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    Re: My MAS is cured.

    I started a thread like this once. . .

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    Re: Gibson A-4, Teens vs 20s

    snake heads sound different than paddle heads.

    I kept the latter, but the former costs more.

    Cache does play into this; however. Be guided by your ears and fingers!

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    Re: Octave Recommendations?

    I didn't consider too many special requirements when I took the plunge. I just bought the Eastman MDO-305 (sub $800), replaced the strings to D'Adderio mandola set and tuned it up!

    It's been my...
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    Re: New Mando... Hamlett Two-Point

    sounds great. I like your style of play also.

    No doubt John's a builder! I've met him a few times over at his shop (Virginia) and also at my buddy Dave Cohen's house. Those two can geek talk...
  5. Re: US Made Mandolins "around $1500" (a...hopefully...helpful lis

    some press on the mandolincafe regarding https://troublesomecreekguitars.com Their line includes a flat-top mandolin.

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  6. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    $700 gets you a lifetime keeper flattop.
    $2-3,000 gets you a lifetime keeper Gibson oval hole.
    $5-6,000 gets you a lifetime keeper arch top (preference given to a-models).

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    Re: Gibson A2Z refret with larger frets??

    I'm torn on this topic, especially the ease of play concept. I have big frets on my A3 - always have. When I've bought other Gibson a-models; however, I quite like the original fretwire. I...
  8. Re: Is a January 87 Carlson signed Flatiron considered "Pre-Gibso

    yes.

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    Re: bVII—IV—I (NMC)

    (fun read!)

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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    I awake in a fog. . .

    Last night I offered $600 against a $1,200 eBay pitch on an '83 2M. The dust settled at $650.

    Now to wait. . .

    Seems almost perfect condition and includes the 5-latch...
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    Re: Eastman OM - a one-month review

    What I notice, I can't play anything up to dance tempo, but all the tunes sound curiously different.

    Stuff like that entertains me!

    f-d
  12. Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    I'm open to this? Why not? You should hear me sing! There is just something about a good mangle!

    My wife's cousin is a retired professor of music. He plays the flute and has no interest in 13...
  13. Re: NMD Girouard Concert A5 (pictures and a video)

    love it. Love rethinking such fiddle tunes also! Then too, you can play!

    perfect!

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  14. Thread: My New Baby

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    Re: My New Baby

    I'm currently using EXP74cm, which have the 11.5 E string.

    Then too, I like the Heavy Starks.

    How's the bridge fit?

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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    I also travel with my mandolin. Earlier this week with my Flatiron!

    193317

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    Re: Easiest Jam Tunes to Memorize

    hahhahaahahaaa! Okay, humming's fine!

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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    no

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    (p.s., to add, I'm a field geologist and have taken regular-sized mandolin all over the place - North Carolina, Yosemite, Western Virginia, Panama - up near the contentinal divide.)
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    Re: Easiest Jam Tunes to Memorize

    I'm with bigskygirl, Step 1: Can I whistle the melody? Step 2: Get it below my fingers.

    This is really my thought process! The music informs my ear, I hear the melody in my brain, I echo that...
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    Re: Jimmy Gaudreaua

    saw him in a house concert with Orrin Star right here in Richmond. Didn't know of him at all. (I went 'cause Orrin Star was my mandolin teacher when I lived in Boston in the mid-80's.)

    Both were...
  20. Re: Interested in picking up mandolin, advice on buying first.

    look for words like, "Solid" and, "Hand carved." I'd direct you to an a-model with f-holes. They are the most versatile of the mandolins.

    I'd gravitate to Eastman or Kentucky and get the one...
  21. Re: Keeping an A Mandolin in place with rug underlayment

    a strap?

    Related, but unrelated. . .

    I played one time with a ukulele. Dude was likely 10 years older than I am. I was about 60 at that time. Well this ukulele dude was from the Kingston...
  22. Re: J.S. Bach - Invention 1 in C, BWV 781 (mandolin / guitar)

    I worked this up with my guitar buddy also! You all did great!

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    Re: 2 cases and their Dogs

    I love my small dog too.

    And, I love my small dogs! We COVID-rescued two Havanese dogs and they are just great too!

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    Re: Mandolin Café Milestones

    sorry I missed this reference, JB! I love this song!

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    Re: Mandolin 'dogs'?

    your ear gets acclimated to what you are playing. Grab a GREAT mandolin and your ears may not recognize it!

    No joke, I know this to be true. I usually need several weeks or months to really get...
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