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    Re: Classifieds - Best Payment Options

    Just cover the PayPal fee
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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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    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
  24. 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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