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  1. '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
  2. Eastman 305 and Northfield Calhoun comparison

    I have been fortunate enough this year (my first year playing) to acquire two of the more commonly recommended mandolins for beginners here on the Cafe, so hoping I can help out some of my fellow...
  3. Re: Backing Irish music with guitar after playing mandolin melody

    If you are really at the very start of your chordal explorations, I would suggest that you learn basic chords in the common keys we use in trad music - C Major, G Major, D Major and A. For each key...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Hey Ma... Look what followed me home.

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    Can I keep it, Ma, pleeeeeze? I promise to learn how to play it :cool:
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    New Pava = 2 New Songs 2 Me

    So excited about my new Pava! I couldn't wait to let you hear it, at least as well as I can play it. So here's two tunes I'm work'n on. Hope you enjoy.:mandosmiley:...
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    Re: New Mandolin Advice request

    So, I just looked at the Bernunzio website and their mandolin inventory is rather pathetic at this stage. Looks like covid has taken a toll on their shipments.
    So, then I would suggest the...
  7. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    Just so I understand this, throwing out paper that breaks down and goes away in a landfill is less eco-responsible than using a bubble wrap plastic product that will never break down in a landfill...
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    Once in a Lifetime Mandolin Find

    Some weeks ago I happened to snag a 1929 Martin Style 20 which had been floating around GCs in the NYC area for some time. After the price had been greatly reduced, I decided to bite and take a...
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    Re: Dennis Vance receives double transplant

    I, too, wish all the best for Dennis and his family. They are great members of our community and wonderful people. I also want to express gratitude to the donor and the donor's family. They...
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    Dennis Vance receives double transplant

    Very good news. Zach sent an email this morning that Dennis received his double transplant yesterday and is now in recovery but awake. Zach posted that here. I had received a call from Dennis on...
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    Another from the 2020 crop

    Another mandolin from the 2020 crop goes out this week. This one will live in England pretty soon. I think the new owner should be pretty happy with her...

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    Re: Received my Ebay Stradolin

    What with the price of strads, i'd think you'd find fewer people worry about replacing original parts -- they're funky and cool, but i don't see them as museum pieces that need to be coddled. OTOH,...
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    Re: Received my Ebay Stradolin

    I have a set of those Waverly tuners on an old Kay- they are replacements for a set of Kluson tuners- you can see the outline of the scalloped ends of the Kluson tuners at either end of the Waverly...
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    Re: Received my Ebay Stradolin

    Your mandolin has Waverly tuners- not Kluson units and this probably means it is from the 1950s, assuming they are original to it and not replacements. If it had originally had Kluson tuners then I...
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    Re: Received my Ebay Stradolin

    There is no way of telling the exact year of manufacture unless there is a date stamp. 1930's is likely by the straight slot (and adjustable) tuners but it could be 1941 or 1942 (pre-War). After WWII...
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    Personally, I don't like bashing, or even putting speculation out there, about any business simply because I don't agree with their pricing. If they had terrible customer service then I could see...
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    No way; business is booming for those guys. I know them personally, including several of the big dogs; we just talked a couple of days ago (some new Condino tools are coming down the pipeline!).
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    Re: Amazon warehouse deals

    I'm not sure where the Amazon ones are sourced from, but Elderly has a good price too, and it includes a nice bag, and it will come with a setup:
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    Happy ending for stolen mandolin

    A customer/friend had her mandolin stolen from her house a couple of years ago, an Old Wave she'd worn the finish off the back of the neck playing for 20 years. Made her another that she liked as...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Took the Strad-O-Lin on a road trip up to Vermont yesterday for a "doctor's appointment" with Jake Wildwood. What a great guy! It was a beautiful day for a drive, beautiful country, and only the...
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    My IMMEDIATE answer to your thread title was an affirmative "NO".....this was even before I read it......
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    Less and less with each passing day, or so it would seem.
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    In answer to your overall question, not really.
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    One comment. Others have given splendid comments about the mandolin. There is no such thing as a compulsive purchase, when it comes to mandolin!. Now, on the subject of retirement. I experienced...
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    Some new backing tracks

    Hi, everybody. I started a blog when I was preparing for some flatpick and mandolin contests years ago, to share the tools I was using to practice. I recorded a lot of backing tracks to practice...
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