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  1. Re: New Session King guitar-octave mandolin on the bench

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/build-thread-18.jpg

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  2. RIP Gene Shay - Philadelphia Folk Music Legend

    I'm sorry to report the passing of Gene Shay, longtime MC of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and 'the dean' of Folk Radio, of complications from COVID19. He influenced a ton of musicians and made the...
  3. New Session King guitar-octave mandolin on the bench

    This is the third instrument for Jim, who plays in Australian band "Midnight Oil." Its a Session King, guitar bodied octave mandlin with mahogany back and sides, and a torrefied sitka soundboard.
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  4. Really nice looking tenor on the bench...

    Been on with a lovely looking tenor guitar the last few days. Its a torrefied sitka and ziricote T-SK or Session King tenor guitar.


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    Re: Live From Home

    Another gem from Aaron Weinstein.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkd5oRU4w2Y
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    A new prototype mandolin

    One of my projects over the next year or so is building a mandolin quartet, maybe even a couple. I am not sure what is going to happen to them once they are built, but we will see what happens. I...
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    Live From Home

    Enjoy!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK4F6sGmaL8
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    Re: Musician quotes

    Jethro Burns: How to select a mandolin
    First, it should be cheap. How it looks isn't important. Nobody's going to see it but you. Tone isn't too important. Chances are no one's going to listen...
  9. so cool sounding, Sierra Hull on split tuning

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    and more sierra video while we are here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBTh4O-_wjM
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    NMD - Sawchyn Beavertail

    Wow! Today I received my new Sawchyn Beavertail straight from Peter. What a great little mando. Just like other reports on the forum - it is beautiful, fit and finish are outstanding, the thing is...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar plans

    We were surrounded by fires and it went dark for 3-4 days from the smoke, but have emerged from all that with no damage. Only problem has been our rainwater tank is now contaminated with ash and the...
  12. Re: Resonance of a fiddle vs mandolins (wow)

    I see your oil can and raise you one pie plate.
  13. Re: Decision Time for wood type - Is the difference big?

    Mine sounds like a wooden, woofy bell that's been at the bottom of the sea for 1300 years, resurfaced, buried in soft peat for another 500 years, torrified in a brick oven, played by 20 giants who...
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    Re: tone woods for Octave Mandolin

    Tbone, you're putting the cart before the horse. Pick a maker whose work you like and can afford. Then talk with them about what woods might suit you best.

    I say this having made hundreds of OMs,...
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    Re: Peter Coombe flat top mandolin

    It does have an induced arch, radius 15ft. The pictures do seem to make it look more than what it is. The Army Navy and Flatiron mandolins also have an induced arch at about the same radius, but...
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    Northfield Calhoun

    I have no experience playing an instrument but have decided to try and learn to play a mandolin. Here are some photos of the Calhoun model which I purchased directly from Northfield Instruments and...
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    Peter Coombe flat top mandolin

    Hi everyone, I thought some of you might like to see some photos of Peter Coombe's latest flat top mandolin.

    It has a red spruce top, hard rock maple back, and big leaf maple sides and neck.
    It...
  18. Re: New to playing Celtic music but I see its big locally

    Marla Fibish. David Surette. Seamus Egan. You might also listen to tenor banjo players like Gerry O’Conner, John Carty. There’s also Simon Mayor, Andy Irvine, and fiddlers like Kevin Burke, Liz...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Thanks for your announcement Scott and it was very nice getting the chance to visit with you at NAMM and the Ranch. I'm happy to report that I've updated our ZETA website with pertinent info...
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    They work for swing too...
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    Not your average Gibson tenor

    This was sold as an L-7C tenor, but it clearly isnít. The body is 16Ē, smaller than an L-7, and Gibson only used the Florentine cutaway on these smaller bodies. Thatís OK by me Ė I prefer smaller...
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    New Mandolin Day

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    Here's a photo of my new Kentucky KM-276 next to my beloved old Regal. The Regal is a sweet old mandolin, but its playability isn't great and it really wants to collapse. I've already had it...
  23. Re: Role of Octave/mandola/MCello in non classical music

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH8s-Zuh_O4

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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Just a note that cell phone cameras don't always tell the truth. There appear to be some imperfections in the one face shot but those are reflections or something not part of the instrument. Whatever...
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