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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    I was also fascinated by Jeff's contributions on this, mostly because someone told him "always up, always ascending" or some such.

    I have to circle back to the concrete definition of a fifth...
  2. Re: Latest ignorant question: Bout like "boot" or like boxing mat

    Are you wondering what's this discussion about a bout about? :confused: Just wondering ... :whistling: But I think that's about it. ;)
  3. Re: Any atheist / agnostic Bluegrasser's out there?

    I'm not here to have that discussion but if you'd like to find like minded folks why not take a trip over to Facebook and create a group. You'll find like minded folks. Since you're not looking to...
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    Because many serious musicians, piano players and church organists, arrangers, etc., have conniptions or at least are confused when I say, "the melody is just the same only down a fifth". I am in...
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    Re: Intermediate Mando - Good Mando to Step up to?

    I absolutely deny the concept of some kind of alignment between one's ability and the mandolin one acquires. OK I can understand one's first mandolin being something economic, to see if the passion...
  6. Feedbacks on my F Mandolin and complete gear :)

    Hi there, :)
    I’m new here, even if I’ve been reading the forum for several years now :)
    It did help me a lot with finding information and good feedbacks.
    That’s why I wanted to share (back) to you...
  7. Thread: Mandolindo

    by journeybear
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    Re: Mandolindo

    You may be overthinking the size of the adjustment to your playing technique. Blunting strings with the heel of your right hand, using a more horizontal angle with your left hand, stuff like that....
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    by Dave Hicks
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    Re: Mandolindo

    I block strings I don't want to ring with unused parts of the right and left hands (bulbous fingertips on the left - I'm right-handed - have some positive features after all :)).

    D.H.
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    by mandroid
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    Re: Mandolindo

    Your right hand palm?

    I had to look it up to see what you were talking about .. .. Nice
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    Re: Buying a 1911 F2 w/ repaired neck crack?

    This instrument has been discussed previously.

    A well repaired headstock crack can hold for decades. A poorly repaired one can give way at any time. This one looks well repaired, although no one...
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    Re: Jimmy Gaudreaua

    Based on a Cafe recommendation when I first joined back in '08, I took a chance and found:
    https://www.amazon.com/2-10-Train-Jimmy-Gaudreau/dp/B0013D8JLU

    One of my all-time favorite albums. SO...
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    Re: It Made the Mandolin Sound Better

    My best story on the subject came up in another thread a couple months ago...

    Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    Well, there was that one time ... :whistling:

    A few years ago, my...
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    Re: Gibson A Jr. Natural

    Just my opinion, but no problem if it does show. My bandmate has a 1910 A1 and you can easily see the insert if you know what you are looking for. His instrument has original finish.
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    Re: Gibson A Jr. Natural

    The Gibson peghead veneers used during the oval hole period were made out of an unknown dyed wood, often generically called "dyed pearwood." It is likely that the wood was pressure dyed, and the...
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    Re: Gibson A Jr. Natural

    This has been a very interesting discussion so far.

    It has cause me to revisit some of the instruments in the collection and to try and share my observations with my friends on the cafe.
    I have...
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    Re: Gibson A Jr. Natural

    Well I have a blond A Jr. The back and sides show evidence of refinishing but not the top, which is unusually, for an A Jr, tight and straight grained. The serial number is 86444.
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    Re: Gibson A Jr. Natural

    If you're concerned about market value of the instrument, the difference between one that's been refinished natural won't be much different than one done in Sheraton brown. In either case, it's a...
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    Re: Gibson A Jr. Natural

    Unless the refinish was done poorly I would keep it as is.

    BTW the most interesting A-Jr was one owned by Howard Frye the virtuoso mandolinist who played Gypsy music. He had it refinished and...
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    Re: Gibson A Jr. Natural

    Having just attended a jam outside in the sun, most welcome, and enjoying the heat and warmth. I was however glad I brought a natural finished mandolin instead of a dark finish. Considering that I...
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    Re: Gibson A Jr. Natural

    Well ... It's a black-and-white drawing of a mandolin offered only in Sheraton brown. So that's not natural, owing to the transfigurative properties of rendering a color image using a black-and-white...
  21. Re: A Reference for The Differences in oval holed Gibson A's?

    Walter, it is great to see you contributing to the conversation around here; keep up the good work and continue running the coolest music shop in the nation!
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    Re: Gibson A Jr. Natural

    Hi J.C,

    I guess anything is possible but it is highly unlikely that a custom color A-Jr would be ordered since it was a budget model and I suspect there would have been an up-charge for a...
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    Re: Gibson A Jr. Natural

    I never saw one although I have recently seen a refinished one being sold currently, maybe on Reverb? I believe that the description mentioned a refinish so probably not what you are talking about.
  24. Re: A Reference for The Differences in oval holed Gibson A's?

    If you put a 1922 A-4 in the cafe classifieds and call it a "Loar A-4" there would be a rush to the keyboards to see who can be the first to post a scathing accusation of misrepresentation. We can...
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    Re: Old Gibson A, AJr. A 2,3,4 Mandolis

    As some wise person once noted, "Gibson's main consistency was its inconsistency." :)

    In my experience, the most consistent years for me are 1920 through the Loar era ~1925. I have yet to play a...
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