My friend has inherited a Washburn mandolin originally belonging to her husband's grandfather. She describes it as: It has the old pear-shaped body they no longer make and its serial number is 159996. The 'tortiseshell' plastic scalloped soundboard has cracked into pieces, but the rest of the instrument is sound. The tuning pegs may not be plastic. [more inside]
posted by theplotchickens
on Jul 4, 2013 -
Please help me find the mandolin slicer to end all mandolin slicers! Bonus points if you can find me one under $100. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 12, 2010 -
My band does a great cover of St. James Infirmary Blues. What else should we do that's in the same vein? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog
on Nov 23, 2009 -
Boyfriendbirthdayfilter: Do you know anything about buying mandolins? Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by radioamy
on Nov 3, 2009 -
What 5-25 songs should I learn that will be most likely to come in handy at bluegrass/old-time music jams? [more inside]
posted by mzurer
on Jul 18, 2009 -
I have just been gifted a beloved and much missed late relative's 8-string banjo mandolin. The relative bought the instrument (used) in the early-mid 1970s and died soon after. Despite googling the universe I cannot find out anything about the instrument or maker. On the head it says "Wayne" in a horizontal scroll and then vertically underneath, "Dixie". I'd love to know more about the instrument. Anyone heard of Wayne Dixie banjo mandolins?
posted by Kerasia
on Jul 13, 2009 -
I really like Paul Kelly's mandolin recording, "Varmland Waltz," on the muji website
. Help me learn to play similar music, either from sheetmusic or by ear from recordings, on my mandolin. I've got jig skillz and reel skillz, so I can handle music that's intermediate to challenging, I guess.
posted by billtron
on May 9, 2009 -
I'm interested in mandolins. Not the instrument, the cooking utensil. Is it all that it's cracked up to be? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott
on Feb 13, 2009 -
I was gifted a mandolin for my birthday this past weekend. I already play guitar and bass. Mandolin, not so much. Tips, techniques and tricks are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by gnutron
on May 20, 2008 -
I'm looking for a bluegrass mandolin and/or guitar teacher in new york city - specifically someone near Columbia University or on the upper west side (or who would travel there for lessons).
Have tried finding one on craig's list and looked at flyers at music stores.
Any suggestions on how to find such a teacher, or knowledge of such a person?
posted by davidvan
on Apr 21, 2006 -
Will be traveling in Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen, and Beijing about a week from now. Any recommendations on where to find decent mandolins and guitars at good prices?
posted by ZenMasterThis
on May 4, 2005 -
Does anyone know of a site that has sound recordings (either for sale or download) of early American mandolin orchestras (early 20th century)? I've been looking at the Smithsonian and Library of Congress but haven't found much. I'm assuming that given the time period they would mostly have been recorded on wax cylinders.
posted by tommasz
on Sep 8, 2004 -
My cheap old mandolin, bought out of the back of a friend's truck for $20, just went kaput. Can anyone suggest a) a good mandolin that will cost me under $500, and/or b) a reputable online place to buy mandolins?
posted by UKnowForKids
on Jan 30, 2004 -