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    Re: Early Gibson A4 - Different Inlays?

    This mandolin looks like other As that went back to the factory for a rehab. Sunburst is certainly 1930s, and the inlays could have been done at that time, or perhaps by an independent repairman to...
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    Re: Favorite Christmas Song to play

    "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem". Always think of the Emmy Lou album.
  3. Re: Modern case options for teens Gibson A models

    The TKL works great. An excellent case all around.
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    Re: Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    Everything that Cumberland sells is top notch.
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    On an instrument with a short scale, I have had good luck using the D'Addario mandola set.
  6. Thread: Why Mandolin?

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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    I was a guitar player who also performed solo in college. Started playing dulcimer as my interest in Appalachian/old time grew. I inherited an old Rex roundback from a great uncle about the time I...
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    Re: Good Quality Supertone Bowlback

    I would agree it's a L and H product. Looks to be very high quality, and an early build (late 1890s -- early 20th cen.) It's a shame that beautiful purfl
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I owned a 1929 Style 20, the first year of production. Hands down, this is the best mandolin Martin ever made, a wonderful design that performs admirably. I regret that I sold it! It even had the...
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    Good question. The ebb and flow of the music means the tempo is not strict. Of course, you've got to keep the time.......no matter what. But, imagine being able to create space between the phrases...
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    Reels are 4/4. Jigs are 3/4, double jigs (more common) are 6/8.

    Be aware that in Irish music, it's just not the tempo -- it's the feel of the rhythm, what the Irish call "lift." Once you are...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo Recordings

    I highly recommend both of Cathal Hayden's solo CDs, especially the latest one, "Hooked on Banjo." Even though he is a superb fiddler, he is a monster on banjo.

    The Angela Usher disc is lovely,...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Octave mandolin, sitka spruce soundboard and ovangol back and sides. 22 3/4" scale length. 184613184614
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    Re: Do You Play ALL of Your Mandolins Regularly?

    I am one of those rotation guys. I have a number of instruments, but with my mandolins, I do try and play them all in a roundabout manner. I will latch on to one for a while, and then switch just...
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    Ciaran Curran -- new bouzouki?

    Saw a recent post by Altan, and it appears Ciaran was using a guitzouk as opposed to his Sobell. Any body know what this is????
  15. Re: Vega cylinders -- strings for mando, dola, cello?

    I use the standard D'Addario set for my '16 mandolin, but my '12 mandocello is currently strung as a bouzouki, with the D'Addario Irish bouzouki string set with the exepetion of nickel wound .018s...
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    Re: 3 Point F-4 Torch and Wire

    I picked up a 1908 F 3 point (black top) a couple of year ago. Paid a bit less, didn't need any work, and it is a true HOSS --- even has some bark to it! These torch and wires are something...
  17. Re: Nickel Wound 2nd course (mandola and bouzouki)

    Years ago, I was having trouble with bronze wound A strings breaking on zouks, be it long or short scale. Roger Landes turned me to nickel wounds, and it's been the ticket ever since. I use...
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    Re: Any recent sightings of a Schmergel?

    I believe that is a copy of the Jerry Garcia model. It has a tuner built into the left gill.
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    Re: inlay material, and where to get it

    DePaule is great to deal with, and their quality is excellent.
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    Re: 1909 Gibson F2. Worth it?

    I don't think that is unreasonable, given the condition. The body appears to be maple, rather than birch, which really changes the equation for the better. If the Handels work well, and you like...
  21. Thread: Alec Finn RIP

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    Re: Alec Finn RIP

    There is a wonderful disc that came out last year, possibly Alec's last project, called "THe Corner House Set." Box player Aiden Coffey, Frankie Gavin, and Colm Murphy on bodhran. Excellent in...
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    Re: Songs for a wedding

    Haste to the Wedding.
  23. Re: Norman Blake-Original Underground Music from the Mysterious S

    This is a highly underrated disc and well worth anyone's time who is interested in using mandolin for old time music. No, it's not bluegrass, and the mandolin's place is entirely different in the...
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    Re: Irish Bouzouki as first stringed instrument?

    Good luck and keep on working on the OM!! You know the music, which is the main thing. Find someone who plays (OR check out YouTube) to watch the instrument in action (like chords and basic...
  25. Thread: Alec Finn RIP

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    Re: Alec Finn RIP

    I will be having a retrospective on Alec's career this Sunday from noon until three on my radio show., "Celtic Winds" on WNCW (wncw.org) so please join me. A wonderful man, with a unique touch and...
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