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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    I couldn’t agree more. I bought one to take on a European trip a couple years ago...cheap, indestructible-ish, and if it were were lost or damaged, no big. It’s offered me some comfort in...
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    Re: Northfield F5S Purchase from Avenue Guitars

    Congratulations! The one Northfield I played at TME back in August alongside 1 Pava and a couple Collings mandos was a very nice mandolin. There were some differences, some subtle, some pronounced,...
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    Re: Happy 100th Birthday 1920 Martin Style A

    As does my 1974 Style A!
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Other than flat top guitars, the only 2 oval hole instruments I’ve owned are a Flatiron 1N and a Weber Hyalite OM. I loved the flatiron tone, but Dennis is correct, the F hole style really can play...
  5. Re: I registered for a group class and am getting nervous

    Go have fun! Just remember to LISTEN to the music and fit in where you can. Even if you hardly play at all you’ll come away with a new set of tunes to learn, and you’ll eventually be able to...
  6. Re: Here's why you are an amazing mandolin picker but still dumb

    I know a 98 year old lady who used to play bass and maybe keys with Arthur Smith in her 20s and maybe early 30s. She eventually got tired of the road grind along with working full time and raising...
  7. Thread: Eastma El Rey

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    Re: Eastma El Rey

    Congratulations! Play it with joy!!
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    I played one of his T tops at TME back in August, and it was exceptional. I think there’s something to it, but agree with the skepticism expressed here, and think it probably has more to do with the...
  9. Thread: Monel strings

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    Re: Monel strings

    I used to like the Sam Bush’s, except for the lighter A strings. Have Martin monels on my dreadnaught presently and really like them. They’re plenty loud, but darker sounding than PB. I think I’m...
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    Re: Pre NAMM discussion

    Schmergal is to Shmergal as Givson is to Gibson...

    Looking forward to the news and pics!
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    Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    National RM-1s have a 1.25 inch nut width. My others are 1 1/8 and 1 3/16 (which essentially feel the same). I can tell a difference between the RM-1s and the others, for sure, but it only takes a...
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    Re: Need advice on selling Flatiron mandolin

    So the DC is Dark Chocolate colored. That’s pretty cool!
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    Re: Need advice on selling Flatiron mandolin

    Eric may be correct about the color designation. Post some pics, and if we can’t figure it out you may try calling or emailing Bruce and Mary Webber, though 93 puts it into the years of Gibson...
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    Re: $200 to spend on a new or used Mandolin

    What Alan said. Most offices are temp controlled, but not necessarily humidity controlled. And, many places use programmable thermostats so night time temps can be drastically different from daytime...
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    Re: 10-year mandolin anniversary

    A new mandolin, silly!! Congrats!!
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    Re: Need advice on selling Flatiron mandolin

    I’m assuming this is a 1N pancake style, as I had no luck googling 1 DC. If so, they’re selling for 500-700, depending on condition and where in the country you are (ie, you’ll typically pay more in...
  17. Thread: Trip to Nashville

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    Re: Trip to Nashville

    Also, if you’re on Broadway, look out for “Black Elvis.” Not intending to be insensitive and absolutely mean no offense: that’s what everyone in the shops on the strip called the gentleman. He’s...
  18. Thread: Trip to Nashville

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    Re: Trip to Nashville

    Gruhn’s used to be on the strip but has moved out towards Carter’s. There’s free parking at both shops (unless something has changed since my las visit), which is nice...
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    Re: Tristan Scroggins & Molly Tuttle

    Very nice! Thanks for posting!
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    Re: Luthier Paul Hostetter has passed away

    Sad news, indeed. Prayers for his family and friends...
  21. Thread: Trip to Nashville

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    Re: Trip to Nashville

    It’s been a few years since I’ve been, but I remember the house band at Robert’s Western World being outstanding. They’d been playing there since 1995, and they were tight. Great steel guitar! They...
  22. Re: Eastman vs Eastman vs Breedlove vs “budget” vintage vs ?????

    Agree, go with the 605. The hardware is a definite step up from the 300 series mandolins. Unless you’re willing to step up to the 1000-1500 dollar range (which would be definite step up from the 605,...
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    Re: Guitar (not mando) Advice for what to do with it

    I was going to stay out of the family aspect of it, as everyone’s family is different, but, yeah, you’re definitely making the right call...
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    Re: Best type of string for my mandolin

    I've found monels (like the now defunct Sam Bush set) to have a more fundamental, less brash tone than PB strings, but without a significant volume loss. YMMV. I mainly use D'Addairio EJ 74 or 75s...
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    Re: Different picks for different instruments

    I used to use 0.7-0.88 picks on guitar and mandolin, but somewhere along the way got more comfortable with Fender Heavies on both. Then, one year for Christmas, my wife gave me some Wegen TF-140s,...
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