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  1. Re: Is a January 87 Carlson signed Flatiron considered "Pre-Gibso

    Huh -- I have a Gibson A/N Custom "pancake" mandolin, with a Carlson-signed label dated December 10, 1987. Was that his "transition" year?
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    Re: Please define “intermediate”

    "Intermediate" is the excuse I use when I mess up big-time. "Journeyman" and "semi-pro" are others. After 50 years on mandolin, I still don't consider myself expert, but I do consider myself...
  3. Re: Using cheaper mandolin for extensive practice.

    I long ago bought an inexpensive ($50, from an older woman who retrieved it from under her bed, she said) Strad-O-Lin to be my "knockabout" mandolin -- the one you throw in the back of the car when...
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    Re: Tailpiece donner dml 100b

    At age 77, much of my "future" is behind me, but thanx much for the compliment.
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    Re: Boomerang Banjo Mandolin

    This YouTube vid attributes a Boomerang mandolin-banjo to the British maker Windsor:




    The instrument's similar to yours, but differs in many aspects, so yours may not be by the same maker...
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    Re: Tailpiece donner dml 100b

    Interesting discussion in the last two posts, around somewhat different interpretations of "can't play them."

    Clearly, a beginner "can't play" the instrument he/she's starting to learn on -- not...
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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    Just to clarify: I have nothing against instruments that show real playing wear. You should see what my main gigging instruments look like! I treat instruments as tools for making music, and don't...
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    Re: Bowlback action

    Mandolins -- in general -- have a "floating" bridge, which is held in place by string tension. From the pic it appears yours doesn't have full contact with the top, since it's pitched forward and is...
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    Re: Is It Possible to Fake It?

    Makes me think of the Jerry Rasmussen song:



    On the topic: if you couldn't fake mandolin breaks, I'd play nothing but back-up chords... You can start with the melody, or start with the chords,...
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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    Generally in agreement. All of my instruments are "distressed," but that's because they're at least 30 years old; some go back to the Civil War, and there's a whole bunch from the late 19th century....
  11. Re: 1903 postacard showing how to not play a mandolin

    Wouldn't y'all like to have her hold you like that?
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    Re: Dr. Arm for Mandolin

    "'Do what thou wilt' shall be the whole of the law." -- Aleister Crowley, The Book Of the Law
  13. Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I'd pay a good price for Ramona Jones' mandolin:
  14. Re: Help identify George Washburn M 2 Mandolin

    1. There was no "George Washburn," despite what the current owners of the "Washburn" trademark may say. George Washburn Lyon was one of the founders of Lyon & Healy, the major Chicago musical...
  15. Re: A small bowlback - travel mandolin? piccolo mandolin?

    Awesome playing by Ms. Holbrook!

    I have one of these, but it has a conventional scroll rather than the "hook" that the earliest ones had. Very fine little instrument.
  16. Re: A small bowlback - travel mandolin? piccolo mandolin?

    Had a veritable cornucopia of double entendres picked out; thought better of it.
  17. Re: A small bowlback - travel mandolin? piccolo mandolin?

    There are a fair number of similar instruments around; the ones I've seen have been German made, but I'd guess that others were made elsewhere in Europe. I own one marked "Holdrio Picolo (yes,...
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    Re: Como mandolin - any info?

    Couple of hits on Google search for "Como guitars" refer to Korean-made instruments imported maybe 20-25 years ago. Acoustic guitars, some Fender-clone electrics. No mention of mandolins, but I'd...
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    Re: Gospel Sheet Music or Chord Charts

    A possibility; blurb says it includes "over 50 gospel tunes."
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    Re: A very water-damaged bowlback

    Not decorative enough to be even a "wall hanger."
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    Re: Dull and Lifeless

    Huh -- thought this thread was titled after a duet in which I used to play.

    You can guess whether I was "Dull" or "Lifeless..."
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    Re: Anyone recognize this case?

    Paged through a gazillion "guitar triangle logo" images that I Googled, didn't find a match. Good luck.
  23. Re: Question about Vega Fairbanks Mandolin Banjo

    You'll need a new head, for sure. (Banjo head, that is!) If you're going to be dealing with Smakula, he has an amazing variety of such in stock, generally.
  24. Re: Question about Vega Fairbanks Mandolin Banjo

    Gold Tone makes mandolin banjos and ukulele banjos in Asia, and also sells cases and gig bags for them.

    Here's their "case" page. Gold Tone instruments generally have resonators, so the cases may...
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    Re: 1920ish Martin built? For S.S. Stewart

    Anybody I know?
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