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    Re: Naming your Mandolin

    I have an older Silverangel F5 that Ken named "Ivanna" (in marker or felt pen under the center of the top) when he was building it. My wife, however, calls it "Ole Bessie". I don't use names for...
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    Re: 2019 Satin Silverangel A

    The mandolin looks great. I’m a sucker for that stain on the top. Looks just like the one you built for me. So sorry to hear you’ve not been feeling well, though. Hope you are on the mend now.
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    I switch between a TD35 and TD40 on acoustic guitar depending on my mood and feel at the time. I also use the 40 sometimes on oval hole mandolins. I don't notice any compromise in stiffness...
  4. Re: Question about 'hybrid' mandolins in old time

    My bad, I thought it was going to be one of those “only this type of mandolin is acceptable” deals. My apologies.

    I’m usually Clifftop all week but stay over the hill in the overflow field. Come...
  5. Re: Question about 'hybrid' mandolins in old time

    I play a mostly old time mandolin and have taught old time mandolin at a music camp (Allegheny Echoes, Marlinton WV, every year in June [shameless plug]) the last 5 summers. I have seen many types...
  6. Re: Where can I find a tutorial for new camptown races?

    The tab is in the classic Bluegrass Mandolin book by Jack Tottle, no video though.
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    Re: eBay sales tax

    I work for a state taxing agency, so I will be careful about what I say and how I say it here. I AM NOT speaking as a representative of my employer here. Always check with your state or local...
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    Re: Eastman Comfort Comfort

    I don't know much about the new Eastman feature but I, too, have contoured several bridge tops.
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    Re: Essential tremor and mandolin playing

    A fiddling friend has has an essential tremor that alcohol helps. He doesn't do alcohol treatment out of fear of becoming reliant on alcohol. I don't know his personal or family history and am not...
  10. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    I use electronic tuners and my ears. At home alone, I rarely use a tuner at all. I have the time to better develop my ears in that situation. With most electronic tuners I've had, I end up messing...
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    Re: My Pa’s Washburn Lyon and Healy mandolin

    Thank you for sharing that beauty with us, Gillypop. That is a beautiful instrument.
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    Re: PBS documentary on the history of Bluegrass

    I'm looking forward to both, but the Burns one in September will most likely be the bigger production by far. I think the KET one, about bluegrass specifically, was timed to be released near the...
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    Re: Multi-track Recording?

    This may help: https://beebom.com/garageband-alternatives-android/

    My first instinct was to plug using GarageBand. It doesn't sound great at all but is cool for getting ideas together and sharing...
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    Re: Duffeyisms

    I agree about both the volume and stiffness issues. I hadn't noticed the overtone issue but do think my mandolin with the steeper neck angle has a "raw" characteristic to its tone. Maybe we are...
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    Re: Need Help Identifying This Mandolin

    Cool find! I hope you enjoy it.
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    Take Those Lips Away - Doc Roberts

    Here is a Doc Roberts tune I'm still working on. I'm playing my 2017 Silverangel A5 style mandolin with a one pc back and redwood top. It's really coming into its own lately.
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  17. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I feel bad for Dave Harvey. I imagine he isn't in the most comfortable position at the moment. I don't know the man but have always appreciated his input here, mutual friends all seem to hold him...
  18. Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    Due to some hand problems, I can't hold the just G chord shape, C shape, and D shape for whole sessions any longer. I use a variety of shapes while I'm playing to minimize stretching my hands,...
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    Re: Am I asking too much?

    I still have the first mandolin I ever bought, a low end Washburn A model with f holes, for reasons listed above by others. My kids beat it up quite a bit when they were little but also got into...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

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    I have four A style mandolins, but this one is my favorite. It's a 2017 Ken Ratcliff Silverangel with a redwood top.
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    Re: Eastman 304 fretboard extension

    I don't think it will be as easy to take it off or cut it down as it is on a mandolin with an elevated fingerboard, as spudpicker discussed above. The fingerboard is glued to the top so cutting the...
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    I don't think there is anything low end about Eastman oval hole mandolins. No one else is producing the volume of quality new, short necked, non-elevated fingerboard oval hole mandolins they are at...
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    Re: Silverangel praise

    I have long been a fan. I own two of them. I think Ken Ratcliff's mandolins are a real bargain and are pro quality instruments. More importantly, after having one of his mandolins for over 17...
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    I hope they do a Patchouli and Dank Skunk to bring back the essence of the 1990s jam band scene
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    Re: Dirk Powell and Tim O'Brien

    Although he is primarily known as a bluegrass great and carrier of the Monroe style torch, Mike Compton is great old time mandolin player. He uses that driving right hand in a duo or group setting...
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