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  1. Thread: Gratitude

    by JEStanek
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    Re: Gratitude

    I won't ever play at a level where anything I currently own hinders my skill. Desire for some other mandolins as objects still grips me from time to time but, I have my signature line for a reason!
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    Re: Eastman MD 305 Upgrades?

    As others have said, other than a good set up, the only thing that may upgrade the instrument is the bridge. You may also consider switching up strings and picks to see what sounds the best on...
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    Re: A medieval citole

    Very nice!

    Jamie
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    Re: It's Snowing Down in Texas

    Lets steer clear of Climate Change conversations. I sincerely hope Texas get's it's power back ASAP. When you don't have that kind of weather normally, you don't build for it and pipes break and...
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    Re: An honest-to-goodness VULCAN HARP!

    That was a Romulan Rim Import in the linked ad. Not a Vulcan. Only a Vulcan is good enough!

    Jamie
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    I have never and have never considered it. If at a business, we have an agreed to price. If on the side, we have an agreed to price or if they say nothing, I give them wine or beer. I take people...
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    Poll: Re: Poll - Gold vs Silver

    Depends on the instrument finish. I've had both. You need an option for either or both.

    Jamie
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    Re: new mando player (send help)

    I had a savannah. When properly set up it was a fine mandolin. For realz. It may be all the mandolin you ever need even if it's not the last one you want. If it holds tune and is intonated, it's a...
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    Re: Casting your own tailpiece

    Brian Dean of Labraid.CA casts his own. In the past he's offered to do it for others. He may be able to help you upskill.

    Jamie
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    Re: Al Capone! Mandola player

    That cell isn't as nice as his cell in Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. (You may have seen a lot of Easter State Pen as it was used for the movie 12 Monkeys and for the video for the Dead...
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    Re: new mando player (send help)

    I like this method on Frets.com but, if you have a slot head, that can be more challenging. I straight up "cheat" with a capo on the neck after I get the loop secured to do the peg work. It really...
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    Re: First Instrument

    Go used. A visit to Elderly would be a good day trip, for sure. You can try a bunch above, within and below your price point. Given your interests, you don't NEED an F shaped mandolin (but, if you...
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    Re: NMD Pomeroy Oval

    Great looking and sounding. I've always liked his builds.

    Jamie
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    Re: Newbie to the Cafe and the Mandolin

    Welcome to the Cafe. Enjoy your new mandolin and take pride in each new gain you make with it.

    Jamie
  15. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    I can make any mandolin sound bad.

    what makes a mandolin sound good is a combination of several things. The kind of woods used, structural integrity of the woods, the build (plate carving or...
  16. Re: Newbie looking to identify type/age of mandolin

    The times suggested are what I would expect. That was a budget American made mandolin mass produced (the low number of ribs on the back tell you that). If you want to restring it use very light...
  17. Thread: Hi Everyone

    by JEStanek
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    Re: Hi Everyone

    Welcome to the Cafe. You've found the best mandolin resource in the world. Enjoy the playing.

    Jamie
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    Re: What's in your case?

    An assortment of picks and a Snark tuner. I keep a microfiber cloth for a wipe down. That's it.

    Jamie
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    Re: "The Loar" by Weber?

    Sounds like it was made as a prototype or special thing for Greg Rich (who owns The Loar brand name).

    Jamie
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    Re: RIP cafe member man_dough_nollij

    If you followed Lee's McMurdo Station Blog posts you read about his friends there. One of them Anthony Powell (Ant as Lee called him) made a great documentary "Antarctica: A Year on Ice" with footage...
  21. Re: Proof that a mandolin and a ukulele made offspring together

    A pocket pineapple?

    Jamie
  22. Re: Thile/Aoife - Fairytale of New York from Wassail

    I love Thile and Aiofe but this version is too pretty. The original isn't pretty. The New York City he wrote it about is long gone. I'll take the Shane version any day. I heard a friend who covers...
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    Re: Fond Memories, Fond Wishes

    Very nice! Thanks!

    Jamie
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    Re: Critical MAS + MC + TMS = NMD

    Congratulations and enjoy.

    Jamie
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    Re: Happy Anniversary Mandolin Cafe!

    There are a lot of time sucks on the web, this is not one of them.

    Thanks to Scott, Dan, Ted, and Mike for working to make this a great place to be. Thanks especially to all of the folks who...
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