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  1. Re: My latest build: A Mandocello/Liuto Cantabile/Cittern hybrid

    I always enjoy seeing your latest projects. I have always been impressed with your builds and especially the rosette details.

    Fantastic!

    Jamie
  2. Re: New Sam Bush album focuses on John Hartford tunes

    I fixed the spelling on the Title of the thread for search sake.

    Jamie
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    Re: Modernizing an A-4. Yes or No?

    I say update the fretboard and wire. If you can, save the old fingerboard in case you ever want to sell it as a historical piece. It's just money and there are actually lots of A oval gibson...
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    Re: Repair Recommendation

    I have used Bucks County Folk Music in New Britain.

    There's also Fred Oster's Shop Philadelphia Vintage Instruments in Philly.

    Call and see if they can help.

    Jamie
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    Re: Wagon Wheel help?

    On a completely unrelated note, I saw a funny tiktiok where a person plotted out the towns and destinations reference in the lyrics and it didn't make any sense unless the writer meant a store not...
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    Re: Old New Guy -Any second day tips?

    Welcome to the cafe from a fellow older dude who still plays like a beginner. Have fun. Play some tunes.

    Jamie
  7. Thread: Ever wonder?

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    Re: Ever wonder?

    Lynchburg Virginia was my hometown. It is surrounded by Amherst, Bedford, and Campbell Counties. Each of the three counties has it's own distinct accent. If I spent more than a hot minute in town...
  8. Re: Changing my mandolin strings for the very first time

    I've used this method since I started ages ago. I never have drawn blood. I did add a capo to assist keeping the string on the post but that isn't needed.

    Jamie
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    Re: Just read "MANDOLIN PRICING"

    There are more than enough excellent mandolins out there or that can be built for all of us hobby players and even most gigging musicians. There's a attainable supply of excellent high end mandolins...
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    Re: Mowry siblings, 13 years apart!

    Lovely! Enjoy.

    Jamie
  11. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    I have two guaranteed methods to having your mandolin's tone sound better by strumming machines. Hand it to me and it will certainly sound worse. Hand it to Mike Compton and it will sound better. I...
  12. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    While not a rube and nor is this a Rube Goldberg machine, I remain skeptical of devices that claim to alter the structure of the wood to alter an instrument's sound. At least in a way that is...
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    Re: Brian Aldridge and Dry Branch Fire Squad

    I think those performers who play for a living often recognize what they have and know us mandolin players are a small community and share well. Folks who just collect these may not be so willing as...
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    Re: In Praise of Hans Brentrup

    I think Hans could make a wonderful sounding mandolin out of any stable wood. He sure made great ones. Enjoy it!

    Jamie
  15. Re: Gretsch not making mandolins? Does anyone know why?

    Wild speculation but looking at their website they are no longer making them. Why, wild speculation, there's no money in it for them. Guitars and Ukes are wildly popular. Outside of this site,...
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    Re: The Ugliest Mandolin Cafe Hat in the World

    I have several iterations of the Cafe cap. khaki, black, trucker in blue and faded red and the one I won't wear again. None of mine have earned a patina as great as yours, Bill. You should get a...
  17. Re: *SHOCKING* Lloyd Loars melted down to make new ukes!

    They tried doing it with Schmergel Devastators(TM) first but, they melted the furnace. When Chuck Norris punches a Schmergel Devastator, he breaks.

    Jamie
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    Re: A first mandolin

    I wrote this advice over a decade ago and I believe the advice is still good. Your first mandolin needn't cost a fortune. Where you get it is more important that which model you get. For a new...
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    Re: My latest two.....

    Nice looking!

    Jamie
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    Re: Magic Fluke Co - Mandolin Flea

    I have a Fluke Uke and really like it. I also have a good koa uke and a sweet banjo uke. They are good fun. That Flea Mandolin is very expensive for a travel mandolin. I would still pick a $200...
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    Re: A John Dowland Lute Piece.

    That Sting and Eden Karamisov record was my introduction to Dowland. I love it. It caught mixed reviews here. The Joe Brent Alon Sariel is all mandolin and lute bliss.

    GM5o1DpD_fs

    Jamie
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    Re: Mohamed Abozekry plays a Sylent-oud

    That's fantastic. I'm getting Victor Wooten vibes. Nice jam!

    Jamie
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    Re: Chris Thile solo

    Not only is he an excellent player and performer, he's got great stage presence and is a great entertainer. I really enjoyed his solo show I attended a few years back.

    Jamie
  24. Re: So you always wanted to make your own mandolin

    Add one of these for volume!
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    Jamie
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    Re: Merry Christmas mandolin friends!

    Merry Christmas, Jim and all our fellow Cafe folks!

    Jamie
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