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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Maybe an approach would be to employ whichever mandolin works for the style of music. The reason I say this I have gone back to cheaper well rounded mandolins ( Eastman 505, Breedlove KO mandolins,...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Eric, You have some pretty reasonable mandolins at best. In part I think the mandolin cafe tricks people into wanting more than they have and replacing what are solid well rounded mandolins with the...
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    Re: Bridge upgrade on new Eastman mando?

    Max. I tried out an Eastman 505 Comfort with satin finish. It may have been the mandolin. I sent it back. Instead I got a 505 classic with gloss finish. It has a good woody rounded tone with...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    Well if you were a first class act why would you bother with a $500 Eastman - the world of mandolin making is your musical oyster. There are plenty of folks who get plenty of satisfaction with their...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    My point is that he has replaced his Loar recently with a Northfield Artist model. Here he is teaching arpeggios at Elderly Instruments 1 week ago:


    https://youtu.be/DdkiNqs8y8o
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Ever heard Butch Baldesarri play bluegrass or old time? He finds a nice balance between speed, expressiveness and tone.
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    Re: Bridge foot marks/resale value

    I would not apply micromesh to the area. If it is a satin finish a very light respray with nitro touchup lacquer can work if a surrounding areas of the tool is taped off and covered. Best if a...
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    Re: Fret Wire Questions

    Look up the Jescar 147 designation. I found this on Australian Luthier Supplies website and confirmed it later on the Jescar website.
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    Re: My latest oud

    Gorgeous instrument. It inspires me to get one day and play one again.
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    Re: Shading a spruce top

    So James what sort of gun do you use? I was thinking of using a gun with 1 lb shellac with powdered dye added to an alcohol solution. I like your idea of sealing it first so that it is easy to sand...
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    Re: Kentucky 150 Europe?

    Hi Bill,

    The one I am referring to is situated in the heart of northern Holland in a town called Dedemsvaart.

    Their address and contact details are as follows:


    The Fellowship of Acoustics...
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    Re: Hi, I'm new to this

    You bought a good mandolin Bron. There is nothing wrong with your choice. It should serve you well. There is also nothing wrong with having limited choice as well.
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    Re: Eastman MD305 = AMAZING!

    Well it is an honest objective comment. I smiled too when I read it. I think it is really great that some members of the cafe get so much pleasure from inexpensive mandolins and write it about with...
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    Re: Breedlove FF Experiences?

    I tried out two Eastman 505s. One a classic and the other a CC/N model. The first one was a lovely sounding mandolin yet had it small traditional mandolin frets. The second was a CC/N model. I...
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    Re: In search of a mandolin...

    I have stumbled upon a really interesting thread that CMChaney started. I think I understand his pallete of tones he is seeking in a mandolin.

    If you have a really nice Italian-made violin then...
  16. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    Thanks to Dagger and Catmandu for your musical preferences and background. I play my Irish Bouzoukis in a range of musical genres ever since started playing them in the early 1980s.

    I use them as...
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    Re: Tuning issues - Octave Mandolin

    Very simply the Hora Instruments don't have an intonated bridge. I swapped out the simple narrow bridge on a APC B305 Irish bouzoukiand put on one one that I made. Result intonation is perfect.
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  18. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    So David what would pique your interest in Irish Bouzoukis? Instruments, good video instructions on how to play them,. Other musically genres on Greek or Irish bouzouki?

    I really enjoyed Andy...
  19. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    No I didn't and didn't mean to exclude you either. Surely there must be more people here playing both types of bouzoukis.
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    Re: Eastman MD 614

    The MD5/5 is a much better mandolin these days.

    Check out this video:


    https://youtu.be/QagXqvP7R3I
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    Re: Irish/Portuguese Bouzouki

    It a bit of an anachronism yet still in the type of cittern, mandola, or octave mandolin. He seems polite to me for the most part.
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    Re: Irish/Portuguese Bouzouki

    Here is I think an earlier version of the PTB305 Irish Bouzouki. It is an APC755 model made in 2012.

    You can hear Niilo Sirola play an hour of Irish Bouzouki music. There is a second version of...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    Yes great philosophy Jamie good enough is enough to keep us happy. I remember one cafe member a few years back was stricken with the idea of the perfect instrument. So much so he spent a lot of...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    This music Bob is one of the many traditional styles of music here in Spain. Most people outside Spain believe that there is only flamenco and even that has many different variants. For instance...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    Well Bob. Interesting you should say that.

    She just ordered a citola like this one in the video made by a Spanish luthier.


    https://youtu.be/KXtBRaRZY-A

    She is into Sephardic and Mediavale...
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