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At 3:01pm on September 29, 2014, Matthew Borczon said…

0000000000cory.mp3 This was a really strong version of this song. Hope you like it. I also hope you can download these. It might be cool to put them together as a cd. Maybe you could include it with any instrument someone bought from you as a added bonus kind of thing.

At 2:54pm on September 29, 2014, Matthew Borczon said…

0000000000cory.mp3 here is a sweet version of Darling Cory you did. I have an idea for some artwork I think would look cool for the cd cover if you are interested. I was an art major back in college before I had 4 kids and needed to afford to feed them so I became a nurse. Anyway, I can put something together if you would like to see it? Of course you may want to do that part yourself as I have no idea what your tastes are. In my head I have been calling this collection of songs, The Devils in the details. Hope you like this one.

At 2:46pm on September 29, 2014, Matthew Borczon said…

00000000000hangdown.mp3 here is another song I liked a whole lot. I am going to start working through some of your fiddle tunes next. I think a few of them should balance out this collection nicely. I am really enjoying your sound a whole lot. Hope you can use these somewhere. Been really fun to work with you.

At 2:00am on September 29, 2014, Matthew Borczon said…

Jim, I am glad you like them I have others that I am working on. Will send them as soon as I get them cleaned up.

At 8:21am on September 27, 2014, Matthew Borczon said…

000000000satan.mp3 here is a sweet version of Satan your kingdom must come down. I have to say that I kind of like them short and sweet like you do them. Reminds me of their similarities to punk rock. Simple music for the regular guy played with energy and spirit. This is a really good version of this song. I will post some more to you later after you get a chance to hear these.

At 8:00am on September 27, 2014, Matthew Borczon said…

00000coocoo.mp3 here is a cleaned up version of your cover of the coo coo. I really enjoy this one a whole lot. Can you download these from here so you can have them? 

At 11:35am on September 24, 2014, Matthew Borczon said…

redrockinchair.mp3 here is a cleaned up version of your last song.I really love your sound and can pull them off of youtube and run them through my mixing program if you are interested. I think it would make a great traditional cd. I would be happy to put the mp3's together for you if you would like to hear them. Let me know....mayy

At 12:10pm on August 31, 2014, Selena Benally said…

Thanks Jim! There may be a few trees that large around Waldorf, but those pictures were taken at Patapsco Valley State Park in Catonsville, MD. I was camping and thought it was the perfect scenery for a CBG photoshoot! Haha

At 1:51am on July 25, 2014, Matthew Borczon said…

Jim, have fun at the festival. I think you are a wonderful musician and hope you crack the top five in the banjo contest. Remember though that when you do not win you learn. Winning only means you are doing it right so far and it does not force you to improve. Anyway, sounds like a great time and I hope you have a ball....matt

At 4:26am on July 16, 2014, Marcy Paulson said…

That's such a cool idea! We were trying to figure out what to do about that. We have some rawhide left over from that dumbull we made and were thinking about tacking a rawhide head onto a cigar box in place of the box's bottom. Do you think that would work well?

At 4:05pm on July 15, 2014, Marcy Paulson said…

It's beautiful in the Smokies. By coincidence, we just got a season membership to Dollywood, so for the first time, we've been doing some camping up there. It's only about two and a half hours north of us and not a bad drive at all. The music at Dollywood has been a lot of fun in addition to the camping. I tell the kids, if they want me to go on the roller coasters with them, they have to sit through some shows with me. Be sure to let us know if y'all come out that way. That would be a ton of fun. We've got to get up your way to Clifftop too.

Jeff cut the neck out for his banjo tonight. It's coming along really well.





At 12:31am on July 15, 2014, Marcy Paulson said…

Yeah, I noticed old time players are in the minority here. It's the same way at the Mandolin Cafe where I post videos sometimes for the song of the week group. Popular or not, I do love this music, and the way you play it is exactly the way I like to hear it. If you're ever around Tennessee, it would be so fun to pick some tunes together.

At 5:18am on July 3, 2014, Richey Kay said…
Well as the song goes; I doubt I'd be able to feed you, but I will still need you, next time I need some help with a build :-)
At 6:00pm on July 2, 2014, Richey Kay said…

Happy birthday Jim! Hope you have a good and restful day.

Thanks again for all of your help with the mando build.

At 10:11am on June 23, 2014, Richey Kay said…
Hmm... thought that might be the case. I checked Aquila's website too and they're not listed there. Guess they must have discontinued them!
At 6:56pm on June 22, 2014, Richey Kay said…

Thanks Jim. I'm happy with the way it turned out too. I had a good look around online and can't seem to find any Nylgut mando sets... even Amazon don't have them. Would you be able to send me a link so I can make sure I'm looking for the right thing?

At 8:32pm on June 21, 2014, Richey Kay said…

Hi Jim. I finished the 4 string mandolin, here's a picture:

#20 Cigar Box 4 string Mandolin

I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. 15" scale, and I managed to put a taper on the neck using rasps and files. I used a set of Nylgut concert uke strings (5ths tuning) - is this what you use? I didn't dare take the strings up to standard tuning as I broke one of them - currently settled on FCGD. I will post a vid at some point over the weekend.

Thank you for your help with this one!


At 12:34am on May 23, 2014, Richey Kay said…
Thanks Jim. Tapered strings on a straight neck is what I currently do on all mine. Works fine. I just think a tapered neck looks more elegant, especially with a 4 string. I was also thinking a longer scale, maybe 15". Think that would work with the nylgut strings?
At 6:32pm on May 22, 2014, Richey Kay said…
Jim, you're a gentleman. Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a go and like you say I'll approach as a uke with a different tuning. I'm thinking 10.5mm string spacing at the bridge will give me roughly 3mm clearance from the edge of the fretboard. Could I also ask: your necks are tapered, and I haven't attempted anything like that yet. Is that do able with hand tools or will I need to borrow a band saw? Thanks again.
At 11:07am on May 22, 2014, Richey Kay said…

Thanks Jim! Yes, weird, I thought we were already friends too. I'd definitely want a 4 nylon string one. What width do you think is OK for the neck? I have some oak almost 1 1/2" wide - think that would be OK? I'm guessing a neck through wont' be necessary either. Thanks for your advice!

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