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    Re: Northfield Mandolins

    I don't know how much is actually "going on" in Michigan." They build their mandos in China (as lots of other makers do as well). I'd never buy anything made there if I could avoid it, but I'll give...
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    If there’s an expectation it’s not a tip, it’s payment.

    Gratuity- something given voluntarily or beyond obligation usually for some service
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    I give my personal physician a Christmas gift, and one on his birthday (it is generally a gift certificate to a local restaurant, so he can take his wife out to dinner).
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    I wish they did that at the airports in China because it would save a lot of time and money.

    Every culture has its practices. If people are offended by money, I send them a gift I think they’d...
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    I guess I am fortunate.

    My husband tips the guys who do our lawn, snow removal and landscaping on both out properties (actually anyone who comes to the house to do work). When we need them,...
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    Absolutely and always. I tip heavy. Sometimes, I feel like my luthier is not charging what he should be. I make up the difference.
  7. Thread: Nugget Info 2021

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    Re: Nugget Info 2021

    Mike turned 70 last year (there was a thread here wishing him happy bday) and I am sure he has for a long time had plenty of commissions. I think he (or someone) posted on Facebook about just...
  8. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    To the OP's question, in a word, no.
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    Seems like an unnecessary item to me. All these years of people playing perfectly well without them. Unles you play regularly with bare arms and don;t like the feel of the sid of the mandolin but...
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    Re: How much Time do you have left?

    Having just turned 77 New Year's Eve, I find this thread's title ominous
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    Audio on Sessions.org!

    Sessions.Org is a great site for every variation of just about any Celtic, or related tune. I visit there often. You can get standard notation or abc. format. BUT, I just discovered that they have...
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    Re: Tone Gard - Comfortable ?

    I personally don't like how they look, and I really don't like the feel. I found it to be very uncomfortable when playing for extended periods of time (longer than about 10 minutes). That said, the...
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    Re: Tone Gard - Comfortable ?

    Drop the 3rd trimester muffintop and you can drop the tone guard!
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    Re: Tone Gard - Comfortable ?

    I had one and could hear no difference in sound as I don't hold a mandolin close to my belly ! As far as comfort I prefer not using one but everyone is different and only you can decide that !
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    Re: Instruments on a Road Trip

    Northern Michigan ( U P ) in October is more likely to have snow.
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    George Gruhn with his favorite guitar

    This is a great video- George describes his personal Loar L5, and talks about what makes it special to him


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoM1EC7I3w0

    I don't have any pictures yet, though it...
  17. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    A Doyle Lawson Gibson is a great mandolin, but itís not particularly valuable or historically significant like a Loar (and I agree, the DL Gibsons look kinda dated) ...so... why not make it what you...
  18. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    Maybe I’ll just spray paint it black.




    Ok, I’m obviously not going to do that :) It was my dad’s, but his lifelong mandolin was a Sparks F-5 that I also have. He bought the DL about 5 years...
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    Who left you the Gibson? For me playing musician something that was left to me by a loved one would far outweigh my likes of the aesthetics of the instrument. I did not inherit my Heiden but it is...
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    Uplifting instrument Recovery Story

    And a very happy ending:

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-07-22/the-mystery-of-a-stolen-rare-cello-has-a-surprise-ending
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Swallow Tail reel, on the double octave octave, on the front porch, on a Sunday morning
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    Re: Help Identify This Old Gibson I Bought

    Found some time to record this today!

    https://youtu.be/D3nPKMkRHOY
  23. Re: Mandolin players who bought or have played a Waterloo Mandoli

    I acquired my Waterloo sunburst about a year ago. I have a herd of mandolins and some were pricey. The Waterloo is my only flat top and the least expensive of the bunch. That being said, it has...
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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    Don't expect Collings to lower their prices. I have no idea why they waited so long to eliminate the dealer pricing discounts. In fact, don't expect anything to get cheaper. Small businesses run...
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    Re: Resonance of a fiddle vs mandolins (wow)

    If it sounds good, it is good. Doesn't matter what the bling is.

    Refreshing to here someone bought an instrument irregardless of the looks, just for the sound.
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