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  1. Speed the plow..family band w fiddle & Northfield Octave Mando

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pET3iv7F2kY&feature=youtu.be

    My family is getting into distance playing. Hereís another split screen video, this time with both my daughters, and me providing...
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    John, there seem to be a lot of two finger players, from what I have been finding. Aaron Keim, who makes ukuleles and banjos (mighty fine ones too) under thebeansprout.com mon, has a book out...
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    Adam at TME told me they are selling banjos, Froggy Bottom guitars, and Collings guitars like mad. The used Girouard A5 zipped out of there. They probably have sold stuff that has never hit the...
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    Been tempted to do a feature article on this but don't think it's going to happen. Here's an opinion that's a combination of what's occurring the Classifieds and what our retail business partners and...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    7 signed Loars, the 90k one has had a complete refinish.
    https://cartervintage.com/collections/gibson-mandolins?sort_by=price-descending
  6. Re: Amazing video of Josh Luttrell finishing an Ellis

    Thanks for the vid. His finishes are truly masterful work. It’s easy to understand why Tom goes the extra distance to let him put the final touches on his exquisite mandolins. Perfectly awesome!
  7. Amazing video of Josh Luttrell finishing an Ellis

    Thought we could all use some soothing relaxing video to watch today.
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    Re: Why do people only sell the great ones?

    Ha ha! I am ADDICTED to looking at the Cafe classifieds. It’s the highlight of my day. I only allow myself to do it once with my morning coffee, and once after supper, or I’d probably have to join a...
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    Re: Happened to you?

    Hi John...that mando is a Collings Mt w/torrfied top that is brand new. It's not really mine but nice little A5 for sure.
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    Re: Chris Thile's Loars

    Lots of info on this subject in the interview we did with Chris in 2012: Chris Thile in London Interview.

    Picture below: the photo that came with the mandolin when Chris bought it that had no name...
  11. Re: Andrew Marlin "Cody Road" Artist Session at GMBR

    Itís actually a road in Vermont. Friends of his who founded and produce the festival the video was shot at have a home there...so this song choice was very fitting for the artist session!
  12. Re: Andrew Marlin "Cody Road" Artist Session at GMBR

    He sure did. Its one of the 14 tracks off of his instrumental record "Buried in a Cape".
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    Re: Loarfest 2020

    I believe the number of Loar signed instruments was 24
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    I currently own a Duff, Kimble and Ruhland A. The Duff has been my main axe for a few years and people always remarked on how loud it is. The Ruhland is quite a bit louder than the Duff, like scary...
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    I'll jump in - I own a Duff, a Heiden, a Sullivan and a Voight as well as a Ruhland F5 (and miraculously, I'm still married!!) and have previously owned a couple Nuggets.
    My Ruhland has the best...
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    Hi John,

    I have my perspective on an answer to your question but feel i should probably recuse myself. I'm clearly biased having owned and played more Ruhlands than some of the builders you...
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    Re: New Mandolin Day - Ellis

    Hi There,

    Truth is I am new to Mandolin (kinda). In 1994 I actually made an F5 with the help of my buddy Cliff Sargent which I was lucky enough to get back and pass on to my son. I've been a...
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    Mama Spin Me Round

    Just released the The Hard Road Trio, a new album with this video as one of the tracks featuring Steve Smith on octave. Facebook video so no arrow, just click the image below to watch.
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    Obscure Tony Rice tabs. No mando content.

    I'm posting this here because many of us play guitar in addition to mando. And the fact that Tony's work reaches beyond just guitar, influencing other musicians no matter what instrument they play. ...
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    Here are some pics that might shed light of the process for cutting tops.
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    Re: Jet City Guitars

    Jet City Guitars is Jim Brown. I have bought several '30s Martins from Jim. He's a real straight- shooter and a gentleman. He has extremely fine instruments coming to him. He's as honest as the...
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    Re: Jet City Guitars

    Seattle? I've been in there a few times. Nice folks as I recall with a propensity toward the unusual when it comes to gear.
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    Re: Jet City Guitars

    Good guy. Been around quite a while. I notice he has been selling instruments for Eli West. I think that’s his Blazer & Henkes guitar in the classifieds.
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    Re: Brentrup Mandolins

    There are so many great instruments out there, and more being made. What we believed was the end all and be all ten years ago, even five years ago continues to be refined and new building techniques...
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    Re: Brentrup Mandolins

    If you are interested in the TME one, call and ask for Jordan. He will give you an honest assessment.
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