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  1. Bill Monroe Gouged Out His Peghead Twice? What's Going On Here?

    I just noticed that Bill's gouged out peghead looks different on these two old LP's. One is more gouged out than the other, yet the original removed headplate that sold a few years back looks like...
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    Measuring Humidity... What's a Guy To Do?

    I have 9 hygrometers in my music storage room and they all measure differently. Let's skip the one that says 39% because that one is obviously wrong. Ironically, the highest reading of 57% is on a...
  3. Re: Ricky & Marty Play Bill's Mandolin on "Big Night"

    Does it get any better than this? Mother Maybelle's 1928 L-5 and Bill Monroe's 1923 F-5 proudly sitting in front of Thomas Hart Benton’s “The Sources of Country Music”. (Photo from the Big Night...
  4. Re: Ricky & Marty Play Bill's Mandolin on "Big Night"

    No way to tell about the rattle whereabouts, but I did find it interesting that the mando was sans Bill's cool rawhide strap in the display case so when both Ricky and Marty played it they had to use...
  5. Ricky & Marty Play Bill's Mandolin on "Big Night"

    You've got to check out the recent hour and a half show filmed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum which is now on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCKUUSntqWQ

    Some legendary...
  6. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    I think that "most" players that consider the mandolin as their primary instrument do not prefer wide or chunky necks. Other than Gibson's Sam Bush model, most modern builder's neck specs are much...
  7. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    In addition to my very nice "wood" mandolins, I also have a Mix F-5 style carbon fiber mando which I like very much. I personally like the traditional F-5 shape and it has very good tone, but it is a...
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    Re: For real? $58.00 Gibson Master Model F5???

    It is a scam being listed through an honest seller's hi-jacked account. Check out the seller's other 4500+ listings of high-end instruments, cameras, bicycles, electronics, etc. all with a message to...
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    Re: Michael Jackson done right.

    That's a home run! But it would have been a grand slam if he had done Beat It with a mandolin break over Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo.

    His polka version of Shallow is pretty funny as well.
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    Re: Trouble hearing "in tune" unison strings

    Try fretting the 3rd and 5th frets while tuning the A string and tweak from there. I always get better results doing that.
  11. Do You Play ALL of Your Mandolins Regularly?

    From a January 2008 Vintage Guitar Magazine article...

    For most of his career, Thile has played mandolins built by luthier Lynn Dudenbostel. He acquired Dudenbostel #5 in 1998, then sold it to buy...
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    Re: Funky logo placement on F4 headstock.

    Maybe Gibson was planning ahead for clip-on tuners. :)
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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    Tone-Gard YES:
    Chris Thile
    Ronnie McCoury
    David Grisman
    Ricky Skaggs

    Tone-Gard NO:
    Sam Bush
    Sharon Gilchrist
    Marty Stuart
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    Re: Your Thoughts On D'Addario XT Strings

    Update to my original post:

    After initially being disappointed I tried another set of XT's, this time on my 2009 Gilchrist and had much more positive results. They sound quite good and they do...
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    Re: Professional Mando Names

    Ronnie McCoury's 1981 "S" hole Gilchrist: Ole Red

    #128 Ole Red
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    This Repurposing Thing Has Gone Too Far

    I recently saw this at a co-op flea market. On the positive side it was only $35.
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    Re: No more EXP74's?

    I also felt there was a noticeable loss of volume and my G string sounded tubby. I will try the XT's again (maybe) just to make sure, but I sure did like the EXP74's.
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    Re: Bill Monroe's Actual Pick and Phone Number

    Did I mention that these two items were given to me by a mysterious man at a crossroads around midnight?
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    Re: Bill Monroe's Actual Pick and Phone Number

    Nashville's original area code was 615. I couldn't resist, so I tried calling the number. The recording said that this number has been disconnected or is no longer in use. I guess they retired Bill's...
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    Re: Gary Vessel F5 #94

    Very nice looking mando, and a Grammy mando to boot... BUT, I can't stop looking out your window. What a view!!!
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    Re: Bill Monroe's Actual Pick and Phone Number

    Yes, the TD40 would be the closest because it is exactly the same thickness, but the original Monroe pick is even smaller than the TD and it does not have the Blue Chip bevels. It is safe to assume...
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    Bill Monroe's Actual Pick and Phone Number

    Check out how puny this Bill Monroe pick is. It is certainly not up to modern material, shape, bevel, or size but it sure got the job done. It measures .040" in thickness and for comparison...
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    Re: Loarfest 2020

    Wow! Who owns the super worn one?
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    Over the years I have found hundreds of old picks in vintage instrument cases and none of them were anywhere near as thick as modern-day pickers prefer.
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    Your Thoughts On D'Addario XT Strings

    Last week I installed a set of 11.5 to 40 XT's on my Gibson Master Model and my mandolin sounded terrible. It suffered a complete loss of volume and the G-string was tubby. Luckily, I had a new set...
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