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  1. Re: Definition of a good mandolin player’s spouse

    Mike, you’re asking about a good mandolin player’s wife.
    But what if you occasionally play the mandolin badly?

    An occasionally bad playing mandolinist’s wife is going to be like what?
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Yeah I read that article when it came out about a decade ago I guess? But I had heard that story about the mandolin player getting the short end of the stick before Graham's excellent article which...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    You mean it's not this 'un heah?
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    No slackers in that group!

    Is it just me or do I hear some echoes of Dixieland banjo in that tune?
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    So as one that is NOT primarily a BG player, songs that I am expected to play are:

    the most common wedding tarantella and all the other Italian restaurant gig chestnuts like Santa Lucia, Vieni Sul...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Rawhide
  7. Ricky Skaggs receives Presidential Medal of the Arts.

    Well, who would have thought that Ricky Skaggs and Toby Keith would get the same award?

    Go figure, but good for Ricky.
    ...
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    Re: The Mandolin in America

    I can neither confirm nor deny having any knowledge of a conspiracy to suppress Schmergel instruments.
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    Re: What's in your case?

    I wish I had one of those for my case! Instead I have a husband with allergies and three fine canines. Actually, one of the dogs would climb into my case, I think, if I left it somewhere accessible...
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    Re: What's in your case?

    I'll take what is in your case over all the others posting here thus far. What a sweet expression on your cat's face!
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    Re: Bad habits?

    Your habits are not going to matter one way or the other unless you have a playable instrument. An instrument that doesn't intonate right does nothing for your abilities one way or the other. A...
  12. “Just a Closer Walk With Thee / Auld Lang Syne” NYE Medley

    Happy New Year, Mandolin Cafe! Ignore my Superman PJ pants- I don’t get out much anymore.

    https://youtu.be/CttJ7L5b-PQ
  13. Thread: RIP Tony Rice

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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    This was posted on FB. It's new to me and one can hear the nascent Tony Rice guitar thing happening. Very cool.
  14. Thread: RIP Tony Rice

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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    Shared:

    Rice emerged in the vanguard of bluegrass music when he joined bandleader J.D. Crowe in the early 1970s. Crowe shook up bluegrass music by inviting Rice, a lover of folk music, to bring in...
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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    Facebook from Ricky Skaggs.
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    Re: The Darlings Mandolin switch

    Absolutely right Flatrock, I remember Tom saying that for most of the recordings Dean Webb used an F-5 in the recording tracks, unless that turnip truck backed over my head. I was fascinated by those...
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    Apollo picks -- another option for you

    I noticed an add in the MCC a few weeks ago (Ad #162803; mandolin accessories section) and was attracted to the fact that they were made only about 100 miles from home and also on the company's web...
  18. Re: What is the name of the piece Mike Marshall is playing?

    That was really great. There are a couple of other nice mandolin versions of Tennessee Waltz on youtube.

    Here is Sierra Hull:

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

    And here is Chris...
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    I have studied this subject extensively over the years. My F5Journal, if you have ever seen the print version documents the entire metamorphosis for F5 Mandolin peghead inlay. In general, the...
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    Re: Sitting Support “Stand” For Mandolin

    Put the strap over the right shoulder and don’t go around your neck a la Bill Monroe.
  21. Re: Gibson Master Model F5 @ the Mandolin store

    FYI, the F5 James is playing in that video is not the one pictured on the MS website (telling from the different flower pots).
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    Re: Heiden Artist Plus A model mandolin

    The truss rod covers are friction fit. I've never had mine off because I've never needed to adjust the truss rod. One thing that doesn't get mentioned is Heiden's setups. They play like a dream. His...
  23. Re: rarest of rare in the classifieds, great instrument, super pr

    All the hearsay above is ... true :-)
    I was surprised to stumble upon this thread (I don't remembere I ever visited this classifieds/ebay subforum) but the title "rarest of the rare" as the last...
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    Re: Gibson head luthiers

    As usual, the more information that comes to light about Gibson, the more questions are raised. I can tie up a couple of loose ends.

    Jeff Allen was indeed GM of Gibson USA, and he is the same Jeff...
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    Re: Gibson head luthiers

    Allen's post and my previous response triggered some memories and I wanted to share them to shed a bit more light on the relevance of mandolin production at Gibson Kalamazoo.

    The "original"...
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