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  1. Re: 1930's Gibson AOO Mandolin, somewhat easy fix

    I'd say that the odds are about 80/20 that the back will have to be removed, the glueing surfaces cleaned, and any loose braces attended to.
    Then, it will have to be re-assembled in a manner that...
  2. Thread: Aaargh . . .

    by rcc56
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    Re: Aaargh . . .

    When I first moved here in 1981, the few Latin-Americans who lived here were mostly Cuban ex-patriots. Some of them were released prisoners from the Bay of Pigs battle.
    Starting in the mid...
  3. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    Habit, mostly; developed when I was doing multiple fret jobs for a well known professional who liked it that way.
    I did get used to the look of it.

    Playing wise, I think I like the feel of the...
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    My old Regal Octofone is the only octave mandolin I've spent any significant time with. The fingerboard is 1 3/8" at the nut, and 1 5/8" at the 12th fret. It is set up with an old one piece...
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    Re: F-2 purchase advice - Canada

    A well executed headstock repair may last a lifetime without any adverse effects.
    But the market does not like them. They devalue the instrument significantly, and many buyers will not even...
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    Re: Help identifying old Gibson?

    The modern logo does indeed come in about 1947, first in silkscreen, then changing to a decal in 1954.

    Factory order numbers from the late '40's are inconsistent and not much info is available on...
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    Re: F-2 purchase advice - Canada

    I am 1000+ miles from the mandolin, so I can't offer you any opinions on the tone or projection of the instrument.
    However, I will reluctantly suggest that the price seems to be quite high for an...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    Many years ago, I visited Fred Oster's Vintage Instruments shop in Philadelphia.
    He routinely carries many very fine violin family instruments, and he happened to have an early Stradivari violin in...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    Addendum:

    I've spent the last several days glueing and cleating cracks and glueing loose braces in an F-5G and a 20 year old J-45 guitar that have had a hard life.

    I have nice 20th century...
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    Re: What tools do I need ?

    I operated in my shop for quite a few years with no power tools at all except for a Dremel with a home-made router base, an electric hand drill and a hand held jig saw. The jig saw does not get used...
  11. Re: Clean fretting where there's more finger than board?

    Dave Apollon was known to remove the 23rd and sometimes the 21st fret on some of his mandolins so he could get a clear high E and sometimes a high D.
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    Re: Early Gibson A4 - Different Inlays?

    Gibson did make a very small number of A-4's with fancy fingerboard inlays. All were built before 1910, and would have left the factory with inlaid pickguards, and a somewhat different shape to the...
  13. Re: Lyon & Healy Style A, B, C fretboard - all radiused?

    The picture of Jim's earlier mandolin appears to me to show a light radius, while the picture of the later instrument appears not to have a radius.
    Computers and camera lenses can distort pictures. ...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    Very few good handmade mandolins were being made back then. Monteleone and Randy Wood were making a few, and Gilchrist was just starting to build his first instruments. There were only a few others...
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    Re: Tenor guitar hairline crack

    Many old instruments have hairline cracks. Your immediate concern is that it does not open up or spread. Use a humidifier such as a Damp-it to ensure the instrument does not dry out too much during...
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    Re: Preferred wire cutters?

    What's wrong with a good quality [not the cheapo] cutter from the hardware store?
    I've got a 35 year old larger size Stanley "made in Japan" cutter that I've used to wire two houses and clip...
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    Re: Bridge foot marks/resale value

    The finish has been compressed in that area from the bridge foot due to string tension.
    If it was nitro, the area could be drop-filled, levelled, and polished by an expert. But that appears to be a...
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    Re: Question about A2 Gibson Snakeheads.

    Differences: Most A-2's have a Sheraton Brown finish, single binding, and a plainer rosette. A-2Z's have a blonde finish, a double bound top, and a fancier rosette with an ivoroid center ring. ...
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    Re: Negative harmony.

    Yes, that's the one. His classification of chords into different groups based on the amount of dissonance in the chord's structure goes a long way into understanding how to put color into...
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    Re: Negative harmony.

    The musical examples in the video would have been easier to comprehend and would have sounded more palatable if they had been re-voiced so that each note in the old chord led to its closest neighbor...
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    Re: Substantial sale at Bernunzio's

    I want to thank whoever bought the pretty Vega bowlback for relieving me from any lingering temptation.
    I hope the new owner heartily enjoys it.
  22. Re: FedEx ó wow ó canít follow directions; fakes receipt signatur

    Whether they are overloaded or not, that is no excuse for dishonesty.
    Report it to Fed-Ex. If they ignore you and you want to make a difference, you can go to the press.
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    Re: Fret Wire Questions

    I have used the Stew-mac #147 wire, .080" wide x .040" high on many mandolins with great results.

    The #6130 Accu-Fret wire from International Violin is a low jumbo guitar wire, and I do not...
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    Re: Bridge post sources

    Also available from Axiom Inc. www.axinc.net
    They also sell saddles and bases separately, and are our most complete source for celluloid bindings and pickguard material.
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    Re: Substantial sale at Bernunzio's

    Well, not only have I taken the pledge, but the virus is driving my business down to the basement. I made $75 this week, and only expect to make $45 next week. Not the right time to buy even an...
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