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    Lamar Grier passes

    Former Bluegrass Boy, banjo player Lamar Grier passed Tuesday at 81 years of age.

    https://bluegrasstoday.com/lamar-grier-passes/
  2. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    CNC is not a cure all. The cost is shifted with CNC.

    While they reduce labor there is significant initial investment. It is a minimum of ten thousand dollars for a small simple machine and...
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    Re: curly maple wood description

    What people who build archery bows say is that the ratio of late wood to early (spring) wood has more effect than the number of rings. The latewood is harder and more solid, contributing more...
  4. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    It is a matter of perspective. There is a school of thought that believes in something called "the Market" that is pure and true and never wrong. The belief is maintained no matter how badly that...
  5. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    I realize some people consider Texas to be third world, sometimes for good reason, but I am not among them.

    Collings chose to go the route of automating production to the extent they can. This...
  6. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    The typical build time quoted for an F-5 by a small hand builder is around 200 hours.

    There might be a 80 to 250 dollars in wood, 60 to 400 dollars in tuners, 60 dollars in the bridge, 40 to 150...
  7. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    Here is a good example of archtop guitar pricing. Check out the prices on these. They exceed mandolin prices.

    https://benedettoguitars.com/guitars/guitar-guide/
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    Re: The cafe....made my day!

    so the winners are named Scott. I think I see a pattern here :))
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    Re: Tuner machine advice

    Tuners really do not move much once they are set unless they are worn out no matter whether cheap or expensive tuners. The gear is against the worm and there really is not much to move. The...
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    Re: Collings MTO Honey Amber gloss top

    Attempts to fix finish almost always make it worse. Even professionals treat it as a place where angels fear to tread.
  11. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    Congratulations on the good news in your life. You were due some better times.
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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    Slow everything down to a speed where you cannot miss and start there. If it is 40 BPM then go that speed till your fingers are trained.
    Make sure every finger is exactly in position at the slow...
  13. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    That thin, grey line was the only thing standing between us and the Apocalypse. That was a close call.
  14. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    I once knew a guy who fixed rust holes in the front end of his Oldsmobile with concrete and house paint. This guy apparently had not heard of that approach.
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    Re: Frank Benko F5 copy

    I enjoyed the comments about the Turner microphone/pickup. My wife's grandmother and aunts worked for Turner Microphone for many years, one of them till it closed in the late 1970s. Most of their...
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    Re: To A Higher Standard

    Your title and story in the original post said that musicians are held to a higher standard than other activities. Perhaps that is not what you meant or intended. It certainly reads that way.
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    Hopefully David Harvie and or John Hamlett will chime in here.

    That would be a minimum. The original wedge is at least somewhat smaller than the log and the top has been cut down further so you...
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    Re: To A Higher Standard

    That is just the difference between academic standards and real world standards.

    I worked in an industry for several years where we ran presses at high speeds. We would be producing parts at...
  19. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Actually this is hamboning, demonstrated in the videos below.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71QVTbhrrl0


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbUgyhFsgtw
  20. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Here is a great example of the same song played side by side on fiddle in two different musical styles to get two different flavors. Mariachi and western swing.
    That is another way to think about...
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    Re: Improvising

    Two things that have not come up, except very peripherally, are rhythm and dynamics. Some of the posters said explicitly that it is all about melody. That is not true. Expression comes through...
  22. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    One friend of mine claims to play mandolin while driving on long road trips. I have not witnessed it. So far he has survived.
  23. Re: Article: Guess the Mandolin Dawg is Playing, Win $100 Gift Ce

    It was a great contest and a lot of fun. Many thanks to you and to David.
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    Re: B & J Serenader Resonator Mandolin 1930s

    That brand name brings back memories. I had a Bugeleisen and Jacobson guitar that somehow acquired legs and walked away from a house I was renting back in 1974 never to be seen again.
  25. Re: Suggestions for Online posting of musical content for payment

    Do people pay you to perform live? Either solo or with a band? If people will not pay to hear you live you probably will not get a great response with your recordings either. The place to start is...
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