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    Re: Butch Baldassari Tunes

    Wow Don you and the Heiden sound terrific on that tune! Your notes are very clear and distinct and your tone is beautiful. That’s probably my favorite among Butch’s compositions and you have inspired...
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    Re: Double stop soloing help.

    Mandocrucian recommended one of his mandolin method books, and I recommend a second one of his books that you may find worthwhile. “Bluegrass Up The Neck” is very helpful with double stop positions...
  3. Re: Carter Vintage Guitars is now Carter Vintage Exchange

    Carter Vintage was a wonderful place each time I visited and Christie was friendly and welcoming. I wish her and Walter the best. They built a world class music store that was unique in my...
  4. Re: Changing the strings on my new to me 2nd hand Gilchrist

    Another vote for Mangan Monel (medium) on a model 5, especially if you like the old school sound.
  5. Re: Varnish finish - Awesome or more trouble than it’s worth?

    I would very tentatively say that my mandolins with varnish finishes generally sound better to my ears than those finished with lacquer. But I like them all and the instruments are different enough...
  6. Re: Varnish finish - Awesome or more trouble than it’s worth?

    I haven’t noticed any difference in durability between varnish and lacquer finishes on my mandolins, including the one with French polish under a lacquer top coat. I don’t use an armrest or tone...
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    Re: Monel strings - what to do, what to do?

    I tried the Martin monel strings on an F5 style mandolin a few years ago and in my opinion they sounded weak and hard to hear compared to both the Curt Mangan monels and the D’Addario monels. Of the...
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    Re: Mandolin and Clawhammer Banjo duos

    What an informative thread! Recently I have been playing with a very good old time fiddler. His rhythm is very strong. I have been trying to sync to his bowing patterns and shuffles, as well as slurs...
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    Re: Doug Unger Mandolin??

    202540

    1984 Doug Unger F4 style mandolin
  10. Thread: Tunes in "F"

    by Andy B
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    Caleb Klauder’s arrangement of the old time fiddle tune Wiley Laws is in F. Good tune!
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    Re: Monroe Style Mandolin Question

    I have played with the strap over one shoulder and with the strap around my neck and I never had any problems either way. I slightly prefer to wear the strap around my neck but I don’t really notice...
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    Re: Guitar flight case in overhead?

    I have flown on Southwest with people carrying on guitars in flight cases-no problem. One of them was Del McCoury, who had his guitar in a Hoffee flight case. As many others have said, pay extra for...
  13. Re: Gibson Must Now Face Antitrust Litigation in Heritage Case

    But not from actually playing them.
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    Re: In Praise of Hans Brentrup

    Don, a belated congratulations on your beautiful Brentrup. I am glad you are enjoying it and I hope to see and hear you play it in person before too long.
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    Re: Lark Street Music

    I was a regular lunch hour visitor when the shop was on Lark Street. Buzzy was always welcoming and very generous with his inventory, up to and including a July 9 Loar that he must have known I could...
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    Re: B.B King box on mandolin?

    The BB Box is based in part on major and minor pentatonic patterns. Niles Hokkanen, who posts here occasionally, wrote a pentatonic mandolin tutorial with the mandolin patterns called The Pentatonic...
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    Re: String windings on Waverly tuners

    Your picture is more or less how mine look. As others mentioned, you can nudge the wraps down as you are tightening the wound strings so the wraps don’t overlap and potentially contact the wraps on...
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    Re: J.D. Crowe passes

    That’s Tim Spradlin in the photo with Earl Taylor and Jim McCall. Over the years I saw J.D. Crowe a few times at festivals and he was always friendly and approachable. His 60s album with Red Allen,...
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    Re: Bill Halsey's last F-5

    Those are just beautiful! Congratulations on such special mandolins.
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    Re: Bill Monroe’s mandolin and other Loars.

    In Neil Rosenberg’s book Bluegrass A History, in the photo section between pp. 124-125, is a 1945 photo of Bill holding his “newly acquired” Loar. The mandolin looks new, complete with pick guard and...
  21. Thread: Monel strings

    by Andy B
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    Re: Monel strings

    I like the Mangan monel mediums 11-15-26-40. I gave up on the D’Addario monel mediums because I kept breaking E strings. If GHS made a set of the pure nickel strings in 11-15-26-40 I would try them....
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    Re: Monroe Mandolin Camp 2021

    Among all the terrific classes and other events at the MMC this year, it was great to see and pick with Don and Dan and so many other old friends again and to meet Shaun and so many other new...
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    Re: Starting to see the difference

    Playing the dobro is like playing the guitar with one finger. My dobro playing got a lot more “linear” (in Allen’s well-chosen word) after I got serious about playing mandolin.
  24. Thread: Tax Day Cometh

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    Re: Tax Day Cometh

    Page 36 of the official transcript of the oral argument in the Supreme Court of the United States in the Wayfair case reflects that Justice Breyer asked Wayfair’s counsel the following question: “I...
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    Re: Anyone else have a Deneve?

    Dick built a good sounding mandolin. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
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