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  1. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    I don’t know if you misread the OP’s first post. He says he lives in central NC not central NY. It would be a long trip for him.
  2. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    i don’t know how far Winston-Salem is from you but that seller has a few mandolins that may be of interest. I have a feeling that the L&H might be the best for you but the Eastman special DG2 might...
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    Re: What a Blast

    Go to the source... take a lesson from Mike, if possible.
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    Re: question on restoring an old gibson

    From the photo it looks like it was carved concave vs. the usual convex arch. Maybe it is an optical delusion.
  5. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    IIRC they sound similar but I think the Brentrup is a bit more responsive. I am not sure of the correct acoustic term but I feel the Brentrup has more headroom, in other words, when you push it, it...
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    Re: question on restoring an old gibson

    Cary, there are plenty of reasonably priced Gibson A's out there. Unless someone gave that to you I would run the other way. For the cost to have someone make a carved top you probably could have a...
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    Re: What a Blast

    Seems like a jamming on the same chord progression and variations. It *is* a blast. This video was from 13 years ago.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AruhLVAp9Hc
  8. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    Your two favorite classical players play very different instruments as you, I am sure, are aware.

    Many of my fellow classical players play classical on oval hole carved instruments such as the...
  9. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    The amazing thing to me is how close Hans' mandolin is to the 1924 one. Aside from the chocolate buttons and the Virzi is it nearly identical. He even opted for the slabcut back wood vs. flamey...
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    Re: DW Stevens reverse mandolin.

    Interesting guy... I love people who go off the beaten track and follow their own passions for design and workmanship. Sounds like he made two reverse-scroll mandolins and I might guess that each was...
  11. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    Just to fulfill my obsession with newly acquired mandolins, here is my 24 next to my exquisite copy by Hans Brentrup from 2007. Only 83 years difference.

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    I am working on a coffee-table mandolin book which will include scratch and sniff feature for every mandolin. :)
  13. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    You have quite an impressive pile as well! Equally inspiring!
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    Re: Thats a suprise Regal Reverse Scroll

    I would love to see a lefty version. Like this:

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    Re: Thats a suprise Regal Reverse Scroll

    I see this thread was started about a luthier who made another reverse scroll mandolin: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/162150-DW-Stevens-reverse-mandolin



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    Re: Thats a suprise Regal Reverse Scroll

    Yes! That’s the one, Unicorn & Mustang. Thanks!
    I like that he reversed the headstock, too.
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    Re: Thats a suprise Regal Reverse Scroll

    There was this one attributed to the Larson brothers: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/120425-1939-Larson-Stahl-Reverse-Scroll

    However I seem to recall a modern Japanese maker who made...
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    Re: The Banks Hornpipe—Colin Botts

    I was fooling with this monster of a tune on fiddle yesterday. Much more approachable on mandolin in Eb. I have it transcribedin that key in a J. Scott Skinner tune collection book I bought in the UK...
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    Re: Henderson mandolins

    I know that this is a 16-year old thread but that is a very cool Henderson mandolin. I can’t imagine that he made many oval-hole A-styles.
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    Re: The Banks Hornpipe—Colin Botts

    There are versions transposed to G on Thesession.org: https://thesession.org/tunes/922
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    Re: The Banks Hornpipe—Colin Botts

    I am not sure what key people are playing this these days but I believe it was originally composed in Eb major. I didn’t yet determine what key Colin is playing it in. It is often transposed to G for...
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    Re: Bruno Mandolinetto

    Actually a lot of bowlback 12 strings have survived especially the OS (Oscar Schmidt) ones. They just built them heavier. You don’t mention what sort of work is needed but I am sure it can’t hurt to...
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    Re: The Banks Hornpipe—Colin Botts

    Wonderful! I think this is a virtuosic piece that uses some advanced classical violin techniques especially in the second part. I think it works on mandolin a bit easier. Excellent playing by Colin.
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    Re: Just so excited!!!

    You can’t just upload a video but have to host it elsewhere. YouTube is the easiest. Then you can link or embed it here.
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    Re: Will CA Help on These Stradolin Cracks?

    I am not a luthier but if it were me and I had a luthier who I trust I would leave it to him or her vs. any DIY repairs. A competent person can assess any issues to start with. Anyway, that is just...
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