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    Re: 1908 F4 w/o case serial number 9245

    Amen to that. If there's one thing consistent about vintage Gibsons, it's possibly inconsistency. Many threads on the Cafe about Gibson mandolins that don't fit the generally accepted specs etc.
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    Re: Struggling with Gibson serial numbers

    This GuitarHQ website, which was originally set up by Vintage Guitar, is where I go first to check models, serial numbers, and FON's.

    I have found that some of the info there, such as what years...
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    Re: Eastman md315 vs md515

    It's' been my experience -- which is limited -- that Eastman mandolins basically get better-looking as the model number goes up, but that the "300" series mandolins don't sound inferior to the "500"...
  4. Re: Any info on this mandolin would be appreciated

    According to the printed specs, the Adam Black at least has a solid spruce top -- heat-pressed, not carved (not as good) -- laminated maple back and sides, and "purpleheart" (?) fingerboard. Also a...
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    Re: Mando/ Harp WW2 Fell apart

    There was a minor vogue for wood-topped tenor "banjos" before WWII; the best-known was the Paramount Tenor Harp, but Weymann also made a wood-topped model with a soundhole. And, of course, August...
  6. Re: 'Radiophon' Mandriola, German, triple soundhole with cones?

    It has a nice smile, though.
  7. Re: Intermediate Mando - Good Mando to Step up to?

    1. What's your budget?

    2. You want to trade in the Alvarez, so you probably need to go to a dealer that takes trade-ins, unless you can negotiate a private sale trade-in -- or sell the Alvarez...
  8. Re: Songs/tunes that drive our partners (and families) crazy!

    When I first took up concertina, back in the late 1980's, I bought a learner-level English system Bastari from a friend. Concertina was unlike any of the stringed instruments I'd been playing, so I...
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    Re: Terminology Question

    Breathlessly awaiting the scholarships for accordion, bodhran, spoons, kazoo...
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    Re: stand or sit?

    Stood all the time when I played bluegrass, in bar band(s), mostly when playing Celtic or klezmer. When I got into concertina, found that it's mucho easier to play sitting down, firmly fixed in the...
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    Re: The wear of celluloid

    I lose 'em before they get the chance to wear out...

    Which keeps me from buying $35 picks, since I'd agonize over losing one of those.
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    Re: Grandfathers Gibson A3 Mandolin

    I got my first Gibson, a mid-'teens A-1, from my grandfather's attic, after he'd passed away and we were emptying his house prior to selling it. Apparently the mandolin belonged to his second wife,...
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    Re: Jay Ungar, Mandolin Picker

    Jay's a fine mandolinist; he gave a mandolin workshop at our Turtle Hill Folk Festival here in 2019. He devoted the workshop to working out sections of a blues tune, using some unusual chord...
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    Re: Absolute Silence

    1. I'd think you'd want to hear at least a faint sound, so you could tell if the techniques you're practicing will produce the sound you want when transferred to a regular (noisy) mandolin. A...
  15. Thread: 1931 Fern

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    Re: 1931 Fern

    So, whaddaya guys think --

    1. Is the seller bone-crazy to make a CraigsList ad with a $50K asking price -- considering that sales in that price range generally go through established vintage...
  16. Re: Looking for details on this 1926 Martin A-KI?

    According to Longworth's book, that makes it 1926. They made 150 A-K's that year, out of 1,278 total C F Martin made.
  17. Re: Learning octave mandolin before regular mandolin

    Playing the two instruments is quite different. My #1 OM is an old Flatiron "bouzouki" with a pretty long scale, so I don't often make four-finger "closed" chords on it -- finger stretches are too...
  18. Re: late uncles mandolin found in closet-- Value? year? maker?

    To me it appears American made, first quarter of the 20th century, high quality (multiple bindings, figured wood back & sides). I've been perusing my reference books of Regal and Washburn mandolins,...
  19. Re: Looking for details on this 1926 Martin A-KI?

    Looks like an A-K to me; koa can exhibit a variety of colors and "flame" graining. They were made 1920-1937 or so. What's the serial number?
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    Re: Jazzy tunes with good melodies

    Hmm...

    Sunny Side of the Street
    Sweet Georgia Brown
    Girl From Ipanema
    Ghost Riders In the Sky

    All chestnuts, but with catchy melodies and opportunities for interesting variations around the...
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    Re: Wurlitzer Mandolin Help?

    Ah, the never-ending Larson debate! As a battered and despised (won't say by whom) veteran of "Larson wars," I did emerge with two Stahl instruments which have been sold to me as "guaranteed" Larson...
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    Re: Lap Steel Guitar - No Mando content

    Gold Tone makes a Weissenborn-style acoustic Hawaiian guitar; lists for $750, but generally available for $500 (Musician's Friend, et. al.). Recording King makes a square-neck tri-cone resonator...
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    Re: Wurlitzer Mandolin Help?

    Well, Rudolph Wurlitzer was a chain of music stores, and as far as I know, didn't build any of their own instruments, commissioning various manufacturers to build instruments with "Wurlitzer" labels....
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    Re: Help to identify vintage mandolin

    It doesn't appear to have its original bridge, as the mark left in the finish by the original is significantly longer than the current bridge; I'd also be a bit surprised if the current one is...
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    Re: Battery generator to run an amp

    My "outdoors without power" solution is a Fender Amp Can, rechargeable 15w amp with two Hi-Z inputs. I've combined it with a Behringer five-channel mixer, which runs off two 9v batteries (plus an...
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