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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    Trying the various brands and styles of strings is a fun and relatively cheap adventure. Enjoy it!
  2. Re: Possible Transition from Light to Medium Strings

    Murphy’s is a good shop ran by good people. I’m down the road in Euless, not many exits from there.

    If you ever want to try someone else, I highly recommend Kerry in Hurst.
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  3. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Pretty wood might not always sound better, but it seems to me that most people paying top dollar for a good mandolin expect it to look beautiful.
  4. Thread: Apollo Picks !

    by Caleb
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    Re: Apollo Picks !

    Dang! Into the rabbit hole I go! I just bought two: an H Casein 1.5 and a PEEK H 1.5, both with speed bevel. Will report when they come in!
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    Back in the day I had an original Intellitouch and it worked better than anything I’ve had since. Even the smaller (square) versions they made were great. Not sure what happened to the company.
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    Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    This happens to me all the time while playing my MT. The D-course is particularly magical on mine.
  7. “Home Recordings of Old-Time Fiddle Tunes” - Album/CD

    https://www.amazon.com/Home-Recordings-Old-Time-Fiddle-Tunes/dp/B07MP7RB6L/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Home+recordings+of+old+time+fiddle+tunes&qid=1610032102&sr=8-3

    ^^^

    I recently happened...
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    Re: Old time, country and fiddle tunes

    Old thread but I recently discovered this wonderful collection while randomly cruising Tidal for fiddle tune recordings. Sometimes it’s hard to find a collection of basic, well-known tunes in one...
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    I loved that comment too and found it very clever! Made me want to start a band called The Broom Riders!
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    Re: Music store etiquette?

    Over the years I’ve found that just politely asking if it’s ok to take down an instrument and play it goes a long way, and usually that’s all that’s needed for a great shop experience (with the...
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    Re: Collings MT vs Pava A

    https://www.texasmonthly.com/being-texan/being-texan-collings-guitars-are-worth-every-penny/?fbclid=IwAR0VzetyI4Qqf8adUsmd_S14TRhHWu7Cwd1bGhcvSRniriEtm9Okg2YJTrg

    ^^^ New video by Texas Monthly...
  12. Thread: Going backwards

    by Caleb
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    Re: Going backwards

    I’ve been playing about 15 years now and have never gotten beyond the point of mediocrity. But I have noticed that when my playing seems to get worse, I put it down for a while; when I go back later...
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    Re: Collings MT vs Pava A

    I have a Collings MT that's a lifetime keeper, but when I got it there were some Pavas in the shop too. Both brands are top-of-the-line and it's like comparing a Ferrari to a Lamborghini. What I...
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    Re: Time to humidity?

    I'm just up the road from you in DFW and have never humidified any of my instruments, and I've never had any issues due to humidity.
  15. Thread: Eastman MD 614

    by Caleb
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    Re: Eastman MD 614

    Mine was a 2006 and was a sort of burgundy wine color. It had a gloss finish, but I actually sanded it off with green scotchbrite and polished it to a nice matte. It looked really cool, and it...
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    With that kind of budget, a weekend trip to Nashville to visit all the big dealers is what I would suggest. You would probably leave there with the mandolin of your dreams.
  17. Thread: Guitar Center

    by Caleb
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    Re: Guitar Center

    I like GC and wish them well. I’ve been going in there since I was 18 and started playing guitar. Lots of good memories, not just for me but for millions like me. I also don’t go in there...
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    Re: Pickboy “Mandolin” Picks.

    I’ve done so much pick trading with folks here that it’s hard to keep up with where I got what and from whom, but the Pickboy mandolin pick remains one of my favorite surprises.
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    I’m hoping to get a set of heavies for my MT from Santa this year. I’ve just about settled on La Bella as my favorite string, but I still want to try some TIs and some Straight Ups at some point.
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    New Eastman Factory Videos.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5VzfrQa1qMu9qr9cxkNiaBPF1Ei2SAq4

    ^^^ Got an email this AM from Eastman with this new playlist. A nice peek into their shop.
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    Pickboy “Mandolin” Picks.

    http://www.osiamo.com/PBMS1P

    ^^^ I did some pick trading a good while back and ended up with a couple of these via JeffD. I didn’t mess with them much initially but have recently put one in...
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    Adamas (Ovation) Mandocello.

    https://youtu.be/uWSzNWKRu7Y

    ^^^ Ran across this today. At first I thought it was a guitar conversion but it looks like Adamas made some of these once upon a time. Sounds pretty good too!
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    Re: Cafe versus Craigslist

    I'll give you that. I guess I should say that texting _should_ give one the time to choose one's words carefully, etc. That's the way I use it anyway.
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    Re: RIP Jerry Jeff Walker

    Some of the smaller stations around here (DFW) will play this stuff, but the big stations that everyone listens to (or used to, not sure about radio now) wouldn’t play it. With this kind of music...
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    Re: Tortoise shell pick alternative

    I don't remember ever seeing Pickboy picks mentioned here but they are my favorite for mandolin and guitar. They make a ton of different picks but this style is my favorite. YMMV.
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