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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    Always liked the sound. Tried to play a decade or more ago. Folks kept telling me to put it away and get my guitar back out and play old time backup rhythm. So it faded away. Fast forward to a...
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    Re: pointy vs round picks.

    Really admire the folks who can pull out the tone they want to hear with a round pick. Still have some and keep trying to get it to click. Or rather, not click. Maybe it's the guitar background. Or...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    Peterson iStrobosoft. Depending on my mood, it's my fast choice at home. Or if I just want to watch a different strobe.
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    Besides National, the other metal body mandolins are also loud. Now, whether the tone is to your taste is a different question.

    A late friend always used a rubber chicken as an open back banjo...
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    Re: New Eastman Octave tuners?

    Rubner A style tuners fit fine. It's what's now on my Eastman OM.

    Besides string slots at the nut, also check at the bridge. Mine needed to be widened out a hair. And that was before switching...
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    Re: Free PDF Tunebook (Volume Four)

    I'm able to get in via the links on the website. The direct links above point to a Dropbox file and shows an error 404 on my computer.

    Thank you for the work and gathering of these tunes.
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    Re: new: Northfield neck rest!!!

    And of course this is introduced right after I made an order with Northfield. Really like the concept. Lately just been hanging the headstock off the end of the kitchen table while changing strings....
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    Re: Shop goodwill flatiron

    Is it this one? - https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/103398384

    If so, depending on the price, might be good. Paid $1000 for mine with a bridge pickup installed (could be factory). The one on...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Congrats on the Morris. That's a very pretty mandolin. And am betting it sounds good. Like you say, different than a Strad-O-Lin. They should compliment each other quite well.
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    My mother could fit my 1/2 and 1/2 size bass in her VW Beetle when I was in elementary and junior high school. She went from that to a station wagon and life became a lot easier.

    FWIW, there are...
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    Re: MuseScore software

    It's all I've ever used, so can't compare to others. Some things aren't as intuitive as I'd like. That said, a Google search usually quickly finds the answer. The export to pdf is nice and handy for...
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    Re: Ciani mandolin really a Stradolin?

    Glad someone here got it. Was very close a number of times to buying it. Looks to my eyes like it's solid top and back at least. Will love to hear your report on it once you get it.

    It's very...
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    Re: $1000 Budget

    Agree with the Eastman suggestions. The used 315 at The Mandolin Store is well below your budget. It will be good enough to be a backup if and when you get something nicer.

    If you want new, I'd...
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    Re: 1917 Gibson A "Mint Condition"

    Here's one of the articles that's been floating around on this issue - https://www.allenguitar.com/smakula.htm
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    If you want the sound of a good acoustic bass, then find an acoustic bass. Depending on the size of the person, would recommend 1/2 to 3/4 size. And like a mandolin, make sure it has a good setup,...
  16. Re: May Bell mandolin on Pottstown PA craigslist

    This has been discussed before, but I still wonder if the tops weren't made by one of the builders and sold to others. The Kalamazoo and Slingerland f-holes look so similar to my eye. And I still...
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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

    While I still have registration with many of the guitar related sites, rarely go there anymore. Most of them, with the exception of the Martin forum, became way too angry for my tastes.

    Sadly,...
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    Yeah, pretty sure I also saw it on Reverb at one point. While the flame is nice, it's what I would consider typical for a blonde MF/MT style. Comparing it to mine, don't think it's any better. But...
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    Re: Narrowed it down to three

    Yet another vote for the Kentucky. I find them to be consistently good.
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    Re: Need mandolin recommendations a-style

    Have a bias towards Collings, so that would be my first recommendation. Besides the other good recommendations there is also Steve Hinde http://hindecustominstruments.com/index.html

    His...
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    Re: Dennis Vance receives double transplant

    Very happy to read this. (Saw it on Facebook first, before the forum). Here's hoping to a fast and full recovery.
  22. Re: Seeking a bridge pickup for my Eastman 515

    I would see if an M-100 with an endpin jack installed would work better. At least if your repair person is willing to do this. Otherwise, the M200 would probably work.

    My Flatiron has an M-100...
  23. Re: Happy Birthday Dennis Vance, hoping for a transplant

    Happy belated birthday Dennis! Wishing you the best in quickly getting the transplant and a fast recovery.
  24. Re: Banner headstock Gibson J-45 at Goodwill, bidders go nuts

    Isn't it the same finish used on the one batch of wartime Kalamazoo KG guitars? Or is yours darker? https://www.williesguitars.com/product/1949-kalamazoo-kg/
  25. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Great suggestions so far. Glad someone mentioned the Buckhannon Brothers. Very underrated IMO. Want to add -
    FDS-701 - Norman, Tut, Sam, Butch, Vassar, David, Jethro
    Norman and Nancy Blake -...
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