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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    When not under global pandemic, I was playing in a regular jam with a banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and electric bass and we do get loud! That has made me interested in how loud various...
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    Re: new: Northfield neck rest!!!

    Astro asked: “ Why do you want the body raised up at an angle? Wouldnt you want something soft under body a little too in order to make the entire length flat but still have the headstock off the...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    I have an Eastman MD505 and when I was shopping for an f-body, played multiple MD515’s and MD315’s. I liked the looks of the glossy 500 series better, but I liked the sound of the matte finish 300...
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    Re: Kimble two point reviews?

    I bought a 2018 Kimble two point from the Music Emporium in March and am loving it. This is my first higher-end mandolin, but I had played a wide variety up to about $10k over the past year as I was...
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    Re: Speed neck recommendation

    I've done speed necks, down to bare maple, on my Eastman MD315 and Silverangel A. On the first I tried tung oil but it felt too sticky (I probably didn't wait long enough) so I sanded back down to...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    After further thought, in a theoretical world in which I could have only one mandolin, WHICH mandolin I could have would matter a lot less than it does when I’m playing multiple mandolins. I’ve...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    I can’t imagine having only one mandolin. I need to have a beater for times when I don’t want to risk a nicer mandolin. I need to have a good spare when my best mandolin is in the shop. So for me,...
  8. “Going to California” with a Stradolin and Ovation mandolin

    After enjoying one of Don Julin’s performances of “Going to California,” I realized that I just didn’t know that song very well. YouTube of course has lots of versions, from Led Zeppelin...
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    Re: yamaha mandolins

    I grew up in the Philippines and Yamaha was THE luxury instrument that was relatively available (they had a store in Manila and when we went to Manila, I tried to stop by and look in the window. We...
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    Re: Attention Silverangel owners

    I bought a new Silverangel from Ken last fall and he was using J75’s then.
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    Re: buying first mando without playing?

    I’ve played all your examples, other than the “The Loar.” I still own an Eastman MD315 and Silverangel A. I wouldn’t stress too much over not being able to play these instruments before buying. All...
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    Re: Waiting for UPS

    I was actually shocked by the number and extent of the scratches on the top. TME showed a few, but they didn’t convey the extent! If I were thinking of future trades, the scratches would have...
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    Re: Waiting for UPS

    Yes it did! I got a bit of time on it this evening (about six hours) and am loving it.
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    Re: GIROUARD F4 Delivered Today !!!

    Wow! Beautiful! I love MUSIC, but I also love that the instruments, the tools used to make music, can be so beautiful and different. Different woods and shapes, different structural choices,...
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    Re: Simple setup ?

    I bought a jig from Cumberland Acoustic that holds the bridge perpendicular to the mandolin top. StewMac sells something similar. I thought the jig made the fitting process easier. You just put a...
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    Re: Collings MT2 vs MF-GT?

    It was TOUGH! So many tempting choices. I ended up buying a two point Kimble.
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    Re: NMD 1989 Flatiron Performer A

    Congratulations!

    Interesting about the A string and the pickup wire! I would never have thought about that.
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    Re: D'Addario EXP 75 vs. EXPCM?

    I started using the EXP74CM with the heavier E and A strings on my Eastman in order to have a bit more kick in the trebles. I liked the balance a lot.

    D'Addadario now seems to have the basic same...
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    Re: Looking for new F Style Mandolin

    I played an MD815/V (the new distressed model) last summer and it really impressed me, even after playing a big selection of mandolins up to $7k range (Gibson, Collings, Northfield, Webber, Ratliff,...
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    Re: Looking for new F Style Mandolin

    I have a 2018 Eastman MD315 and hoping for better I bought a step-up American made varnish mandolin last fall. The step up does have a richer bass, but the Eastman is louder and has a pure treble...
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    Re: Music "Stand" Challenge

    I ran across this $25 table-top music stand at Guitar Center and like it a lot. Not sure if it would work for your planned setup, but may be worth considering.
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    Re: Good grief... what a set!

    I’m a big fan and have all Billy’s CDs and watch a lot of his videos, but my favorite part of the performances is Jarrod’s mandolin playing!
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    Resonance of a fiddle vs mandolins (wow)

    On Friday I took a day trip to a music store that might have a bigger selection of higher-end mandolins than any other music store in Missouri (that store is Morgan Music in Lebanon, MO) and...
  25. “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    The Mandolin Cafe administrator teased with this line before the NAMM show. I must confess my apparent ignorance for not seeing how the finally released info was anything that would “rock the...
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