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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Great responses. My original concept has grown much by listening to you guys. Thanks,
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    Types of Mandolin Collections

    Over the years of being a Cafe member, I have noticed that there seems to be two different approaches to collecting. One buying different versions of a type of mandolin. For example, six different...
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    Re: Went Outside the Box, again.

    I just wanted to update this post. After a couple of days of hard playing, I found the J65 a bit bright for my playing. I went on Acoustic Guitar forum and found that the J40 is the same basic...
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    Re: $1000 Budget - What should I get?

    The Kentuckys and Eastmans are both great options. If your focus is more on bluegrass related music, I would recommend the Kentucky. Eastman, to me, has a more modern sound. Not better or worse,...
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    Re: Leaning Toward Old Time Fiddle Tunes

    I want to thank all of you for clarifying a subject that was obviously pretty muddy in my mind. In Pegram, TN there is a wonderful place called Fiddle and Pick, run by a great Nashville fiddler,...
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    Re: Girouard Ensemble A-5 opinions.

    A great and unique tone. Very solid workmanship. I bought the mandola version, but have played an A5. Any need, and I would go for it with no hesitation.
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    Leaning Toward Old Time Fiddle Tunes

    While I love bluegrass, when playing with others I lean toward old time fiddle tunes, maybe with a bit of grass in style. Examples are:
    Liberty
    Eighth of January
    Grandfather's Clock
    The Girl I...
  8. Thread: Weber now?

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    Weber now?

    A lot of water has gone under the bridge since Bruce sold to Two Old Hippies. I am curious how the current Webers compare with the Montana Webers. Has anyone had the chance to A/B them? Thanks.
  9. Thread: Wet Tuning?

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    Wet Tuning?

    Could somebody describe in detail, both the concept and the how to for mandolin? If somebody has a sound bite that demonstrates wet tuning that would be awesome.
    Thanks in advance.
  10. Re: What are, celtic-, bluegrass-, classical etc. mandolins?

    Put a F5 or A5 in. my hand and before long bluegrass will mostly be played. Put an F4 or oval in my hand, folk, Irish and gypsy will result. Put my Martin in my hands and English folk comes out. My...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Ivan, my friend, my prayers to you. I have enjoyed your humor, advice, and friendship over the years here at the Cafe.
  12. Re: Campanella, Red Diamond, Northfield, Collings experience

    My cousin lives down the road from TME in Cambridge. I have spent a lot of hours playing and gaining information from their knowledgeable staff. I have an MT2-O I bought from TME that has Italian...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    They F style was was what attracted me to the mandolin. Was sort of the attraction of the1800s buxomy ladies you find in old paintings. I find the F style has tone that is a bit fuller than a...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    A number of years ago, I learned a song on the banjo by tab that I had never heard, *Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor." It sounded kind of flat. A week later at a street fair, I bought a Doc Watson...
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    Went Outside the Box, again.

    I was looking at a row of Martins at Carter Vintage and saw one the didn't look right. It was blond back and sides. Checked the tag. Said Martin J65M. I never heard or seen on before. I is a...
  16. Getting better at Mandolin by Playing other Instruments

    Recently, I have been playing mostly bass for a Church band and a jam and guitar for music writing. From the bass I have been focusing on fluidity in using chord tones. From guitar, I have been...
  17. Re: Sparse mando and guitar examples aka taste lessons

    While somewhat in the bluegrass realm, Skaggs and Rice, has some beautiful arrangements. Bury Me Beneath the Willow is to me sublime.
  18. Re: Octave Mandolin question: Teardrop versus mando-guitar?

    Here is a link to a thread I wrote with my positive experience in a jam with a GOM,
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/151310-GOM-more-than-holds-it-s-own
  19. Re: Octave Mandolin question: Teardrop versus mando-guitar?

    As has been commented on, the tone of a particular instrument has a number of factors that may well be more important than the shape. I prefer the GOM to the traditional shape because guitar shape,...
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    Tresbear Music Update is Live

    As a result of feedback from the Cafe, we have made major changes to our website, www.tresbearmusic.com . There are a lot of music and mandolin related articles that you may find interesting. You...
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    GOM more than holds it's own

    I was at a jam last night with 4 guitars and an electric bass.. When not playing bass, I played my Mowry GOM. I was surprised at how easily the Mowry cut through those raucous guitars, while...
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    Very Lucky Guy

    My music studio was a little slow this week giving me time to play all my mandolin family instruments. What a collection... As you can see from the list below, I have a wide variety of instruments...
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    Re: Collings MT-O v Gibson A: Any Opinions?

    I have an MT2-O and an F4. The MT2-O has a bit more depth of sound than the MT-O that it replaced. It is in the modern school sound and play feel. Up the neck is no problem. The sound is crisp...
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    Octave in the Mix

    From having a musical studio and being in a church band for the past three years, I have become more aware of an instrument's and vocal place in the mix. I came to a jam with an octave with a number...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Just for giggles, I pulled out the Hester F4 and the Collings MT2-O and played a number of different genre songs on each back to back as closely as possible to see how they compared. While they are...
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