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  1. Thread: Eastman Vs. Morris

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    Re: Eastman Vs. Morris

    If you want to play bluegrass (especially in jams or a band) get a carved top F hole mandolin. If you aren’t playing BG (or will just be playing it at home) a flat top mandolin (Morris, Flatiron 1N,...
  2. Thread: Monel strings

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    Re: Monel strings

    I’ve been playing them on guitar for about a year and finally got a set on my Kelley A5. Been playing them 3-4 weeks and am really liking them. Agree they don’t have the “brassy” quality of PB, but...
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    Re: Silverangel custom green 2-point

    That’s one sweet mandolin! I like instruments that are a little different as long as they’re well done, and Ken’s really got his tone dialed in…so, you don’t have a “novelty,” but you have a really...
  4. Thread: Mid-MO value

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    Re: Mid-MO value

    Best of luck with the downsize. I did the same 3 years ago and went the “fewer but better” route. I do miss a couple of the ones I sold or traded, but generally only when I could use a beater, as I...
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    Re: Eastman Octave Mando...

    Clarification: I was typing on my phone and club thumbed it. EJ 72 are what I’m using and they’re working well for me. Sorry for the confusion! Not sure if going heavier on the G strings would be OK...
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    Re: Eastman Octave Mando...

    If I were shopping for an OM for < 1000 the Eastman is what I’d buy. They’re well built and good sounding instruments.

    I recently switched from a Weber 22.5 inch Hyalite to a 20 inch Bitterroot,...
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    Vibey vintage mics have their place, for sure, but SM 57/58’s are great for what they are. Our praise band has used them almost exclusively for years (at least 10) and we’re still using the same...
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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    I’ve ordered mine, but suspect it’ll be another week or 2 before they arrive. I’m a Bluechip guy, but I like changing things up from time to time, and have discovered a couple of cheaper alternatives...
  9. Thread: Hamlett Pick-Off!

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    Re: Hamlett Pick-Off!

    Kevin, thanks for posting; I'm deferring watching until I get to some better speakers, but will get to it later tonight. I keep coming back to my CT-55 and TAD-60 (I'd been a CT-55 guy until my wife...
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    Re: New Bela Fleck Album out - My Bluegrass Heart

    Holy Smoke! I'm only 5 tracks in, but this album is scorching! (I will NOT be trying to play along with it anytime soon, LOL). Amazing collection of musicians!!
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    Re: 2021 batch of Forster mandolins

    Pretty cool looking cases, Nigel! Nice adaptation. And, of course, the instruments look amazing as well!
  12. Re: OM closed position fingering and pinky and FFCP

    I have a 20 scale inch OM that I really like. It is a pinky workout, but much more doable for me than my previous 22.5 incher. That said, there’s no way for me to do 4 finger chop chord style chords...
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    Re: Buying without being able to play

    I’ve had very good luck buying from the Cafe classifieds, but my purchases have definitely gotten better with experience. As stated above, asking the right questions is key. It also helped me to have...
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    Re: The Glory of J75s…

    You’ve got you a keeper! My first mandolin was a Kentucky eBay mess that was built just after they moved production to China and before they had their builders as dialed in as they do now. The first...
  15. Re: Advice on buying a new mandolin? Been playing for 15+yrs

    Yes, “structural failure” ;) is more common in those bargain basement type instruments, though they do occasionally get one right. I remember seeing a video of a young Sierra Hull absolutely ripping...
  16. Thread: I went and did it!

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    Re: I went and did it!

    I started playing more guitar the fall before the initial lockdown after a couple of graduations and the addition of a budding bass player to our youth praise band (I’m the adult supervision/stray...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    Lots of good advice. The main thing is keeping your instrument stabilized in a reasonably consistent position so that you get an optimal pick angle and have the freedom to move your hands around...
  18. Re: seeking advice/connection to builder to re-top an F5

    Mark, my advice was going to be to try it yourself or just buy a Silverangel A style, lol. Best of luck sir, and enjoy the journey. Odds are you’ll learn a lot from it!
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    Re: "This mandolin was intact until my son sat on it"

    And, there you have it, folks…
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    Re: Chris Thile - 10 representative tracks.

    Nice work, David! Of course, there are a couple of my favs I’d sub in, but that’s the great thing about his expansive library. The man has made a lot outstanding music, especially when you consider...
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    Re: Hamlett Two-Point Review

    Congratulations on all fronts, Kevin!
  22. Re: Emotional hearing, and changing out my 7-year old strings...

    I don’t have”acid skin” and have several instruments, all of which I play (though I do have my favorites and a couple that get played pretty sparingly), so I’m not wailing on 1 or 2 everyday. I...
  23. Thread: Sarah Jarosz

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    Re: Sarah Jarosz

    Saw her live in Charlotte pre-COVID. She was touring behind Undercurrent. She and the band were amazing! Iirc, she only played mando on one song that night (much more Octave and a couple with guitar...
  24. Thread: First mandolin

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    Re: First mandolin

    Of the ones you list I would take a chance on Ibanez before the others, especially if you’re thinking acoustic/electric. While they’re not great acoustically, some I’ve played sound decent...
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    Re: Surprising mando songs?

    Sound of Madness by Shinedown fits pretty well, as does the intro to Sweet Child of Mine by GNR. Especially fun to play on the Mandobird with a lot of distortion (as expected), but not bad...
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