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    Re: Daughter's New Mandolin!

    How very exciting for her! Congratulations!
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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    My most recent mandolin was custom built for me by Tom Ellis and his exceptional team of extraordinary and warm-hearted people. I am very happy with it. The Eastman that I played for nearly five...
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    Re: Mandolin As A New Direction

    Heaven forbid, if playing the guitar does it for you, then that's great. I, too, am an old violinist, starting at the age of 8, and always aspired to play guitar, primarily because I just didn't...
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    Re: Good pick for starters

    Howdy Lauren,

    Congratulations on your Eastman acquisition. That's a very nice instrument.

    I also tend to play a lot of folk, along with soft rock, some blues, jazz and country. I play for an...
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    Re: Why play Mandolin?

    I started with violin when I was 8 and became quite good for a young person. However, as I grew into my teens, I picked up trombone so that I could march in a band, and then life happened. For...
  6. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    I play my mandolin in the morning, and I play my mandolin at night. And, I've convinced myself that I'll get to my violin soon, real soon.
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    Re: Total Newbee looking for info

    I use "Violin Tuner", another free app on my iPhone. There are four buttons at the bottom of the screen for G, D, A & E. I am comfortable tuning by ear, so that is all I need.

    Enjoy your...
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    Re: I have MAS and check the classified hourly…

    Yikes! Where did I come up with Fred? I knew the date as I have younger family members born that year. I knew your husband had a four-letter name, but Fred? I'll go back and play my mandolin on...
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    Re: I have MAS and check the classified hourly…

    I'm glad Journey Bear asked about your 1959 husband. My wife and I both enjoyed seeing him on your past list of acquisitions. Let Fred know that we noticed...
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    Re: Has COVID affected your MAS?

    In response to the original subject. Yes.
  11. Re: Eastman Tailpiece Replacement Available for Free

    [QUOTE=keith.rogers;1837355]The new ones don't look a lot different from the one on my 2009 Eastman. I wonder what they changed? The metal? I know the plating changed on the 815 from "gold" to...
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    Re: Total Newbee looking for info

    Mike,

    Great to hear you purchased your Eastman.

    First thing to do is make sure it has a proper setup. That makes all the difference in the world.

    I approached playing mandolin as an old...
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    Re: Total Newbee looking for info

    I am quite hopeful that you made a great choice. I was very happy with my Eastman for years. Enjoy your new mandolin; it is an extraordinary instrument.

    Best to your family and welcome to the...
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    Re: OT-ish: fiddle pickin' ?

    I get very nervous with the idea of putting a pick to one of my violins. My caution, or perhaps it is paranoia, comes from several factors.

    First, my violin strings ain't cheap. My bow is...
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    Re: Single Note Melody - Is mandolin "easier?"

    I'm one of those who find the mandolin much easier for playing melodies, but as an old violinist, that's no surprise. The joy of the violin is that all the notes are very close to each other, so you...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    Nope.

    I'm an old violinist that always wanted to play guitar, but wanted it to play in fifths like a violin. My violin teacher in 2016 told me I might enjoy the mandolin. She was right. I play...
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    Re: Ready to upgrade mandolin - need advice!

    Stephanie,

    Hunting for a new instrument is work, and a lot of fun. I am an old violinist and when I adopted the mandolin, I found that an Eastman 515 was a great match for me. It is an F style...
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    Re: Should I trade up?

    Welcome to the Cafe! And, congrats on your new mandolin.

    Since you asked...

    If you are having fun playing your new instrument, stick with it for now and begin following threads here on the...
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    Re: Mandolin Gift Suggestions

    Two things come to mind. 1. Buying something from the Mandolin Cafe store. There, I've done my duty.

    Another thought would be to buy her something she might not buy herself. I'm a big fan of...
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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    Sue,

    I love good strings and have my favorites for the violin. They are Evah Pirazzi Gold. They come with a gold-wound G, a silver-wound D, an aluminum-wound A and a really nice steel E that...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    I like your question. Although I started violin in 1963, i've only been playing mandolin for about five years. And, as I was told early on... Mandolinists spend half their time tuning their...
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    Re: Gibson Snakehead A Junior

    Thanks for such an uplifting message. I enjoy hearing the excitement in your note. Have a wonderful time!
  23. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Isaiah,

    Welcome to the mandolin world. You have been given a lot of valuable perspectives from folks who made the same journey. I'd also like to encourage you. My own background is a bit...
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    Re: The "legitimate classical instrument" thing..

    I suspect you are right that folks may not consider the mandolin a classical instrument because they don't know what they are and they haven't seen one. Until my violin teacher told me about five...
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    Re: Another Newbie Here

    Of the three mandolin makers you listed, and I have played all three, I preferred the Eastman. I completely agree that whichever mandolin you finally select, you do want a professional setup done on...
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