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    Re: Doug Unger Mandolin??

    Way back in the Plasticine Era, 1979 when I was a young fella, I spent five weeks in Elkins WV taking a luthiery course at Augusta, taught mainly by Paul Reisler. In that length of time our group of...
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    Re: Willie O' Winsbury

    Never heard Andy Irvine’s version untilI just looked it up now (Sweeney’s Men are long time gone) although I have been listening to him a lot. I learned the song originally from Dick Gaughan who used...
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    Cape Breton players love the key of F, and Bb or Gm as well. Here’s a set the Ottawa CB Session plays of some of the favourites, including settings for a couple of tunes that have been mentioned in...
  4. Re: Oval hole mando comparable to a Kentucky KM-505?

    If you can find a good deal on a Collings MTO—lowest used price seems about $2k US, I’m not thinking of any particular ad anywhere-you ultimately won’t regret it. I played mine at a Cape Breton...
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    Re: Mandolins in the Movies

    In the movie Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence’s breakout flick, she plays a teenager searching the Ozarks for her missing father. At one point she goes to her dad’s sometime-girlfriend’s house and...
  6. Thread: A.J. Lee

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    Re: A.J. Lee

    I don’t usually get interested in “see this incredibly young musician” videos, but she really had a great soulful mature sound by the time she was 12. Pretty good at 10 in fact. Really got it now...
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    Re: Koady Chaisson, RIP

    You guys don’t—er, didn’t— know each other?

    Weird.
  8. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    Well, I hope to eventually…got the Collings summer 2020 after everything came crashing down. It’s different with a mando than with a nice guitar-it’s not like the drunks are going to ask if they can...
  9. Re: New restrictions on pearl and abalone into Canada

    No Ranald, that’s called USMC (very annoying name for a trilateral trade agreement) or in earlier years NAFTA. In regards to your experience “under NAFTA, I was charged a substantial customs duty for...
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    Re: Koady Chaisson, RIP

    Q: How do you clear a dance floor in PEI?
    A: Announce “there’s a phone call for Mr or Ms Arsenault—Chaisson-Gallant in the lobby payphone”
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    Re: Eastman 305 string preference?

    If you’re searching for a difference in strings, try flatwounds. The D’addarios are good strings and reasonably priced. Flatwounds give you an incredible improvement in comfort and less string...
  12. Re: So I guess I'll practice scales some more....

    So, Phydaux…you scared yet?

    Dude, you won’t go wrong spending HOURS on scales, as long as you can stand. When you get comfortable with closed position scales all over the fingerboard (please...
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    Re: Flat back bent top no label

    $65? Do it! As long as it’s decently playable, even if you don’t like it you can put new (light) strings on it and do other minor tweaks and sell it for more than that.
  14. Re: Is the Eastman 505 all that much better than the 305?

    I could swear that the 300 series used to have the same Pingwell tuners as the 500 and 600 series, but now the 300s have cheaper Prolines. In either case, you can swap in Grovers easily-no need to...
  15. The ol’ tenor banjo with an Archie Fisher classic “Mount and Go”

    I live in two different locations a thousand miles apart, so I keep a few instruments at each end to minimize travel with them. That brought me yesterday to getting out my first tenor banjo, a...
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings

    Almost a year ago I bit the bullet and got two sets of TI flats for a newly acquired Collings MTO. Must say they are exquisitely made. I was amazed to realize that the A was such a...
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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    Hi Barry. For a local reference, it cost me $292 Cdn all in for Brian Dubbledam to do a partial refret (first 12 frets) on my Eastman in 2017. Eastmans have rather narrow fret wire that is prone to...
  18. Re: New Eastman won't stay in tune - bad pegs?

    My Eastman 505 (and my Collings for that matter) tend to go sharp while idle for a few days. Flat while playing gigs. Per Eastman website, tuners are Pingwell, not Gotoh until you get to the 800 and...
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    Re: Inherited Prestige 8 string - year made?

    Truss Rod spotting: Normally there would be a small plastic cover screwed onto the peghead top just above the nut; you remove it to access the (metal) adjustable nut at the end of the truss Rod....
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    Re: Inherited Prestige 8 string - year made?

    Those pictures give some interesting clues. 1. Those probably aren’t the original tuners, since they are not fitted evenly with the backing plates lining up, and the corner of one is off the peghead...
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    Re: Rubner tuners on Eastman MD305?

    Anything short of a rant from you is a disappointment to me, Jeff. Please get yer high gudgeon on, soon.
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    My friend, you are going straight into the deep end. Considering you are just starting out and are expecting to make a healthy investment, i think you would be well served by considering getting...
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    Re: Stuck in customs

    Actually the law about that is pretty simple. You are potentially liable to pay tax and duties as applicable on upgrades or repairs done to your Canadian vehicle UNLESS they were necessary for the...
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    Re: Vintage 1970’s epiphone mm-70

    In the late 70s when I got started, every music store I entered had a few Japanese-made F5 copies very similar to this—all solid, carved tops, fairly fancy if not world-class inlay and trim, with a...
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    Re: Eastman MD 614

    Hi Caleb, that’s very similar to mine, both the original finish and the older style peghead (they switched to snakeheads about 2011). I picked it from a wallful of them at 12th Fret, cause it just...
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