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    Re: Good pick for starters

    Happily, it's cheap and easy to experiment with different picks. There's no right answer.

    Some of my favorite cheap picks are:
    Golden Gate Clown Barf. I get em from Banjo Ben. I like...
  2. Re: Walnut Back and Sides Spruce Flat Top Tone

    I have a spruce and walnut mandola, a double top and walnut bouzouki, and a spruce and walnut nordic mandola.

    I can say that walnut is my favorite looking wood for back and sides. I can also...
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    Re: Ron Cole-Prayers Please!

    Prayers sent. It's an awful diagnosis but they've come a long way with new treatments. I will keep him in my prayers.
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    Re: Modern F4 options?

    RobH makes a good point. It's worth doing a bit of research on what kind of oval sound you like.

    If you like your banjo eatin two point a modern F4 with a cantilevered fretboard might suit you. ...
  5. Re: Northfield F5S consistency (or buying without checking)

    Agreed. Both the NF5S and the MT have consistent quality and a lot of representation online so you can really get an idea of what they sound like. I'm sure there is a range but I haven't heard any...
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    Re: Thomastiks on a Northfield Calhoun?

    I've heard some players find GHS Silk & Steel sets easier to play. Might be worth investigating.
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    Re: The newest hot mandolin accessory!

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    Re: The newest hot mandolin accessory!

    Perfect for Christmas gigs. Count me in!
  9. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    Yes. Always.

    That said we're old enough now to request shade and 40 degrees or over in our contracts. Pretty much our only 2 conditions.
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    I suppose if the question was do you play some Bluegrass on your mandolin most would say yes.
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    Re: Where are all the (new) mandolins?

    Do you think we're reaching equilibrium or do you suspect it will get worse?

    Right now it seems like we're still spoiled for choice. If I wanted to buy today I would have great choices at every...
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    Re: Where are all the (new) mandolins?

    The Acoustic Shoppe has 4 different new from Steve Hinde. A5, F5, Mandola, and Piccolo.
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    Short answer: No

    Longer answer: From 1992-2001 we were an Irish Pub band. Stayed within the genre. Rebel songs and drinking songs.

    From 2001-20012 we were a bluegrass band. Stayed within the...
  14. Re: What Child is This (chord melody arrangement)

    Very nice. Merry Christmas!
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    Re: Ready to upgrade mandolin - need advice!

    Assuming you want to stick with F holes (like on your Fender), I would look at the Eastman 505 and 515 Varnish finish. I can take or leave the distressing but it's tastefully done, they look and,...
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    Re: David Surette has passed.

    He made so much wonderful music. Very inspiring. Rest in Peace.
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    Re: Post a picture of your band!!

    I think this should work. I'm not sure why it seems small but if you click and then go full size you can see it


    https://www.facebook.com/singletonstreet/videos/961438728012340
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    Re: Post a picture of your band!!

    That's a nyckelharpa. It's a kind of a keyed fiddle but more in
    the viola range. It was Sherri's pandemic project and she's pretty smitten with it. It's hard to get her to play guitar anymore! ...
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    Re: Post a picture of your band!!

    Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2021
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  20. Re: Hey guys and gals, I need some help please . . . old newbie

    There's Petersen Octave on Reverb for 1375

    There's a Herb Taylor Octave for 1900 in the Classifieds

    Carter Vintage has an interesting looking Freeman bouzouki for around 1400

    NFI but some...
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    Re: Armrest for a Northfield Big Mon

    I would check with the Northfield crew. They're pretty responsive.

    I had an NFF5S and my McClung armrest fit with some room to spare. I would think it would fit a Big Mon but when in doubt ask...
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    Re: Slow, sweet songs

    Two of the best for sweet melodies are Peter Ostroushko and John Reischman.

    Heart of the Heartland and Prairie Jewel would be two great ones to learn.
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    Re: Mandolin Gift Suggestions

    Banjo Ben, and Northfield have a nice variety of mando-centric stuff. I would think a gift certificate would be welcome.
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    Re: Best all time Inlay's

    Tracy Cox does a lot of custom inlay for Martin. He makes his own guitars and mandolins as well.
    https://www.tracycoxguitars.com/
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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    They call their XS plain steel strings "Fusion twist" and put out a graph that says they are 131% more stable. They call their XT "NY Steel" and tout those as well. No mention of the plain steel on...
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