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    Re: Question on "tiers" of instruments

    IMHO the answer to your question about going to a solid wood mandolin as your next instrument, and paying in the $750 - 1000 range, is a definite YES. Assuming you paid about $200 for the Rogue...
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    Re: Revisiting a masterpiece j.

    If you are in severe MAS mode do not go through the booklet . Some drool worthy instruments there.
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    Revisiting a masterpiece j.

    A rainy overcast morning in WNY. So an extra cup or two of coffee and some music. Just happened to grab Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza (Acoustic Disc ACD-35, 1999). Two CDs just loaded with...
  4. Re: Picking up a Big Muddy M4 soon - what to look for?

    Sorry to hear about your GC experience. I was fortunate enough to acquire a Mid Mo about 5 years ago through the classifieds in almost new condition. The only blem was a little glue line at the...
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    Re: Estate sale oddity

    Thanks for the responses. Much as I was tempted (of course anything resembling a mandolin is tempting) this looked like too daunting to try to repair. The back separation, which I should have shown...
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    Re: Estate sale oddity

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    Estate sale oddity

    Saw this mando shaped instrument at an estate sale today and I figured I'd post a pic to see if anyone might help identify this old bowl back. It is in pretty rough shape (crack in the back and top,...
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    Re: aging fingers just can't cut it anymore

    I'm the same age and in the same situation as the OP. I started playing guitar as a teenager, played some banjo too, and about twenty years ago I got hooked on the mandolin and it's been my main...
  10. Re: From Tablature to Standard Music notation OH My

    I learned to read music years ago when I went off on a tangent and decided to learn piano. I rarely play piano because, as always happens, I was lured back into playing bluegrass music. But knowing...
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    Re: Blues Mandolin - One Way Out

    Cool bluegrass version by Balsam Range out there too.
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    Re: The problem is mostly sentimental

    Going back 36 years puts this mandolin in the mid 80s which would make this a Japanese made Washburn by my reckoning. I have a Japanese made Washburn Jethro Burns F5 that is a good, maybe not...
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    Re: Learning to Play the Mandolin

    Good advice all around with these responses. I'll add just another thought (or two).
    When the pandemic hit two years ago I determined I would take this time of shutdown to really work on my fiddle...
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    Re: Blackberry Blossom

    For your consideration I'll mention two older versions I've always loved. First up Doc Watson "The Essential Doc Watson" on the old Vanguard VSD 45/46 vinyl recordings 1973. Just Doc and Merle....
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    Re: Another cherry mandolin

    About 15 years ago I made our coffee table and end tables out of cherry in the craftsman style. I started out with 4/4 rough cut and planed it down to 3/4. At that point the wood coloration was...
  16. Re: I have an open mike on Saturday and I'm scared to death

    I was in industrial sales for many years and also did product safety training sessions for our customers. Speaking in public can cause anything from mild anxiety to outright panic attack for some...
  17. Re: Gibson is preparing to sell NFTs of its most famous models

    Crypto Mando? I think I get it. No I don't, nor do I want to. If it requires more deep brain comprehension usage than my age addled cranium can muster at this point in life then I just let it pass....
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    Re: Heat gun in steel pipe?

    Not here to comment on heating elements, but rather the use of galvanized pipe. My understanding (from working in industrial sales and calling on welding and fabrication shops) is that heating...
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    Re: Hand Surgery

    Had hip replacement 1.5 years ago and everything went great. I credit much of this my physical therapists. Follow the physical therapy protocols, especially doing your homework. Not just your...
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    Re: Daughter's New Mandolin!

    What a nice story and thanks for sharing. Looking at the pics I said to myself this looks too familiar. It was about 15 years ago I was unpacking a box with my Ratliff R5 (exact same reddish sun...
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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    Because the question is "the last mandolin" it would be my Mid-Mo M2 spruce top / maple body. I have the bluegrass related instruments I wanted but I had been getting more into Irish / Canadian...
  22. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    I guess I'm going to amend my first response to this discussion. I'll bring the instrument that I feel most comfortable with depending on conditions and safety.
    We used to have a gig where we...
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    Re: Mandolins as a work of art

    Sblock, that is too funny! Even the humble bed pan can become a recycled mando machine.
    If I replaced the mando neck with an over sized Kazoo I could have a blaster to finally over power any banjo...
  24. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    One of the greatest benefits of being retired is be relieved of the need to be managed by the clock. i wasn't managing the clock, the clock was managing me. The day I retired I came home and hung...
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    Re: Mandolins as a work of art

    Yes I swear this to be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I have an acquaintance who has a collection of over 200 bed pans. He apparently sees something that pleases his artist...
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