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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    Scott:

    This is one post that hasn't received any contentious, negative or conflicting replies!! For a post this long on this forum, that's got to be some kind of a record. So, got to stop this...
  2. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    Well there's my two ff-holes- one an A and one two point, one A-hole (the only F-style). Plus a hand made two point from a friend. Oh, and then there's the National Style one that I have set up with...
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    Re: New Kelley A model violin style

    That is one special mandolin! Wish we could hear it...
  4. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    Practice with the band. When you play your lead use the alternating up-down picking for 1/8 notes, where the down stroke is always on the beat. Good luck.
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    Re: RockyGrass Live Stream on now

    We were streaming all day. Great sound fidelity! I'm With Her was stellar!
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    I think the black one would have a darker tone! :mandosmiley:
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    Re: 1921 Gibson F4 question

    Great Mojo on that mandolin! Bet it sounds great!
  8. Re: Recommend some beginner Blues / Jazz Blues Lead Sheets

    One of the most simple melodies is the head to C-Jam Blues (Basie); can be used as a jumping off point for many possibilities!
  9. Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    All that I know is that a great builder can make great mandolins with a variety of woods for the soundboards. I don't prejudge based on the type of wood used, but judge a mandolin based on how it...
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    Re: Thanks To Lowe Vintage

    Alan:

    When is their jam?
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    Re: A Train - Homer and Jethro

    One of my favorite Jethro tunes! Always brings a smile...:)
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    My first was an old Harmony Monteray that I bought for $25 in a pawn shop. I couldn't figure out why it could be in perfect tune for open strings, but the two E strings kept getting further and...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    Although I was aware of mandolin throughout high school in the 1960s, there wasn't a lot of mandolin music or Bluegrass in Iowa at that time. Jethro in the Kellogg's commercials... In high school...
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    Re: Long term band

    I've been picking with the same two guys for almost 20 years. We'll get together most Sundays and play out several times a year, sometimes with ringers like Matt Munisteri, Greg Ruby or Don...
  15. Re: 2020 X-Series -- The new Sorensen Sprite 2X Two-Point

    Love all your designs, Steve and LOVE my Sprite!
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    Yup!
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    Re: We're not so weird...

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30308876

    What the fish are getting is more medication in the water supply!
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    The only excuse for hanging a mandolin is if it participated in a Killer solo! In North Carolina, a capital crime is punishable by lethal injection, and sometimes what I play could be considered a...
  19. Re: How did you feel about your new build Mando?

    If you are interested in something other than the traditional, I recommend Sorensen Mandolins - Steve is a great guy to work with and has worked with me from the begging to the end. The thing is,...
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    In my neck of the woods, most people keep a beater out in the open on a stand, so that when the B&E occurs, they don't take the time to search out the good ones!:cool:
  21. Thread: Ellis A5?

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    Re: Ellis A5?

    I agree with the "hop a Southwest junket" approach or have it shipped and play it in the privacy of your home with a 48 hr approval. A guitar show is no place to audition any acoustic instrument,...
  22. Thread: Ellis A5?

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    Re: Ellis A5?

    Old Growth: they are all very close. The 1990s Nugget has a better low end and excels at swing chord voicings. Very even across the strings & up the neck. Don Stierbeg's nugget and mine sound...
  23. Thread: Ellis A5?

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    Re: Ellis A5?

    I have been fortunate enough to have chased down & caught a few great mandolins. I let a very good Collings MT2 go to pick up an X-braced F5 Duff. An Ellis A5 wormed it's way into the herd and...
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    Re: Leon Redbone - RIP

    A "unique voice". Loved his music. The world was better for introducing some of us to the great American treasure trove of songs.
  25. Re: New Apitius Club Jazz Mandolin acquisition…

    I love the whole vibe of that mandolin. Visually flows together. Not as ostentatious as an 5F, but sensuous in its curves. Bet you're not taking it to a lot of Bluegrass jams!
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