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    Re: Crack~say it isn't so!

    My 1913 A1 is crack free with astonishingly little wear. Everything is original and intact except the case has been replaced. I had been looking at old Gibsons for a while and decided I wanted an...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    You guys with A 2Zs are very lucky fellows. I've had the pleasure of playing two. Both were outstanding. When I first pick up my 1913 A1, it sounds tubby, especially right after my other mandolins,...
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    Re: Love the One Youíre With

    Once you reach a certain base line of quality tone, and your F 5S certainly qualifies, it comes down to subjectivity, both in tone and feel, but also your personal relationship to your bank account....
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    Old vintage Gibsons are the best bargain in the mandolin world PROVIDED what they do is what you want. I would not want one as my only mandolin unless I was focusing on a particular style. They are...
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    Re: I'm buying a Mandolin

    We live in a golden age of instruction. One of the many is Peghead nation. A site like this will offer beginner classes of a general nature, then beginner level classes in different styles like...
  6. Thread: Variety

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    Variety

    I have four mandolins. This summer my neat freak wife got around to going through the non music clutter in my studio. It is one third library, one third music studio, and one third garage workbench....
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    Re: Tips for Learning - Beginners

    One other thing to focus on is to try to get the same tone on your up strokes as your down strokes. Scales are great for this, and try to develop the good habit of playing in the sweet spot up by the...
  8. Re: What's the diff between Northfield NF5S and F5 models?

    Yes, the higher you go, generally speaking, you pay more and more for smaller and smaller sound improvement. I'm sure it is much the same with fly rods and target pistols. Was the Ellis I played...
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    Re: I'm buying a Mandolin

    If there is a used Eastman at TMS, buy it now. They do list factory blem instruments on their site as used. They will tell you. I bought one and never found the flaw, and I tried. The 315 is my...
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    Re: $1000.00? Mandolin

    I've seen Weber Gallatins going for a grand occasionally (very occasionall) and a few other brands like flatiron and Silverangel at around $1200. $1000 is a tough budget only the worthy master series...
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    Re: Need some advice.

    I'd just take things as they come. Adding anyone to a group slices the financial pie into smaller pieces. They would need to think gigs would be bigger and better with you. I'd take a portable...
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    Re: Tips for Learning - Beginners

    One of the things I've struggled with is scales with no open notes. The size of my hands necessitates a shift both up and down the scale pattern. I see video clips with larger hands just falling on...
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    Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    So people don't know who you are when you play?
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    Re: mandolin pickup comparison: K&K vs. Dazzo

    I just reread this thread and wanted to comment on the mounting of Dazzos. Epoxy is the only way to go. I've heard a dramatic improvement just while the epoxy is drying. Teddy has tried every...
  15. Re: High end Northfields versus other $8-12k mandos

    IMHO, here's the deal. Once you get to three or four grand for an F style, including used, you are as likely as not to prefer cheaper over pricier if you could do a blind test. Then it comes down to...
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    Re: Blue chip picks

    A friend and I have a running joke whenever discussing pricey gear. After touting attributes,new say, oh,and it will make you a better player.....
  17. Re: What's the diff between Northfield NF5S and F5 models?

    My point was that figuring in the wood has little to do with tone. When I bought my Arches kit, I just figured that the plainer backs and the more irregular tops went into the kit pile. After all, a...
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    Re: Prettiest Peghead Inlays Ever

    To each his own, to me it's a bridge too far. Maybe two. Give me a classic fern.
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    Re: Mandolin Neck Advice

    You mention your mandolin as being inexpensive. It has been my experience that inexpensive and poor setup go hand in hand. There is no reason your mandolin can't play well, but do you want to spend...
  20. Re: Soliciting suggestions for my next mandolin (or not)

    Mo bass=Silverangel. There, I said it again.
  21. Re: What's the diff between Northfield NF5S and F5 models?

    Every time I've gone to a store with both Northfield and Collings, I flip flop on which I like better. One visit it's the Northfield, the other time it's the Collings. One constant is the value of an...
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    Re: Apitius Mandolins

    At my age I wouldn't wish a year to go by fast on anyone, but hope you find it tolerable.
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    Re: Thinking About A Pava

    I used to pay no attention to nut size. I could play them all, but lately every wide nut I've played leaves me cold. Don't know why, but make sure you have a return policy. I remember the first Pava...
  24. Re: Soliciting suggestions for my next mandolin (or not)

    When I had just my Silverangel, I thought to myself what a great compliment an MT would be. The opposite would be true. It would be a fine pairing. $2k would get you a fully bound A style with the...
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    Re: Silk and Steel Strings?

    I put a set on my Michael Kelly on Jerry Rosa's recommendation, as he said it would fatten up a thin sounding mandolin, which it did. Didn't turn it into a wonder machine though, not that I expected...
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