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    Re: Predicting the Future

    I had a chance to tour the Collings factory in Austin a few weeks ago. . . and there sure were a lot of A style in production compared with F style! Still, string players are a conservative lot, F...
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    Re: If you only knew it back then...

    Not waiting until my dad's passing and acquiring his instrument to recognize that his choice of mandolin was wiser than my choice of five-string banjo.
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    Re: Varying ratio machine gears for mandolin.

    At least post-string change, I'd love to have a higher ratio for my A & E strings than the standard--I don't think they'd necessarily have be proportional across the fretboard. I do use light strings...
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    Re: As good as it gets!

    I did get a tear too. . . . and a chance to bond over music with my wife. Somehow things like the Punch Brothers new music video just don't have the same effect with her. Loads of fun, a tidal wave...
  5. Re: Life expectancy of modern vs. vintage mandolins

    Thanks for all the responses! When I posted, I think that I was hoping for a consensus that modern instruments have better builds/technology, therefore likely better long-term outcomes, much as Mike...
  6. Life expectancy of modern vs. vintage mandolins

    Its amazing to me that American-style mandolins (Gibson and its competitors) hold up as well as they do with high-tension steel strings, but when I read about vintage instruments 80-100 years old,...
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    Re: Campfire travel Mandolin

    No doubt, we all have our own situations and druthers. Unlike the OP, I don't play often with others with my travel mando--it's mainly for practice. But like the OP, I see the low monetary value of...
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    Re: "Mandolin Hacks"

    Rob Meldrum's book on setting up your mandolin yourself with Harbor Freight files and gauges fits the bill. Great approach for Rogue-level mandos, I've tried it, but I entrust the setup of valued or...
  9. Re: Why did you choose the mandolin over another instrument?

    Immediate cause: inheriting my Dad's early 40s Gibson mandolin. He played because he liked playing mando better than the violin he had lessons in as a kid.

    Lasting cause: I like playing mando more...
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    Re: Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin

    No doubt, a Rogue could launch a wonderful music journey. I have a "rogue" (with a different headstock, but same mando) set up with Meldrum's clever home hacks. It's my camping instrument--sturdy and...
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    Re: Bill Collings has passed away

    A giant has fallen. My condolences to friends and family. I know little of hotrods, but I've always thought the aesthetic of his hobby is so evident in his instruments, acoustically and visually:...
  12. Re: Article: Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys Live in Denver

    I'm curious:i Is the mandolin that Bill Monroe plays in these videos the same F-5 that Greg Boyd recently had up for sale?
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    Re: FrankenMando (you need to see this)

    Makes me think of those "Rolls-Royce" fronts that those of a certain age will remember for VW bugs. I love goofy DIY solutions as self-expression, so I got a big kick out of seeing this!
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    Re: Alternatives to a "mail-order bride?"

    A big crescendo of thanks to all the responders here! I won't be too quick with making my choice--I'm hoping an instrument of mine sells first, plus I want to be deliberate--but I'll start right...
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    Alternatives to a "mail-order bride?"

    Im interested in buying an electric mandolin (most likely 4 string)I'm no stranger to mandolins, but I'm a novice in this area, with no previous experience playing electric instruments of any kind....
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    Re: Lots of notes vs. defining the melody

    I take the OP's comment rather differently than most here. I think he's talking about the difference between an intermediate player and an advanced player. As intermediate players, we get wrapped up...
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    Re: Travel with a nice mandolin

    Charley,

    It's wonderful that you were able to weave together seeing Belize, meeting a local musician/builder, and playing music--and, it would appear, making friends with Belikin Beer, too! It's...
  18. Re: Gibson F-5G and Eastman MD-304 on an Irish tune

    Beautiful playing and a lovely tune! I, too, prefer the Gibson. I tend to see the the A5/F5 focused sound as making the most versatile and "the best"-sounding mandolins in a variety of settings, and...
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    Re: Travel with a nice mandolin

    Charley,

    I've taken my beater (from the same factory, it would appear, as the Rogue-100A with a different headstock/name) twice to Belize in a padded gig bag with shoulder straps and have had no...
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    Re: Mandolin in NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

    I mostly enjoy the spectrum of musicians on Tiny Desk, and don't necessarily think about aa shortage of mandolin playing. It's an interesting sample. It's fun to see your list--and to realize how...
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    Re: Subjectivity, mandolins, and beer!

    I like the idea that we need to consider what the maker is aiming for. A really great F-5 is a lousy Brazilian bandolin, etc. I don't particularly like the hop-heavy flavor of an IPA, and therefore...
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    Re: Okay, THIS is funny!

    I'm more empathetic to the Craig's list seller in this story than most here, although it is great to expose inaccurate advertising claims.

    Nearly a decade ago, I bought a mandolin in a town in the...
  23. Re: Is it necessary to humidify after a few years?

    I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to accessories, but my usually reliable Collings MT would have difficulty staying in tune and sometimes buzz with the start of "heater season." I bought an...
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    Re: To read or not to read...

    At an impressionable age, I heard the old joke, "Q to folk musician: Can you read music? A: Not enough to hurt my playing!" and believed it true, not seeing it as the bit of showmanship that it is....
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    Re: Playing with an out of tune piano

    Our 1908 Chickering and Sons upright piano is marked on the iron frame inside "International Pitch A 435" in 1" black lettering--not only may old pianos be weaker, but before WWII, they may not be...
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