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    Re: Waiting for UPS

    Gorgeous - now that you've taken off the plastic gloves, how does it sound?
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    I have a friend whose mandolin didn't get broken in, it got broken down by his fingernail & pick drag on the top. He claims it sounds better than when it had a pristine finish, but I find that there...
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    Re: Eva Scow - After You've Gone

    "Working from home" does allow one to find plenty of musical wormholes to go down on YouTube - and this is a good one!
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    Re: Happy 75th Birthday Today, David Grisman!

    Many Happy Returns of the Day, Dawg! Many more trips around the sun and many more tunes!
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    Re: You picked a fine time Kenny

    RIP - good voice; some of his material was not primo.
  6. Re: Just One of Those Things...from Aaron Weinstein

    Bravo!
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    Re: When You First . . .

    First was really the Dawg, but I played more like Levon. When I starting playing more seriously, It was Jethro's final sessions with Don Stiernberg playing rhythm guitar that really lit my bulb.
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    Re: Great Practice Tool!

    Also a good selection of gypsy swing tunes on this site.
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    Re: A new prototype mandolin

    Graham - I always like to see non-traditional design elements and this is a real looker. Agree with the comments about the tailpiece, but that is an easy fix. Would love to hear a sound sample!
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    Re: is an arm rest a benefit to technique ?

    I like the fact that I don't have a sharp crease in my right arm when I use an armrest. Also in the summer, it protects the finish from sunscreen, insect repellant, and sweat - of course, there are...
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    Re: What is it? UK auction.

    The luthier for this instrument - a Florentine guitar (?) - [I]may [I] have salvaged a Gibson guitar neck and bridge for this creation... or just slapped a decal on the headstock.
  12. Re: so cool sounding, Sierra Hull on split tuning

    Requires precise right hand technique!
  13. Re: D'Addario's new Chris Thile signature mandolin pick

    I like the black Wegen picks in general, because they have a darker tone than the white ones. :grin:
  14. Thank you MC and Don for putting this together. ...

    Thank you MC and Don for putting this together. A wonderful tribute. And thank you, Don for continuing to spread the Gospel of Jethro!
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    Re: Why do people only sell the great ones?

    In my ultimate tone quest, I've got my # 1 and a slightly different #2. I don't mind auditioning instruments. If recycled, it often doesn't have the tone that turns me on when I play it (although...
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    Re: Play better when alone

    As a surgeon who plays mandolin and other instruments, I resemble that statement!
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    Re: 3/4

    Play some Balkan tunes on July 8th!
  18. Re: Quick and dirty electric mandocello conversion

    Kinda looks like a Big Joe Williams guitar headstock!
  19. Re: Aaron Weinstein plays "with" Sarah Vaughan

    Brilliant!
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    Re: Learning to play with one less finger

    I can sympathize, having had a similar injury about 10 years ago to my right ring finger. I ended up with that finger in a metal splint for 6 weeks, with essentially complete healing, but had to...
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    Re: Rat Pack Songs that have mandolin.

    Probably Tommy Tedesco on a short-necked 12 string or on a mandolin tuned like the top 4 guitar strings up an octave on many of the tunes. He was all over LA produced tracks in the 50s-90s as part...
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    Re: Having trouble picking in public

    I've played in a variety of musical groups since high school - folk, rock, bluegrass, swing. I also have experience in public speaking, usually in the form of educational lectures to other...
  23. Re: I'll See You In My Dreams - Django transcribed for mandolin

    Jim: There are tons of options for playing rhythm to this song. We play this in our Django Djam & depending on the circle size, I'm playing rhythm >90% of the choruses. My humble take: Use a...
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    Re: Why do people only sell the great ones?

    "The quickest way to make a mandolin sound better is to put it up for sale."

    I've tried to avoid playing a mandolin after I've posted an ad. Too many times I've had seller's remorse while in the...
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    Re: The Heiden F Artist in the classifieds

    When I saw the ad, two things ran through my mind immediately: 1) This is NOT the time to buy a new mandolin, 2) Please somebody buy that soon, so that I don't have to be tortured by the ad....
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