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    Re: Column: Where is Bluegrass Headed?

    Was it Big Spike Hammer:)
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    Re: 'Danger' of genius?

    I have followed a couple of these threads on here about what is or isn't Bluegrass. I have no problem with those who only like their Bluegrass the way Bill or the Stanley Brothers did it. I am a big...
  3. Re: A Style vs F stylle for Chomp vs single notes

    So, using your same analogy (which I happen to agree with) how does this prove that they aren't different. Truly no way to know for sure.
  4. Re: A Style vs F stylle for Chomp vs single notes

    I can tell the difference. I have played a Gibson A5L and an F5L both built in the same year and the A model has a slightly higher, thinner tone than the F model. This supports what was said in an...
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    Re: A little musical humor

    Here's a new banjo joke I heard recently.

    Q) Why isn't there any banjos on Star Trek?

    A) Because, Praise God it's in the future!
  6. Re: Group in Search of a Name...Any Ideas/Suggestions Appreciated

    How about " Less Is More"? Or you could use a name we thought of for our rock band back in the early 70's, "Cannibal Axle".
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    Re: Don't Give your Heart to a Rambler

    I think the recordings Jimmy made with Mr. Monroe was the high point of Bill's career. That is truly where the high lonesome sound came into being (imho). We are all broken in one way or the other,...
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    Re: Bluegrass for the elderly

    I think there always needs to be "purists" in any genre of music. If there weren't the so called purists, then the original intent or form of the music would be forgotton as time passes. However,...
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    Re: Bluegrass for the elderly

    Allen you made a good point. It does seem to be the listeners as opposed to the actual performers who tend to want to say what is or isn't Bluegrass. Most performers play what they want and let the...
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    Re: Bluegrass for the elderly

    This is getting fun! Blue Railroad Train off of Tony Rice's Manzanita album has no banjo but yet more drive than most songs I hear today with banjo
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    Re: Bluegrass for the elderly

    Well... a little off topic but I'll bite. What is Bluegrass? Were the Country Gentleman bluegrass according to Bill's standards? If it has a minor chord in the song is it bluegrass? What about Hot...
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    Re: Bluegrass for the elderly

    " Bluegrass can be kind of expensive if you go at it a certain way. RVs, old Martins, American made F-style mandolins, post and prewar Gibson banjos. Of course none of those things is mandatory but...
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    Bluegrass for the elderly

    So for years I have listened to people proclaiming the death of Bluegrass due to the age of people at festivals, etc. I have a theory. When I was in my 20's (back in the 80's), the average of...
  14. Re: Curious about the Bluegrass mandolin market segment

    I humbly disagree. Most the people on the list above started off by playing Bluegrass. Some may have moved on to other styles but Bluegrass was the early influence. When people see or hear a...
  15. Re: Current Gibson Master Models and Other Top Builders?

    Not to hijack the thread, but my fern has a narrow nut and I love it. I have played a Bush model with the wider nut and for me there is too much space between the strings. I guess people with larger...
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    Re: Sierra Hull IBMA

    Very good post Ivan. I agree 100%. I am a big fan of Miss Hull but what she is currently doing is not what I consider Bluegrass. That would be akin to Rod Stewart winning best Rock Vocalist when he...
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    Re: No Band Rehearsal?

    Thanks all for the input, Some good points made on both sides. One pet peeve I do have though is when someone decides to use band rehearsal time to work out their break. I always considered practice...
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    No Band Rehearsal?

    Another thread got me to thinking about this. I know of quite a few Bluegrass bands that do not rehearse between gigs and might play 5 or 6 festivals a year or 10 to 15 times a year. Most have really...
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    Re: F5L, Goldrush, F5G Construction

    I seem to recall that the tops or backs are graded from one model to another by the wood grain and that they are predetermined as to what model before hand that they will be used on.
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    Re: collings vs northfield resale value.

    Collings...see how easy that was? A direct answer to a direct question.
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    Re: Taking solo's in Gospel tunes

    Thanks all for the input. This is why I love the cafe'! You all have confirmed what I thought.:)
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    Taking solo's in Gospel tunes

    I play in a bluegrass gospel band where we write a lot of our own material. We play out about 50 to 60 dates a year, mainly churches, festivals, etc. One of the things that I often wonder about is if...
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    Dunlop strings.

    My local music store suggested I try some new strings they started to carry. They are Dunlop strings that are kind of a cross between Monels and phospour bronze. I really like them. They have a nice...
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    How do I get rid of "cloudy" finish?

    I have a question I hope Cafe' members can help with. What can I use to get rid of the cloudy finish where my arm lays on the top of my mandolin? I don't want to use an arm rest, I just need to know...
  25. Re: Who owns a newer F5L and what is your thoughts?

    I own a 2008 F5L (one of the last pre flood's) that is a monster. I have played some of the new one's at my local music store (Morgan Music), and although the workmanship is top notch, they come up...
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