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    Re: Mandolin Neck Advice

    there are benefits to both. You likely won't feel the differences until you can get the notes clear; however.

    I have both and like both. I do think some aspects of picking on a plane are good. ...
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    Lucy!

    f-d
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    I've used Thomastik, "Heavy" on my A3 for years! I think the code is 154st.

    I'm now using the EXP-74CM and love them too!

    f-d
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    Re: General Mandolin Post

    some luthiers know how to be precise. Find those folks!

    f-d
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    Re: New White Face mandolin

    Yes!

    (My order with Wayne. . . one day. . . is for a white snake.)

    f-d
  6. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    When we moved into our current house (2004), I carried in over 30 mandolin cases. I was in the full blaze of the craziness!

    Now, most were, "Made in Japan" solid wood, a-models. I was doing a...
  7. Re: Flatirons - festival, performer, artist, signature

    I don't think it's as big of a deal as folks want it to be. Talking Flatiron Arch-top, they did the integrated fretboard on their Festival models - maybe Performer, not sure. My buddy has played a...
  8. Re: Splurging on the Best Possible Mandolin Strings

    I used Thomastiks for many years. I actually love them, but. . .

    I was thinking of a change up and now know I like the EXP74cm string set. I like that the unwound strings are a half-tic heavier...
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    Re: Gibson A Oval Tuning Machines

    I've had two custom mandolins made for me. Both a-models. I don't like the worm-over look, so I requested that both of them be made with worm-under tuners. Both builders used the restoration tuners...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    I'll sort of agree, when the notes remind you of the melody and then you just play your memory is not quite memorization. There are tunes I just can't kick off (Nail the Catfish comes to mind). I...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    I play by ear. The music reminds me.

    f-d
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    A classmate gave me a Kay in 1968. That was my mandolin for about 15 years. Didn’t play it much. Mostly in college and working many of those years (field geology).

    Went to grad school (Virginia...
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    Re: ‘Beach’ mandolin

    Hahaahaaahaa!

    To the OP: carry your new Eastman through your adventures! In a few years, heck, it may wear a few battle scars! Meanwhile, the case queen remains undisturbed.

    It’ll be the...
  14. Re: Brazilian musician Joćo Gilberto dies aged 88

    (anybody here been listening to Babel Gilberto, Joao's daughter? She's great!)

    f-d
  15. Re: Brazilian musician Joćo Gilberto dies aged 88

    Son told me last night. In the soundtrack of my life, for sure!

    RIP

    f-d
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    It’s better to focus on the music rather than the instrument. The, “Chase for sound” is endless! Yes! Get a top-tier mandolin. Get it setup. Then learn!

    My take? Bring it everywhere too! Then...
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    Re: Looking for My 1st Mandolin

    Cafe sponsor is good advice! Look at Kentucky or Eastman. Solid carved top.

    Expect twice the budget of entry-level guitar.

    Get an a model.

    f-d
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    Late ‘70s, Boulder, Colorado, working as a geologist! Ah, the memories. . .

    My first awareness of Hot Rize!

    Had my Kay. It took a while for me to upgrade!

    f-d
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    Re: My first mandolin

    it's like a Persian rug. Their value is shown by the imperfections. Otherwise, a machine made it!

    So cool that you built your own!

    f-d
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    they go anywhere!

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    (last month in Frisco, NC)

    During this time of the year, my 1N is always entertaining the neighborhood too! I just walk about the yard playing random fiddle tunes!...
  21. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    when Flatiron started arch-top f-hole mandolins they had the A5-1 and the A5-2. Those were the trim levels. That was '83 for sure. Not sure if it was also '82. Sometime around '84 they changed that...
  22. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    (Flatiron may have actually started in Boulder Colorado in the late '70s. Back-porch productions got into making the army-navy styles (aka pancakes). I think it was after a spell they moved to...
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    Re: Gerald Anderson, Rest In Peace

    met him once. Known of him for decades. Rest in peace, Gerald.

    f-d
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    wall hangers go where they belong. Musical instruments go in cases - at least in my house!

    Then again, it's easier to find placed to squirrel away cases then places to hang instruments.

    I have...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    I've had the A3 for over 35 years. It's one of my favorites. ('30 L-1 is one of my favorite guitars too!)

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    I just love the Flatiron 1N! Likely always will too!

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    My redwood...
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