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    Re: We Honor Your Service

    Thank you to all of our Veterans for their service!
  2. Thread: Action vs clarity

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    Re: Action vs clarity

    It may be worthwhile to have it checked out the next time you’re in your fav music store (can’t remember offhand if you’re near Dusty Strings or Gryphon?). I like jumbo frets, but felt like I had to...
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    Re: What does a mando set-up cost in your area?

    Probably not unreasonable for your location, particularly if there’s drilling involved with the tuner inversion...
  4. Re: Live From Here - Is There a Better Music Show ANYWHERE?

    I’m a huge college football fan, for all of its foibles...this show makes me think twice about what I watch Saturday evenings when I’m not at a home game...seriously...
  5. Thread: Thick Picks?

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    Re: Thick Picks?

    Nope, 1.5 mm is about my upper limit, but if you like thick ones, roll with it!
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    Re: Geib Challenge case

    Agree with those above, it’s in amazing shape...and, the purple is cool!!!
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Pick

    Not sure what Andrew is playing with these days, but heís killiní it. Iím a CT-55/Wegen TF-140 guy. Iíve tried rounded (Golden Gate and Primetone Dawg) shapes and struggle to get tone/volume with...
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    Re: I know that tune... um... how's it go again?

    Ah, yes, the blank space. Thankfully it’s only happened to me a couple of times, and always in the friendly confines of a youth worship service where it’s easy to turn it into a joke or a teachable...
  9. Thread: Is my MAS dead?

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    Re: Is my MAS dead?

    Sometimes going to such a store can be a real education. Iíve been fortunate of late that the lesson has been that my Kelley A5 and Rigel CT-110 are very, very good instruments, with which I am well...
  10. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Mandolin is my favorite, but I’m still more proficient on guitar, which I’ll begrudgingly admit is more versatile. I also play OM, bass, and banjo. Well, I own a banjo, but wouldn’t say that I’m a...
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    Re: National RM1 String Action

    When I bought mine I had visions of playing searing slide mandolin so left my action a little higher. When I realized I was going to play it without a slide 99% of the time, I lowered my nut action...
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    Re: Heiden vs Northfield GOM

    I played a Northfield arch top GBOM at TME a few weeks ago along side a Girouard GBOM. The fit and finish on the Northfield was very good, and the tone was pretty good, a little louder than but not...
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    Re: Weber, the best years.

    I haven't played one of their mandolins recently, but the tone and quality of the Yellowstone MC I just traded in for a Bitterroot 20 inch scale OM were outstanding, as is the fit/finish. The OM is...
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    Re: Looking for beginner mandolin.

    If you can make it to TAMCO, do so and play as many as you can in your range. If you're not looking to play a ton of bluegrass a flat top, like a Flatiron 1N, will get you a better quality instrument...
  15. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    Not much else to chime in with, other than I, in general, tend to prefer Adi topped instruments, but my Silverangel from 2009 was reportedly Sitka, and it was an awesome sounding and loud mandolin. A...
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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    Very cool, indeed, but, since Marty liked playing his carved up 700 dollar mandolin better, I think I'll pass ;)
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    Re: This is mind blowing....

    Round here it’s “mannalin,” with a little trail off on the last syllable ��. Being an English major I actually pronounce the word except when I’m
    conversing with the seriously old school...then it’s...
  18. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    The two best mandolins I’ve played to date (to my hands/ears) were a Giacomel at Gruhn’s and Josh Pinkham’s Red Diamond, both valued at 12,500 or so at the time (5-6) years ago now. That includes 2...
  19. Re: what strings do you recommend for a rigel mando ?

    I only got a few minutes with my new to me CT 110 over lunch today, but the EJ 74s sound pretty darn good on it. I may try some monels or flat wounds later, but these are new so will stick with them...
  20. Thread: F4 Mandolin Copy

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    Re: F4 Mandolin Copy

    Chat with “Sonny” Morris. He’s making some nice mandolins at very good prices. Can’t recall offhand what his base F2/4 style is priced at, but he may work with you if you go without any bling. They...
  21. Re: what strings do you recommend for a rigel mando ?

    I have one coming from Fiddler’s Green tomorrow (if tracking is correct) and they strung it with EJ 74s. If I hate them on it I’ll chime back in. If you don’t hear from me assume I like them on it...
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    Re: Whats your thought on these?

    I played a 20 inch Girouard GBOM at TME in Boston a few weeks ago, and was thoroughly impressed with the workmanship, fit and finish, tone, and playability. That one sold before I could sell a couple...
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    Re: Sent This to Sam Bush

    So, your MT-2 is a beast, Kevin! How was the show?
  24. Re: Fell in love with an Eastman Octave Mandolin recently.

    The OM should be approached as a totally new instrument. Sure, the notes are the same, but most recommend playing the 5th fret with your pinky rather than your ring finger on OM. I’m a 6 foot 200...
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    Re: My New Picking Porch (limited mando content).

    Looks awesome! We had a pine tongue and groove ceiling on our last house’s porch that sounded really good as well. Love the time roof!
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