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    Re: Solo builders

    Just want to weigh in and offer that my experience (twice now) with Max and Lauri Girouard has been fantastic. Max sent me an A5 about a year and a half ago and though I do check out other things and...
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    by Br1ck
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    Re: Informal Poll

    The two most expensive instruments I have bought were a cello and a viola. Both were exceptional for the price $12,000 and $5500 respectively. One to each daughter. Those were merely serious student...
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    Re: New Bob Dylan

    to me this isn't a song as much as a musical, historical tome... a darker version of "American Pie"...

    i dig it.
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    sweetheart you done me wrong

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhdSpfLJDOc

    :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Informal Poll

    I'm 69 years old and have been playing mandolin for 4 years or so -- I play guitar and some banjo. I have 3 mandolins and am very happy with them -- the most I've paid is 4K. I play them every day...
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    Re: GIROUARD F4 Delivered Today !!!

    That top is figured/flamed like Jill's POC Girouard A oval. That's figure in the wood, not a finish problem.
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    Re: GIROUARD F4 Delivered Today !!!

    The F4 Girouard is Beautiful. I am envious. !

    Just my personal take,...
    Port Orford Cedar (a true cypress and not a cedar) is one of the finer top woods I have used, especially in flat top...
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    by McIrish
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    Re: Informal Poll

    I did not read the entire thread, but I will add to the data. Yes, I would pay $10k for a mandolin. I had a very specific sound in mind. I tried dozens of mandolins before I found one that was close...
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    Re: GIROUARD F4 Delivered Today !!!

    If that arrived for me, I would definitely volunteer for 'self-confinement for 14 days'.

    Enjoy.
  10. Thread: Informal Poll

    by kjbllc
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    Re: Informal Poll

    if I thought I would playit the most, and had the money , yes
    if money is no issue then it does not make a
    difference what the price is
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    Re: GIROUARD F4 Delivered Today !!!

    Wow! Beautiful! I love MUSIC, but I also love that the instruments, the tools used to make music, can be so beautiful and different. Different woods and shapes, different structural choices,...
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    Re: Informal Poll

    I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a mandolin today.
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    My favorite beat to death thread topic! A bunch of half deaf old geezers arguing about tone!
  14. Re: String suggestion for Flatiron Performer/Festival series

    Curt Mangans. Good tone, settle in quickly, and last a long time. Lot's of option on gauges too.
  15. Re: Looking for beginner people to play in SE Michigan

    Have you heard there’s a pandemic going on? Social distancing and all? Shortage of protective gear?

    My jams with my friends are cancelled, along with all the bars and restaurants being closed. ...
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    Re: new mando choices

    I think those two options are equivalent but different. What type of music do you typically play and in what setting(s)? Ultimately, I think the decision comes down to whether you prefer a hand-built...
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    Re: Hypothetical Wierd Question ?

    "universe-ending apocalyptic singularity that would collapse the universe"

    right now, maybe not a bad thing
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    Re: The Heiden F Artist in the classifieds

    Should have had Dudenbostel on this list too. I felt like I was missing somebody but clearly "sometimers" is kicking in.....:))
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    Re: The Heiden F Artist in the classifieds

    I also got to check out that F5 at Wintergrass, and I agree, it's a great instrument.

    Regarding workmanship, from what I've seen Michael's is among the very best. And here's where I'll express my...
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    Re: Why do people only sell the great ones?

    Judge Judy calls it “puffing”
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    Why do people only sell the great ones?

    I've noticed that virtually every mandolin for sale in the classified is an incredible mandolin, often the best the seller has ever played. I have yet to see one of the duds, or even a mediocre one,...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Worthy question, but an exceptionally poor title, that regardless of intent, inflicts potential harm into a company. That's not what the Mandolin Cafe is about. I'm not a particular fan of the...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    I don't see any reason for any attitudes.

    Gibson does not list mandolins in their on-line catalog, and hasn't listed them for at least a couple of years.

    Only one or two brick and mortar stores...
  24. Thread: Solo builders

    by Mandobar
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    Re: Solo builders

    Br1ck, you are a conundrum. You say you want an education in mandolins, bad enough to suggest buying a plane ticket and do some travel, but when presented with the opportunity to play several very...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Gibson is very much still building and selling mandolins. I have toured factory recently and I was most impressed by the process still being done as it was under the supervision of Charlie...
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