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    The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Hi all. Ive been a member of the forum since 2006. Before June of 2006 Id never touched a mandolin. The Caf quickly became a main part of my daily life.

    Scott Tichenor, Mike Edgerton,...
  2. Re: Should I consider a very early B.R.W. (Ben Wilcox)?

    Ha, I had the same thought about Thile's Dudes.

    I did talk to Ben, and he said in general the arching varied from instrument to instrument early on; it wasn't until later that he sort of...
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    Re: F5 with an OVAL hole?

    This thread got me jogging the old memory banks as I recall owning (many moons ago) an original custom F-5 with an oval hole made in the early 1960s. As fate would have it, my wife Tracy showed up...
  4. Re: Land's End. Tim O'Brien cover with free notation

    Been playing this tune for years. I guess I always thought Tim O' wrote it. Wrong!

    But from listening to the more traditional playing of it(more like a jig?), it sounds like two completely...
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    Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    My understanding [1] is that Google Analytics gender data is dependent on user-supplied info which may or may not be accurate, depending on whether the user chooses to supply their real name, real...
  6. Delfest 2020 at Home schedule announced with free streaming!

    Saw this on Twitter. Starts tomorrow (5/21).

    https://twitter.com/DelFest/status/1263112105810485248
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    Retirement income is affected. The market is a little crazy right now, and lots of retirement income, including pensions are tied to the market.

    But what you are seeing is that as Shaun stated,...
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    Re: a guide to instrument valuations

    I think that a rule of thumb on a poorly done speed neck is you need to think about what it will take for a professional (as the average person is not capable of restoring the finish on an expensive...
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    Live music psa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHlh9qX73jc
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    Re: TKL A style case help

    I actually got a Hiscox case a while back and it unfortunately did not fit the early ones either. They are just too wide and these cases like to keep things nice and tight. I have a Hiscox Artist...
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    New Birdseye oval hole

    It has taken a while, but finally I have got around to posting these pictures. This is a recently completed one of my oval hole mandolins. Woods are Red Spruce top, Birdseye Maple back and sides,...
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    Re: 2 Oval=Holes With Different Feels and Voices

    I got these pics yesterday from Max Girouard. I have a two point oval from them, along with a Campanella A440, several Collings in different "flavors", but this is starting to look exciting. We are...
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    Re: Gibson F5's from the 70's

    Empirical evidence is information acquired by observation or experimentation. What you've read is, under that definition, empirical evidence.

    All you can go by is the opinions of people that have...
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    Re: Lazy Sunday pics

    Thanks, I built it back in 2001, based on a Lyon and Healy tiple we had in the shop. I never liked the L & H scrolls so I used a viola pattern instead.
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    Re: Lazy Sunday pics

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    Lazy Monday

    I picked up the book at an antique store years ago.
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    Re: Lazy Sunday pics

    How about a video or a sound-clip on that Weber 2-point . . . it's a beauty!
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    Re: Lazy Sunday pics

    My new baby came in a few days early, and turned out to be fairly decently set up although I am still going to run her past a professional.

    Here she is with my old "cheap" Donner mandolin, which...
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    Re: Lazy Sunday pics

    How dare you post a picture of a Weber 2-point! Don't you know that I'm over my MAS - and now you're just rubbing it in my face.

    Now I need to go take a cold shower . . . .
  19. Happy 75th Birthday Today, David Grisman!

    Happy birthday to the Dawg, born this date 1945 in Hackensack, New Jersey. Still making beautiful and meaningful sounds after changing the face of acoustic music forever!

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  20. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Northfield has 5 employees and company co-owners in their Qingdao shop, all highly skilled career luthiers, some of them very fine musicians. Seven total in U.S. which includes four employees...
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    Re: Any new pedals for multi-instrumentalists?

    I just purchased the ToneDexter, and so far I'm really, really pleased. I've tired several pickups and three or four preamps, and nothing comes close. It has the capacity for 22 different wavemaps,...
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    Re: Hoffee vs new Calton vs Pegasus vs ?

    No, your Colorado Case Cover for the old Calton case will not fit a new one... I found that out:).
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    Re: Hoffee vs new Calton vs Pegasus vs ?

    Dang if you do, dang if you don’t. Sorry I couldn’t resist. A few years back I weighed my then new Hoffee, used Pegasus and found them about the same weight. I store my mandolins horizontally on...
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    Re: Hoffee vs new Calton vs Pegasus vs ?

    I really like my Hoffee. It seals like a submarine, is secure like a fortress and is really classy looking. I've not seen others mention that the Hoffee has tiny shiny sparkles deep in the clear...
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    Re: Hoffee vs new Calton vs Pegasus vs ?

    I think that they are all excellent cases. I went with the Hoffee. I think it is the most likely to survive being tossed out of a pickup doing 55mph. I have zero science to support that, but his...
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