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    Re: Grandfathers Gibson A3 Mandolin

    So great! I've kept my A3 for over 35 years. Second owner. When I got it it needed work - neck was bowed and the seams separated. Well worth the repair bill back then and remained stable since. ...
  2. Thread: stand or sit?

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    Re: stand or sit?

    I walk around my yard and play fiddle tunes all the time. I just enjoy the command of doing it - well, that and the overall therapy.

    f-d
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    Re: Narrowing my string search....

    umm, no?

    Thomastik strings are smooth as silk and the A set is flat wound as well. A set of their heavy gauge strings is less than typical mediums and their mediums are like lights.

    I have no...
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    I also travel with my mandolin. Earlier this week with my Flatiron!

    193317

    f-d
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    Re: Narrowing my string search....

    the nice thing about Thomastik strings is they last forever.

    The bad think is that they are expensive.

    That said, you may like them?

    f-d
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    Re: Against the very slim chance I ruin a relic

    use light gauge strings!

    f-d
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    Re: Easiest Jam Tunes to Memorize

    hahhahaahahaaa! Okay, humming's fine!

    f-d
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    no

    f-d

    (p.s., to add, I'm a field geologist and have taken regular-sized mandolin all over the place - North Carolina, Yosemite, Western Virginia, Panama - up near the contentinal divide.)
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    Re: Easiest Jam Tunes to Memorize

    I'm with bigskygirl, Step 1: Can I whistle the melody? Step 2: Get it below my fingers.

    This is really my thought process! The music informs my ear, I hear the melody in my brain, I echo that...
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    Re: Jimmy Gaudreaua

    saw him in a house concert with Orrin Star right here in Richmond. Didn't know of him at all. (I went 'cause Orrin Star was my mandolin teacher when I lived in Boston in the mid-80's.)

    Both were...
  11. Re: F'in Mandolin Shootout with a Nugget, Gilchrist and Hogan!

    you got good hands too!

    f-d
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    Re: Ads without a price

    Just pitch your price. May happen?

    f-d
  13. Re: Interested in picking up mandolin, advice on buying first.

    either seem to be good keepers. I also love flattops!

    f-d
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    Re: Any Cafe Members in Northern Virginia?

    My paddle head has been on mediums for decades. Never tried lights on her.

    Last set were actually the 74cm's, which have a touch heavier A and E strings.

    f-d
  15. Re: Interested in picking up mandolin, advice on buying first.

    look for words like, "Solid" and, "Hand carved." I'd direct you to an a-model with f-holes. They are the most versatile of the mandolins.

    I'd gravitate to Eastman or Kentucky and get the one...
  16. Re: Keeping an A Mandolin in place with rug underlayment

    a strap?

    Related, but unrelated. . .

    I played one time with a ukulele. Dude was likely 10 years older than I am. I was about 60 at that time. Well this ukulele dude was from the Kingston...
  17. Re: J.S. Bach - Invention 1 in C, BWV 781 (mandolin / guitar)

    I worked this up with my guitar buddy also! You all did great!

    f-d
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    Re: 2 cases and their Dogs

    I love my small dog too.

    And, I love my small dogs! We COVID-rescued two Havanese dogs and they are just great too!

    f-d
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    Re: Mandolin Café Milestones

    sorry I missed this reference, JB! I love this song!

    f-d
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    Re: Mandolin 'dogs'?

    your ear gets acclimated to what you are playing. Grab a GREAT mandolin and your ears may not recognize it!

    No joke, I know this to be true. I usually need several weeks or months to really get...
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    Re: Mandolin 'dogs'?

    my first bench-made, oval hole, hybrid. One tune and I knew, I hated it. So much I wondered if I'd be able to find a happy buyer. Builder has an almost legendary reputation. Never played another...
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    Re: Are Music Store Prices Firm?

    I wanted a Phoenix mandolin. I saw one at a music shop in Texas. I sent them an email. In that email I told them I'd buy that very mandolin for a price of $x,xxx.oo. My offer was easily $600 or...
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    Re: Any Café Members in Northern Virginia?

    Niles Hokkannan lives in Winchester? He's a member.

    How exciting Steve!

    f-d
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    Re: Gassing for next Mandolin

    a Rigel a-model?

    f-d
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    Re: Gassing for next Mandolin

    Flatiron Festival a-model.

    f-d
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