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    Macrostie A, 1978, #24

    Hi all, I'm writing to share my recently rediscovered Macrostie instrument, pre-Red Diamond, Rosewood back and side, European spruce top A from 1978. I just got off a lovely call with him after...
  2. Angeline the Baker // Mandolin Crosspicking

    Here is a little impromptu solo crosspicking on the classic "Angeline the Baker."


    https://youtu.be/nN8TjJVHUSY

    Thanks for watching!
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    Mandolin Donation to Veterans

    I just wanted to pass along a "good news" story. A month ago I was looking for some instruments to donate to a local veterans organization in the hope of getting some of them started playing. A...
  4. 'Chinquapin Hunting'- 2020 Northfield F5S

    'Chinquapin Hunting'-on my new to me slightly road worn 2020 Northfield F5S. Fun, informal jam with my housemates.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atXB3MomXw8
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    Adieu to a friend

    Forty-four years ago I purchased a Gibson F-5, Serial #A17518, from Stutzman's Guitar Center here in Rochester. My first (turned out to be my only) bluegrass band had just broken up, but I knew that...
  6. F'in Mandolin Shootout with a Nugget, Gilchrist and Hogan!

    Hello and Happy New Year!

    I wanted to start off my saying I am not a fan of the word shootout because it gives the connotation that I am comparing these mandolins which isn't/wasn't my intention....
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    ...and tone bars shaved and a wider fingerboard added (to accommodate Mike's big fingers), plus plenty of normal wear and tear.

    I once "played" Mike's loar (...said as if I can actually play...
  8. Invention in C Major BWV 772 Nugget F5 and Northfield Octave

    Just got done listening to Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall's CD of Bach inventions and felt inspired to play one. You can even watch it in 4k!



    Enjoy and keep on picking!
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    Re: Endpin tolerances

    If the pin goes in all the way there is a good chance that it will not be tight enough in the hole. Ideally, the taper of the pin and the taper of the hole match perfectly and the taper causes the...
  10. Thread: Main Strength

    by jim19
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    Main Strength

    (not sure how interesting this is, but I felt like writing it today)

    It was 40+ years ago that I (at about 14 years old) was given a junky old mandolin from my grandfathers attic. After arming...
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    Re: Blem Mandolins

    Geez, the mandolins I bought all seem to have acoustic blemishes: fluffed notes, unreliable timing, slow tempos, haphazard chords...

    Couldn't be my playing skills, could it? Those "blems" aren't...
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    Re: Gibson - Dave Harvey Video

    Here's one from Mel Bay:

    https://youtu.be/zaN4Ia_sDIg
  13. Couldn't find the right string, so here's another cartoon

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRIRTQ_k-Sg
  15. Re: 1964 Guild 1964 F-30 Special Brazilian Rosewood

    I think think the joint would be less compromised by having some long grain across the joint, plus fingerboard removal is going to entail quite a bit of touch up. It could be a pretty small window....
  16. Great quote about instruments from Gordon Lightfoot

    I just watched the new documentary "Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind," which I highly recommend. It is excellent.

    He says something that really grabbed me about the guitar sound he goes...
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    Gilchrist and Heiden - Big Indian Blues

    I finally started to record some comparison of my A style mandolins from each of these master builders. This is Gilchrist 522 and Heiden 92, 2001 and 2018 builds respectively. The Gilchrist is Red...
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    Re: Traditionally voiced A-style?

    "......And A-5's, by nature, are different animals than F-5's......"

    Play the Griffith Loar one time and you will never make this statement again! And yes, I have...;)
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    Re: Heiden Artist Plus A model mandolin

    Over the past six years I’ve taken some photos on my visits to Michael’s shop. Here are just a few of them. Figured anyone that likes Michael’s instruments would enjoy...
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    by Pete Martin
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    Re: Big Sciota

    Here is a transcription of Sam's first solo on that recording.

    190160
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    Hagerty #7 fresh off the bench

    Hagerty #7

    red spruce top
    Back, neck and sides are big leaf maple
    1 1/8 bone nut
    Cumberland Acoustics bridge
    Compound radius fretboard 6.5-12
    Parallel bracing
    Waverly tuners
    James tailpiece
  22. Dennis tells us the winner of the Northfield...

    Dennis tells us the winner of the Northfield Mandolin was Paul Lafiasco from Florida. Lucky guy!
  23. Re: Article: The Mandolin Store Set to Give Away a Northfield NF5

    This is posted on The Mandolin Store's website:

    "The winner of this years Black Friday Northfield mandolin giveaway is Paul from Deltona Fla. I want to thank everyone for entering and shopping...
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    Re: Heiden Heritage

    That’s not what my wife would say. It about put me out in the street and in lots of trouble! :)
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    Ebony mandolin

    This is a recently finished flat top mandolin that is a bit unusual. It was experimental so I had no idea how it would sound. The back and sides are of Macassar Ebony, top is Red Spruce, neck...
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