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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    While we are on here, we are all in discussion mode. We discuss wether a 50 USD pick will improve the sound of a 300 USD MK mandolin to the point that it sounds "great". We discuss and compare the...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    We would have the whole package with some soundbytes. The mandolin looks great (I´m still thinking about your other tribute mandolins/mandola that you presented here). You obviously take your skills...
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    Re: Kimble or Duff F5?

    I can‘t say I knew it, Josh, but I am partial to my mandolin too. Mine does not sound too far from a 20ies F-5.
  4. Re: Andy Statman & Zev Feldman 1978

    Many people in Germany that never heard about bluegrass know Andy Statman and his incredible musical abilities because of his contribution to klezmer.
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    Re: Live from Here is no more

    Reason for cancellation?

    While some of the music was not for me, all was stellar!

    The show was the acoustic alternative music (for better expression) alternative for a classical music show.
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    Re: Why do people do this?

    Thanks for your opinion. I know of your posts at umgf (I´m no member there). I do know the Sitka/no Sitka/mystery spruce thoughts especially in 1953 and 1957, thanks in part to Willi Henkes and Rudie...
  7. Re: Mandolin Recommendations - Beginner to Intermediate

    Everybody talks about the usual suspects (lowballer: Savannah, Antonio Tsai, MK etc., intermediate "unpricey": The Loar, Eastman, Kentucky etc.). I don´t want to put these down, but:

    Have you ever...
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    Re: Why do people do this?

    I saw the ad.

    James, tell me: Is that mystery spruce to you? What makes you think it´s mystery spruce?

    Why am I asking? The year (1953 or 1957) when "they" used "mystery spruce" natrually does...
  9. Re: Same string question revisited

    Excuse my dumb answer: The closest to the 75 coated D´Addario strings are the 75 uncoated D´Addario strings.

    This begs my derailing question: Why do you like coated strings?

    Well, it´s...
  10. Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    You are one of the people that I allways like to read the posts from.

    May you allways walk in beauty.
  11. Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    I am no luthier. But I have listened to some of the best. This is not to voice an opinion but to ask some questions that beg answering.

    Does the refretting topic not also ask the question of...
  12. Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    The OP´s premise is an A-5 style (bluegrass-) mandolin.

    Therefore I would exclude "different" looking instruments (Rigel, Cohen, Gerhard etc.).

    What I am particular about in a traditional A-5...
  13. Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    You would come out a very confused camper for sure.

    It has been discussed and I agree that there is a noticable difference in the perception of sound of a LL when you are the audience as opposed...
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    Re: The master’s hands

    What mandolin (brand, a or f, year built/akquisition etc) is it?

    Once an instrument has been played in it retains its soundquality. Read about the famous Kreissler violin for example. My mandolins...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    As the original question was "what if you could only own one mandolin out of the ones you have played or you own" it´s a pretty wide margin. It could be your own former mandolins, a mandolin that you...
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    Re: Live music psa

    :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    Play it in good health!

    From a brief contact with billbows I have learned that he tries to emulate the sound of Bill Monroe´s July 9th Loar from the early 60ies (if I remember right; it definetly...
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    Now that´s a dandy! What year was it made? When did you get it? How does it compare to the Wiens that you had (Loar tone vs. modern tone etc.)? I´d really like to know.
  19. Re: East Tennessee Blues by Joe K. Walsh & Aaron Weinstein

    Very nice. I especially liked the nod towards the "Little Rock Getaway" (one of my alltime favorites).

    How did you do it? Did one of you send the other a recording that the other then played to...
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    Re: For John Prine

    First time conciously listening to a John Prine song was "GrandpaWas A Carpenter" (Circle II) and "Paradise" (a Jim & Jesse album and a "Country Gentlemen" album). Grandpa was a carpenter not only...
  21. Re: Wegen (bluegrass) picks without grip holes available?

    Thank you kindly.
    The mandolin store, like many, carries Wegen picks. It has the Bluegrass picks (with holes) and the „M“ variety (that you refer to). M-picks indeed have no holes. The shape is...
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    Re: A Tiny surprise....

    Jethro Burns on guitar is allways great. I wish I knew how to play chords like that.
  23. UPDATE; Re: Wegen (bluegrass) picks without grip holes available?

    I contacted Martin Hense (martinsmusikkiste.de) who is an extremely reliable internet salesperson for any musical equipment. I have no affiliation even though I eventually buy things from him from...
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    Re: A Tiny surprise....

    Do I see/hear the late great Rob Wasserman on bass?
  25. Re: Wegen (bluegrass) picks without grip holes available?

    Thank´s all.

    I have some M150 picks also. But I´d have to cut them to size (teardrop shape etc.). Apparently Wegen makes some kinds of picks without and some with holes.

    As it is in these...
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