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  1. First Video of The Mandolin Store new location

    Just received from Dennis.



    ... there's an Eastman El Rey in there!
  2. Need a break? New Bluegrass Interview Podcast ep w/Ricky Skaggs

    Been working on this for a while - I host a public radio show on CBC/NPR and this past summer I went to Nashville to do long form interviews with some legends of Bluegrass music. The music I first...
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    Read Me First

    The old Forum software has been reinstalled. But I wasn't done meddling just yet. I saw some things in the other version and decided they had their place here so changes have occurred in the...
  4. New Forum Software Being Installed: all members must read

    Starting this Friday afternoon at approximately 3:00 p.m. Central Time we will begin installing the next generation version of our Forum software. As a result, the Forum will be off-line for between...
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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...
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Gelsenbury, First of all, great job! Secondly, so wonderful a gift. It touched my heart to be covered by you, my friend. Update: After they brought me back on a ventelator and with the trach and...
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    new (used) mandolin

    sadly, her in norway, getting ahold of a proper mandolin, isnt very easy. I did recently, however, manage to get a weber aspen 1 in mint condition, and so my journey from a low-end mandolin (cort...
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    Jake Stogdill interview

    https://theoffgridmusician.music.blog/2020/01/27/in-conversation-with-jake-stogdill/

    I recently had the privilege of interviewing Jake Stogdill!
    Hope you enjoy the read
  9. Michael Cleveland Tall Fiddler Grammy Winner

    183164Congratulations to Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (Nathan Livers on mandolin) for winning Best Bluegrass Album at the Grammy's.
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    Dan Voight and Nate Baker duet video

    Enjoy this 30+ minute mandothon. Nate is a good friend of mine and we always have a blast playing music.

    I also want to mention that I am working on some lesson material and would like to know...
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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: problem with an ebony fret board

    I run a bead of water along each fret and steam it with the soldering iron before starting to pull the fret. Keep the soldering iron on the fret as you pull so it stays hot. That softens the Ebony...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    A couple of bad videos that were never intended to appear anywhere but on my phone but are now making an appearance here. Sorry about that. This is the Mandolin Cafe and Northfield Mandolins annual...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Subjects always come up to jog my memory of what I saw. Another thread unrelated to this reminded me, I was walking somewhere in Hall E which is downstairs where most of the mandolin activity is at...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    There's a bunch of black magic going on with these bridges. I don't want to hand out information I'm not 100% sure on but I was like, "it'll do WHAT?" when I heard. I may be seeing Steve again late...
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    A Willing Vessel

    I think I first became interested in a mandola when the snakehead H2, nicknamed “The Centaur,” turned up at ETSU back in 2015:
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Someone took some cell phone video of myself and J.P. Cormier, the well know Canadian guitar great trying out the new Zeta models. Wasn't aware he played mandolin. J.P. has chops!
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Never get tired of looking at Eastman's El Rey mandolin. They were taken by surprise by how popular they were so more are in the pipeline. Sharing this one out here before it goes on social media.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Paul,

    I figured I had done enough high-end builds that I wouldn't accidentally screw it up!

    This little billet of extraordinary quilt was so petite that I had to slip the bass side slightly...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I can't wait to bring all the parts on this sweet VX together. I've been saving this piece of wood for about 8 years --

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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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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

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    This is Steve Carlson, the man that founded Flatiron Mandolins, worked for Gibson for 5 years, now owns Zeta Violins and does a ton of CNC programming and manufacturing of parts for a lot of...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Eastman Del Rey electric mandolin on display today.

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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    From Ryan just now: The Kona is a 20” scale length.
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