other get through this period of increasing downtime and decreasing income, the pdf's at Mando Scales are now free.

    (And, if you get a few down enough that you want...
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    Thank you, Eastman

    On Saturday (three days ago) I unpacked a five year old Eastman mandola that I purchased used. Tuning it up, I noticed a problem with the bridge saddle intonation cuts. Saturday night I contacted...
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    The Magic 200

    In a casual conversation with my sensei, (a touring professional) a small epiphany occurred to me which I probably already knew. We both decided to learn Russ Barenberg's tune, A Pleasant Beggar, at...
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    Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    Thank you, SOliver (Spencer) for the timely quote above.

    I am busy pruning my orchards as I have always done at this time of the year. My wife and I work together at this task which takes many...
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    Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    A friend of my wife shared this CS Lewis quote (Circa 1948) with her a little while ago and I think it applies well here:

    In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we...
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    Re: We need songs for these times

    My new country song is called "Just stand six feet away from me and wave". It's a song about true love lost. It's best played with gloves on.
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Just got my results! No worries! Sharing the good news ...

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    We need songs for these times

    A member of my Ottawa Song Circle issued "an over 65 Corona virus songwriting" challenge. Here's my contribution. (Though he said "Corona," we tend to call it "COVID 19" in Canada.) Do what you will...
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    Re: Social Distancing

    Did you notice that the uilleann pipes player in the video had a banjo leaning next to him, and an accordion on top of the piano? Betcha he's got a bodhran and a set of spoons stashed somewhere --...
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    In looking at this a question was asked, a question was answered and a discussion has ensued that has little to do with this forum. Let's keep the Cafe as the place you can go without the political...
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    Re: not counting but

    People admire a person with a lot of mandolins.
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Continued healing, Dan! This may help a bit:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1fY-23ffl0
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    Why do people only sell the great ones?

    I've noticed that virtually every mandolin for sale in the classified is an incredible mandolin, often the best the seller has ever played. I have yet to see one of the duds, or even a mediocre one,...
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    Nice story about Mike Marshall's Loar

    About 10 years ago or so I was attending an industry retreat in Massachusetts at which we were lucky enough to have Mike Marshall, along with a couple of young guys on violin and bass, play for us...
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    Re: Thank you Scott and Dan!

    I finally found a way to stay off the Mandolin Cafe. Give me no choice.
  24. Thread: Upgrade

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    Re: Upgrade

    Whatever they're making off this web site ain't enough. I think the fact that it normally run so smoothly belies the work going on in the background.
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    Read Me First

    The old Forum software has been reinstalled. But I wasn't done meddling just yet. I saw some things in the other version and decided they had their place here so changes have occurred in the...
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