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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    When I was shopping archtop ovals, I tried the new hybrids and the old traditional tubby sounding ones and went with the traditional sound. Tubby is the common phrase, but I would also use the terms...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Jim,
    Thanks for the info. We go way back with some mutual shared interest of Old Time music and these classic mandolins.

    What started this all was the Mike Black A4 in the classifieds a couple...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    I’ve been in Mike’s Artist Works class for around 4 years. He switches around his Mando here and there but most often plays the Northfield 4th gen. He has had at least 2 different 4th gens in that...
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    Re: A-Model Archtop Oval Hole $500-1000

    I have owned a 1912 Gibson A and a 2019 Eastman MD404. Both were purchased in the $500-$1000 range. I have never played an Eastman MD 504 or any other Eastman for that matter so I cant make the...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    Just the other day MM played a cool rendition of Rice’s “Swing 51” with the Loar. He plays one or the other depending on the situation, methinks. If anyone is interested, the tribute is still showing...
  6. Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    Well, there was that one time ... :whistling:

    A few years ago, my band had just finished playing an interesting show. We were sort of the background music for a cabaret setting, with ladies and...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    The Irish fiddler Martin Hayes has made a career out of slowing down and "milking" trad tunes for all they're worth on his duo albums with Dennis Cahill. He can play fast too. He's a member of a...
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    Re: Shading a spruce top

    Practice, practice, practice.

    Every chance I get and every time there is a bit of leftover color in the gun, I practice spraying. My workbench, most of the molds and jigs, tools, the bricks...
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    Re: Eastman MD305 = AMAZING!

    I agree with the OP on his description of the MD305. I bought one about a year ago, also from TMS(great store, great service), and have enjoyed it. I have tried several different sets of strings,...
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    Eastman MD305 = AMAZING!

    Hi Mandolin Players,

    I'm posting this review to help others who may be on the fence about buying an Eastman.

    I have owned a Collings MT for about 10 years and recently decided to buy a backup...
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    Re: Irish bouzouki damaged in transit

    Materials science, maybe. It might not have had a really hard hit; one that would show on the package. Any piece of bent wood can carry un-relieved stress from the bending, or even aging. Just...
  12. Re: Stewmac router binding jig - experiences anyone?

    Nick, the bearing was a later addition to replace the wooden one I made initially. It has bearings and helps the jig run more smoothly, and I can't quite remember but I think I got it from Ebay. Mike
  13. Re: Stewmac router binding jig - experiences anyone?

    Here are some more pics, I know it looks like it's thrown together but it works, and if the main structure looks odd at the back, it's because I used an old hood from a shop built drum sander. The...
  14. Re: Stewmac router binding jig - experiences anyone?

    And yes it can be done that way on a flat top, but e.g. on the back of a guitar which is quite arched and tapered towards the neck, then it becomes difficult to keep the binding channel perpendicular...
  15. Re: Stewmac router binding jig - experiences anyone?

    Yes Nick, it rides up and down the slides(that is their purpose) and follows the contour of the instrument body, just as the Stewmac jig, and obviously the depth of the cutter can be adjusted too by...
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    I agree 100%. It is subjective for everyone. Ears and fingers will solve the quest, not price tag.
  17. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    According to the builder database there are a documented 130 builders of bouzoukis, 47 citterns.
  18. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    Hm, this might be a valid reason to subscribe to Facebook, as Im still not there. But Id also like to see more bouzouki content here, as Ive just came back to bouzouki-playing the last two weeks...
  19. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    Nick I don't disagree mandocello and octave seem to be the fashion these days, I myself went down the cittern path for a spell but really wanted to focus more on the classic mandolin family with 4...
  20. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    It's a paradigm, but purely anecdotal. If someone sees three instruments from one builder for sale in a couple of days and posts a question here asking what is the true problem with the brand and...
  21. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    You didn't ask about Greek bouzouki players...like me.
  22. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    I would play bouzouki if I had one! And I would post about it here too
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    Tone and playability/feel are the key elements for me, and the aesthetics are nice to have, but secondary. My first good mandolin was my 2009 Silverangel Econo, which played/sounded great. It was...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    Perfection is so out of the range of each of us that it is foolish to think we can even get close. It is as if I were to climb on to the roof of my house and yell down to you that I was closer to the...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    Nicely said @sunburst. I watch my 5 year old son struggle with being a perfectionist - something he has definitely inherited from me. I can see it frustrate and limit him as he makes and creates, and...
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