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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    While I favor listening to and playing slower pieces of music, I think the slow pieces can often be played best by players who have the technical ability to play fast, but make the decision to play...
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    Re: What's in your case?

    I'll take what is in your case over all the others posting here thus far. What a sweet expression on your cat's face!
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    Re: Bridge foot marks/resale value

    Just my two-cents worth, but it wouldn't diminish my enthusiasm for a mandolin I was considering purchasing at all. Floating bridges are that way to allow fine adjustment of intonation. The mark...
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    Re: Shim for Bridge Insert.

    I have used thin flat shims of maple and bone. Both worked fine and I didn't hear any difference between the two. I have made a couple of these bridges and the shims make them quite adaptable.
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    I must like blonde mandolins. Here are two blonde-top piccolo mandolins on my bench right now awaiting tuners, TP, nuts and bridges. One is Cherry, the other Black Walnut. What I really like is...
  6. Re: Thinking about learning fingerstyle on a tenor

    I chuckled at the anti-six string comment, and really enjoyed your playing. Now is not the right time for me to give a tenor a try, but you have convinced me that when the right time arrives, I...
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    Re: What’s going on with my finish? (NMC)

    Congratulations! That sure is good news.
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    Re: What’s going on with my finish? (NMC)

    Hey Don, sorry to hear about this problem and I sure hope you can resolve it. Have you thought about contacting Martin directly to ask whether it is a problem they are aware of and if so, how to fix...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Anything the cat finds fascinating is worth doing!
  10. Re: Looking for a nice neck rest for re-strings...

    My lap for re-stringing. A new, unused, unopened bag of kitty litter for any major work like installing frets. The bag conforms to the shape of the neck and holds it securely in place. Plus, I...
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    Re: NMD: Pulled the trigger on a Collings A

    Good choice of both instrument and store. Congratulations and best wishes for many years of happy picking.
  12. Re: Great quote about instruments from Gordon Lightfoot

    That is a great story, thanks for posting it. I, too, have seen the impact of in-person acoustic music on people and it has brought to my mind just how unusual it is for a large segment of our...
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    Re: New Build: 13 inch scale Flat-Top

    Wow Don, that's gorgeous. Perfect book match, too. For a minute, I thought I was seeing a face in there! You have me chomping at the bit to get working with my piece. Thanks very much for posting...
  14. Re: Article: Acoustic Disc To Cease CD Manufacture

    I agree, it might not feel quite right, but I can think of a few 'performers' who's CDs might find their most appreciated use on a string, not in a player!

    We used to get those AOL CDs in the...
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    Re: New Build: 13 inch scale Flat-Top

    Hi Jeff,

    You are absolutely correct, even if, or maybe because ;) , you started the eggnog early. Mind you, I am very much if favor of starting the eggnog early and if we lived nearby in a COVID...
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    Re: New Build: 13 inch scale Flat-Top

    Hi Brian,

    I find I can switch back and forth between a 13" and 14" scale length with no problem at all. These flat-tops are also made for light gauge strings which keep tension low. Have a look...
  17. Re: Article: Acoustic Disc To Cease CD Manufacture

    OK, I'll admit I am old school and still listen to CDs. But my other main use for them is stringing them up, maybe 4 or 5 to a string, with a weight on the end, and hanging them in the open doorways...
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    Re: New Build: 13 inch scale Flat-Top

    Some decades ago I planted a grove of hybrid (Chinese X American) chestnut trees, to harvest the nuts for market. We packed and sold the nuts for a while, but they proved not to be profitable due to...
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    Re: New Build: 13 inch scale Flat-Top

    Hi Don,

    This particular piece has a really interesting grain pattern to it, and I have already done my resawing of it but have not yet started on the mandolin it will be used on. I need to finish...
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    Re: Homemade Casein Picks

    Hey Brad,

    I always think it's really cool when people experiment and make things on their own. This is a great project and you seem to be having fun with it. I wish you lots of success.

    I...
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    Re: Not your typical mandolin video

    That is fantastic!!!
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    Re: New Build: 13 inch scale Flat-Top

    Thanks Sue, SBJ and Don. I appreciate the kind words, and the bridge questions and comments. This elongated body shape appeals to me, and is something very different from most flat-tops on the...
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    Re: New Build: 13 inch scale Flat-Top

    I thought some of you might be interested in seeing how I have revised this mandolin. This is the prototype of my 'Moggy' model (13" scale length mandolin). Thus far I have mainly been busy...
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    Re: Traditionally voiced A-style?

    How about one of Mike Black's A5 mandolins, starting at $3,200? Good builder and good guy to have do a build. Here's the URL http://www.blackmandolins.com/a5-mandolins.html
  25. Re: Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Cas

    Thanks Scott. I am not a 'sticker person' yet there is a MC sticker on the back window of my pickup truck, and one on my car, and one on my business's van (all on back windows). Other than one...
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