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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Sorry, Don. I guess I did read far too much into it. It didn't seem in keeping with your attitude generally.
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    Automation replacing mandolins?

    In the early 20th century, New York saloon owners were trying to cut expenses by eliminating musicians (is there anything new under the sun?). "After 1911, more and more saloon owners and managers...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I come from another country, the USA's biggest trading partner, that buys billions of dollars worth of goods and services from the US. The US in turn buys billions worth of goods and services from...
  4. Re: A couple of recordings featuring mandolin

    Really enjoyed those, Dave.
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    Re: Women with Mandolins

    1917 Oxford College Mandolin Club, Ohio

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    August 8, 2020, 8.5" x 11" reprint available on ebay:...
  6. Thread: Double Standard

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    Re: Double Standard

    Thanks for clarifying that, folks.
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    Re: Double Standard

    I noticed the same thing myself. As a newcomer, I started threads that had already been discussed numerous times, and no one criticized me. Here are some other topics that come along regularly. If...
  8. Re: HOLY BEANBUCKETS! The Colonel's Mandolin Band LP AUTOGRAPHED!

    Perhaps the Colonel played percussion with his cane.
  9. Re: HOLY BEANBUCKETS! The Colonel's Mandolin Band LP AUTOGRAPHED!

    If anyone comes in on this auction ad late, it's for "Colonel Sanders Signed Album Mandolin Band Hymns."

    One of my parents' favourite Christmas records, in the 60's, was A Colonel Sanders...
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    Re: Damaged teens Gibson A3

    When I see the header "Damaged teens Gibson A3", I keep thinking this is about the instrument played by the mandolinist in some folk-punk band called "Damaged Teens."
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    Re: Robert Johnson (no mando)

    See Post #1, but thanks for the info on the Conforth book.
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    Re: Robert Johnson (no mando)

    Thanks for you thoughts, Scotter. Blues fans are definitely a minority at Mandolin Cafe, though a great many others play blues-influenced music: bluegrass, southern/Appalachian old time, jazz, and...
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    Re: Big fiddle/violin

    Great, Vern, but I do have to show you the competition from Cape Breton, "The Ceilidh Fiddle". This one's definitely not playable:


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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    No doubt, you're aware that black string bands often had a banjolin. This was in part for the volume in the pre-amplifier days -- it was hard to hear over the guitars, which is still a problem at...
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    I play mainly on my two mandolins, a Godin A8, which I occasionally amplify, and an acoustic Espana. I like them both equally. I sometimes play older stuff (1920's, early 30's) on my Little Wonder...
  16. Thread: Dammit!

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    Re: Dammit!

    I was walking down the street one day, stone-cold sober, tripped on a little gap at the edge of a sidewalk, and broke my wrist. The doctor put a steel plate in, which both limited my wrist movement...
  17. Thread: Humidity

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    Re: Humidity

    In my case, low humidity is hard on the instrument, high humidity is hard on the player. Today's a prime example of the latter.
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    I read that book and enjoyed it. However, two things to keep in mind are: first, it's an allegorical story -- you're about as likely to find Michael as you are to find Castaneda's Don Juan; second,...
  19. Re: Ragtime Skedaddlers and The Etcetera String Band

    You're right. She is Meredith Axelrod, which leaves me wondering who's "Meredith Baxter"? The name rings a bell. :confused: I corrected that above (post 4), just to confuse future readers. I agree...
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    I enjoy the Skeddadlers, and thanks for telling us about the Etcetera String Band.

    Here's a video that I can't get enough of (it pops up on the forum from time to time), with Keith Carey on...
  21. Re: Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tu

    Yes, I've heard him play with Vishten. He's very impressive, and quite a banjo player too. I can't blame him for getting a profession though. To quote Utah Phillips, "There are no good career moves...
  22. Re: Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tu

    I l'm from the east cast, born in Nova Scotia, with parents from Cape Breton and PEI. I also lived in Newfoundland for ten years. This is the first summer in decades that I won't be going home for my...
  23. Re: Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tu

    I hate to say it, but that's also happening to Canadian music. One symptom is that there's now much more clapping on the offbeat (American style) than there used to be.

    Bernie,
    I too enjoy the...
  24. Re: Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tu

    Bernie, listening to your video, to my Canadian ear, it sounds like... I'd better quit before I trigger off an international incident.
  25. Re: Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tu

    It's singing, "Oh my sweet Cana, Cana, Cana, eh," unless it's from east of Quebec. There, the white-throated sparrow sings, "Oh my sweet Cana, Cana, Cana, Cana, wha'?"
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