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  1. Re: New to mandolin. Looking for recommendations

    Used Eastman 305 in these classifieds for $375.00. May be what you aer looking for.
    I have owned both a 305 and a 304. Excellent mandolins in their price range.
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    I, too, have a hard time remembering tunes. I have used all the methods I have previously read about in this forum and they have helped, but I still find it more difficult than I think it should be....
  3. Re: Romeo in love (my last mando experiment)

    Cool!
  4. Re: Three Early Kentucky Mandolins Made In Japan

    I can't answer your question, but I can tell you that I am impressed with your collection of mandolins! Good luck with your research and I am certain someone here will help you.
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    Re: Apitius J Model just arrived

    Congrats on your new mandolin. Looks like a beaut. If you are like me you will find it difficult to put it down for months to come. What a great way to spend a socially isolated from civilization,...
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    Re: Fret Size

    dhergert
    Do you find that larger frets require more precise fingering with a smaller margin for error for optimal tone? I'm talking a small difference so it is difficult for me to know if this is...
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    Re: Fret Size

    My first experience with larger frets was on my Kentucky KM-950. At the time I purchased my 950 I was mostly playing my Collings and it took awhile to adjust to the larger frets on the 950. I liked...
  8. Re: Campanella, Red Diamond, Northfield, Collings experience

    Tim
    Nice to hear you found the mandolin that meets all your tastes and that you took such a practical approach to find the mandolin for you. I once took the same approach during a visit to Elderly....
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    Re: 3 Month Stiver Review

    Your favorite is a nice compliment to your Stiver. From your signature I see it resides in good (great) company. Would be interesting to have you tell us how it stacks up against your Gilchrist. I...
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    Re: 3 Month Stiver Review

    Not an issue. Would like to hear more about YOUR mandolin Tone, playability, e.t.c.
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    3 Month Stiver Review

    After initiating a thread on Stiver mandolins when I ordered mine one year ago and now having had in my possession mine after nearly three months I thought a review was in order. I would like to do a...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I do not dislike F styles but much prefer A styles for reasons of I think more pleasing aesthetics, cost, more ergonomic, fewer protuberances subject to breakage.
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    Re: Cupboard storing mandolin guitars

    ???? I'm confused. Was the cigar humidifier case for increasing or decreasing humidity?
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    Re: Cupboard storing mandolin guitars

    An inside wall is best. But a dehumidifier will be your biggest asset.
    In a non Covid year we live about 260 days out of the year in a RV trailer. Most of the time we travel in areas of high...
  15. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    Your point is well taken and I do not disrespect your point of view. I'm just not so sure the OP fully understands the costs companies charge for S & H. If he already had that understanding, would he...
  16. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    I agree with your assessment of the eco choice of paper vs. bubble wrap. However, your admonishment of the writers dislike of Stew Macs shipping costs might be a little strong and certainly...
  17. Re: If money was no object, and perfect bluegrass tone was only g

    Just an opinion here, but I would not rule out a Stiver. But, that is to say many builders exist building fine instruments available at your cost point and you will ultimately get many fine...
  18. Re: 1 hour 11 min of Mandolin Orange-Green Mountain Bluegrass

    I feel fortunate to have attended this festival. Mandolin Orange was the best of the festival for me.
  19. Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    When our youngest (now 30) was in the third grade he was trying to select an instrument to learn. My wife quickly put her foot down and said,"No" when he suggested trumpet. For trumpet fans don't...
  20. Re: mass produced instruments & size variations

    Heady
    Do not rule out a used Morris. I have never played one but have only heard and read good things.
    Also, When you are ready to bite do not hesitate to write a "WANTED" ad here in the Cafe...
  21. Re: mass produced instruments & size variations

    Heady
    If you follow the Cafe Classifieds daily between now and Christmas you are likely to find a used 304. Buy with a 48 hr. trial period with you paying shipping both ways if you are not...
  22. Re: mass produced instruments & size variations

    My personal experience has demonstrated to me that differences in standard mandolins to have small variances. Small differences in scale length & width, with the most significant difference in neck...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    Be dismissive of no method of learning new music. Many of the best musicians I know use neither notation or tab. They instead have either a learned or natural ability I envy. And as one respondent...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    (I really think this thread belongs in the Technique etc. forum).[/QUOTE]

    Perhaps, as the responses have addressed a wider range of issues beyond that which I posed in the thread. However,...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    Sblock
    Your point is well taken. I prefer to never sight read in front of others. I do learn my music mostly from notation and then memorize it so as to not sound stilted as you describe. Often...
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