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    Default Early 10,000 Maniacs show with 2 mandolin songs (video)

    This was a show from after The Wishing Chair album, in their hometown, at a local college. The songs are Everyone a Puzzle Lover (9:50) and Back O' the Moon (13:00), which is one of my favorite songs of theirs. They play them back to back (so he doesn't have to take off the mando, probably), which is convenient for listening purposes.

    I think Robert Buck is playing a cheapo Harmony mandolin. I searched "pear shaped mandolin" and found something that looks just like it, a Harmony CF-003.

    If that's the mando he used on the album, then the producer likely sweetened it quite a bit. The solos aren't quite what he played on the album either, but hey, he always seemed like an off the cuff kinda player anyway.

    It's just cool to see that any performances of these songs survived, and it gives me some more songs besides R.E.M. to play around with.






    I'll probably do lesson videos for them on YouTube at some point. I already made a custom playable version of EAPL in the guitar game Rocksmith, on PC (and got it to recognize the mandolin properly as a bass arrangement..... the neck looks close enough to a mando neck, but with 4 strings), so I'm doing my best to help out other learning mando peeps.

    Just thought I'd share this in case there are any other alt rock mando fans out there!

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    Thank you so much for posting this! What a treasure they were!

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    Thanks for posting. Rob was a pal of mine, but I don't believe I ever saw him play mando!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoedad View Post
    Thank you so much for posting this! What a treasure they were!
    Yes indeed!

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Eck View Post
    Thanks for posting. Rob was a pal of mine, but I don't believe I ever saw him play mando!
    Ha! That's awesome. Did you ever ask him why he never smiles on stage? I've only ever seen one interview with him on YouTube, and he was funny.



    Soon after, he would've been able to afford new clothes! LOL.

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    Billkwando - Many thanks for that You Tube clip - Seeing Natalie Merchant always brightens my day !!,
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    Interesting
    A few years ago I sold an Eastman 304 through the Cafe classifieds to a fellow now living in Buffalo, NY that was their drummer in the early years. I never met him in person but he was very nice to do business with and we had some good telephone conversations. He seemed very determined to play mando and wanted to dabble with an oval hole.
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