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  1. Re: Flatiron 1N (The one that got away) and Northfield Calhoun

    I have a 1N, 2MC, and 1C. They are a little different because of the different tone woods, but not much. Pretty much any flatiron pancake is a nice instrument (sorry). Also like the big muddy’s as...
  2. Re: Best Replacement Case For A Flatiron Pancake?

    I also use a soft ukulele case for mine. Super nice to just toss over my shoulder. $25 or so on amazon.
  3. Re: Anyone know what the old flatirons were finished with?

    Just noticed on this instrument today that there are lots of cracks visible in the finish of the top itself. I’ve seen that before on one of their mandolas. Looks like the finish is just very...
  4. Re: Anyone know what the old flatirons were finished with?

    I didn’t know that trick, thanks!
  5. Sticky: Re: An invitation for members to use their real name

    You can change mine to Sam Schillace. Thanks!
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    Re: The Flatiron 1DC

    I have to agree with others here. I have a 1mc, burgundy. The c stands for “cadet”. Very nice instruments but the one I have from a nearby year was only $450 and in perfect condition. So with that...
  7. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    One of their ukes has a 15” scale. So close! Tweak the body shape and lose an inch of scale...
  8. Re: Anyone know what the old flatirons were finished with?

    Thanks!
  9. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    I love the army navy style flatirons as travel mandolins. Would love a carbon fiber version of one.
  10. Anyone know what the old flatirons were finished with?

    I have a 93 2mc army navy style flatiron. Just noticed a bit of the finish on the neck flaked up and chipped off. I must have gotten something on it, no idea what. Does anyone know what these were...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    I’ve got one of the National rm-1 resonators (the modern ones). Easily much louder than both my banjolin and my tenor banjo. I feel like I need to wear earplugs with this thing! The first time I...
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    Re: Calton Cases - in pictures

    Someone at Gryphon said it made him think of a mint chocolate chip Sunday with caramel on it.
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    Re: Chord Exercises

    It’s not quite what you want, but Sharon Gilchrist’s class on improv on peghead nation has a very simple approach to some chord forms inside a standard progression. Would get you started, and you can...
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    Re: Calton Cases - in pictures

    I decided to spruce up my sea foam case. Maybe I went a bit overboard!



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    Re: playing partner{s]

    I have a bunch of friends who use JamKazam. FWIW, to make it work well, there are a few restrictions:

    - can’t really handle more than about 4 or 5 people at once
    - you need to be wired in...
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    Re: New Frets!

    I have a 23 A2 with the wire frets. Just had Frank Ford at Gryphon refret about half of them, it sounds and feels great. I think they slide just fine (I also have modern instruments with big frets)
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    Pre-covid, I was going to take Marla’s in person Irish mandolin seminar (she’s the woman in the video). Before class she sent some exercises for us - the point of them being in Irish, pick direction...
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    I met Iwamoto-San last year and played in that jam. The bar is called Moon Stomp, in Koenji. He’s really nice and the whole crowd was incredibly welcoming. I saw one of his instruments in a store...
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    Re: looking for a travel mando

    I also have a big muddy. I used a trick I saw in a violin luthier book - put a him strip of Teflon plumbing tape under the bridge. Makes it a lot louder. Also out a red murphy 11 hole bridge on it....
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    Re: looking for a travel mando

    I travel a lot with a flatiron flattop. mc-2 I thjnk. It’s really great. I keep it in a soft uke case and can tuck it above the luggage on a plane, etc. it’s got a great tone and volume and is very...
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    Re: Hoffee vs new Calton vs Pegasus vs ?

    I have an old Calton and a new Hoffee. I like the calton better. The hoffee is both bigger and heavier, and not seemingly for good reasons. Also the gloss cost scratches if you glance at it. My wife...
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    Re: Inlay colors

    I make fountain pens as a hobby and I’ve always thought that the acrylic pen blanks would make interesting inlay. Easy to cut as well, tons of really wild colors.

    Here’s an example seller, there...
  23. Re: We have a 3-way race: Collings vs Pava vs Gilchrist

    I have one of the F-4 jr Gil’s - the one TME sold a few months back. I don’t think you’ll have any regrets.
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    I started learning using jack tuttle’s mandolin primer, which has tab. Then after about 20 songs I flipped over to the fiddle primer which has similar arrangements for all the same songs, and just...
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    Re: last silverangel econo of 2019

    I have one of these redwood econo models. Hugely underrated instrument. It’s one of my favorites to play, really great tone and super comfortable.
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