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    Re: What's the deal with Vintage F4s?

    I've owned a '25 F4 and played several pre-Loar F4's. Generally speaking, the tone of these F4s (2's) is more "woody". I think another way I would describe the tone is maybe last focused or more...
  2. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    I have owned both and still own my MM. If either one of them were my only mandolin, I would be happy and content (barring any MAS affects). In the end, I wasn't playing the Ellis as much as I...
  3. Re: What's the diff between Northfield NF5S and F5 models?

    I was just at the Northfield workshop where Derek said that they do not use torrefied tops in their mandolins.
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    Re: Northfield Marshall Mandolin Summit

    A great event! I will definitely be returning. I can second just about everything that has been said. Great people, great instruction, a jam for everyone! I love that it is a smaller event (38...
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    Re: Ellis F5 Fern at Gryphon

    CW, Your assesment is right in line with what I experience between my own Ellis and Northfield. My Ellis is a "Tradition" with a torrified top. The Traditions are modeled after David Grisman's Loar...
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    Re: Thile quote on resting hand on the bridge

    Mike Marshall, one of the best teachers I know, is a big advocate of resting the fleshy part of the palm (just below the thumb) on the strings behind the bridge and also just on the top edge of the...
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    Re: Meet ... the Perfect Mandolin Player.

    Maybe he's spent too much time in the woodshed?
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    Re: Northfield 4th Gen F5 reviews?

    I am headed to the Marshal Mandolin Summit in August and plan on ordering a custom 4.0. I am told they will have a couple 4.0's there to try out. I've had a F5V1E for several months now and can't...
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    Re: Rawhide pick stroke advice sought

    It feels nature to me to, as you say, "appy standard pick stroke theory" -- keep the right hand in constant motion. That said, I don't know how Mr. Monroe did it.
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    Re: 4-string emando, what’s the best out there?

    I owned a ‘64 mandocaster that had great tone. I ran it through my ‘63 Gretch twin. That was a killer 60’s vibe. BUT, I always found the neck to feel ‘tight’ (best descriptive word I could think...
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    Re: Gibson F-5L thoughts

    MAS is MAS and sometimes we have to learn the hardway, but I think you will be happy with a Harvey! I love my 2012 MM and won't part with it.
  12. Northfierld F5A/Gibson MM/Ellis Tradition Video Comparison

    Hey Cafe,

    My new Northfield F5 Artist 5 Bar arrived yesterday afternoon and am super impressed with it. Amazed at how well it holds up to my Gibson MM and my Ellis Tradition. Especially for...
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    Legal Zoom Mandolin Commercial

    Just curious if anyone else has seen this commercial:

    https://www.ispot.tv/ad/ItTo/legalzoom-com-miguels-mandolin-shop?autoplay=1#

    I saw it last night, did a few searches but couldn't find...
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    Re: New Ellis F5 Tradition

    And Here is a quick video of the Ellis F5 Tradition. Nothing fancy. Just tried to play up and down the neck and do a bit of chording, chops, etc.:

    https://youtu.be/RFsxeCTdRGI
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    New Ellis F5 Tradition

    My new Ellis F5 Tradition arrived earlier this week and I have to say I am beyond impressed with this mandolin. Thanks to Scott Ruttencutter you can see pictures of it on his ruttlist website here:...
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    Re: Post MAS syndrome

    I am hoping (and praying for the sake of my marriage) that the Ellis Tradition that is set to arrive here in a few "counting the seconds till it arrives" days will cure my MAS once and for all (He...
  17. Re: 1 year, self taught - give me some feedback (audio clip)

    I like the sound of the first pick better. Smoother sounding. The Fender seems a bit harsh.

    Very nice for 1 year. Keep it up.
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    Re: Thile's Mandolin Playlist

    John Reischman is the mandolinist on the Nygaard fiddle tune.
  19. Re: Lloyd Loar, 1905. What instrument is he holding?

    From the looks of the cutout at the top of the headstock, it looks like a Martin Style 4. Here's a website with some reference photos:
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  20. Thread: capo, capo no

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    Re: capo, capo no

    I am in complete agreement about no shortcuts to theory. Being a jazz player, theory rules. However, there have been a couple requests for a simple method. I think the easiest method is to learn...
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    Re: I aquired a Old F4..

    That is a beautiful F4 -- all around! Congratulations! Enjoy!
  22. Thread: Sheet music

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    Re: Sheet music

    The cafe has a great library of tab that can be opened in a free "viewer" app that lets you view the tune in tab, standard notation, or both. Check out the following links:
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    The wait is over! Harvey Master Model

    The David Harvey Master Model Arrived today! I couldn't be happier. Like the guys at the Mandolin Store said, it is a beast! Truely amazing tone for one so young. Here are the photos as requested:
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    Re: Issue With Re-Learning Right Hand

    I have a couple of Homespun videos, one with a young Chris Thile, and one with Mike Marshal. Both players talk about keeping the right hand fingers relaxed (no tension) in a curled (not fisted)...
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    Undiscovered Loar

    Just saw an inventory update from Gruhn that shows and "undiscovered" Loar signed on April 12, 1923. Say it is consigned by "the elderly son of the original purchaser." It's a beauty. And it...
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