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    Re: S.I.T. Strings?

    I'm a broken record...but...

    I have been quite satisfied with the Mapes strings for many years now.

    mapes.com

    billy
  2. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    As fussy as I might be, when I play my '23 A2 paddlehead wide neck I forget all about what I think I MUST have to be happy and revel in the sound, clarity, volume, precision and power that this...
  3. Re: Embarassing Question - Which Mandolin to Bring to Jam?

    Let’s get our priorities in line

    1. Play music
    2. Have fun
    3. It doesn’t matter what you play as long as you’re having fun.

    It’s not about what you look like but rather how you sound.
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    Re: Finish cracks?

    Here ya go...

    david.harvey@gibson.com

    He is a very good guy and easily approached.

    As mentioned above, if it plays and sounds fine and you got a killer deal...there is merit! I commiserate...
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    Re: Case weights

    I bet the Weber Fern case I have is heavier still.

    Billy
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    Re: Howe-Orme mandolin video

    Sidenote...I used to live up the street from Rick Turners shop and stopped in to visit and chat often. Rick was a wonderful guy & so full of knowledge. Early on he showed me his collection of...
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    Re: new Neumann kk14 clip on

    So far I have been satisfied with the MYRES clamp pick up seen on this page, scroll down a bit.
    I did have a 4099 for a while and found it to be A bit too fussy and sensitive for work on the front...
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    Re: Mandolin to Violin

    What I noticed when I messed around with a violin was how my left hand callous's were broad and hard. I compared fingertips with a super-talented violin (only) player and sure enough her fingers were...
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    Re: Our Fearless Leader Spotted!

    What kind of mic is that?

    Billy
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    Living in Grass Valley where the summer humidity readings have been lower than Death Valley at times has got me thinking. After reading and researching various points I decided on the machine below...
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    Re: I JUST GOT MY NEW howard morris a5...

    ? ? ? ???

    Billy
  12. Re: Just tried a Blue Chip pick on my mandolin

    Hear! Hear! I agree. After scoffing about the crazy amount of money to spend on a pick I finally decided to give it a try and have been using the blue chips ever since.

    Billy

    Ps, while I love...
  13. Re: Looking for recommendations on a ‘20’s Gibson oval A

    Jumping in! I have a 1923 A2 paddle-head that is incredible. It has the pointy V shaped neck and the wider flat fretboard that ! would ordinarily pass on but once I start playing it nothing seems to...
  14. Re: A Loar Story with Darren Nicholson: June 13, 1923 Gibson F-5

    Great video!
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    Re: Any experience with Mapes strings?

    FYI, Mapes has been mainly making piano strings since 1912. They sell wire to various other companies as well as the US military!
    I'm not certain when Mapes branched out into other instrument...
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    Re: Any experience with Mapes strings?

    Mapes Rule!! I second all the above and add they are REALLY nice people too.
    Mapes are all I buy and have used (except for an experiment or two) for years and years.
    Their pricing is excellent...
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    Re: Tone traveler?

    Just for the conversation's sake --

    Roger Siminoff had a process he offered that used a similar method . He had it set up in a small vacation trailer and involved numerous steps. I don't know what...
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    Re: Ever wonder?

    It's kind of a slur, manlnn...!

    I've heard Italians say, mon-do-lean.
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    Ever wonder?

    Ever wonder how the pronunciation of our precious instrument varies? Out here on the left coast it’s usually pronounced mán-dō-lyn With three syllables. I’ve heard folks from the south pronounce it...
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    Re: Mandolin solo gigs with backing tracks?

    I produce my back tracks using a verity of sources.
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    Re: Shopping in Nashville

    I purchased an expensive mandolin directly from Gibson/Dave Harvey in 2010. At that time I was not charged any sales tax and received free shipping back to my home in CA. so my price was exactly/only...
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    Re: Girouard A4 build thread.

    ...???
    Welll?? Let's hear it ! ! !
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    Re: Shopping in Nashville

    I don't know how many, ( or if!) they have mandolins but a great tiny music store in Nashville is Cotten Music.

    I was visiting Nashville in 2010 and passed by Cotten Music so I wandered in. A tiny...
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    Re: Mandolin solo gigs with backing tracks?

    Right on, Jimmy!

    A long time ago I figured out who I was playing for and it's NOT musician-types sitting in judgement. Like I care!! The people who enjoy what I do are the ones I care about. I put...
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    Re: Punch Brothers & Watchhouse

    Such a fine video and performance! Thanks Dem!!

    Billy
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