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    Re: Gibson A-50 up for auction

    To my untrained eye it looked like the stain is from red felt under a Dearmond "monkey on a stick" pickup. Maybe someone got the felt wet and it bled? Stained the top so either keep it as is, or...
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    Re: Warm up song

    It changes. Often it's whatever tune I'm working on. One that's been maybe memorized, but not that comfortable yet. Right now it's Snigelschottis. Other times it's a Quebec tune. Also changes...
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    Re: Fender medium-gauge guitar pick

    Well, have found that a thinner pick sounds best - to me and my bandmates - on my Coombe. So for that one a Tortex .73 (yellow) is what I've settled on. For now. Practice at home, it's a Tortex 1.14....
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    Re: Bravo D'Addario XS Strings!

    That's excellent news. Always been a big frustration. Probably have close to a dozen spare E strings (and some A) just for that reason.
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    Re: Clown Barf Construction

    Okay, am probably remembering this wrong, but back in the day clown barf picks were made from essentially leftover plastics of whatever kind were around. Some celluloid, some not. Just fused together...
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    Re: Flat Tops, Waterloo and others

    Have played Calhoun, Waterloo, Morris, Flatiron, Kalamazoo, Big Muddy, Coombe. Not enough to have any knowledge and will defer to someone like yourself who has owned all the models mentioned.
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    Re: Flat Tops, Waterloo and others

    Well, for the price of a Waterloo you could also get a Peter Coombe classical flat top. http://www.petercoombe.com/classical-mandolin.htm

    The Coombe is also designed for (flatwound) medium strings...
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    Re: Buying without being able to play

    Hopefully someone else will be able to give specific advice for Spain, but I just did a quick currency conversion and that appears to be over $4,000USD for the Northfield. Am wondering if you could...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    Jim,

    Thanks for pointing that out. I probably veered off topic too much with my comment. Will only defend it by saying most of the Cape Breton music I have heard is very fiddle and piano heavy...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    Thanks for posting this. Cool to hear the mandolin in this context.

    Been playing French Canadian tunes for the past year or so on the mandolin. Definitely will never sound like a fiddler, but...
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    Re: Case options for flat top

    Update - Ordered a TKL Vectra. It fits the Coombe perfectly. In comparison to a Road Runner case it's a little bit taller and less deep. Definitely better made. Only downside so far, the neck pocket...
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    Re: Reasons to avoid practicing

    It rained around here recently. Have to go outside and watch the grass grow. Everyone knows it won't happen if you don't watch.
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Yup, very high prices. My only thought on the first one listed is that he states "please give us a message before purchase". Am not even sure that one could be brought back to the US at this point....
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    Re: Eastman MD315 or MD 515?

    There are various versions of the 515 (CC - rounded edges and no binding; 515v - varnish finish). But the differences between the basic 515 and the 315 that I can tell are -

    different tuners...
  15. Re: Advice on buying a new mandolin? Been playing for 15+yrs

    Sue briefly mentioned, but there are a couple of Morris mandolins in the classifieds. Yes, even the flat tops are a touch above your price range, but I do consider them to be very good instruments. ...
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    Re: Looking for something darker and throatier

    Would agree that an Ellis would be a good choice. I like the mahogany Weber Gallatin model also. Although that's not a bluegrass instrument in the traditional sense.

    It would be interesting to see...
  17. Re: Al Capone's Waltz on Peter Coombe Classical Flattop

    Thanks. Not sure if the tune has another name. That's the only title I know. I learned it from Paul and a couple of other people, along with the sheet music from spillefolk.dk (Had the sheet music,...
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    Case options for flat top

    Okay, this has been rehashed many times. But with so many things changing wanted to ask again. What are the current recommendations for a quality hardshell for a flat top mandolin? From what I can...
  19. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    I like the look. That one obviously doesn't have the Schaller tuners and James tailpiece. If I hadn't gone a different direction would probably like to try one. Nothing there I object to. Still...
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    Re: Do You Baby Your Mandolin?

    I don't try to baby them, but do take some care. One mandolin is usually out on a wall hanger. Right now it's the Coombe. Come winter, when humidity drops, it will probably be the Strad-O-Lin that's...
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    Re: Strings For Mahogany Back Mandolins

    My band mate uses 80/20 on his mandolins. He prefers that sound. No reason not to try them on your gold top.

    Otherwise will join the chorus and say try monel and see how they sound.
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    Re: Northfield Workshop S-Series NFS-F5WN

    Congrats! And welcome. Yes, the F5S is a great mandolin. Mine just might end up being the last f-hole instrument I own.
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    Re: Tell me it gets easier.

    Here's a link to a chart with some easy mandolin chords - http://www.bradleylaird.com/playthemandolin/chords-easy.html

    Yes, you are doing it the way I started out. Would also recommend a teacher,...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    FWIW, my first horizontal instrument was electric bass, and in The Evolving Bassist by Rufus Reid he argued for using a strap at all times so the bass is in a constant position. Took that to heart in...
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    Re: AP stamp on Kalamazoo KM11?

    Only owned a couple. Haven't seen that stamp. But I'll vote for a retailer. Sears would stamp instruments. That's possibly what the store that sold this did.
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