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BMD (Borrowed Mandolin Day)

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Torren61, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. Torren61

    Torren61 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I've been pondering getting a mandolin and my buddy lent me his Red Diamond. Who knew these buggers were so expensive for a quality one? And I thought guitars were expensive. We got nothing on those Mandolin Cafe gentlemen.

    A good one in very good condition will run you into the neighborhood of $3,000 and up. Some of the cases are $1500. And you wanna talk about tone obsessive?...

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  2. gregulator450

    gregulator450 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Wow, and built by Don MacRostie! That thing is beautiful. I hope to someday be able to both afford and justify such an awesome instrument.
     
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  3. Torren61

    Torren61 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Me too, lol
     
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    Steerforth Friend of Leo's

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    Mrs. Steerforth plays a number of instruments, but her favorites are the piano and the mandolin.

    I feel all self-righteous and vindicated about guitar prices when she gets a new instrument. :lol:

    However, I will admit to the fact that it happens less often than guitars, amps, pedals and so forth. :oops:
     
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    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Beautiful instrument. Don’t drop it. :eek:
     
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  6. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

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    When I was taking mando lessons, my teacher was late one day. He handed me his mando and took mine to tune “to save time.” I was quietly plunking at what I assumed was his usual (quite lovely) Nugget. No, it said “The Gibson” on the head stock. Turns out it was a 1919 F style. I was frightened that I would crush it from hugging it too hard. Probably the nicest musical instrument I’ve ever held.
     
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    when I got nominated to be the mandolin player a couple of years ago, I got a the Loar LM 600 VS B stock mandolin. Not so expensive, all solid wood, and I'm nowhere near being able to justify a mando for 1,500 bucks, much less for 3,000. Still sounds pretty good to me(well, I can't blame the instrument if it doesn't). Oh, and this is the best book I've found to get your head around it...[​IMG]
     
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    bgmacaw Poster Extraordinaire

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    According to a semi-pro bluegrass player I know, that would be a barely acceptable "starter" mandolin. He has probably around $50k to $75k invested in his guitar, mandolin and fiddle.
     
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    Don MacRostie builds a fabulous mandolin. Absolutely professional grade. There are much more expensive mandolins out there, but red diamonds are top notch.
     
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    Nice.
    I need a mandolin again.
    I can’t really play one, but I know
    the basic major and minor chord forms.
    I list it on my “instruments played” list, along with guitar, bass, psg, and voice.
    Ironically, I’ve recorded several mandolin tracks on (other’s) recording projects.
    I have never gigged playing mandolin.
     
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  11. Steerforth

    Steerforth Friend of Leo's

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    I can kind of, sort of play one due to fooling around with Mrs. Steerforth’s mandolin, and the way they’re tuned, which is like some other instruments. But I wouldn’t formally list it as one of the instruments that I can play.
     
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    Did the thought of both hugging hard and simultaneously running out the door cross your mind?
     
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    fantatistic! what is the width at the nut? that fretboard looks a little wider than typical.
     
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    My high end (nothing compared to the price of many) mando:

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    Red Diamonds are top tier mandos and you're correct as far as the mandolin pickers are a tone obsessed bunch. I have a Passernig that is more mando than I need and that I've been neglecting for way too long: as good as it is, my dream mandolin is a Nugget.
     
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    MickM Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

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    You do know that the mandolin that you borrowed is worth roughly 10K+ dollars right? Handle with care! :>)
     
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    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

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    Ah, we’ve met.

    But my teacher was sitting between me and the door. :(
     
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    Beautiful mandolin. Take good care of it while in your possession.
     
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    My couple year’s flirtation with mandolin was more hubris than actual ability, more an excuse to slide in with some folks I wanted to play with. But I learned a lot - enough to know I know nothing - and would love to get back into it one day.

    That particular one is beautiful!
     
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  20. Torren61

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    1 1/8"
     
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