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    Re: Resetting Expectations on Quality

    I used to have a dog that loved hot hide glue. It would run away with the hot glue pot and anything within reach from the shop........
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    Re: Ranieri - Art of the Mandolin

    As I understand it, the original books 1 & 2 were first published in 1925. Those 1925 editions are out of copyright and maybe reproduced at will. Though the editions published in 1956 and 1959 seem...
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    The Joy of an OM

    I’d like to share an experience that might inform someone else on their quest towards whatever musical goals they pursue.

    I’ve played mandolin for a long time, have owned—and sold—numerous fine...
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    Adieu to a friend

    Forty-four years ago I purchased a Gibson F-5, Serial #A17518, from Stutzman's Guitar Center here in Rochester. My first (turned out to be my only) bluegrass band had just broken up, but I knew that...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Working on Devaney's Goat. Dave Surette uses some triplets in unexpected places which at 180 bpm is a challenge for me. So the last week has devolved to triplet practice, which I need.
  6. John Goodin, "The Autumn After": Robert Margo, octave mandolin

    An original work for mandola in G (octave mandolin), John Goodin wrote “The Autumn After” for Alison Stephens and her Embergher instrument, affectionately nicknamed “the Beast”. Alison performed it...
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    Re: The Mandolin in America

    I can neither confirm nor deny having any knowledge of a conspiracy to suppress Schmergel instruments.
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    Re: How much Time do you have left?

    Having just turned 77 New Year's Eve, I find this thread's title ominous
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    I'm kinda chuckling to myself over this thread. Let me restate my original thought..Mike, I love the woodiness and sparkle out of that mandolin I heard you play. Thank you.
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    This reminds me of an old story, probably apocryphal, about the violinist Fritz Kreisler. A patron had him over for dinner after an afternoon recital, and she served Kreisler a sumptuous meal. "Mr....
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    Re: MidMo at Shopgoodwill

    Jim and Sue, thanks for your thoughts! Jim, there was nothing under the paper except more paper -- no damage to the back at all (except stains from the Scotch tape). As Alfons noted, the treble...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    It seems to be an African bow harp. For posterity, first the eBay instrument:

    191171

    A similar instrument is shown at a different website - sold for $86:

    191172

    Another below, from the...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    A Kora with not nearly the usual number of strings?
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    2020 tribute Vessel A model

    <Using this space solely for the purpose of entertaining and accepting offers for sale of instruments violates Forum posting guidelines. This will need to be sold elsewhere on the internet.>

    From...
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    Video: The Princess

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzNcU6sfUuY

    I’ve had the pleasure of the company of both my daughters over the holidays. The day before daughter #1 left we sat down to record this tune which she...
  16. RIP: John Morton. Metal luthier master

    In case any of you knew John, he passed away a couple of days ago. He built beautiful metal resonator mandolins and guitars. He played guitar and clarinet. (he often played with my choro jams and was...
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    Re: Old mandolins versus new a conclusion

    All my old mandolins are much more aged than my new ones. I find this consistent across all makes and models.

    On the other hand, the new ones are much more recent.

    Jeez, I love...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Is that true? The roots may be in Appalachian dance music, but I thought Bill Monroe (and cohorts) envisioned it more as stage performance music unrelated to dancing. Which is why there is no natural...
  19. Re: Older Barnes & Mullins Flatback - missing tuner key

    Just my 2c here, but I've replaced several like that and the procedure is always the same:

    * Remove the old collar that was holding the original button on.
    * Fashion a new button from bone (a...
  20. MP3 of the Day - Amarilli by Seattle Mandolin Orchestra from the

    MP3 of the Day

    From the Mandolin Cafe MP3 Library.

    Song title: Amarilli
    By: Amarilli by Seattle Mandolin Orchestra from the album Coloratura
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    someone's gotta say it

    Happy New Year all! :mandosmiley:
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    Another audio file..

    https://acousticremnant.bandcamp.com/track/sisters-of-the-spring

    Darn it..tried sending this directly from my computer. Probably my favorite recent tune that fell out of my head.
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    Re: New milestone

    Congratulations ! Charles ! Meanwhile I'm gonna start a " 2122 questions you always wanted to ask Jim Garber" thread.:mandosmiley:
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    This is a new old time tune, John Grimm's Butterfly Waltz. It's on his new album.

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  25. Re: Changing Left-Hand positions on the mandolin

    I find that resting the neck fully into the crotch between thumb and finger actually restricts range of motion in the fretting fingers.
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