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    Re: My review: BILLY STRINGS ME/and/DAD

    If you like that album, you'll love this video. It was only two years ago, but Terry Barber's voice was much stronger. The father-son connection was in full bloom as always. No Ronnie, though.
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    Re: Broadstairs Folk Week 5-12 aug 2022

    Cool! My wife is from Ramsgate, next door to Broadstairs. I've been to Folk Week a time or two in years past.
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    Re: Should I Resist Waverly Tuners?

    Hmm. I have been disappointed with the tuners on my 4th Gen. I was expecting much from the mystical Waverlys, but they seem uneven and not-that-precise. A couple are notably stiffer than the...
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    Re: DO I need a better mandolin?

    Of *course* you need a better mandolin!

    And I only read the thread title...
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    Re: What's Ricky pickin'?

    Wow! That might be the most striking mandolin I've seen. I think the headstock actually says "Barry's Dream Mando" in Gaelic.
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    What's Ricky pickin'?

    Just came upon a great Ricky Skaggs concert video from his early Kentucky Thunder days (1996). Does anyone know what mando he's playing? I'da guessed an Ellis, given his association with Buck...
  7. Re: Wrapping strings around tuners too many times restringing?

    Someone taught me Simonoff's technique 30+ years ago and I've used it since then with no problems. Usually two wraps or so on the wound strings, three on the plain. It was taught to me as the...
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    Re: Bridge contact with soundboard?

    And then there’s me; always an outlier. I bought an A Jr a few months ago with a very poorly fitted bridge (could slide paper under probably 30%+ of the bridge feet), but a huge sound. I had the...
  9. Re: Which version of Chinquapin / Chinkapin Hunting is the "real"

    Had to look it up. The VA version is from Norman Edmonds of Hillsville, VA, 10 min or so from Galax. He was the granddaddy of Galax multi-instrumentalist, luthier, and local legend Jimmy Edmonds....
  10. Re: Which version of Chinquapin / Chinkapin Hunting is the "real"

    Don't know about "real", but the second pair is the tune usually played in Old-Time circles. I think it comes from the Round Peak tradition of the Galax, VA area. The first version is from KY by...
  11. Thread: Jake Workman

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    Re: Jake Workman

    Here’s a link to one of the more ridiculous displays of acoustic shredding on the web. Workman can flat do it. Hensley is right there with him.

    https://youtu.be/M4TTmY8sdlM
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    Re: Jam Etiquette re: Playing Mandolin Chords

    Depends on what kind of "bluegrass" jam it is. If it's bluegrass by the vast majority of the public's definition (country/folk/old-timey/bluegrassish repertoire, loose timing, too many guitars,...
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    Re: Asleep at the Wheel

    I first heard of Walser when a local mall record store was using his music to run customers out at closing time. I finally convinced the clerk to sell me the CD out of the store sound system; the...
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    Re: Collings Oval thick neck slimmed down?

    I've had two mandolin necks trimmed/reshaped. Both had quite a bit of wood removed. I had other work done at the same time, so it would be tough to attribute any tonal change to the neck work.
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  15. Thread: NMD - A Jr

    by Bacfire
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    Re: NMD - A Jr

    The Dudenbostel that Carter Vintage has in the classifieds ( https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/186459#186459 ). To my ear, maybe the second-best mando I've ever laid a pick to. I played that thing...
  16. Thread: NMD - A Jr

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    NMD - A Jr

    Since I just learned what "NMD" means, I'll post my own. I bought my first truly vintage mando yesterday, my first A-style, and my first purchase through the Cafe Classifieds. I drove down to LA...
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    Re: Ron Cole Mandolins

    It wasn't bad at all and had an outstanding chop, but was not up to the build quality that Cole produced a little later in his career. Had the gorgeous quilted back that yours have. It went through...
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    Re: Ron Cole Mandolins

    I had Ron Cole's RCF-5 #9 for nearly 20 years.
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    Re: Is a new mandolin the answer?

    I think the answer is "maybe." Others can better explain, but some mandolins are strong in midrange frequencies that cut through the din of a jam and as some say, find their own space among the...
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    Re: Struggling with left hand

    This guy has several good video on mandolin ergonomics: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsJKsHJLap8ni2lPDrLwhA5d9322tQhPg

    Holding the neck up at a 30-45 degree angle might be easier on...
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    Re: Favorite Mandolin Player

    Without a doubt Thile is the "best", but my favs are Compton, McLaughlin, McCoury, and Monroe in the late 70s-80s. Can't beat Steffey on the neo-trad stuff that he does.
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    Re: Forum Search, Trip to Nashville

    If you have wheels, head down 100 to Pasquo and the Loveless Café for breakfast. It's not what is was before it became a tourist mecca, but still worth the nice drive.

    If you're a fiddler, The...
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    Re: Eighth of January

    Came across this on the Library of Congress website ( https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/january-08/ ):

    A traditional fiddle tune commemorating the event came to be known as “Jackson’s...
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    Re: NMD My Pomeroy A

    I hadn’t heard of Pomeroy until I came across an f-hole two-point at Gruhns a couple years ago. It was really impressive for the price, with a nice fat bottom end and good volume. Kinda wish I’d...
  25. Thread: Tucker #16

    by Bacfire
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    Re: Tucker #16

    I tried to buy that one a couple years ago, but the seller backed out at the last minute. The Tucker was my dream mando back in the 90s when Wayne Benson made ‘em the hot item.

    Like you, I...
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