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  1. Re: Thoughts on neck profiles and a mandolin upgrade

    When I had an Ellis made, I discussed neck dimensions, shape and measurements with Tom - got a neck that feels comfortable like an old sneaker without the odor. Pava mandolins are made in the same...
  2. Re: Do Martin mandolins fetch higher or lower prices than Gibsons

    Martin mandolins are predominantly flat-top with a cant and flat backed with oval sound holes. They tend to have a shorter 13" scale. Overall, they don't project as well as the carved top/back...
  3. Thread: Gilchrist

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    Re: Gilchrist..............

    Hard to go wrong!
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    Re: New Mandolin day

    Another day, another mandolin? MAS is hard to control.
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    Re: Too Cold to Ship Your Instrument

    When I was in college I bought a new Martin D28 with my summer earnings and was playing in an acoustic group. Had a gig one night in a local Iowa City bar and the car wouldn't start: -10 degrees. ...
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    Re: Excellent video on chord tone improv.

    Nice etude for the Repentant Shepherd's song!:grin:
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    Re: Big Sciota // One Man Jam Session

    Fun tune & great arrangement!
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    Re: Am I seeing more A style mandolins?

    Love a mandolin in any body style! An F5 only looks like it should sound better than an A5, and same for an F2 or F4 vs an A oval hole. I've had my share of them all & I'm down to an excellent A5...
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    Poll: Re: Poll - Gold vs Silver

    I agree that a mandolin is a whole package, and many times nickel works visually better than gold. However, as somebody with a serious nickel allergy (looks like a bad case of poison ivy), I prefer...
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    Poll: Re: Poll - If there could only be one?

    Do we have to list ONLY one?
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    Re: Whats this tuning called, any YouTubes?

    Sorry to digress from the OP: I remember going to see Martin, Bogan & Armstrong multiple times - lived across the street from the bar/restaurant that would book them. First time I was a bit...
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    Re: Whats this tuning called, any YouTubes?

    That octave mating of the wound strings was used by a lot of the African-American string bands of the 20's and 30's to brighten up the tonality of the mandolin or mandolin-banjo. Some Latin American...
  13. Re: What Sensation Should You Feel for "The One?"

    There is nothing that surpasses that dopamine rush when you first fall in love. I experienced that a couple of times with partners and mandolins. True love with another person requires constant...
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    I agree with starting out by listening - what you want to play, listen closely so that you can internalize the substance of what you wish to attain in your playing. The few who have taken the route...
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    Re: Mandolin goes sharp between sessions?

    Just accept it: Mandolin is Italian for "out of tune". You will spend 3/5ths of your life tuning so that you can play out of tune the other 50% of the time!
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    Re: Mandolin with Best Bluegrass Chop

    Agree with Zach. Practice chop chords, play as many mandolins as you can and find the "best" one for you. An Arch top with F-holes is the best place to start, and don't let your choice be dictated...
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    Re: New Mandolin Day!

    That looks like a god 'u. Congrats from the owner of 484.
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    Re: Your first great mandolin

    My first great mandolin was a 1920 refrigerator white A3, but had to sell that to finance a move - always regretted that sale 40+ years ago. Since I re-upped with mandolin in the past 30 years or...
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    Re: New Mandolin Day!

    I have been through that same agony, with an Ellis twin point delivered at my office in the middle of a working day. Your patience will be rewarded!
  20. Re: How do these on-line private-sales work? Pay first or ship fi

    I've bought & sold many times on the Cafe. When payment received (PayPal or check clears), the Cafe gets at least 2% and the instrument is shipped. Like Jill, I've never had an issue with sales or...
  21. Re: Possible Transition from Light to Medium Strings

    In college, I had a friend who would pay $5 to change strings on his Martin D41 and $10 to change strings on his Guild 212. Don't be like that guy!
  22. Thread: Fret Size

    by John Soper
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    Re: Fret Size

    I seem to remember a luthier on this forum who set up a fingerboard with relatively wide frets up to the7th fret or so, with narrower frets in the upper register.
  23. Re: Definition of a good mandolin player’s spouse

    I was married almost 42 years to a wonderful woman who supported any musical impulse that I had, as long as it didn't break up the household finances. That included listening to countless gigs with...
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    Re: Collings MF5 - Any years to avoid?

    I think Collings started with the MF's first and in the early 00's added the MT's. Fit & finish on every Collings I have played are great. Most have sounded good and several have sounded great. ...
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    So there you have it for arm rests: Yes, No, and Maybe So. Next, move on to Tone-Gards!
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