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    West Virginia BACKHOME FESTIVAL

    Anyone having plans on attending the BACKHOME FESTIVAL in New Martinsville, WV June 25-26-27?
    Free festival with a variety of genres. Nearby camping. Good acts (where I was first introduced to Billy...
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    Re: Planning a road trip

    Legitimate concern. We road trip in our RV 8 months out of 12 in non Covid Times. I always take a good playable mando with me but leave my favorite (usually most costly) mando safe at home. All prior...
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    Re: Tremolo shoulder

    Also lighten the grip on your pick. I find that applying just enough pressure to not drop the pick helps everything relax.
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    Re: Dull and Lifeless

    Your signature does not say what part of the country you live in. Could your mandolin be exposed to usually high humidity as of late?
  5. Re: Best Cases for Temperature/Humidity Control

    And yet one more for Hiscox. Unfortunately my Small Dog case cover doesn’t fit. I liked to use the case cover for RV travel when nearly no control of humidity exists.
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    Re: Review: The Iwamoto mandolin #118

    Congratulations!
    Prior to my discovery of Mandolin Cafe I had no idea so many great builders existed here and around the world. So many things in my life make me feel blessed and a plethora of...
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    A Style in case for F style

    Having owned only one F style mandolin several years ago I have never tried putting an A style in a F style fitted hard case. Does this usually work with a decent fit? I sometimes see cases...
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    Our youngest (now 31) started on cello and still plays cello though mandolin is now his main instrument. He has also expressed that few people want to hear tunes on a cello so when needing a cello...
  9. Re: Mandolin Orchestra Soon to Be in DFW Area!

    Great! Check out Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra (henceforth PMO). https://www.pittsburghmandolinorchestra.com.
    I think of the PMO as being one of Pittsburgh's best features and...
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    Re: Sixties Music

    I should mention that this endeavor is a new type of experience for me. My musician friends are encouraging me.
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    Re: Sixties Music

    The reason for the uncertainty with an Everly Brothers set comes down to our inability to do the harmonies justice.
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    Re: Sixties Music

    I really enjoy the 60's music you mention. I especially gravitate to the Byrds, Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman's own application of the mandolin, and the many others that moved their Country music...
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    Re: Jazzy tunes with good melodies

    I can be of no help with the Latin Jazzy influence as I mostly play classic country honkey-tonk after migrating from rockabilly. I have just begun to dabble in Gypsy Jazz and have thus far just...
  14. Re: Lap Steel Guitar - No Mando content

    Yes This is the music I have been playing for a year or two now.
  15. Lap Steel Guitar - No Mando content

    This is new territory for me starting with zero knowledge. Are acoustic lap steel guitars a thing? If yes, can someone recommend a playable model that would be on par with say an Eastman 305? Entry...
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    See my post #5 on this thread. They are absolutely worth it if you need one. Just don't expect too much in the way of sound. I do agree with you about who travels too much. I don't think "Too much...
  17. Re: Where can a classical/Italian player find a non-bowlback mand

    If I played classical music frequent enough to justify the expense I would be on the hunt for a Phoenix Neo-Classical. Sweet sounding mandolins that fit the bill and it is not a bowl back.
  18. Re: Powergrass does "Blue Night" fro Poland

    Not my idea of Bluegrass but I liked it because they didn't do any of the things I don't like about Bluegrass. I know I'm in the minority and probably the odd man out. I have just never liked the...
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    I will not venture a definitive yes or no. From my perspective they are if you need one. I have owned three of different makers on separate occasions. I needed them for traveling around Europe which...
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    Re: Setup Workshop?

    BeanJean
    If you find one please inform me since we are both located in the Burgh or for me in the burbs. My wife and I RV extensively and will be leaving mid May for our NY camp and travel while...
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    Re: 1.1/8 vs 1.3/16

    My preference is for 1 1/8" as that is what I was accustomed to. My Stiver, was built with a 1 1/16", which I had not anticipated in my build. I have grown to like the 1 1/16". But, it took a little...
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    Re: Mando upgrade - opinions sought

    My experience has been differences in mandolins when upgrading are usually construction detail, quality of components, tonal and volume. Finding a $2.4k differential in playability is unlikely. Even...
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    Re: Mando upgrade - opinions sought

    Hard to go wrong with a Collings. Buy a used MT / MT2 oval $2K to $3.2K from these Cafe classifieds if that is what you are considering. I really liked my previous Collings but it was more suitable...
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    Re: It Made the Mandolin Sound Better

    Through high school, 6 years of college, young adult hood and previous to my career in public school administration I was a regular smoker that started when I woke in the morning and ended when I...
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    Re: Instrument Insurance Help

    I found Heritage to offer a good policy but got my carrier (State Farm) for other insurance to write me a policy almost as good as Heritage for less than half the cost.
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