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  1. Re: Definition of a good mandolin player’s spouse

    I, too, am lucky in my spouse, normally referred to on here as my-husband-the-guitar-player. We started playing duets together while we were dating back in the 1970s and picked up ITM as a pair back...
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    Re: Hello everyone

    welcome!
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    Re: Mandolin Newbie

    welcome to the mandolin and cafe! if you want specifics on what to look for in a well set up mandolin, shoot an email to rob meldrum and he'll send you his free guide to doing your own setup -- it...
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    Re: What's in your case?

    Depending on the case ... extra picks, wire cutters, string winder, Oasis humidifier too dried out to use, band biz cards. i keep the tuner on the mandolin(s) and a pick in the strings. I believe one...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Sometimes the musicians are fulfilling expectations by playing at breakneck speeds. Certain songs/tunes are remembered by listeners or players as being super fast (well or badly played) and if you're...
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    Re: Mando-inspired Haiku

    Snow through my window
    Mandolin sits on crossed knee
    Which hornpipe is next?
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    My strad and one of my bandolims are blondes. My first mandolin (a bowlback) was a blonde -- so I guess I'm more attracted to blondes than other colors. My two next favorites are a matte brown (my...
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    Re: Seasonal Sight Reading Challenge

    I have to admit, when I played it, it was pretty darn silent!
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Odd that nobody mentioned 'price point' for collections. you know, the best you can get for, say, under $600.

    I like the idea that a collection is something you deliberately set out to do, not...
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    Re: Setup, Setup, Setup!

    What a great story!
  11. Couldn't find the right string, so here's another cartoon

    Showed up on Facebook posted by a fiddler friend.
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    Re: RIP Charley Pride

    Jeez. Sorry to see this
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    Re: New Mandolin Advice request

    Buddy of mine lives in Buffalo and plays mandolin. he might be able to help you out if you run into trouble or just want to meet another mandolin player. He plays Irish (and rock and roll and just...
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    Re: Guitar player learning mandolin

    I'll second (or third) the comment that mandolin technique isn't guitar or bass technique. for one thing, your callouses are most likely in the wrong place for the mandolin. then, there's the chance...
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    Re: Reading music

    You seem to be on the right path -- I learned the mandolin from Mel Bay (back in the dark ages when there was no tab that i recall) and the first lessons were all about where to put which finger on...
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    Re: Adrian Gross - Maiden's Prayer

    Lovely version! Thanks to both of you!
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    Re: Heiden Artist Plus A model mandolin

    what a lovely thing! congrats!
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    I've never tried one, but the Silver Angels, I've heard, have a darker sound. They're beautiful instruments either way.
  19. Re: Skill Progression/Benchmarks, MAS and Instrument Upgrades

    I started with a bowlback which was perfectly fine until i put it away for 20 years and when i finally got back to it, the neck was too bent to keep the instrument in tune. Sigh. My next was a lovely...
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    Lass on the Strand is another hornpipe that's loads of fun to play, lots of arpeggios. I was going to mention the difference between the bluegrass/old time hornpipe rhythm and that of ITM (or at...
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    Re: Vintage Bowlback ID

    in the last picture -- does the instrument also lack frets, at least up near the head? because if so, those need replaced, too, i'd think.
  22. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    OK, now i have to go back and actually learn Tullycrine and Galway Bay, which I've played but not memorized.
  23. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    Such a sprightly hornpipe! i can see why it caught your imagination!

    I'm a huge fan of hornpipes in almost any version. I think they absolutely suit the mandolin the way other tunes suit other...
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    The Gibson 1909 collection

    I'm sure this has been posted before, but it just showed up on a Facebook feed with a question about the "big instrument with all the strings" but I was too dazzled by the F-styles to pay much heed....
  25. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    Friend of mine gave us a book of old fiddle tunes that look to be from about the 1940s or older -- lots of waltzes and translations of opera themes -- that's a lot of fun to drag out when I tire of...
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