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    Re: Born on the 4th of July!

    And a Happy Independence Day to American friends.
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    New Pomeroy 2 point on its way

    I am pretty new to the mandolin and to the cafe. I thought I would make a post. I reached out to Don Paine, to build me a mandolin. It is now complete and should be on its way today. In the way of...
  3. Learning The Basics -vs- Being A Slave To The Basics

    Some examples of "teaching the basics" you'll see a lot when questions are asked:

    Left hand position & technique:

    Keep the left hand relaxed
    Angle the fingers like a fiddler would
    Don't choke...
  4. Re: Changing Keys in a Song...Can Someone Help Me Understand it?

    Here is where a little theory can help a lot. The key is the home note, the note the song or tune wants to end up with. One of the reasons for changing keys is as you said to fit someone's voice. ...
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    That famous cello prelude, deconstructed

    I love this video of this cellist explaining why this piece is so very iconic and brilliantly composed.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIge2mYdTtM
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    Not sure what constitutes the "current spotlight", as Sturgill has been making waves for the last 7-8 years on the edges of country music. He's part of a push against mainstream country, and I, for...
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    Re: Eastman MD 614

    Because of the threat of theft or damage. Although my "nice" mandolin isn't a Loar or even a $10,000 instrument, if something was to happen I wouldn't be able to replace my "nicer" mandolin. But a...
  8. Re: Flatiron 1N (The one that got away) and Northfield Calhoun

    I got a Northfield Calhoun from Elderly right before all the lockdown hit. It's got a great sound; much different than my F style The Loar. I wanted an O or oval hole sound. Spent a lot of time...
  9. Re: Looking for a repair person, north Jersey, NYC

    Pete Becker is in Tewksbury. He worked for many years in the repair department at Mandolin Brothers.
    https://pete-becker.squarespace.com/information/
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    Eastman 805 Review

    Heya, Folks!

    Good news.... I recently acquired an Eastman 805, and let me say, Iím very impressed with the value of this mandolin. Although I expected it to be a good mandolin in terms of action...
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    Re: NMD Pomeroy Oval

    Thanks for your comments. Cary, Don said it has J74 or EJ74 strings on it. I'll be changing those to my favorite Curt Mangan phosphor bronze strings when they start to go dead.

    This is model PA-2B...
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    Re: NMD Pomeroy Oval

    Well I didn't do the tune or the mandolin justice but here's a Norman Blake tune for you on Pomeroy #264. Glad to hear from other Pomeroy owners!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75R4vKdObRA
  13. Installing Grover 309N Tuners on an Eastman 305......It was easy

    This morning I decided to install the Grover tuners I purchased a couple of weeks ago along with trying a set of Elixir lights on my Eastman 305. I like most everything about the Eastman, except the...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl-3aHogSgE

    I really liked practicing this movement. I frequently like to go back to basics, working on fundamentals like placing my fingers on the fretboard,...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Sherry: There's an easy way to learn. I know because it's the way I learned chords on guitar, banjo, mandolin and mandola. Choose some pieces of music you like. Preferably from a "three chord"...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    I used to think that A barre chord was really difficult, and same with the thumb - I was never sure if it should be around the back of the neck like a classical guitarist (it shouldn't) or if I could...
  17. Re: How to approach practicing and improvement?

    I really like that "The Practice of Practice" book. Best book I've personally seen on the subject.


    I have 4 videos of practice suggestions you may find useful here:
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  18. Re: How to approach practicing and improvement?

    Ha ha! Speaking of rambling, see my rant about variations on fiddle tunes from yesterday. ... The first thing I would address is the "shambolic" part. In my opinion, you need to be deliberate. You...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

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    My Northfield Model M, which I've had for about a month now. Love it love it love it! It has a unique (for this model) burst and top binding. Single piece back. I don't know...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    Old Wave #312. Lucious sound. :)

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    Re: New Northfield Model M

    Doggone nice looking A5! Wow, love the color, that one piece flame back and great sunburst! Impressive looking and I bet it sounds even better. Congrats!
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    New Northfield Model M

    Today I finally got my hands on my new Northfield Model M. I've had my eyes on these for awhile, and I've seen curiosity about them here, but not too many first-hand threads about them. So I figured...
  23. Midnight on the Water-10.Anniversary of my Pomeroy A2 Mandolin

    Back in 2009, I had Don Paine build me a Pomeroy A2 mandolin.
    It has become one of my favorite instruments.
    I especially like the sound it has with flatwound strings.
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  24. Re: What's the diff between Northfield NF5S and F5 models?

    The northfield's are put in four categories these days.

    NF5S is the basic model, and has binding only on the top, with a laquer finish.
    They are great mandolins, and just have a bit less bling...
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    +1 on answers like Yes and Yes.
    +1M on be grateful if you're happy with the sound of your axe.

    An Eastman mando today is a substantially better mando than an Eastman mando made even a few years...
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