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  1. Re: Gibson Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model - My New Mandolin

    Whoooaaaaa, buddy! That’s some serious biz there! Congrats! :-)
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    Re: Red spruce versus Engleman (MT/MT2)

    Great thread...

    I owned and frequently played a lightly used MT (Engleman top) for about two years. It was a great mandolin, very earthy sounding. Very straightforward tone. Loud. Played very...
  3. Re: ISO Recs for Bluegrass Mandolins in the $900-1.2K rang

    I’ll throw in for Howard Morris as well. In that range, I think he’s it, head and shoulders above the rest. However, Eastman has been known to nail it as well, and I hear there is a great MD505 at...
  4. Re: Gibson Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model - My New Mandolin

    Yeah, man! I think I’d grow used to that comfy neck real quick!
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone pick

    So happy for this thread!

    I just picked up a 12-pack if the Dunlop Primetones 1.5. My mando is in the shop though, so Iíll have to wait to try them. They do feel really good.

    Iím also a fan of...
  6. Re: Gibson Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model - My New Mandolin

    Looking good!

    I had the opportunity to play a DMM and a RSDMM years ago at IBMA and they were really, really good. I recall the neck was quite small, but it still felt super solid. I’d own one in...
  7. Re: Are the Flatiron F-5 Mandos As Good As I've Heard?

    Hey there:

    When I first started playing the mandolin I played a handful of Flatirons from the early to mid-90s. It seems they were pretty popular around Lancaster County, PA.

    Three of them were...
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    Re: Just wanted to say thanks...

    I want that Ellis too, man. But, I also want my Collings. I also want a Red Diamond, and a Passernig. 1/4 of the way there!
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    Re: The Kentucky

    I had a 950 a few years ago and thought it was great, especially for the price.

    My plan was to sell a much more expensive instrument I had, pocket a bunch of cash, and then be happy with the 950....
  10. Re: searching for tech for Mandolin set-up

    Hey, pjjoy1:

    Nice to have you on the Cafť. This is a great site full of mandolin addicts just like you. :-)

    I don't know specifically what's going on in Boston, but I do know Phoenix Mandolins...
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    Dan Voight - Mandolin Lesson

    Hi, Everyone:

    Just a quick note to report and I suppose celebrate a mandolin lesson I had with Dan Voight a week or so ago. I saw Dan advertise lessons on Facebook, and while I was aware of his...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    I also was a bit surprised when they suggested Brothers in Wind Gap, and don’t know how they found it. I can speculate it had to do with the owner’s experience in Martin’s repair shop, where he...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    Agreed!

    Itís reasonable to think a place that produces a high number of instruments with a bunch of dealers would be tough to get in touch with, or characteristically impersonal due to the sheer...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    Thanks for sharing, man. I agree they have a unique tone. Iím using J75s and donít find mine lacks bottom-end. It also handled higher action and quite straight neck very well, which stiffened things...
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    Nice thread....

    I definitely like a fundamentally loud mandolin, but I rarely play it to get all the volume it has. As long as it cuts through a jam and has the sweetness when played a bit softer....
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    Re: Fun observation

    That is fun!

    I wish I had my first playable mandolin, which was an Alvarez A-100. It wasn't fancy, and didn't sound so great, but it played really easily and was a huge step up from the Stella I...
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Hey, Folks:

    Yes, I noticed the tailpiece lid was up. That does contribute to the buzzing, but also happens when it's secured.

    I just posted another thread about Collings helping me out and...
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    Mandolin Lesson with Aaron Weinstein

    Hi, Everyone:

    I just want to share that I had a mandolin lesson (via video conference) with Aaron Weinstein a few weeks ago, and it was a wonderful experience. Of course, Aaron comes with a...
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    Thank You, Collings

    Big shout out to Collings for working very closely with me the past week to figure how to address a buzzing issue on my MT2. The folks there were polite and responsive, and I'm happy to say they...
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    Re: Visit to Carter Vintage Guitars

    Great study! Im a torrefied MT lover myself. There’s just something wonderfully crispy about the tone, eh?

    Also... I had a 2016 MT prior to my current, and it was a wonderful instrument. Although...
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Hi, Everyone:

    Thanks for your encouragement and wisdom. I was turned some relief into the neck last night, further than I had been turning it to date, and it helped a bunch. It didn't solve it...
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    Mandolin Close Ups

    Buzzing everywhere.... Truss rod is just about full on straight, with slight relief. Iím thinking itís saddle string slots or nut slots, although a local luthier said itís the hump where the neck and...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Hey, Everyone:

    Thanks so much for all of your attention to my mandolin buzzing woes. :-)

    I finally took it to a local luthier today to see what he thought and he said the following:

    1. Hump...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Hi, everyone:

    I realized today it’s the first fret wire! I tried to look through from one side to the other between my strings and fretboard and couldn’t see past the first fret wire, then it all...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Hi, Everyone:

    Seems it’s including the E strings today, now when fretting just about anywhere, more predominantly in the A strings. The G and D strings sound great,

    I ran across this tonight...
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