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    Re: Setup, Setup, Setup!

    I'm curious about the reason for the wider spacing on the MTO and the Eastman in kurth83's post. What is the benefit of having the two strings in a pair being further apart - especially 33% further...
  2. Re: which is better mass produced mando...Loar or Eastman

    I've had a dozen or more mandolins over 20+ years, one luthier built, a top of the line Breedlove, and a Collings MT. Have also owned a top of the line F style and A style by Loar. Also have owned...
  3. Re: Great quote about instruments from Gordon Lightfoot

    At a festival in Colorado several years ago Peter Rowan was playing a guitar that looked brand new. He was tuning more often than usual, and after awhile he said "This guitar thinks it's still a...
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    Re: Eastman MD305 = AMAZING!

    JeffD, may you be spared any diminishment of your hearing. If you're not, I think you'll find nothing humorous about it.
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    Re: New to mandolin. Looking for recommendations

    I've owned several Kentuckys and several Loars over the years, as well as several much more expensive mandolins. My only one currently is a Kentucky. I've owned a 505, and think that's a great...
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    The Cafe' is like family to me, too. Best wishes, Phil
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    Re: Cool Stuff to Watch When not Playing

    I really enjoyed Concert for George
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    Re: Cool Stuff to Watch When not Playing

    Big thumbs up for Cadillac Records, Grateful Dawg, Hell Freezes over.

    Also, Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues. A seven DVD set. Don't know if it's streaming anywhere.
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    Re: Cool Stuff to Watch When not Playing

    "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" is great. Also "Pulse", a video of a live performance by Pink Floyd from 1994 is a stunning experience, unless that kind of music doesn't appeal to you. If it...
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    Re: Any Experience With Walnut F5 Mandolins?

    Twelve to fifteen years ago I went to the RockyGrass Academy. One of the instructors was the mandolin player in the Claire Lynch Band. His mandolin had a walnut back. If I recall, he said he wasn't...
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    I've read a few posts on the Acoustic Guitar Forum indicating people are buying more. Two posts I remember said that employees at Sweetwater Music (a big operation, apparently, for those not familiar...
  12. A good read. Thanks for getting this together and...

    A good read. Thanks for getting this together and putting it on the site.
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Something about this thread leads me to post this who-knows-if-anybody-ever-said-it quote:

    A leading Nashville session player, when asked if he could read music, said - "Yeah, but not enough to...
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    Re: Thinking of buying a second mandolin

    Buy the 315, used if possible, then start a savings account for the $2,000 F style you'd like to have which will be a step up in tone (and looks, too, probably). When you've saved up enough, sell the...
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    Re: Need Advice on Selling/Upgrading Mandolin

    I've kind of been down this road before, here are my thoughts, FWIW.

    We're probably looking at some serious economic downside, which could last for years. Some will be affected much more than...
  16. Thread: Musician quotes

    by rfloyd
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    Re: Musician quotes

    I heard Tim O'Brien say, onstage as he announced a song: "Old time music - it's better than it sounds!". Someone told me that was said by someone else about Wagner.

    I saw Peter Rowan 10-15 years...
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    Re: Need mando advice

    Google Mike Black, his A's look and sound great to me, and should be similar in price to others you've listed.
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    Funny Banjo Content

    Don't know if someone has posted this already, but I couldn't resist....

    176195

    In case it's hard to read caption says "That's it. The cat has to go."
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    Re: Anyone have tab or chords for this?

    Thanks to the OP for bringing up this interesting mandolin piece (How Shall A Sparrow Fly, by Ryan Bingham), and to James Vwaal for the chords.

    As a player who can only seem to manage the...
  20. Thread: Darkest pick

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    Re: Darkest pick

    I had bought a set of flat wound D'Addario's to try on an oval hole, but sold it before getting around to trying them. On a whim I put them on my MT not long before I sold it. I didn't expect to...
  21. Thread: Darkest pick

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    Re: Darkest pick

    If you choose to follow the advice of changing mandolins, it should be quick and easy to sell your Collings for between $1700-$2000.

    I know not everyone is comfortable selling things online, but I...
  22. Thread: Bills Pick

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    Re: Bills Pick

    The way I remember reading this story was that someone gave him a rather outlandish looking pick as a joke - purple, over-sized, maybe with some rock band's name on it. Bill still had it when he was...
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    Need Help with Kentucky Serial #'s

    I'm considering buying a used Kentucky and am particular about manufacture date. I've heard you can tell the date of manufacture from the serial #.

    Does anyone know how to decode their numbering...
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    Re: Need Advice on Selling a Mandolin

    Don,

    You're wrong in your statement that I had made up my mind. I read the seven posts in answer to my question and gave it a good bit of thought before placing the ad. Also, did you take into...
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    Re: Need Advice on Selling a Mandolin

    OP here; thanks for the input so far. I haven't done research on ebay, Reverb, etc on current value of MT's, but I agree that the $2,200 price of the two currently in the classifieds here seems...
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