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    Default The Obvious 12/26 Question

    Who got a mandolin for Christmas?

    (No luck here - just a nose-hair trimmer and a WKRP In Cincinnati t-shirt.)

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    Not quite a “mandolin,” but I got a mandola (my first mandola). I like it but I’m currently in the middle of a clawhammer banjo binge so everything else including the new mandola is getting inadequate attention.
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    Got a set of strings.

    Was really naughty last year.

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    I was this close, but didn't pull the trigger on one. I managed to knock my mandolin off its perch at a gig Monday and it fell a meter onto a concrete deck. It looked like it survived, despite making a surprisingly loud sound. The cracks in the back seemed to be no worse than before, and I played out the gig. But when I got home I saw there was a new crack in the top. So I've retired it and gone back to my other one, which turns out to be (a) virtually free of cracks, and (b) other than having a floating nut and a few inches of slight back separation, in good playing condition. So I think I'll stick with this for now, despite feeling a few twinges of MAS, and will instead gift myself with some strings and a clip-on tuner. Within the twelve-day limits.
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    I got a new knife, I think that means I have to go get some wood and start removing everything that isn’t a mandolin!
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    I had authorization but the Bigsby copy got by me.

    New strings are nice
    Play it like you mean it.

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    No mando here but I have many but a few months ago I put a down payment-and every now and then more $ as I wanted it payed for before it even gets built, on a build that hasn't started yet ! I think it'll start to get built in the late spring early summer and finished by fall of 2020? "excited as I've never had something built for me!" Out of all the spectacular builders I went with an Apitius F-5 Rosine with a wide grained bass side top and very fine grain treble side both in Adirondack, still on the fence with the back and sides but as hard fancy maple/maybe a birdseye if possible? Also on the fence with the original Apitius sound or his new LS voicing as he has nailed the "Lloyd Loar" sound! "Oliver has done a few LS voicings and nailed it!" I also like his Dark Cherry varnish finish, a smallish round neck. And still undecided on peg head inlay and I sure do love pearl block inlays in the board so that's a possibility?

    I have a load of time to decide! I decided on one of his F-5's as all I've heard are killer! And It was like this with me, pull the name out of a hat of other builders I like/respect and admire so he won that contest-LoL! I'm sure it will be AWESOME! So the long wait is on and I don't mind as I've waited well over two years for my 58 F-5 to get fixed, well over a year for my attic find 1919 OO-18 and well over a year for my 1934 Joe Wilson to get fixed so I have extreme patience!

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    3rd day of Hanukkah I brought home the Eastman El Rey mandolin.
    Axes: Rigel A Natural #1774 w/mods, Andrew Jerman Irwin-style 5 string electric "Stealie", Eastman 515, Eastman El Ray, Crafter M85E, Dillion 335 style, Grandmom's solid-mahogany teens bent-top, Baglamas 002
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    Early gift to self about a week ago, and it's a "project". That count?

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    I bought myself a new instrument last fall and so I am good to go. Spent significant time taking care of severely ill relative this Christmas season, so I had plenty of time to play it and a captive audience. In many ways one of the best Christmases ever.
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    No mandolin, but a 3/4 size 6 string Oscar Schmidt acoustic. Lovely piece.

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    I got a new fly rod..

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.D.Nydn View Post
    I got a new fly rod..
    One string, its a start
    Play it like you mean it.

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    I got a 2002 Gibson A9, but it doesn't come in until tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.D.Nydn View Post
    I got a new fly rod..
    I got new fishing pliers, a digital scale and some bait cast lures.
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    Santa asked me to take care of this one.
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    The scraggly ribbon was a bow until a certain cat decided to help me untie it.
    Red Valley flattop. Sounds great, fun to play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T.D.Nydn View Post
    I got a new fly rod..
    What you get ?? 5 weight ?
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    Does an 07 Martin D 35 Custom two weeks before Christmas count? And a Hiscox case a week later?
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    New headphone cushions for the Grado's. From New Zealand no less. Can't wait to discover the amount of import taxes.

    They are hard to find, so here is the link for anyone that is interested.
    https://www.beautifulaudio.biz/

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    Christmas came in late August for me...
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    Only a set of Wegen Bluegrass 1.0 picks. My first Wegens in probably a decade. Am giving them another try. They seem to pull some extra treble energy from my Kalamazoo. Haven't tried them on my other mandolins. But will by this weekend (band practice).

    As to new mandolins, got three this year, so didn't need one right now.
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    Long story short - last Thursday my son and I went to a guitar shop. He was mildly interested in looking for a new 12-string acoustic guitar and found a nice Guild F-2512E. He wasn't interested in buying it, but I had 3 years worth of gift cards in my pocket which covered all but about $100 of the cost - so I decide to snag it. When it came time to check out, he laid out the last $100 for me as a Christmas gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougC View Post
    New headphone cushions for the Grado's. From New Zealand no less. Can't wait to discover the amount of import taxes.

    They are hard to find, so here is the link for anyone that is interested.
    https://www.beautifulaudio.biz/

    Grados. Very cool. Very cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Roon View Post
    What you get ?? 5 weight ?
    It's a 10ft.,,2 wt. Nymphing rod...

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    I got two mandolins
    (on a bag designed by my daughter).

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    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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