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  1. Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    The Gavin Baird F4 in my avatar makes me feel like that every time. Such a joy these little things are!
  2. Re: Octave Mandolin/Irish Bouzouki - how to choose first instrume

    Maybe also consider the Pono guitar-bodied octaves? They can be had in combinations of two scale lengths and two body sizes. Used ones are sometimes priced at the upper end of the OP's price range...
  3. Re: what do you think would be the best case ever.

    I really like the Ameritage cases - both shaped and rectangular are good. The best of the traditional construction cases I've tried. The downside is they are heavy.

    There was a thread from a year...
  4. Re: Whiskey Before Breakfast - Interesting Approaches?

    That clip is really something - the electric guitar player (who looks like Paul Hogan's twin, right down to the hat) pretty much manages to *light his amp on fire* during the tune and doesn't seem to...
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    Re: How Long do your J74Strings last?

    I know this thread is about J74s, but I have to agree with the Curt Mangan strings' longevity, particularly the Monels.

    It's worth mentioning if anyone with corrosive body chemistry is looking...
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    Re: Stupid string question

    +1 on the Curt Mangan strings. I find them to have excellent quality and consistency, great sound (particularly the Monels which I really like) and they last a long time too. And they're not...
  7. Re: Microphone recommends for home studio recording?

    Like many other people, I've used mostly AT condensers. I admit I like the medium-capsule AT varieties a bit better than the large-capsule ones because they're just a little less sensitive to...
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    Re: Heiden Heritage

    Wow, just beautiful!
  9. Re: Tim OíBrienís - Father, forgive me

    That's Tim's Nugget guitar-bodied octave mandolin. It has a 23.5" scale.

    More information:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/72308-Tim-O-Brien-s-big-archtop

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  10. Re: Cool Covid Online Jam of Bluegrass Musicians

    Wow! Those guys are awesome. Seriously great players and a terrific tune. Thank you!
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    Anybody in that band could be a headliner (or maybe the headliner) in any other setting. Such a lot of talent on that stage. Lifetime masters like Stuart, Scott and Tim as well as Sierra, one of the...
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    Re: String comparison forthcoming...

    I'd agree with the recommendation for the Curt Mangan Monels. I found very little competition between the Martin Monels (a bit blah) and the CM Monels (really nice).

    Feel, tone, volume, overall...
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    Re: Trading

    I know it's not original, but here's another +1 for this idea. Collings mandolins sell quite easily at sensible prices that tend to satisfy both sellers and buyers. Several reasons I guess, not least...
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    Re: Scale length for Octave Mandolin

    A 20" scale OM can be incredible and doesn't have to represent a tonal sacrifice. Many great builders are making equally great examples. Girouard was mentioned above and there are others too. Here's...
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    Re: Scale length for Octave Mandolin

    Generally speaking more tension from a longer scale length yields a larger, more "profound" tone. But the longer scale length gets tougher to play. For instance my fingers are average in length so a...
  16. Re: Octave Mandolin question: Teardrop versus mando-guitar?

    As mentioned above, it might be worth exploring F-body octaves and the arched top and back "cello-influenced" ones as well. Including these additional shapes could significantly expand the...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    The Northfields I've seen, heard and played have been excellent. I instinctively like the idea of supporting the small-shop domestic luthiers but it's hard to take anything away from Northfield....
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    Re: Refinishing a Flatiron F5?

    With respect for Bill's suggestion (which I'd instinctively tend to agree with) but also with respect for the OP's desire to consider a refinish, maybe ask Bruce Weber about it? If you call up...
  19. Re: Article: Debut Release from Long Story Short

    This trio surely has a winning and rewarding run ahead. Wow, what a race indeed!
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Maybe it's worthwhile looking at some of the main structural choices in the instruments we're discussing. I know I've noticed real differences between oval-hole mandolins with raised vs attached...
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    Re: Strap Recommendation for A-style

    Cinghialetto is really nice. Very high quality, comfortable, customizable, with both round and flat braids available. Run by Massimo Gatti who's a tremendous player, a contributor here and bright...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Of the ones that have been mentioned so far I'd recommend the Collings MT-O or Girouard. Vintage Gibsons can be nice but at least in my experience the better modern ovals are a big step forward in...
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    Re: Have you EXP74 users switched to XTís?

    I always preferred Elixirs over EXPs, and still prefer them over XTs. That being said, the Curt Mangan Monels have a ton going for them, not least of which is they sound great and last a long time. I...
  24. Re: Playing a collings - what would an "upgrade" really get me?

    Collings mandolins are very well built from beautiful woods and have great playability. They also have typically very clear tone with good volume and projection. With just a few occasional exceptions...
  25. Re: Gibson opposes Collings' headstock trademark registration, ci

    I hope somebody at Gibson understands how embarrassing this is becoming. The Collings headstock is intentionally asymmetric in part to establish their own brand identity and distinguish their product...
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