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  1. Re: Who is a member/board member of a local BG/OT/Folk Society?

    We've been lucky because playing Irish Traditional Music has a built-in cushion -- the local Gaelic American Club hosts us free of charge. Back, dunno, 35 years ago? there was a falling out between...
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    Re: Banjo or banjolin?

    I reached out to the Hall of Fame and let them know they had mislabeled the "banjo" and I got a very nice response from one of the archivists confirming the information with a note that they'll...
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    Banjo or banjolin?

    I visited the Rock Hall of Fame last week and snapped this shot because, well, mandolin. And i saw it was labeled as a 'banjo' and just said to myself, uh, no.

    Unless I'm wrong?

    Anyway, thought...
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    Re: What is that little instrument?

    Bertram and Simon, you're probably exactly right. The guy was from ukraine, and probably had a different view of the mandolin from what i've been used to. I will admit someone listening to an ITM...
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    Re: What is that little instrument?

    i was playing at a session a couple of weeks ago and someone walked into the store and listened for a few minutes and spoke to the owner, who then asked if i was playing a mandolin (yes) and then...
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    Re: New Member

    welcome to the cafe!
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    Re: Favorite mandolin playing beverage?

    iced tea or cranberry juice over ice at the bar sessions, hot tea or water at home, generally.
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    i got my snake with a lot of wear even though, iirc, whoever had it was only the second owner. it does look like it was hard used -- the top is worn down in two spots to the wood grain. I have no...
  9. Re: Hello! I am new and in need of some bowlback advice.

    i just did a quick google of 'used bowl back mandolins in ohio' and mostly came up with ebay and other auction or guitar sites (including an offering for a "rare ... 1893 bowlback mandolin. It has...
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    Re: Old New Guy -Any second day tips?

    also, i'd recommend (if you haven't gotten one already) a headstock tuner because if you use a hand-held one, it doesn't work particularly well in a crowded room. There are a couple of jokes about...
  11. Re: Looking for different mandolin music to learn-obscure/nonstan

    klezmer, gypsy, slavic, greek ... ukrainian ... i mean, if an instrument has played it you can probably mimic it in mandolin, within reason.
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    Re: Picking Fiddle Tunes?

    As an aside, there are certainly tunes that are playable on the mandolin/fiddle but come from different base instrument repertoire, including "flute-y" tunes, pipe tunes and occasionally box tunes....
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    Re: Mick Moloney, RIP @ 77

    i heard about this last night and was devastated. Mick has been a staple at Catskills Irish Arts Week for the past few years, giving lectures and leading sessions. I took a creative writing class...
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    Re: New to Mandolin...What next?

    I'll put in a suggestion to play with others, even if you don't feel you're ready. Attend the local jam, get familiar with the local tunes, with the good (and not-so-good) players, with the way...
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    Re: New Guy

    Welcome to the cafe!
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    Re: New Gal

    welcome to the cafe! looking forward to updates on your progress!
  17. Re: Holding on to your personal Holy Grail mandolin

    I haven't actually looked seriously at another mandolin since i got my snake. It's exactly what I wanted and it's stood the test of time.
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    Re: Dennis Cahill has passed away - R.I.P.

    I saw him play a few times with Martin Hayes. A great guitarist who will be missed.
  19. Re: How long does it take to get over fumble fingers?

    On a more practical bend, what weight strings are you using? Nobody insists you use heavy strings or medium strings if lightweight will do and are less painful. Granted, once you get used to a...
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    Re: Clip On Tuners / What Cha Got ?

    i had a couple of snarks fall apart on me recently and the intellitouch we've had for a decade also just gave up the ghost. right now, the only working tuners we have are the d'addario micros/minis...
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    Re: Question on "tiers" of instruments

    The link doesn't work any more, so I'm thinking you got a Morris? Congrats! Let us know if it's what you wanted for a next step up!

    I've come to think that in addition to "tiers" of...
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    Re: RIP Jim Seals

    "Summer Breeze" is one of my memory songs, calling up college, summer and open horizons for me. Thanks for bringing it to the cafe -- i saw it on social media and was pretty bummed.
  23. Re: New Muleskinner A style - English Walnut / German Spruce

    very pretty.
  24. Re: Elixir Official Notice Mandolin strings discontinued

    Well, as a former Tab drinker, I understand the reasoning, but that doesn't mean i'm happy with it. But perhaps they have too many users like me -- I buy a set of elixir coated strings once a year to...
  25. Re: This just showed up in my inbox re: Gibson guitars

    sorry, i posted this and went back to work. since i work for a newspaper, i get a lot of random press releases. this one popped up shortly before i posted it - gave it a quick glance and then figured...
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