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  1. Re: Suggestions for Crooked and/or Polytonal Tunes?

    I'd suggest that crooked tunes are not necessarily individual tunes, but often have to do with the style of a musician or a musical culture. French-Canadians, and even more, Metis and indigenous...
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    A new baroque mandolin

    Here's a baroque mandolin I completed recently:
    https://i.imgur.com/UyoZE9b.jpg

    And here's a sound/video sample:
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    Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    Here are a couple of pieces recorded by the Celtic Studies scholar and Cape Breton fiddler, John Shaw, et al. Shaw's notes imply that relatives of one musician were playing Cape Breton music on...
  4. REGINELLA and SERENATA MALINCONICA ( Calace )(Solo Mandolin)

    Please accept my humble first offerings to this part of the forum to show that Italian music is alive and well.:mandosmiley:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg2PX4wAH1s ...
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    2 new builds: a gittern and an oud

    https://i.imgur.com/Eggqyu4.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/s1pIkCf.jpg
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    Re: Porch Pride

    I swear I read that Jesus said to love everyone.
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    Re: Bowlback Mandolin Projection

    When they were made, I think most bowlbacks worked on the idea that the plane of the neck (without fretboard) would follow the centre of the soundboard to the cant, so a straightedge placed on the...
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    My latest baroque mandolin

    https://i.imgur.com/Enk98Jr.jpg
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    Fraulini Caterina - a prototype

    For the last few weeks and in spite of the pandemic, I've had a welcome visitor in the house... a prototype mandolin built by Todd Cambio (Fraulini Guitar Co.). Todd is a guitar builder with a deep...
  10. Building a new double-top mandolin by Yaron Naor

    Hi all
    I have started to make a new double-top Mandolin, Flat back.
    I have added some finished mandolin images at the beginning so you can see it at the end, and I will publish more as the making...
  11. Avi Avital's new CD reviewed in Grampophone

    Avi Avital's recent CD, The Art of the Mandolin, receives a very positive review in the current (January 2021) issue of Gramophone. I won't quote all four paragraphs but the review begins:

    "Avi...
  12. Discovered 2nd edition of Leone, Sonatas vol. 1

    Hi all, I was able to spot an unknown newer edition of Leone's first volume of mandolin sonatas. (First edition 1767, newer edition 1768-1774). You can read all about it on my blog post and download...
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    Re: Adapting violin music for mandolin

    Some initial and superficial thoughts: Take advantage of how plucked strings and plectra work wherever possible. Don't be afraid to do things (like take advantage of open strings to facilitate...
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    Re: Mazzaccara Classico A style mandolin

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    Mazzaccara Classico A style mandolin

    Hi everyone, this is my first post on the forum. I’ve been reading and learning so much from this site since I started playing about six years ago, such a wealth of information. I’ve just acquired a...
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    Alison Stephens memorial tribute online

    Just received from the British BMG Federation Committee:

    "Saturday 10th October marks the 10th anniversary of the late, great British mandolin maestra Alison Stephens and you are invited to join...
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    Re: Alison Stephens: Con Espressione availability

    I'm still having some conversations with diverse industry players on this. I'll share word as there's more, but for now, note this new word (and emboldened paragraphs) from Astute Music:
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    Ignatius Sancho Minuets

    I found out about Ignatius Sancho recently after watching the BBC documentary "Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History" and discovered that he had composed music for violin, mandolin, German...
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    Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    Firstly, Mandolin Cafe, thanks for being patient with a nerd like me who is probably overly excited about his first build and my most humble apologies for "over sharing" my progress as I've gone...
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    Re: Italian Bowl back case

    There are many threads about bowlback cases, I decided to update this one as the Dogal is mentioned. I just bought one, so I can add some info and photos:
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  21. Re: Score for Slavator leonardi: Souvenir de Sicile?

    For those like me who's eagle-eyed orbs are not what they used to be:

    I began practicing this piece with the pdf attached to Jim Garber's message above. This was visually difficult but I became...
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    An article on historic stringing

    For the few nerds who may care about historic mandolins, I'm hoping to digest this one more fully in the near future: Mimmo Peruffo's Aquila Corde blog entry on mandolin strings.
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    Galalith poker chip pick

    Just wondering if any one else has done this. I ran across someone selling vintage galalith (caseinite) poker chips on ebay. No embossing or printing, just plain chips in various shapes and colors....
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    Re: Post a pic of your cat sleeping in your case

    Here’s my two cats in my case tonight, Mozzie and Harriet, they’re about 4 months old.
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  25. Re: Do any companies make bowlback mandolins and banjolins anymor

    Julien Martineau's position reminds me of some of the ways Eastern European, Balkan, and Central Asian musicians hold bowlback lutes.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/5468/7232366096_336dd9de9c_b.jpg...
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