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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Yes, that looked great and was priced to fly off the shelf. I have a really early Mike Black A2-z (currently on his bench for some TLC) that I adore. I like it over a dozen or so teens and early '20s...
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    Re: Famous Octave Mandolin players

    Dominick Leslie playing an Austin Clark OM:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E7WUtIHwvo
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    Re: Calton Cases - in pictures

    I'm told yet another F-5 case update is forthcoming: a slightly larger shell that adds 1" of width (1/2" per side) to provide more peghead scroll and body point clearance.
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    Re: Where's Ben Wilcox?

    Ben stepped away from his woodworking tools a few years ago to embark on a tech career, doing user experience/interface design work on websites and apps.
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    Uplifting instrument Recovery Story

    And a very happy ending:

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-07-22/the-mystery-of-a-stolen-rare-cello-has-a-surprise-ending
  6. Re: Left Hand Form When Playing Ukelele Tuned in Fifths.

    Me too, that was my inspiration! But I wanted to actually be able to tune to CGDA (not Bb et al.) and had much better luck with a concert uke than tenor.
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    I've experimented recently with CGDA tuning on uke and have had better luck with a concert instrument than tenor. Not only does the concert sound better—more resonant due to less string tension—it...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Wouldn't an inked inscription on the inside of the back wood itself—clearly stating the builder's name and intention to create a tribute and not a forgery—go a long way to reduce ambiguity in the...
  9. Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Yes, thank you!
  10. Re: New Joe Campanella F-5 at The Music Emporium

    Real distinctive voice on that F-5.
  11. Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Assuming you're playing a tenor uke there, strung with a low G set of strings? That's what I'm working with, but only able to get mine down to C-G-D-A (which is cool because same as cello) but...
  12. Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Bravo, what a great idea! Sounds wonderful. Gonna pull out a uke and give it a try!
  13. Re: New Joe Campanella F-5 at The Music Emporium

    Kept checking site all week and it wasn't listed. Looked today and the F-5, and a new Due, both sold (or pending). Beautiful instruments.
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    Re: Clown Barf picks available

    Last week I received my order of the large triangle clown barf picks in X-STIFF. They are listed as being 1.3mm in thickness but in fact all the ones I received range between 1.44 to 1.5mm, a little...
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    Re: Lacey Act Questions

    Yes, I had to deal with it last July. Here is a link you might find helpful:

    http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/118747-Lacey-Act-Example-Form-HOW-TO-shipping-to-the-US?highlight=Lacey
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Thanks for this tip, btw, streamable on Amazon Prime. It really is a fun and informative movie, better than I expected from the reviews I read. What a horror show that Carpenter family is! Especially...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Curious about that. Got a reference for it?
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    True that. Plus there are predecessors and contemporaries of Stradivari whose instruments have always held or increased in value in relation to Stradivari. In Loar's case there were NO predecessor or...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Isn't it also possible that the accumulated last 10 years of high-end mandolin building has put downward pressure on Loar prices since their height? To name just one of a handful of builders, almost...
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    Re: Curved truss rod?

    http://www.gilchristmandolins.com/current
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    Re: Curved truss rod?

    On the very day you pose this question I notice this new build-in-progress photo from the site of a fairly well-known Australian builder. Guess that's a +1 for pre-bending!

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    Re: Makers getting Top Dollar

    Off topic, but it was nice to watch that Reischman video again. In one closeup (2:17-2:22, and only at that point) it appears he has the G and D courses strung in octaves. Is that a thing?

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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    I found Debra Chen's "Standard Notation for the Tab-Addicted Mandolinist" to have many practical solutions for reading on mandolin (even if you aren't addicted to Tab).
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    Re: Guilty - Aaron Weinstein

    A while back I started making a list on my phone of my heroes—from all walks of life—and just the other day I was thinking of adding Aaron in the music category (along with Bach, Lester Young,...
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    Re: Che Apalache

    I'd heard OF these guys, but last night I actually HEARD them at a friend's house concert here in Los Angeles. I was blown away on so many levels. They're in town because of their Best Folk Album...
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