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    Re: Looking for something darker and throatier

    Yes, this. I once described wanting a mandolin that sounded more like a barn than a bell. I think my Carlson Flatiron A model has that, but I've heard other mandolins like Gibsons, Buckeyes, and...
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    I believe Tom Rozum also used the Nelson Mandola line.
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    Re: Thile Update NYT

    Nice article but yet another reminder that just because somebody works for a major publication it doesn't mean they know what they're talking about.

    To wit:

    He was already winning bluegrass...
  4. While I hardly consider myself a capitalist...

    While I hardly consider myself a capitalist ideologue, I think in this case, the invisible hand is going to take care of the mando market. If lots of people want luthier-level American made...
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    Oddly enough I was just having this discussion with a friend about our bikes. I have nicknames for two of my bicycles but none of my musical instruments, or at least the ones I have at the moment. I...
  6. Thread: NMD: NOS Kentucky

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    NMD: NOS Kentucky

    Well, this was kind of an impulse purchase but I'm rather impressed. I found a NOS Kentucky KM-254 on Reverb, offered about $100 less than asking price, and shop owner gave me a gig bag and strap...
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    Re: 11 Year Old Gibson Mandolin Endorser

    Brian, I think we're in agreement. I'm just amazed the kid has a deal with Gibson at 11.

    I'm 54 and I couldn't get a deal with Rover or Rogue mandolins.

    They'd pay me to play some OTHER brand.
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    11 Year Old Gibson Mandolin Endorser

    Another day, another reason to feel like a pathetic underachiever in life:

    https://bluegrasstoday.com/wyatt-ellis-at-11-the-youngest-gibson-mandolin-endorsing-artist/

    Well, when you got it,...
  9. Re: Ricky Skaggs receives Presidential Medal of the Arts.

    I'm not sure I understand the popcorn GIF reaction. I'm not a troll and just posting legitimate mandolin-player news. I one thing I think most folks on this board would agree on is that Ricky Skaggs...
  10. Ricky Skaggs receives Presidential Medal of the Arts.

    Well, who would have thought that Ricky Skaggs and Toby Keith would get the same award?

    Go figure, but good for Ricky.
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    I'd look for an early or mid-80's Carlson Flatiron. The good ones hold up against any bluegrass mandolin out there. If you can find one, they're probably in the $2.5-3K range. Mine's an '83 and love...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    I got to interview Tim O'Brien a few months ago. He told me that these days he mostly plays a Collings/Nugget TOB model not the original Nugget. IIRC he liked the nut width better on the Collings....
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    Mando Madness Concert now online

    Hey folks a few weeks ago the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association- as fine a group of upstanding citizens as you'll find around these parts- had a mandocentric concert with some great players and...
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    Re: Expensive mandolins

    Re: real musicians play "adequate but not high end or vintage gear," I dunno. I have been going to live music and bluegrass festivals for 30 years and I've never seen a Takamine or Epiphone guitar on...
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    Interview I did with Tim O'Brien

    Hi Folks, I got to speak with Tim O'Brien a couple of weeks ago on behalf of the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Music Association, and it's now up on our website:
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    Re: Expensive mandolins

    Replying to DavidKos- right, if I buy a mandolin, it's for pleasure, if you buy one, it's for work. That does make a difference in how we'd approach things.

    It's also true that in every area of...
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    Re: Expensive mandolins

    I have two thoughts. The first is that there's always a law of diminishing returns: usually, a luthier made mandolin will sound much
    better than a factory-made Pacific rim plywood job- the lowest...
  18. 97 year old plays mandolin debut concert at Lincoln Center

    Best mandolin story you'll read all day, with video as well. Puts all the trivia into perspective:

    http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/208357/at--holocaust-survivor-plays-lincoln-center/
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    Re: The Andy Statman Interview

    Great interview with one of the great mando-heroes. FYI- for those who may have been mystified by the caption under the photo right above "gear facts," a "yortzeit seudah" (also yahrzeit) means a...
  20. Re: 3 Favorite Mandolin CDs (not by Bill, David, Ricky, Sam & Chr

    Re: the Lou Martin album. There's a couple of copies of the LP on ebay for cheap. Go figure. I'd love to have this on CD but it's been years since I had an LP player. I don't think- after a not...
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