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    The collection #2 is moving on to Montana Matt today. It was a hit at the bluegrass festival. I didn't find anything to replace the BlueChip as my favorite. It was the favorite of almost everyone who tried picks out, also. Added an ivoroid by Greg Boyd, and an embossed rounded triangle Dunlop Primetone.
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    Nice meeting you at the Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival last weekend, John.

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    Hi Jim, too bad you didn't get to try out the collection!
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    I'm really happy with Blue Chip and have enough older picks to start and pass along my collection. BTW, You made the Red Diamond F5 roasted mandolin really sing! Nice pickin'.

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    Sampler #2 has arrived in Montana. I'll dig in this weekend. I used the BC CT55, and I like it more than my TAD60 and STP60.
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    Howdy everybody,

    I just got contacted to receive the 1st Sampler as I'm up next apparently, but as I informed the guy ahead of me, I will be traveling for the next few weeks on business and don't want to have the sampler just sitting at my house unused while I'm away. I know there's quite a few people waiting patiently to get their hands on it and I think it'd be unfair if it just sat at my house unused for a while, before I even got to check it out.

    As such, I've informed the sender to go ahead and pass me on the list for now and send it to the next guy down... seems to be Mando Barber if I'm correct. After their done with it, I hope they can then send it to me, and then I'll send it to whoever was originally after Mando Barber. That way we just skip me temporarily while I'm away on business travel.

    I hope everyone's ok with this as I think it's pretty fair.

    Thanks a bunch... and I'm really looking forward to finally getting my hands on it, even if I have to wait a little bit longer.

    Popolopolos.

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    Hey Popolopolos,

    Thanks for your message and PM, I'm sure switching names on the list wont be an issue.
    I have sent Mando Barber a PM for shipping info, and will send out the sampler as soon as I hear back. I will request you be contacted when they are done.

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    I've PM'd GASGuy for sending along sampler #2.
    I had fun trying out several new to me picks. I have used several BC's and liked the CT55 more than my TAD and STP 60. It makes my mando rock.
    BC CT 55is tops in this batch for me.
    Happy pickin friends!
    Matt in MT
    BTW, I'm about to receive pack 1 soon for even more pickin and ginnin
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    2017 Ratliff R5 Custom #1148
    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
    Deering Classic Open Back
    Too many microphones

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    I've PM'd GASGuys twice, no reply in a week...what now?
    Sampler 2
    2007 Weber Custom Elite "old wood"
    2017 Ratliff R5 Custom #1148
    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
    Deering Classic Open Back
    Too many microphones

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    Wow, you guys have been cranking through the list while I've been preoccupied elsewhere. Hope everyone's been having fun! Here's a update:

    Sampler I

    Lowlands Blue - Current holder of Sampler 1? (Waiting for update)
    Mando Barber - Not on the forum since Aug 10 and only one post. Subject to deletion on next update.
    Popolopolos
    John Garcia
    MontanaMatt
    Paul Busman

    Sampler II

    MontanaMatt - Current holder of Sampler 2.
    ***GASguy. No PM reply and hasn't been on the Cafe forum since May so is getting deleted from the list.***
    Elron - Hasn't been on the forum since April so is subject to deletion next update.
    Trebor Renklauf
    henryswift
    Mando Barber
    spud3

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    Flatiron 1N Pancake - Not just for breakfast
    Kentucky KM-270 - Not just for whisky
    Epiphone Mandobird - The stepchild
    Lanikai LB6-S Banjolele (tuned GDAE) - Plinky and the brain

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    Afternoon all,

    It looks like MontanaMatt is this month's lucky winner since he just finished with Sampler #2 and is about to receive Sampler #1 because of some list shuffling due to temporary unavailability.

    A list update is below but you'll notice we've had a lot of folks in line either disappear or decline so to get things moving I'm adding a picking buddy of mine (TheCrAve) to the sampler #2 list so Matt can get rid of it.

    Sampler I

    MontanaMatt - Pending holder of Sampler #1
    Popolopolos
    John Garcia
    Paul Busman

    Sampler II

    MontanaMatt - Current holder of Sampler #2, prepped to ship
    TheCrAve
    spud3
    Eric C.

    Looks like it might be time for another recruitment drive. Also, if there is anyone who got skipped or deleted in error please let me know and I'll fix. Trying to keep track of all the various requests can be tricky.

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    Northfield F5S Amber - 'Squeeze'
    Flatiron 1N Pancake - Not just for breakfast
    Kentucky KM-270 - Not just for whisky
    Epiphone Mandobird - The stepchild
    Lanikai LB6-S Banjolele (tuned GDAE) - Plinky and the brain

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    I was one of the early recipients of Sampler #1 which was fun. Put me on the list for Sampler II please.

    Thanks.
    Kentucky KM950 and loving it.

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    Thanks for the cat-herding, Chris!

    Can't wait for my turn!

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    Just wondering where these are, they seem to be stalled somewhere..
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Garcia View Post
    Just wondering where these are, they seem to be stalled somewhere..
    Sampler #1 should be with MontanaMatt. I'll confirm but he was a good host for #2 so there's no concern.

    Edit: Confirmed to be with Matt.

    Sampler #2 was delivered to TheCrAve in SC just this morning.

    So, they're out there and moving along as expected (i.e. slowly but surely).

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    Last edited by Chris Daniels; Sep-08-2017 at 12:22pm.
    Northfield F5S Amber - 'Squeeze'
    Flatiron 1N Pancake - Not just for breakfast
    Kentucky KM-270 - Not just for whisky
    Epiphone Mandobird - The stepchild
    Lanikai LB6-S Banjolele (tuned GDAE) - Plinky and the brain

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    Popolopolos, answer your pm please so I can get your address!
    2007 Weber Custom Elite "old wood"
    2017 Ratliff R5 Custom #1148
    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
    Deering Classic Open Back
    Too many microphones

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    I just received Sampler No. 1 today from Montana Matt. Will take it to the Tygh Valley bluegrass festival this weekend. Looks like Paul Busman is next on the list.
    AKA "golfunit"

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    I didn't take notes from my experience with sampler one, but the ones that impressed me that I didn't expect was the Starfish from Timbertones, the John Pearce turtle, the D'Andrea propleck, and the BC Tpr50. There were several others that I liked, but those stood out. One personal discovery was the difference in acoustic vs pick up sound of the different picks. None was great for both applications. I'd been stuck on my BC TAD 60, but picking faster pick makes me see the need to switch. I guess I need to expand my collection. No one has talked of the dangers of the sampler and it's induction of PAS(pick acquisition syndrome)!
    BTW I have been reading about Manouche picks, any opinions on best shape/model for bluegrass picking?
    2007 Weber Custom Elite "old wood"
    2017 Ratliff R5 Custom #1148
    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
    Deering Classic Open Back
    Too many microphones

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    Nice to see the samplers still doing the rounds. I've been thinking and thinking and decided that I'd like to donate my Gravity Gold Series Standard Tripp to one of the samplers. I have always been impressed by this pick but the standard size is too small for me (and standard is only size available here from the supplier in England). But I liked the pick so much I just grit my teeth and imported an XL version from the US a little while ago. So, I'm very happy now with the XL and have the standard version in a case not being used. I'd rather it went to much better use!

    I think the Gold Series picks are excellent and the Tripp has three different points. It's perfect for the sampler and even though it is small, it would give players the chance to experience the material, points and bevels.

    Anyway let me know if the pick would be welcome. I'm happy to post it to either sampler, all I would need is an address and give a week or so for it to arrive as I am in England

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    I think I'm next for Sampler 2. PM me and I'll give you my address and I'll add it to the mix.

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