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  1. Re: Eastman MD 305 unbox - thanks all, I'm a satisfied customer.

    I have an Eastman also, and I really like it (also!).
  2. Re: Definition of a good mandolin player’s spouse

    I am one of those folks who has a wonderful wife. She was a "band nerd" in school, then taught herself to play piano when our kids were small. I have been very fortunate because she knows how to...
  3. Thread: Hi Everyone

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    Re: Hi Everyone

    Welcome to the Cafe and Forum, Eric. This is a fun place to hang out.
  4. Re: Bluegrass Lessons in Northwest Arkansas--Especially Fiddle

    Although I don't live there and haven't for many years, I do have connections to that part of Arkansas. Because I have connections, I notice when there are posts here about NW Arkansas. Based on my...
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    Re: Blem Mandolins

    I bought a blem from TMS a few years ago. I think that is a wise thing to do, as you can get a better mandolin that way. The blemish on mine is not easily visible at all, and it makes no difference...
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    Re: Beginner Instrument Question

    Welcome to the Cafe, Gardenmaid!

    I bought an Eastman mandolin from TMS a few years ago. As others have said, it came with a great setup and was playable right out of the box. When I bought mine,...
  7. Thread: Reading music

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    Re: Reading music

    Hi Oldsoldier181. It has already been mentioined, but I found Marilynn Mair's "The Complete Mandolinist" to be an outstanding book from which to learn to read music. When I started playing...
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    Re: Eastman - back/neck separation

    Yay. Eastman gives a lifetime warranty to the original owner. It sounds like they stand behind their warranty. Great news.
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    Re: House of the Rising Sun

    I agree, Mike. She is quite good!
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    Re: Mandolin Set Up Ebook and Mandolin Users

    Rob sent me the ebook a few years ago. I used it to set up a $100 mandolin, which ended up sounding great. Besides that, I learned a LOT. Thanks again, Rob!
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    Hi Round2!

    If you are not working (or did not work) with a teacher to learn to play the mandolin, how did you go about it?

    I have never worked with a teacher, except maybe just a smidgeon with...
  12. Re: Unexpected things/benefits about playing mandolin

    I enjoy being here also, like Hank, Sue and others. Lots of nice folks here.

    As far as an unexpected benefit, I have learned to read music, which has helped me in singing hymns at church. Still...
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    Re: Specific Pick Direction Question

    The book I have from Marilynn Mair, after you get past the basic section, shows 8th notes (4/4/ time) DD with 16th notes DUDU. Based on Ms. Mair's direction in her book, I would say your natural way...
  14. Re: Long term planning for 1st mandolin and uke GDAE in the meant

    Hi Cunparis. I have an Eastman that I purchased from The Mandolin Store and I really like it. It sounds like those of us living in the U.S.A. may be a little spoiled to being able to try before we...
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    Re: Dennis Vance receives double transplant

    Thanks for the good news.
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    Re: Eastman Mandolin Advice

    Hi zdub. If I were you, I would just play the Eastman you have for a while. You can always change to an F style whenever you want.
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    Re: Dennis Vance receives double transplant

    Really good news!
  18. Re: Happy Birthday Dennis Vance, hoping for a transplant

    I missed this yesterday, so will hafe to join Eric in wishing you a belated Happy Birthday! Dennis. Prayers for you to get well soon.
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    Re: Update From The Mandolin Store

    I bought a mandolin from your Dad a while back, but I think I am one of those perpetual beginners. I would be embarrassed to do a video for your Dad, but I can and will pray for a speedy recovery....
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    You and me both, Sherry!
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    A few years ago I tried playing with a couple of guys at church. Both of them had guitars. One of the guys just simply could not play chords in time so when the other guy moved away, I quit doing...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Congratulations on such a great find, Sue! Really nice looking.
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    Re: Arkansas Traveller with Lyrics

    I'll add my thanks, Charley. I like that song, but then again I am an Arkansan :). Sometimes I think I could be the old man!
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    Re: purchase for social distancing

    Thanks for the report, Lorraine.
  25. Re: Getting Small Chubby Hand/Wrist to Reach Around

    Welcome to the forum, GrammaSherry.

    I am just a senior citizen newbie, so not much help in solving your problem. While you are trying to decide about on-line or in-person lessons, you may want...
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