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  1. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Should they sound better? Maybe. But it depends on what one thinks is good looking. My A Jr. looks like it was through the mill (and with all the repairs it had before I got it, it was). Sounds fine...
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    Re: Your Wegen Pick

    Mainly the BG100. Although I have a couple TF 140 and on the right day it sounds great on my Weber. Started with the BG on guitar when they first were offered so I have a bias there.
  3. Re: Advice needed for complement to my Weber Gallatin F Mandolin

    Do have a question for the original poster - does your Gallatin have maple or mahogany back and sides? If maple, maybe look for a used Gallatin oval hole in mahogany. If mahogany (which was standard...
  4. Re: Help identifying and advice regarding Breedlove OF Quartz

    I've not seen a just red one. Most seem to be more of a red sunburst. It does look original to the instrument, though. Maybe a custom order for someone?

    The price is not out of line for an OF...
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    Another trick used by the late Danny Gatton was to drill out the fret markers on the side of his Telecaster and replace them with cubic zirconia. He'd leave them a bit above the edge of the neck....
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    Am split on them. A little more than half mine have them, the others don't. For me, it's more of how much does my arm dampen the sound from the top? Some sounded the same (one worse) with an armrest....
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    Re: Gibson A Oval Tuning Machines

    You have the "new" and as Ray states, any tuners, EXCEPT the Restoration would work. For both my A Jr. and Kalamazoo (made by Gibson) I use these -...
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    I will from time to time look at the instrument. Not always to make sure my fingers are going in the right spot. Sometimes when playing a gig, I need to focus better and traditionally have picked a...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Thanks. I think it's also the old problem of not being able to get the sound I hear in my head to translate through my hands. Although whether that is technique or instrument is a discussion for...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    No kidding. Am in the same boat. I really don't need all that I have. But, well, there they are. I keep myself amused saying eventually I will trade them all on a "good" one some day.
  11. Thread: Gibson A-40

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    Re: Gibson A-40

    Per Paul Fox's book in 1933, yes, they had a flat back. Usually mahogany but sometimes maple (p.116) There are photos of one of those on Google that's mis-labeled an A-40. From a sold listing on...
  12. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    What a stunning mandolin. Really nice looking. And very nice playing, too.

    And, yes, it's sometimes fun to play the tunes slower than "standard". But if you get too slow, then you might end up in...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Jim,

    This is more out of left field, but after your description, have you thought about looking for a late '20's Gibson? My Jr. has a very round neck. Closer to a Stradolin than most other Gibsons...
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    You can get multiple version of mandolins for different sounds, like many here have pointed out. If I want to equate it to guitar, it would be like having a Martin, Gibson and Taylor acoustics for...
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    Re: Adieu to a friend

    Great story. Even though you have moved the Gibson on, I still have to admire you for holding onto it for so long. Unfortunately for some of us, instrument trading becomes too much of a "thing". Have...
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    Re: The Mandolin in America

    Wait, now I'm confused. I thought DW Cooper was the stage name for DW Washburn?

    https://youtu.be/4cRCv06YNhM
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    Re: Pandemic Reading

    If I did have a copy, I couldn't tell you. ;)

    Another novel worth reading with a lot of music woven into the fabric is The Little Country by Charles de Lint.
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    Re: Pandemic Reading

    If you can find it, get the collected Silver John short stories. They are much better, IMO.

    Yes, Mandolin in America is a good book. Lots of pictures but good text. I just picked up a copy of...
  19. Re: Mandolins with violin-style construction are nothing new...

    That is cool. Unfortunately, with that description there is no way it could be exported. Surprised the seller stated what they think the bridge saddle could be.

    Also, why start the bass side...
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    True, but in at least one of my bands, they prefer the tone from the PrimeTone over a similar BC. Don't know why.

    As to Wegen, have had a love/hate relationship with them since the Bluegrass...
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    Re: Favorite Metronome

    The app Metronomerous is my present go to. It can do different beats which works for things liks Swedish polska rhythm. Also still have a small wind up Wittner and an ancient digital Seiko DM-10. The...
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    Re: What's in your case?

    Polishing/cleaning cloth, tuner, spare 2032 batteries (usually 2 to 4), full set of spare strings, extra A and E strings, small tin with extra picks, strap.

    If it's a gig then also a spare tuner....
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    Re: Young Sam Bush A5 video

    May be. But I don't remember hearing about Tony doing that. And it even has the filled bb hole in the top visible. The headstock is also too squared off to be a 60's conversion. The answer is...
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    Re: Young Sam Bush A5 video

    Wonder when that video was done? Tony is playing the bone, but he didn't acquire it from Joe Miller until 1975.

    That is a cool mandolin Sam has. Either a reneck or an early custom instrument?...
  25. Re: OK, we've done nut width, but how about neck depth and shape?

    Totally agree with this. What I like doesn't translate to what you will like. A Weber is very comfortable for me, but I don't consider it very hefty and full.

    Also, what pheffernan enjoys might...
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