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  1. Re: Mia Mandolins in Greenbrier, Arkansas.

    I’ve demoed her mandolins once on YouTube. They’re pretty good. More playability and tone than your average import, but don’t expect to be bargain Gilchrist shopping or anything. Definitely fine...
  2. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    I put an 8.5 on mine when I ordered it and haven’t looked back. Plays like a dream, but that’s a little extreme for many players. I played a Weber Fern with an 8.5 years ago and knew that if I ever...
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    Re: My New Blevins Mandolin

    I honestly cannot believe they are not more popular. At this price point they are an absolute steal, easily the tonal and playability qualities that were in my northfield. Actually more playable, I...
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    Re: My New Blevins Mandolin

    Got the mandolin in yesterday and it’s absolutely stellar. Jump on the Blevins train, people!

    Anyway, here are a couple Reischman tunes I recorded playing it. It’s been a solid 8 months without a...
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    My New Blevins Mandolin

    Last December I contacted Eddie Blevins about a custom build that had been on my brain for a good bit. Being open to multiple styles of mandolins and having incredibly good price points, Eddie seemed...
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    Re: Mandolin with purple finish

    Eddie Blevins makes a killer mandolin and has done a purple finish before:...
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    Re: Sierra Hull Transcriptions

    This is awesome. Great work.
  8. Re: -If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    I would probably get a Dude, but I also know I would be extremely happy with a custom Sorensen Pacifica.
  9. Re: Mountain Acoustics Luthier Invitational and Eddie Blevins

    Eddie is currently building one of his E5 models for me. I cannot wait for it to be finished. His mandolins are absolutely stellar.
  10. Re: New Apitius Club Jazz Mandolin acquisition…

    That's a seriously beautiful mandolin. I'm jonesing for my Blevins to finally be finished!
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    Re: So...I'm stuck....dang MAS...

    This is extremely good advice. Had my Northfield for almost 7 years before I finally found a builder who was making something I absolutely had to have and was demonstrably more of what I was looking...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    I've always thought it wasn't that my mandolin was necessarily opening up as much as it was a reflection of what I wanted to hear. Which is why some days it just doesn't sound right to me simply...
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    Re: My July 2016 LaPlant

    I met Lloyd when I was about 12 and have played music with he and his sons (until his oldest passed a couple years back) every time they came to Arkansas for the Fiddler's Convention in Harrison. He...
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    Re: Resale Value of Northfield

    Side note: I feel like in the mandolin world everyone has a certain "builder" that, if they had the money, they would instantly call to commission an instrument from. Very odd feeling to be given...
  15. Re: Modes - Practicing to Cement Their Sound in Your Head

    Very similar to some advice I got from an old bandmate I texted about this yesterday. He foofoo'd on anything else and he's the best musician I've ever met, multiple degrees, etc. You're in good...
  16. Re: Modes - Practicing to Cement Their Sound in Your Head

    I know that's true, but it has never felt that simple to me. Employing them and really knowing what exactly I am doing and the sound I am going for with a certain mode is a new process.
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    Re: Resale Value of Northfield

    Very informative post for me. Thanks. I suppose I may just have to wait until after the holidays to contact Northfield and get the original specs on it, just in case there's something hidden I don't...
  18. Re: Modes - Practicing to Cement Their Sound in Your Head

    This has been great advice. Helped out a ton.
  19. Re: Scarpology - Mapping the Mandolin Fretboard and Introduction

    I realize this is an old thread, but seeing some negativity on the book here makes me want to put my thoughts into the fray.

    I have worked through about half of the book today and I am very...
  20. Modes - Practicing to Cement Their Sound in Your Head

    In practicing basic modal "shapes" on the fretboard, would you think it is wiser to play from root to the end of the mode (Say, a D-Dorian, C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C-D) or play from (in example scale) D to D...
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    Re: Resale Value of Northfield

    I just feel bad when I have instrument just sitting in a case unplayed. I only have two hands!

    (But I'm also sure the fact Mandolins are so expensive also has something to do with it).
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    Re: Resale Value of Northfield

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    As requested, pictures. I'm not naive about the cost of a "worn" mandolin. But considering the wear and tear on other mandos (including Northfields, sometimes with...
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    Re: Resale Value of Northfield

    It is a modern. Short extension with a larger radius.
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    Re: Resale Value of Northfield

    Lots of helpful information, guys. Thanks.
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    Re: Resale Value of Northfield

    That's the thing, it was made when Northfield was only making two types of F models. Big Mon and Standard Master Model. It has the same appointments as a modern Big Mon. Varnish, Top and Back Bound,...
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