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  1. Thread: Gibson A40

    by Boharm
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    Gibson A40

    This Gibson A40 (1963) led a hard life in the oil patches from the jungle to the arctic. When rescued, it had cracks in the top and most way around the rim, missing pearl dots, a finger board hump at...
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    Re: Old F-Case Repair. Handle?

    Cafe member LoudLoar (Steve Kirtley)has a website devoted to vintage cases with history and some repair information. It's here. If you are on Facebook he also has a Vintage Case Facebook Group. The...
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    Re: Ellis Through the Years

    Weldon just engraved a tailpiece for me a few months ago....he's still at it.
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    Re: Early 1900s Gibson Catalogue

    Somewhere here I believe we have a JPG of each page of one of the early catalogs near that age. It's been years since I've seen it.
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    Re: Ellis Through the Years

    I purchased it!

    Anyone want to buy a lefty D28, LSL bad bone, or Fender Princeton special edition?! :-D
  6. Thread: Blonde F-4

    by rcc56
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    Re: Blonde F-4

    The problem with F-4's is that if you get a blonde, you have to get a redhead and a brunette to keep her company.

    I'm kind of surprised she's still there. Maybe she doesn't want to leave by...
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    Re: mandolin tattoos

    I have a picture of an invisible mandolin on me somewhere. If I find it, I'll post a photo.
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Remembering Ivan today.
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    Strap Button Washer

    Grolsch-style rubber washers are great for holding leather straps to a guitar strap button, but they're too big in every dimension (especially thickness) to fit well on a mandolin strap button....
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    At some point, things enter what is essentially a collectors/antiquities kind of market, and pricing has absolutely nothing to do with their value as a musical instrument.

    Talking about a apples...
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    People who buy expensive stuff for investment value know that the market is erratic and has lots of blueberry lumps of fashionability, and that it also relates to externalities like taxes and...
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    There's a lot flying under the radar that's selling so fast it's dizzying, or doesn't even appear anywhere. Music Emporium sold $22K worth in two Ellis Mandolins in a couple of hours yesterday that...
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    I am not sure what you are saying; are you saying that these are merely outliers? I do know that last summer several really nice ones changed hands for well under $100k, very quietly. I am not sure...
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    Lots of instruments are not making it as far as the store floor or websites. Many shops have in store inventory that they have no intention of listing.
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    Mandobar is right.

    Comparing guitar and mandolin markets is apples and oranges. The amount of money and interest in guitars by comparison is astronomical.
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    The market for vintage guitars has always been stronger. Lots of non-players out there buying as well as ďthree-chordersĒ with $$$$cash.

    And I know there are people who own multiple Loars who...
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    More to the point, there aren't 17 Martin D45s waiting out there to be bought.

    There aren't 17 1958-1960 Les Pauls waiting out there to be bought.

    If there's a glut in anything, it's Loar F5s....
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    Re: Need help valuing mandolin.

    Thanks for sharing the photos!! That's a new one for me. It's unusual and as a Vega fan, your f-hole, 2-pt cylinder-back mandolin is a treat to see. The Vega serial-number list that I use dates the...
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    These days there are so many mandolins that can compete with the old loars.

    Wheras in the past if you wanted that level of craftsmanship it was pretty difficult to get it anywhere else.
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    Glassweb, you forgot Randy Wood.
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    I think you're right Shaun. When I started playing mandolin in 1971 a Lloyd Loar F5 or a post Loar Fern were the stuff of dreams. Not so much anymore. I think what Loar was to the mandolin world back...
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    Interesting isn’t it? The overall mandolin market seems to be trending up due to short supply yet Loars and Ferns seem to be dropping significantly. I don’t think the younger generation of players...
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    Re: Need help valuing mandolin.

    "Calling Dr. Ruppa, Dr. Garber, Dr. Ruppa!"

    Mick
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Soon, soon, imagination will be superseded by The All-seeing, Alll-knowing AI and the Universal DNA Database. Did Sachmo’s lips touch this horn? Whose butt sat at this piano? Did Loar lose a...
  25. Stephen Perry updates, shop running again, located N. Va.

    Greetings mando peoples. Things have settled down sufficiently that I'm starting to touch mandolins again. I'm just outside of Old Town Alexandria, VA. After fits and starts, my shop is fully up...
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