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  1. Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    Some of you folks have a rather loose grasp of economics. The OP told us "my budget is limited; $500 is a stretch, $1000 definitely above budget" and you're suggesting that he spend $334 to fly to...
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    Re: Mystery Croatian Instrument

    This site suggests GDAE, which is convenient for mandolin players. I don't know what kind of strings I use. My luthier, who retired recently, had various strings that he sold singly to fit...
  3. Re: Who is a member/board member of a local BG/OT/Folk Society?

    Canada and the rest of the developed world too.

    To be fair, members of the former Old Sod Folk Music Society (Post #9) are dedicated hardworking volunteers, committed to what they're doing. For...
  4. Re: Who is a member/board member of a local BG/OT/Folk Society?

    For your information: This note was at the end of a concert promotion that I received in my email this morning. Because it's part of a public notice, I'll take the liberty of passing it on as the...
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    Re: Mystery Croatian Instrument

    That's true. I was thinking of tamburitzas in general rather than that specific one. I wouldn't walk into a Croatian bar and say that tamburitzas were Serbian instruments either. :) Actually, in the...
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    Re: Mystery Croatian Instrument

    Here's one in action.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OskoCaaIahk&ab_channel=cehovski


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OskoCaaIahk&ab_channel=cehovski
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    Re: Mystery Croatian Instrument

    That's a tamburiza, a prim or bisernica to be exact. I have one myself. Tamburizas (tamburicas) come in many sizes, and are sometimes played in large bands. They're popular with Serbs too. In fact, I...
  8. Re: Who is a member/board member of a local BG/OT/Folk Society?

    My sweetheart and I together have run and sometimes performed at a folk club. The institution that we performed in provided coffee and snacks. We took out a few dollars for promotion costs, then the...
  9. Re: Ain't in it for my health; a film about Levon Helm

    In truth, I would have been happy to hear a few songs about life in southwest Ontario where 4/5 of The Band, and I, grew up -- well, not exactly, Robbie was from Toronto. However, I won't comment on...
  10. Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    I see that the Calgary Public Library has an instrument-lending service. From what I gathered, it has five mandolins ("pick up and return only at the Memorial Park Library"). If one is available, and...
  11. Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    I wasn't crazy on the Seagull. I've tried a couple in stores, but never had an hour with one. However, Godin/Seagull generally makes good instruments. There are a number of positive reviews, with...
  12. Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    On that budget ($500 CDN = 375 US), I'd avoid ordering from the US where shipping and exchange will eat up a good chunk of your money. The Mandolin Store is an American business. I have absolutely...
  13. Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    Where do you live? There's a big difference between what's available in Toronto and in Igloolik. Many music stores in Canada, including L & McQ, sell both new and used mandolins. I can think of a few...
  14. Re: Ain't in it for my health; a film about Levon Helm

    I enjoyed the documentary. However, I was reminded of an interview that I heard with a music journalist. He was asked about his memories of interviewing, who had impressed him and who had...
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    Re: If it's not the heat, is it the humidity?

    I use sandstone humidifiers. These are small plastic containers holding a piece of sandstone that you soak every two weeks, and leave in your case. D'Addario is one of the companies that makes them....
  16. Re: Sara & Maynard Johnson 1977 Backporch Flat picking for Mandol

    Reverb still has it listed at the URL above (Post #2). It seems to have disappeared from the page I linked you with at AbeBooks. However, some dealers have different pages for different countries ,...
  17. Re: Sara & Maynard Johnson 1977 Backporch Flat picking for Mandol

    Reverb still has it listed at the URL above (Post #2). It seems to have disappeared from the page I linked you with at AbeBooks. However, some dealers give different links for different countries ,...
  18. Re: Sara & Maynard Johnson 1977 Backporch Flat picking for Mandol

    I put the title into Google and found this. Keep googling the title everyday. Other copies will turn up.

    https://reverb.com/item/21724448-backporch-flatpicking-guitar-mandolin-rare-old-time
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    Re: the kindness of strangers

    I've never been to Dallas, but I googled "Dallas musical instruments charity" and three charity organizations immediately popped up. You could check them out. I'm thankful for what you're doing. Good...
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    Re: Help ID a song on Shawn Brock vid

    Sounded like a hint of "Old Joe Clark" in there, at least in the A part. Lovely guitar, by the way.
  21. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    I do research, then buy quality used cars, drive them not only around the city but on long-distance trips. After many years of service from a car, when maintenance costs get too expensive (usually...
  22. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    If it is a $500 fiddle, an official evaluation (e.g., for insurance purposes) is relatively expensive, perhaps a fifth of the price of the fiddle. However, if you or she drops into a viol store,...
  23. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    Congratulations on getting a fiddle, Cary. I hope the one you like works out for you. It looks a bit like my German-made fiddle from about 1875, but I wouldn't attempt to put an age of your friend's...
  24. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    "hdgfl"? Apparently, in German, it's short for "Hab Dich Ganz Fest Lieb" which translates as "Love you very much," but I don't think that's what you mean here!
  25. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    This is a fine store where many viol musicians from the NAC Orchestra buy instruments and have repairs done. The owner is a nice, helpful guy. I recommend them, but I had to wait some time to get a...
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