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  1. Re: Any info on this mandolin would be appreciated

    Hi. Are you in UK? For beginner I would recommend a Republic mandolin. A- style from Cash Converters.

    They are basically a Savannah SA-120 all solid wood mandolin with very good projection. May...
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    Re: stand or sit?

    Most performances you see of live bluegrass mandolin is players standing up and they don[t seem to have any problem with control.

    I've never had any issue playing standing up. Like everything else...
  3. Re: Please help me identify the mandoline

    Hofner or Perhaps Arnold Hoyer. As mentioned above, possiby German made.
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    Re: Jay Ungar, Mandolin Picker

    I don't do facebook but I've just googled on youtube and found https://youtu.be/qF-iNlSgDKA this concert where the F4 works great in a duo setting. He has an F5 hanging on the wall but good to see...
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    Re: Jay Ungar, Mandolin Picker

    On the youtube video of The Lovers' Waltz you can see what looks like an F4 and a guitar behind Jay Ungar and only the two of them on stage. Don;t know if ne of them played the F4 or if they were...
  6. Re: Is this Gibson A-5 model familiar to anyone?

    In the early 1980s, although I had owned 2 Gibson oval holes, I always fancied a scroll model Gibson and this was the nearest I could get at the time. I bought it from an Italian Ice Cream seller,...
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    Re: Jazzy tunes with good melodies

    Dean Martin song Sway.
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    Re: Help with mandola strings pls

    I reckon mandroid is about right for ease of playing. Just that little bit heavier than the 12 20 30 and 40 that I had. I used very light at my friend's request and the bottom C on 40 gauge was...
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    Re: Help with mandola strings pls

    I strung up an Eastman Mandola today with very light strings as the elderly gentleman can't handle heavier strings. Scale length is 16" and we used 12 20 30 40 which is very light but it worked...
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    Re: Eastman "Logo"

    I think a slanting headtsock inlay would have been better and although the font is fine for me, perhaps a little bigger or thicker.

    With Eastman I think their F-holes are really good without...
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    I agree with AllenHoppkins about the F4 beaing the most beautiful. Whilst I absolutely love the look of something like a 1927 F5, the soundhole rosette on an F2 or F4 really does stand out and make a...
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    Re: Handel tuner buttons?

    I think Mike Blohm has one set left. I just bought a set from him. They fit on Stewmac Repro tuners. Don;t know if Mike wants his email publicised but I will email him and let him know of your...
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    Poll: Re: Poll - If there could only be one?

    Paul Schneider. Summit Mandolins.
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    Totally different animal from an F-hole mandolin, in my opinion. I've had several F4s (8 in last 40 years)and none of them worked in a large ensemble and certainly not in bluegrass. With that in...
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    Re: Pickguard or no pickgaurd?

    I think that, without exception, they detract from the appearance. Never seen a mandolin that wouldn't look better with thepick guard off. However, for all the people who wear the treble side of...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    As The Beatles sang in 'Rock and Roll music' 'Unless they try to play it too darn fast -- And lose the beauty of the melody'. I usually think the melodies sound very much better at a mid tempo....
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    Eastman H4 style Mandola

    Does anyone have experience of the Eastman H4 stye mandolas.

    I've had a few Eastman mandolins through my hands and always found the F-hole mandolins to be pretty good without being fabulous but...
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    Re: Ads without a price

    Perhaps it is wanting to click on the link to a dealer's website which is just a normal entrepreneurial thing to do. Doesn;t bother me at all. If I am seriously interested in the instrument then it's...
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    Re: Hands on with a Zeta acoustic mandolin

    So many mandolin and guitar cases never seem to consider the fact that there will possibly be a strap permanently on the instrument. Don't know what that one is like but there looks room at the...
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    Re: Old Gibson A, AJr. A 2,3,4 Mandolis

    I think that many players have encountered A-0, A, A-1, A-jnr which were brilliant as well as some A4s which were no good. I find the maple better than birch but other than that, in terms of actual...
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    Re: Deep Nostalgia - Lloyd Loar

    Talking of Lloyd Loar I wonder if Gibson will bring out a commemorateive F5 in 2022, being 100 years from inception?
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    Re: Bluett Brothers Mandolins

    I had a Bluett F4 a few years ago. It was very well made although not particulary loud. More of a mellow sound. Highly rated builder I reckon.
  23. Re: New tune I wrote, "Red Winged Blackbird"

    Is it a Duff Mandola? Looks like it.
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    Re: Northfield Mandolins

    I've said before that in 50 years of playing mandolin my Northfield BigMon F5 (2016) is the best mandolin I have owned. I once played a 1927 Gibson F5 Fern which is probably the only mandolin which...
  25. Re: Is there a mando equivalent to Flatpick Guitar Magazine?

    I view Mandolin Cafe as a lot better than a monthy magazine and I honestly think that you can get anything at all AND MUCH MORE if that makes sense. A donation now and again, however small, is in my...
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