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    Re: Do You Have Too Many Instruments?

    Well, I know that whenever I succeed in kicking one out, it leaves a vacuum. A powerful vacuum. But as we all know, nature abhors a vacuum, and my cave is a perfect laboratory in which to observe...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    The analogy doesn't work for me. If Mr. Bolt is racing against a bunch of elementary kids, then yes, him racing would be rather boring. And not much fun for the kids who were wanting to race each...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    So it's Pete Seeger this time. Well, I trust my own memory, having read Alan Lomax's article in Esquire magazine, and, yes, here it is:...
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    Re: Reading mandolin music score by NOT using TABS

    If you're into folk tunes you can go to Nigel gatherer's wonderful collections and choose the standard notation option.
    http://www.nigelgatherer.com/tunes/tow.html He really has put an absolute...
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    Re: Thinking of buying a second mandolin

    Yes. I have three:

    1) play what you have until you can afford something better, not something different. A lot of us spun our wheels buying a number of equivalent mandolins, perhaps losing...
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    Re: Ellis F5 vs. Gibson F5 vs. Collings MF5

    If an old friend speaks to me, it is generally because they have forgotten our last encounter.
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    I got a mandolin from TMS and for 8-9 months was too terrified to make any adjustments to it. After all, they were known for doing quality setups and, at that time, I knew even less about mandolins...
  8. Thread: Rag mandolins

    by Stopstop
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    Re: Rag mandolins

    I got myself #29 (built in 2017) for a Christmas present last January. It is a Carpathian & maple french polished F. I went to his shop, got the tour and played the 8-10 he had there. Nice guy &...
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    Re: New case option

    I'm always trying to figure out how to get the cases off the floor. I hadn't considered mounting them to the ceiling.
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    Re: mayhem in the music room

    Col. Mustard with the candle stick, in the music room.
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    Re: Late Night Trashy Mandolin Music

    Another anniversary for this celebrated day in my 'hood. Plans for a beer on the porch tonight and a few late night trashy mandolin tunes steps away from Mandolin Cafe headquarters. I love history.
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    Of course. Why would you ask that here?
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    Re: Abramusic Mandolin

    I am convinced that these builders put those holes on instruments as a sort of luthier joke.

    "Ehi, Luigi. Mettiamo questi buchi nella parte superiore e infiliamo questi occhielli in essi. Un...
  14. Thread: Collings

    by Mandolin Cafe
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    Re: Collings

    Your question answered.

    Over and over and over... If you'd like we can add about 50 more threads to that list.
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    Re: Resisting the "Iron Maiden"

    The problem I have practicing with a metronome is it slows down on the easy part and speeds up on the hard parts.
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    Re: Chords

    I bar a lot, so four-string chords usually take three fingers.

    Keep in mind, though, that I really don't know what I'm doing.
  17. Thread: the addiction...

    by Br1ck
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    Re: the addiction...

    Here is how I break it down: Say you buy a $2000 mandolin. Now lets say you are so stoked you play it for two hours a day, for 300 days of the year. That is 600 hours. Comes to $3.33 per hour. Now...
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    Re: Favorite Mandolin Picture

    So...anyone sit in with you to jam?:grin:
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    Re: Mandolin chords chart in standard notation

    Would be interesting to take a chord in standard notation, and show all humanly possible ways of playing it on a mandolin. I would be surprised if there were any chords with more than 3 chord shapes....
  20. Collings MT Gloss Top, Top Binding and Wide Nut-- Waiting!

    I am the one who grabbed the above 2017 Collings that is now listed as "pending". Mint for $800 less than street price! I am excited. Set to arrive Wednesday. Thanks Avenue Guitars for your great...
  21. Re: Taylor V-class bracing - No direct mando content

    So, mgap, are confirming the old saw
    “That which is old, is new again?”
    And I agree, there will be the nay sayers no matter what and there will be flag wavers.
    I’m not going to go out and snap...
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    Re: Blue Chip pick----Lost and found

    Same thing happened to me with a 1964 Chevy once. Could not find it in a restaurant parking lot, one morning about 2 AM. Took a cab home and called the police to report it stolen. They called me...
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    Re: When to buy?

    I don't know about dealers, but used offerings from private sellers often seem to peak during tax season in April.
  24. Re: Ellis A5 #339-15 and a Visit to the Ellis Shop

    Ivan -

    Logically I agree with you. However, if you happen to have the opportunity to play Tom's personal Ellis (recent) that one mandolin will make all logic fly out the window. Gone. Take my...
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    Re: Antique case - how to preserve

    Or, as my buddy used to say, "if that doesn't work, you can always take it out back and shoot it"
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