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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....
  3. 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
  5. Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I'd pay a good price for Ramona Jones' mandolin:
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. Re: A small bowlback - travel mandolin? piccolo mandolin?

    Had a veritable cornucopia of double entendres picked out; thought better of it.
  9. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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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    Re: "Marcelli" Bowlback

    See my Post #2, also this search; the "Marcelli" name has shown up dozens of times, on the tailpieces of a variety of mandolins.
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    Re: Rusty Young RIP

    Mosrite Melobar being played:



    Apparently a 10-string converted down to a 6-string. Don't know what Young played.
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    Re: Bowl back identification

    Question for the bowl-back experts: how common were the alternating-woods (maple/mahogany, maple/rosewood) staves, such as this one has, on European mandolins? I've seen quite a few American...
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    Re: Another NMD

    Biscuit bridge, I see, as you stated in your other thread. What wood is the top, and where did your builder get the resonator cone?
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    Re: First World Problems

    I've had a wood-painted aluminum bass fiddle, which I think is a Pfretzschner, for a couple decades now. Bought it from banjo maven Jim Bollman, when he used to co-own, I believe, the Music...
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    Re: First World Problems

    Similar experience: I owned, briefly, a Johnson Asian copy of a National tri-cone resonator guitar, made of chrome-plated brass and very shiny. I was playing it at a memorial tribute in a large...
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    Re: Shopgoodwill F5 Gibson???

    Quite a few luthiers -- of varying degrees of skill -- made "F-5 copies" or "Gibson copies" over the past 50 years. It used to be common to put "Gibson" logos on them, despite the obvious trademark...
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    Re: Stahl Mandolin

    All gone to kitchen knife handles and furniture veneer. The Brazilian embargo on un-milled rosewood didn't help, either.
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