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    Very cool and informative video. He’s such a down to earth guy...


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    Tim is a National Treasure

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    Tim's old Nugget used to have a big white spot where his finger had worn away the finish;
    Looks like he's had it touched up
    But Amsterdam was always good for grieving
    And London never fails to leave me blue
    And Paris never was my kinda town
    So I walked around with the Ft. Worth Blues

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fretbear View Post
    Tim's old Nugget used to have a big white spot where his finger had worn away the finish;
    Looks like he's had it touched up
    I was assuming that he was playing one of the Nugget / Collings Tim O’Brien models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    I was assuming that he was playing one of the Nugget / Collings Tim O’Brien models.
    It does look pretty new and shiny, doesn't it
    But Amsterdam was always good for grieving
    And London never fails to leave me blue
    And Paris never was my kinda town
    So I walked around with the Ft. Worth Blues

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    Tailpiece says Collings.

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    Interesting little fact about 'Both Sides Now' . . . I never would have guessed . . . .

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    The Northfield YouTube channel has some amazing videos. This one today really hit me. What a beautiful piece of music.


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    That was really cool! As a songwriter myself, I enjoyed hearing how he has come up with his ideas for some of the songs. Very inspiring...I think I better grab pen, paper and mando and start working on some new ideas of my own.
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    Listening to TIm O'Brien he put in word a main reason I have collected the mandolin instruments I have other than pure MAS. I find that different instruments spur not only different styles of play, but also different styles of writing. When I pick up the Ellis grass comes into my play. Pick up the Mowry GOM and slower more melodic styles come to play. The Hester opens many genres. The Collings fiddle tunes. The Martin, English folk and Irish. The Nyberg lends itself to Gypsy and other folk music. An while there is definitely overlap, there is a feel that each gives. I try to explain this to my wife and she just smiles a knowing smile then laughs. She ain't buying it. Thanks Tim for expressing something I thought but never expressed that well.
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