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    Re: Trigger Finger (s)

    Surgery is / should be the last resort. That being said I have had five digits surgically corrected. About six weeks without playing mandolin after surgery was my experience. I was able to start...
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    Re: Griffith Loar

    Indeed .... a bucket list item for me. One that is unlikely to be checked off. < sigh.... I am glad for you. R/
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    Re: B7b9

    Ah chords and mandolins ... what to drop and what to leave alone. Something of a personal choice, depending on what instruments you happen to be playing along side of. With the Bassman sticking near...
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    Re: Strings For Mahogany Back Mandolins

    It always depends on three things. Your instrument and your taste in tone and feel. Start with the different available alloys. Then try the favored from different manufacturers. Then try the...
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    Re: Do You Baby Your Mandolin?

    If an instrument of mine isn't in my hands or those of a good friend it is in it's case. I take care of them and the first scratch on a brand new one always hurts a bit. I even apologize to them when...
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    Re: 1987 Gibson F5L

    Indeed . I had an 88' and it was a fine playing and sounding instrument. My son has it now. R/
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    Ultimately a Calton fiberglass mandolin / fiddle is the way to go. Three problems, one is they are no longer being made to my knowledge two they are rather pricey when you can find one and three,...
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    I have carried my Bobelock mando / fiddle case in the above storage on an airplane no problem. R/
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    What you want is your mandolin to be in the same place relative to your body sitting or standing. Using a strap makes this easier to achieve. R/
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    Bobelock makes a good combo case, Guardian makes one that is not as good but is serviceable. There is a Bobelock currently on Ebay for 320.00$ here is an advertisment form a dealer. R/...
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    Re: R.I.P. Dennis Caplinger

    We lost a good one. He was a top flight player and fine teacher . He seemed like a really fine fellow in the workshops I had with him. Fair winds and safe travels Dennis. R/
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    Re: Picks....a different angle.

    OK .... Flatpicks are a personal choice .... I use a BC CT-55 playing mandolin ... a fairly thick pick. I have found that some mass and less flex ability is needed to drive the double course shorter...
  13. Re: 4 string or 8 string that's the question....

    Well .... one of each would likely be the best. A Fender Mandocaster and a Gibson EM 200 Florentine...... mandolin cases are small and imminently hide-able. R/
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    Re: New picks and pick noise

    On picks..... material... shape ... thickness ... from the natural materials which most of us have given up. To the man made ones of casein and space age "stuff" the sky is the limit. For an...
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    Re: How Much Difference Do Speakers Make?

    Well .... what I did was purchase a small surround sound setup and it does quite well. Gear always makes a difference. You just have to decide how important that difference is and how much you are...
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    Re: Rest in Peace - Byron Berline passes

    His passing is definitely a great loss to the grass fiddling world. He loved to tell stories of his travels and folks he played with. This is, I would say, the best recommendation for a Mark Leaf...
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    Re: Problems with playability. Help!

    Hmmmm ..... a pro setup if you aren't a handy person. Rob Meldrum's free setup guide here on The Cafe` if you are a do it yourself type. A neck adjustment, complete cleaning, perhaps a desiccant bag...
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    Re: Powerful A models in the 5K range

    And poof a Red Diamond popped up in the classifieds today ....... that is likely a grand mandolin. R
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    Re: octave pedal or multi-effect pedal?

    Gear ... there is always another interesting piece. Whether they are worth $$$ or not can only be gauged over time with use or lack there of. Enjoy the search R/
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    Re: Help with selecting new strings

    Strings ...... each player will have a favorite set and that is for a particular mandolin. Your style , taste and instrument will dictate which string you "like" best. I do recommend sticking to a...
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    Re: Powerful A models in the 5K range

    A Carlson period Gibson A5L , if you can find one.
  22. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    Hmmmm ..... your style your technique your ears .... all add up to your keeper. IMO a 0015 is a mid grade instrument. A mid grade instrument should play in tune up the neck, have good workmanship and...
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    Re: Amplification

    A good pickup even with a good preamp will not equal the tone of a good mic. The technology just isn't there yet. Although it is miles ahead of what it was a couple of decades ago. Or maybe a...
  24. Re: New (to me) Gibson A5L . To scoop of not....

    It is your instrument. But the Derrington signed models are reaching collectible status. I have a 90' A5L that is Carlson signed. I got used to playing it with the pickguard and did not need to scoop...
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    Re: Consistency and comfort...

    Your body is goin to inform , effect how you may comfortably play a mandolin. Always use a strap whether standing or sitting. Always keep the instrument in the same position relative to your body....
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