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    Re: Shutt mandolins

    HAHAHA! Oh my... that is a special instrument. I'm going to have to take a hard pass on that one. Stay safe and well everyone! There's a light at the end of this damn virus tunnel if we can just get...
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    Re: Chris Thile's new pick

    I don't think there's any cause to be cynical about trying to find the strings, the pick, the instrument that works for you. And of course many top pros are always on the hunt. And others settle on...
  3. Fifteen years ago today, DeFord Bailey inducted...

    Fifteen years ago today, DeFord Bailey inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Nov. 15, 2005. That took a while! (the CM HoF was started in the 1960s)
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    Thile made me my first Negroni. I have to say, watching him wield that ice pick made me a little nervous!

    It was a good drink. And not my last. :-)
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    It's a bad time for me to watch sign up for something on a schedule - but with the 30 day archiving, I think I'll sign up and watch 'on demand'. Can't wait to hear more about the content.

    BTW In...
  6. Re: Stan Jay, Pioneer of Vintage Instrument Fame Fighting For His

    Since Andy's been playing other mandolins, mostly an assortment of Kimbles, for so many years - here's a photo of the A- snakehead that we were discussing above. (no longer in MINT condition ;))
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    Re: Vega 20 string

    Bob Page is a seller that you can have confidence dealing with. I've found him to be knowledgeable and informative and thoroughly professional.
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    Re: Still cant play a break!

    Have you taken a look at this video? It was made for the Cafe's profile of Michael Daves who teaches Bluegrass Vocals for ArtistWorks, but it's a great guide to building a bluegrass mandolin solo.
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    Re: Hello! I'm new here and my name is...

    Just to emphasize the message above, the first step is taking off the string tension doing some research on what the correct bridge for a bowl back mandolin looks like, and then seeing what your...
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    Re: Gibson A0 Found in Attic

    That's a good comparable. Note that it's in much better condition than the one posted by the original poster. And it's from one of the top dealers in the country.

    The instrument found by the...
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    Re: Gangstagrass?

    When I first heard of the band in NYC, I didn't really take them seriously, and assumed it was just a light hearted musical mashup. But the first time I saw them perform, it was obvious that these...
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    CEO Chris Martin IV Announces Retirement

    This just in: CEO Chris Martin IV Announces Retirement
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I'm impressed with Kimsey's thoughtful open-minded treatment of the questions. It sounds like you've mostly made up your mind, and there's a lot to be said for taking the most 'conservative' approach...
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    Re: Live from Here is no more

    Sarah just posted this one from her new album. No mando content, but so very sweet. And maybe the last LFH video post!
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    Re: Live from Here is no more

    Five years ago this month, I cornered Thile backstage at a show in Cincinnati and confirmed that he'd be taking over Prairie Home Companion. I wrote a short news story on my phone for Mandolin Cafe,...
  16. Re: Matt Miller Picks - New to the Pick Market - Great pick/price

    The Miller Etsy site doesn't have a good size comparison of the different shapes - probably most useful is to photo them next to the most common pick brands for reference. I was intrigued by the...
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    You may find this useful. Made for the Cafe a while back.
  18. RIP Gene Shay - Philadelphia Folk Music Legend

    I'm sorry to report the passing of Gene Shay, longtime MC of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and 'the dean' of Folk Radio, of complications from COVID19. He influenced a ton of musicians and made the...
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    Re: Richter Patent Tuners

    How nice to see this thread revived!
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    Re: Gibson snakehead Jrs vs other snakeheads

    I think that the lack of an adjustable truss rod is more of a factor in any tonal difference between the Jr and the higher models of that period. I do not remember offhand whether there is any...
  21. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    I'd have loved to see the finish shop at the L&H factory. If you've seen one in fine condition, it's obvious that their varnishing skills were somewhere beyond Gibson's. Just fantastic staining,...
  22. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    Not such a bad deal. Owner could sell the tailpiece, original case, and finger rest for $500. And with a few days of skillful labor have one of the finest oval hole mandolins ever made at a cash...
  23. Re: Gibson Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model - My New Mandolin

    The story of the DMMs is here in the Cafe’s forums along with some skepticism but also info from the luthiers closest to the project. You’ll need to search for posts from Charlie Derrington and Big...
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    Re: Loar’s Loar!

    Before getting too worked up over the cost of a 'golden era' F-5, it's worth remembering that there are many thousands of violin family instruments (and even bows) in that price range and above. It's...
  25. Re: Gibson Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model - My New Mandolin

    I’ve played or stood next to half a dozen DMM or Skaggs DMMs. And every one has been a bluegrass hoss.
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