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    Re: Eastman - back/neck separation

    I encountered another 515 in similar straits. I was able to repair it satisfactorily for the owner and he ended up selling to GC. I hope it's still doing well.
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    Re: Larger frets for 1920 Gibson A-4

    I've continued to play it with original wire and it sounds good and plays okay. Then I go to the refretted Style 20 and notice such a marked difference. But there's also a difference in scale...
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    Re: Larger frets for 1920 Gibson A-4

    No classical. Celtic and old time, primarily in lower positions. My playing utilizes as many open strings and open chords as possible.
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    Larger frets for 1920 Gibson A-4

    I recently secured a this A-4 in "excellent" condition from Carter Vintage. And it really is in amazingly pristine condition. Save for one thing. The original frets are quite small. It's still...
  5. Re: Plating on a Lyon & Healy Model A tailpiece

    I would assume that originality of original hardware is nearly as important as an original finish on a vintage instrument. A new or as new tailpiece just wouldn't look right on a vintage piece.
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    Re: A Pearl of Great Price A-4

    My A-4 has the fuller, wider neck with pronounced V. I like that better than the trim neck of the truss rod era. My only problem so far is the teeny fretwire.
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    Re: A Pearl of Great Price A-4

    I let my Larrivee SD-60 go because, although I loved the tone, I hated the neck shape and found it uncomfortable. My Eastman mandola was essentially a novelty instrument which I put away in the...
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    A Pearl of Great Price A-4

    I had found myself in possession of several instruments that I was mildly dissatisfied and/or bored with. Looking at the Carter Vintage website, I spied something which caught my attention; a 1920...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    My wife and I specialize in old fiddle tunes with her on fiddle and me on guitar/mandolin/clawhammer banjo. I read music and mine the Portland books for all they're worth. I found some interesting...
  10. Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    A fellow up here in the mountains invented a concoction he calls a banjammer which has a a dulcimer neck coupled to a little drum. In the hands of a skilled player it just sounds bad, but with a...
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    Re: Once in a Lifetime Mandolin Find

    I remember visiting Ensley Pawn and Music in Blairsville GA way back around 2001 or so. The owner had a Martin 2-20, similar to my Style 20 but with f holes. I marveled at the artistry of the design...
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    Once in a Lifetime Mandolin Find

    Some weeks ago I happened to snag a 1929 Martin Style 20 which had been floating around GCs in the NYC area for some time. After the price had been greatly reduced, I decided to bite and take a...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I retrieved the Style 20 from Bob. He did a fine job! Gone are the gnawed down bar frets (it played almost as a "fretless mandolin) replaced by much higher banjo sized T frets. Bob made it look as...
  14. Re: Some questions/concerns about bar frets

    Bob Chuckrow is caring for the style 20, replacing the bar frets with T frets, using his technique of crimping the tangs. I would have left them as is except they they were incredibly low to where I...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I have done many refrets in my life, but no bar refretting. Since this is such a rare and special instrument, I thought it deserved the hands of a specialist.

    I'll be glas to get it back. I'm...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I've decided to keep this wonderful mandolin. In fact, I've entrusted it to Bob Chuckrow to refret it with larger fret wire. He looked it over carefully and declared it a "really good mandolin" but...
  17. Some questions/concerns about bar frets

    I recently bought a 1929 Martin Style 20 in very nice condition. The mandolin features bar frets, which Martin used until 1934. The frets are in decent shape, but seem quite tiny to me. I don't...
  18. Best strings for 1929 Martin Style 20

    I've recently come into possession of a 1929 Martin Style 20 archtop Mando. It appears to be in excellent condition with no damage, cracks, or top sinkage. I'm enquiring about recommendations for...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    Photos
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    Fun Fact. One could have spent $75 for a Style 20 mandolin in 1936.It might be worth & 2000 today. Or $100 for a D-28 guitar. And it be worth $25,000 today.
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    The Martin Archives also contains a 1936 catalogue as well. The 1936 Style 20 included a Martin decal on headstock, white binding on the fretboard, and different pick guard design. The price...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I have a reprint of the Martin String Instruments catalog from 1929. The Style 20 mandolin was the only carved mandolin and most expensive mandolin in the lineup, at $75. The small catalog displays...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I am astounded at the quality of this piece. I can see why this came from what was called the Golden Age. This sample is so clean that it looks to have been made 5 years ago. Perfectly straight...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    Jim Garber agreed to help out in posting photos. Thanks Jim
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I spent 1/2 hr wth son in law, professional person. Did not work so far.
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