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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    Thanks for your explanation, Darryl. Please allow for commenting on your statement "However, in my opinion, his all inclusive statement that serial numbers were assigned when shipped does not meet...
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    What Bill Smith said. "Unsigned Loars" have a Loar FON, which is, I believe, in all cases 11985. And that FON is from 1923 (!), rather than 1924 according to Spann. As the FON is normally covered by...
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    Re: Strings for an F4 - Medium Okay?

    My 1923 F4 sounds wonderfully bright and piercing, which is not all too common in F4s AFAIK. D'Addario monels medium (EJM 74; I exchange the .015 A strings for .016) sound somewhat mellow and work...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    Those tuners are only moderately modern, as they are from pre-2005, when Stew-Mac changed the plate design and width (to the vintage 16.4 mms). And, of course, the five screw holes and the modern...
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    Re: aria pro ll model pm1000 mandolin

    Thanks, Jimmy, same here; was an Aria in my case.:)
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    Re: aria pro ll model pm1000 mandolin

    My first F-style mandolin was an Aria Pro II. Fine beginner mandolin with nice Gibson-style MOP. One early '70s Aria model had a flower pot head stock inlay, mine (from '78 or '79) didn't. Not sure...
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    Paul, IMHO, have it set up, have the bridge top checked (as the a-strings spacing is off) and go for it.
    The original tuners should have been round end worm-over tuners. (Still with the mando?)...
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    Re: Jimmy Gaudreaua

    Jimmy is a fine fellow and a super player. Didn't he go for a mandolin made by Jack O' Brian, while selling his Fern to John Paganoni?
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    FYI, the F4 on Jimmy's recordings is mostly his own, which he bought at some point for his then brother-in-law, tenor singer Paul Williams to use. I believe, Jimmy still owned it until his passing....
  10. Re: Virzi inquiry - Models offered? Tonal effect?

    I'd suggest not to be all too enthusiastic about A432. My personal 1924 F5 sounds just fine on either A440 or 432. As our highly respected MC member Roger Siminoff suggests (without giving a source,...
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    Re: Gibson A3 number 74336

    Probably not, and it may not even have a slimmer neck. The serial number points to a 1924 shipping date. But we don't know the FON, which may well be from before slimmer neck/snake head time. A truss...
  12. Re: Musiccompo in Hong Kong Carbon Fiber mandolin cases

    Interesting, thanks for the info. I came to my conclusion by (alternatively;)) trying to put a vintage Loar-signed F5 and two recent Gibson Master Models into my Musiccompo case. The instruments did,...
  13. Re: Musiccompo in Hong Kong Carbon Fiber mandolin cases

    Two years ago, I wrote the following:
    I started a thread on those cases about a year ago:https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/128115-Music-Compo-Cases
    I own one of those. Of course, they are...
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    Re: Blonde Loars ?

    The F5 in question should be ser.-# 81626, shipped in '27 according to Spann. That mandolin has a non-original neck and non-original (worm over) tuners, most likely redrilled. There are no F5s made...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    Absolutely correct. Mike and I talked about the subject several times. The mid range portion Mike is so fond of in his "antique" (and the Northfields) he sometimes refers to as "bone structure".
  16. Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    You bet!
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    I played Mike's Loar several times in quiet situations (e. g. at my home) switching back and forth between his Loar, a couple of recent MM Gibsons and another Loar at hand. While Mike is a fantastic...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    I found that most any - certainly not all - newer (recorded) version of an older song or tune is faster than the original from the 40s - 60s (live anyway). Try and play "Little Cabin Home on the...
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    Re: Earl taylor's f5

    Absolutely right, Glassweb. Wonderful F5; I checked it out 2 years ago.
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    Tony Rice passed

    David Anthony Rice passed away on the 25th; very sad.
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    Re: Adrian Gross - Ashland Breakdown

    Great pickin', Adrian. Ashland Breakdown has been one of my favorites for almost 30 years. Aside from Kenny Baker's wonderful rendition, I absolutely love Monroe's recording from the mid '70s with...
  22. Re: Gibson Master Model F5 @ the Mandolin store

    FYI, the F5 James is playing in that video is not the one pictured on the MS website (telling from the different flower pots).
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    Jim, that F2 has the earlier Aumann inlay (where the "o" is open under the "n"-connection, if I may say so as a non-native speaker). That A4's inlay is a later than mid-'23 inlay (with the "o"...
  24. Re: C.J. Lewandowski has been diagnosed with COVID-19

    I hope it's okay to ask: Is C. J. sick?
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    Re: Lyon & Healy vs Gibson

    Jeremy, up until a few months ago, I had a super nice sounding L&H Style C (c. 1920; long scale) and found that the top thickness was, indeed, less than my Gibson oval hole F4 (measured with a...
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