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  1. Re: Funny reference to Bluegrass in mystery novel

    I'll check her out!
  2. Resonance of a fiddle vs mandolins (wow)

    On Friday I took a day trip to a music store that might have a bigger selection of higher-end mandolins than any other music store in Missouri (that store is Morgan Music in Lebanon, MO) and...
  3. Funny reference to Bluegrass in mystery novel

    I'm working my way through a crime series by British writer, Mark Billingham. The policeman/hero loves gritty older American country music, especially Johnny Cash. In "The Burning Girl" from 2004,...
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    Re: Kimble a5 captured in the Wild!

    Yes, I think you got a great price! The few Kimble A’s I’ve seen in the past year have been closer to $5k, and not with a Carlton case.
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    Re: Kimble a5 captured in the Wild!

    Congratulations! I tried out a Kimble A last summer and loved it (Sadly it wasn’t for sale.). How much did this one set you back?
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    Re: Strap recommendations?

    I’ve bought a dozen different straps for A and F style mandolins but currently have Lakota straps on my two mandolins and one mandola. I love the look and feel.
  7. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    I have been playing an MD315 for over a year and I actually love the trebles - strong, loud, pure and sweet all the way up the neck. Part of that might be due to using heavy strings on the E and A...
  8. Thread: 3 models

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    Re: 3 models

    I love the looks! I’m wondering, though, about the choice of screwing the tailpiece to the face instead of to the bottom edge. Attaching to the face wouldn’t seem to be as structurally sound.
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    Re: Odd problem with treble pairs

    I thought about taking the mandolin back to Mass Street to have them check the bridge and maybe fix or replace it, but I just ordered a Cumberland Bridge. Not all that expensive and good reputation. ...
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    Re: Odd problem with treble pairs

    I do that all the time! :)
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    Re: Odd problem with treble pairs

    Yeah, that part of the statement was totally tongue-in-cheek! :)
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    Re: Odd problem with treble pairs

    I just ordered a Cumberland Acoustic bridge. Fingers crossed that it fixes this weird problem and that I am then fabulously happy with this mandolin and never crave a mandolin upgrade again! :)
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    Odd problem with treble pairs

    I had a one-man shop make a mandolin for me this fall. The mandolin has good bass, but the treble pairs are weaker than on my MD315. On closer inspection, the two strings of the A pair seem out of...
  14. Re: Installing a K&K internal with a James tailpiece

    I installed a K&K in my Eastman MD315. I started off trying to enlarge the tailpiece hole with a hand reamer, but ended up buying a good step bit. I was amazed how easily and cleanly the step bit...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    I saw your teaser pic with the carbon fiber mandolin. Did I miss any other info? If not, how soon before more info might be released?
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    Re: Introducing the Sorensen VX

    Love that two-piece quilted Red Maple! Sweet!
  17. “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    The Mandolin Cafe administrator teased with this line before the NAMM show. I must confess my apparent ignorance for not seeing how the finally released info was anything that would “rock the...
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    Re: Gifted mandolin

    I love it! What a cool instrument!
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    Yes, I’ve seen good mandolin players use capos for that purpose. I even have a capo in my mandolin case for just such a need but haven’t used it yet. :)
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    I’ve heard of musicians tuning their instruments down for the feeling of floppier strings.

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    I’ve heard of musicians tuning their instruments down for the feeling of...
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    Well, sort of, lol. If you like using open strings and drones on your mandolin, then D is not equal to E-flat. :)
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    Fortunately I haven't had to deal with any musicians like that. What keys does he play in? I suppose you could tune down a half-step yourself? Otherwise just embrace up-the-neck closed-position...
  23. Thread: BG jam

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    Re: BG jam

    I can’t see that it would make a lot of difference sonically. With either guitar tuning or mando tuning you’ll have some keys that are easy with plenty of open strings and some that will be mostly...
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    Re: The Obvious 12/26 Question

    Not quite a “mandolin,” but I got a mandola (my first mandola). I like it but I’m currently in the middle of a clawhammer banjo binge so everything else including the new mandola is getting...
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    Re: upgrade thoughts

    Yep, though that low a price would have me looking for the catch. $2k or a bit under seem pretty standard for MT’s in good shape.
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