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    Re: Blues mando recommendations

    Thanks. I enjoyed that very much, both singing and instrumentation. I've been searching but can't find who the mandolin player is. You'd think they'd list the musicians on the YouTube site, but...
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    Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    Let's keep within the Forum guidelines. My experience with Rufus Guitars was much better than yours. The staff were courteous and helpful. I was there the year before covid. The 80's were forty years...
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    Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    Assuming you're talking about Rufus Guitars in Vancouver, I felt that I got a fair deal when I bought a mandolin there while visiting Vancouver. However, I had to get some work doe to that mandolin...
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    Re: Musty Smell in the case and mandolin.

    I'm not sure that I'd prefer the smell of coffee grounds to the smell of cat pee. :crying:
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    Re: Fiddle Tunes with History?

    Here are a few Canadian tunes titled after historical events. There's also a whole group of tunes with prime ministers' names.

    Centennial Breakdown by Graham Townsend, Quebec and Ontario --...
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    Pete Sutherland RIP

    Some of you may be familiar with Pete Sutherland, a creative fiddler in the traditional vein. I first became aware of him through the group Metamora from Indiana, in which he played circa 1990. My...
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    Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    Some of you folks have a rather loose grasp of economics. The OP told us "my budget is limited; $500 is a stretch, $1000 definitely above budget" and you're suggesting that he spend $334 to fly to...
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    Re: Mystery Croatian Instrument

    This site suggests GDAE, which is convenient for mandolin players. I don't know what kind of strings I use. My luthier, who retired recently, had various strings that he sold singly to fit...
  9. Re: Who is a member/board member of a local BG/OT/Folk Society?

    Canada and the rest of the developed world too.

    To be fair, members of the former Old Sod Folk Music Society (Post #9) are dedicated hardworking volunteers, committed to what they're doing. For...
  10. Re: Who is a member/board member of a local BG/OT/Folk Society?

    For your information: This note was at the end of a concert promotion that I received in my email this morning. Because it's part of a public notice, I'll take the liberty of passing it on as the...
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    Re: Mystery Croatian Instrument

    That's true. I was thinking of tamburitzas in general rather than that specific one. I wouldn't walk into a Croatian bar and say that tamburitzas were Serbian instruments either. :) Actually, in the...
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    Re: Mystery Croatian Instrument

    Here's one in action.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OskoCaaIahk&ab_channel=cehovski


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OskoCaaIahk&ab_channel=cehovski
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    Re: Mystery Croatian Instrument

    That's a tamburiza, a prim or bisernica to be exact. I have one myself. Tamburizas (tamburicas) come in many sizes, and are sometimes played in large bands. They're popular with Serbs too. In fact, I...
  14. Re: Who is a member/board member of a local BG/OT/Folk Society?

    My sweetheart and I together have run and sometimes performed at a folk club. The institution that we performed in provided coffee and snacks. We took out a few dollars for promotion costs, then the...
  15. Re: Ain't in it for my health; a film about Levon Helm

    In truth, I would have been happy to hear a few songs about life in southwest Ontario where 4/5 of The Band, and I, grew up -- well, not exactly, Robbie was from Toronto. However, I won't comment on...
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    Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    I see that the Calgary Public Library has an instrument-lending service. From what I gathered, it has five mandolins ("pick up and return only at the Memorial Park Library"). If one is available, and...
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    Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    I wasn't crazy on the Seagull. I've tried a couple in stores, but never had an hour with one. However, Godin/Seagull generally makes good instruments. There are a number of positive reviews, with...
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    Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    On that budget ($500 CDN = 375 US), I'd avoid ordering from the US where shipping and exchange will eat up a good chunk of your money. The Mandolin Store is an American business. I have absolutely...
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    Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    Where do you live? There's a big difference between what's available in Toronto and in Igloolik. Many music stores in Canada, including L & McQ, sell both new and used mandolins. I can think of a few...
  20. Re: Ain't in it for my health; a film about Levon Helm

    I enjoyed the documentary. However, I was reminded of an interview that I heard with a music journalist. He was asked about his memories of interviewing, who had impressed him and who had...
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    Re: If it's not the heat, is it the humidity?

    I use sandstone humidifiers. These are small plastic containers holding a piece of sandstone that you soak every two weeks, and leave in your case. D'Addario is one of the companies that makes them....
  22. Re: Sara & Maynard Johnson 1977 Backporch Flat picking for Mandol

    Reverb still has it listed at the URL above (Post #2). It seems to have disappeared from the page I linked you with at AbeBooks. However, some dealers have different pages for different countries ,...
  23. Re: Sara & Maynard Johnson 1977 Backporch Flat picking for Mandol

    Reverb still has it listed at the URL above (Post #2). It seems to have disappeared from the page I linked you with at AbeBooks. However, some dealers give different links for different countries ,...
  24. Re: Sara & Maynard Johnson 1977 Backporch Flat picking for Mandol

    I put the title into Google and found this. Keep googling the title everyday. Other copies will turn up.

    https://reverb.com/item/21724448-backporch-flatpicking-guitar-mandolin-rare-old-time
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    Re: the kindness of strangers

    I've never been to Dallas, but I googled "Dallas musical instruments charity" and three charity organizations immediately popped up. You could check them out. I'm thankful for what you're doing. Good...
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