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  1. Thread: Why Mandolin?

    by FredK
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    As a pre-teen, I would watch country, bluegrass & folk music on TV. Already played the organ. Saw and heard the mandolin and knew that's what I wanted to play. Asked my dad for one and settled for a...
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    Re: Help: How To Improve Picking Accuracy

    I experienced the same problem when I started playing mandolin. Never really had that problem on guitar but, on the mandolin, you are dealing with a shorter fretboard and tighter spaces between...
  3. Re: A tune I wrote for octave mandolin - Something Squirrelly

    I really enjoyed this. Left me wanting more. Well played. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Trinity College TM 325

    Glad you were able to pick up the Trinity College TM-325. It has a lovely tone and it's very easy on the eyes, as well. I snatched one up from The Mandolin Store about 4 weeks ago and it's a joy to...
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    Re: Philphool, Phil Goodson, passes :(

    I only knew Phil through his posts here but I always enjoyed his responses. Been thinking about him lately and wondered how he was doing. Sorry to hear about his passing. Praying for his family and...
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    Re: Another from the 2020 crop

    This is a beauty. The tuners and tailpiece set it apart.
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    Re: Update From The Mandolin Store

    I can attest from the buyer's side that there's noticeable change to service and quality since you've moved to TN. Late last Friday night, I pulled the trigger and ordered a Trinity Octave that's...
  8. Thread: NMD Pava Pro

    by FredK
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    Re: NMD Pava Pro

    Congratulations and happy picking. I've lusted after the Pava for quite a while. Glad you've got ahold of one. Looking forward to sound clips.
  9. Ben, I'm looking forward to making a day trip (or...

    Ben, I'm looking forward to making a day trip (or 2) to Lockhart just to visit your place and try out those mandolins I've been eyeballing online. Very nice setup. Congratulations!
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    I just use a microfiber cleaning cloth. Wipe down the strings after each use. Cleaning under the strings with the cloth helps, too.
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    Strings can and do lose their vibrance and tone over time whether played or not. Finger residue and sweat can speed up the process, especially if you're not careful to clean the strings after playing.
  12. Re: How to Open a Vintage Guitar Store in Seven Easy Steps

    This was a good read. I appreciate him sharing the struggles they went through as well as their successes. We planned on visiting Carters last year but the trip didn't materialize. Life happens....
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    Great thread going on here.

    I've played scales since I was a kid playing the organ. Didn't like them then but it paid off in the long run. So, when I picked up the mandolin 3 years ago, one of...
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    Re: Northfield Calhoun

    I bit the bullet and got one from Elderly in January. It has a very pleasant tone and handles the mid to low range better than my The Loar f style. Thought it would be my primary but, interestingly...
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    Re: How much do you practice?

    Not as much as I would like. Since I started working from home due to the pandemic, I decided to hang my mandolins on either side of my desk. That way I can pick them up and practice at will since...
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Phil,

    Thank you for sharing the hard news with this family. Been following your posts since I got here. Praying for you.
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    Re: Strap Recommendation

    Lakota leathers puts out some really nice straps. Used a flat strap all my life for guitar but, then found braided straps when I took up mandolin and haven't looked back. There's plenty of YouTube...
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    Re: Northfield Calhoun

    I ordered a Calhoun from Elderly back in January. It's got a beautiful flat-top tone. It's a keeper for me.
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    Re: A couple more new ones

    Great work. The back side of that A is beautiful.
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    Re: When You First . . .

    Mike Marshall & Chris Thile. Many more now. Really like Tristan Scroggins' style of play.
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    Re: A new prototype mandolin

    Graham, you've made me realize that I can really get into something with a non-traditional look. You're on the right path. Looking forward to seeing more.
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    Re: The Long Lost Mandolin Cafe Time Wasters Page

    Fun stuff! At least it kept me out of the Cafe Classifieds for a while.
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    Louise, I just saw the post about your mother. My condolences to you. Sorry for your loss.
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    Re: Learning songs by ear

    Really good thread going on here. I enjoy playing by ear but, in order to do so, I need to know the melody well; then transfer what I hear to playing the mandolin. Knowing the melody as it's...
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    Re: Keyboard recommendation for a newbie

    As Pops1 said, weighted keys give you the feel of a piano which is what I prefer. Each keyboard has a different feel. Too, you need to determine if you want a full 88 keyboard or something less. If...
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