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    Re: Powerful A models in the 5K range

    It seems to me youíre describing a Skip Kelley. His A styles are well within your price range and are way on the loud, cutting, bluegrass-oriented side of the fence. Iím a tad biased because Iím...
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    That is so cool! I love listening the Hank Williamsí Blues compilation album. If heís not. Blue man I donít know who is. Youíre playing and singing is goooooood!
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Wow guys!

    Love it. The Neil Diamond sounds great, and Freddie King is one of my all-time favorites. Some sweet playing and singing. :-)
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Gots another for ya’. This is Jimmy Reed’s “This is the Last Time.” The trick to this one was converting the guitar string bends to single mandolin notes. Plus, there is a lot of instrumentation...
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    Mandolins near Naples, FL

    Hi Everyone,

    Iím traveling to the Naples area for the holidays and would love to check out any mandolin-friendly stores or check in with a luthier if possible.

    Know of any down there? Marco...
  6. Re: Ellis Deluxe Mandolin #110 - scam sales on eBay and elsewhere

    InterestingÖ.

    I logged into eBay for the first time in years and received a message that my account is blocked. Itís odd, as I donít think Iíve even bid on something since 2005. Whatís more odd is...
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    A little Slim Harpo action!

    https://youtu.be/u-s6jJ1OOdc
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Some Skip James. This is “Slow and Easy.” So simple and so awesome!

    https://youtu.be/4Y5TWDzJJqo
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Love it, Caleb! Such a heartfelt melody. I think the blues can be anything that gets us into and processing our challenges.

    Thank you for sharing!
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    Re: Curt Mangan Strings - Wonderful

    I hear you, jcdraayer. There are too many variables to explain it. What works for one mandolin wonít work the same for another. Same with people. Iíve only used the heaviest bluegrass series strings,...
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    Curt Mangan Strings - Wonderful

    Hi Everyone,

    I recently ordered two sets of Curt Mangan mandolin strings and, for now anyway, have found my new favorite strings.

    They are the 11.5 - 41 guage, so virtually identical to the...
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    All of this is awesome, everyone. Thank you!

    Hereís Freddie Kingís ďSee See, Baby.Ē He is my favorite of the three kings, and his music is quite translatable to the mandolin. I have about 10 more...
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Awesome, Sam. I love when the Dead does “Big Boss Man” too. It got me into Jimmy Reed. Thanks for embedding it, Mark. :-)
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    So happy about all of this chatter. Thanks again to Marc for providing so much great material. You're a true stylist, Marc!

    Here's "Done Somebody Wrong," an Elmore James song. I recently listened...
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    Re: Bruce Brockman 2 Point Mandolin

    Wow! What a great looker. Can’t wait to hear it!
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Man Mark,

    Those are awesome. You’ve got such great feel and it’s clear how much you love that music. I hadn’t considered a way to figure out Chuck Berry’s music, but you’ve paved the way.
    ...
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    Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Hi Everyone,

    I kinda' wish I named my previous thread about blues mandolin simply "Blues Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!." That way, it can become a depository for anyone who's working on this approach....
  18. Re: Electric Blues on Mandolin - Farther Up the Road

    Great to hear, Mark! That's what this place is all about. Would love to hear what you're working on too. I'm still neck deep in the blues. :-)
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    Super cool!

    That Stiver sounds grrrreat, like Tony the Tiger level great. Wow! Love your playing too. You do a good job of emphasizing the G and A strings when doing strummy rhythm, like on “I’ll...
  20. Re: New to me mandolin coming. Good string to start off with?

    Hey there,

    I'd start off with good 'ol J74s. They're on the lighter side, are tried and true, and give you a good base to build on. I don't have data on this, but I'd say they are by far the most...
  21. Re: Sellerís Remorse - 2008 custom Weber Fern

    Hi everyone,

    Resuscitating this thread as I recently gave the search another shot ....

    Since I last posted I've been in contact with the buyer's brother (thank you LinkedIn) and will share...
  22. Re: Electric Blues on Mandolin - Farther Up the Road

    Thanks so much, everyone. Yes, Mitch, the J75s really pull out some big tone this mandolin is capable of. If I was needing to rip through fiddle tunes or otherwise play fast a lot I’d likely switch...
  23. Re: Hamlett Two-Point - Four Month Check In

    Aww, thanks everyone. Iím glad you checked the thread and commented. Itís a blessing to share something so special with like-minded people who understand.

    I posted this in a different thread, but...
  24. Electric Blues on Mandolin - Farther Up the Road

    Hey Everyone,

    Here's something new for me. I love older school electric blues like Freddie King but also a bit older than that. Here's an attempt to convert Bobby Blue's rendition of Farther Up...
  25. Re: Hamlett Two-Point - Four Month Check In

    Thanks, ccraven. The tone is fantastic. After the video I lowered the action just a tad and the depth if the tone really emerged. Iíll make a follow up and post it in this thread.
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