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  1. Re: Norman Blake & Saint Elmo Slim - T.A.G. Railroad Rag

    Charming piece. I like his Mandolin tunes, melodic, not fast fiddle tune finger busters. It appears to be a Lyon & Healy Model B, 2 points with non-scroll peghead.
    Joe B
  2. Re: What is the difference between a trill and a hammer-on?

    Yes, you can trill a double stop. & as my friend, David, said it’s not easy. At a lesson w Mr. Vicari something about trills came up & he was demonstrating how to play them. Then he went into some...
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    Re: Yank and Sleepy

    Great footage, Cool to see Yank & Sleepy John. I did meet Yank & heard him live a couple times, but unfortunately not w Sleepy John. Dug Bukka White clip, too.
    Joe B
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    Re: Italian Mandolin music being forgotten ???

    Mickís post has triggered some memories of my mother. Iím half Italian, my motherís side. Her parents came over on the boat & have their names on the wall on Ellis Island. Remember we still honor...
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    Re: The amazing Jaco Pastorius

    Yes, both the Burton & Carter interviews are superb.
    Joe B
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    Re: Italian Mandolin music being forgotten ???

    Responding to Sheri, the Coppola Godfather Tarentella & Godfather Mazurka are used in the film & on the sound track. They are performed by the Wedding band w Mr. Vicari, although difficult to hear...
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    Re: The amazing Jaco Pastorius

    I’ve been following Beato for a few years now. Highly recommended.
    Joe B
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    Re: Marlon Brando playing a mandolin!

    Good joke.
    Joe B
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    Statman got a Loar! Good for him, I hope he enjoys it & continues to make great music with it.
    I am personally disappointed I never got to hear him play his Snakehead live. I’m a vintage Gibson oval...
  10. Re: Article: Jethro Burns's Tea For One Rereleased by Acoustic Di

    I still have my vinyl copy. For years I was going to dub it to a CD, but I figured Dawg would get it done. So I waited & waited &… Finally, he did, & with bonus trax!
    Thanx, Dawg.
    Viva, Jethro....
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    Re: No love for old Martins?

    I don’t recall if Mr. Vicari & I ever spoke about which Mandolin he used in the movie. The one in the clip does appear to have block inlays. He did have an D’Angelico Mandolin, it was a 2 point oval....
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    Re: No love for old Martins?

    I’m a fan of some Martin Mandolins. I have a ‘50s A & a ‘29 A Mandola. They are both wonderful axes, very conservative, nothing flashy. The Mandola I’m especially fond of. I brought it to a Martin...
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    Re: Mandolin teacher in Chicagoland

    I’ll throw my hat in the ring. I live in the western ‘burbs of Chicago. I can teach basic Bluegrass. If you are interested, I can teach Classical & Blues styles, as well. Jazz too, but hard to...
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    Re: Jethro's Mel Bay mandolin book.

    I still have my copy of the first book. Jethro gave it to me just as it was about to come out & he autographed it. He said Gussie (his wife) would say he’ll never make any money on it if he keeps...
  15. Re: Bob Koester Chicago Jazz/Blues Producer Passes

    Good story, Tom.
    Let’s not forget Mandolin content. Bob released a few Yank Rachel albums. Yank & the Tennessee Jug Busters, an acoustic recording featuring the Guitars of Sleepy John Estes & Big...
  16. Re: Bob Koester Chicago Jazz/Blues Producer Passes

    Love Magic Sam. Tragically he died so young. I never got to see him live.
    Interesting, I was talking with a guy once, think it was at one of the Blues fests in Bob’s record tent. He said he only...
  17. Re: Bob Koester Chicago Jazz/Blues Producer Passes

    Yes, lowtone2, a wonder indeed.
    Hoodoo Man Blues by Junior Wells w/ the Friendly Chap (aka Buddy Guy) on Guitar.
    The crown jewel.
    Joe B
  18. Bob Koester Chicago Jazz/Blues Producer Passes

    Bob Koester, owner of the Jazz Record Mart & founder of Delmark records, passed away at the age of 88. Bob was a major figure of the Blues & Jazz scene in Chicago for decades. He produced & reissued...
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    Re: Choro listening recommendations

    I’ve dabbled in Choro a little, not as well versed as many here. Just consider me a dilettante. My token Choro album is “Luz Das Cordas” by Hamilton Holanda & Marcos Pereira. I like it.
    Joe B
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    Re: International Jazz Day

    In honor of International Jazz Day(s), a couple of days ago I was digging some Henry “Red” Allen, then on to some Duke in honor of his Birthday. Yesterday, I hope New Orleans Dave will appreciate, I...
  21. Re: Sebastian de Grebber, Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra

    Thanx for these valuable posts. & further kudos to Sebastian as a player, teacher, & a person. At the 2019 CMSA, I attended his workshops, thoughtful, well prepared, & useful. Also, a couple of us...
  22. Re: Where can a classical/Italian player find a non-bowlback mand

    I’m with Allen & Mick with suggesting Martin Mandolins. They do have a range of models, but a simple A or B will do nicely. & an A is relatively inexpensive. They are under appreciated because they...
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    Eye candy time. A Mandolin player must be prepared..
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    A Ď21 F4 & a Harvey F5
    Joe B
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    A general rule is pre 21-pre truss rod, the necks have a stouter wider neck. They tend to slim down once the truss rod enters the picture. I think the pre 21s tend to have that more robust sound....
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    I have both A & F Gibson ovals. Love both. As a general rule, the Fs are a “bling-ier” version, not necessarily better playing or sounding. But bling-ier is cool.
    Joe B
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