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  1. Re: Gibson Master Model vs Custom Master Model - advice please

    If it doesn't have "it" now, there's no reason to believe that it will have "it" later.

    An unplayed instrument is still used after its initial sale from an authorized dealer. Kind of like driving...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy 1918 Style A in ... sunburst?!

    !!!

    It might be time to start treating that MAS.
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    Re: Odd buzzing ending at 12th fret

    Yes, but let's get the instrument's water content up to acceptable levels before worrying about whether there any possible problems with the frets and fingerboard.
    Go for the simple solution first....
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    Re: Am i being unreasonable?

    Yeah, it's probably best to walk away.
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    Re: Am i being unreasonable?

    I agree with Charles. If the tailpiece and tuners were correctly installed, pay for that only. If they supplied the bridge and gave you the old one back, ask for a refund for the parts and labor...
  6. Re: VEGA tenor lute. banjo - tenor guitar - octave mandolin!

    Joe, this is indeed an original 4 string. They didn't make many of these, but I have seen at least one other.

    Gibson did use planetary tuners for a while, on at least some of their earlier tenor...
  7. Re: String Source for "Chicago Tuning" for Octave Mandolin

    Well, Eastman is calling for EJ80 for GDAE tuning, which contains a 12 for the E and a 32 for the D.

    So, projecting that tension into Chicago tuning, I'd start with 12 [E]- 16 [B]- 25 [G]-32 [D]....
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    Re: Odd buzzing ending at 12th fret

    It may take as much as a couple of weeks.
    You might want to go to Walgreen's and pick up a room humidifier for 30 or 40 bucks. It doesn't have to be fancy.
    If you're getting real New England...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Two "anecdotes" about hearing:

    1. Upon my most recent visit to George Gruhn's shop, he asked me to come up to the second floor and do a blind playing test of two mandolins. I closed my eyes,...
  10. Re: Interesting: Vintage 1937 Gibson/Kalamaz guitar-bodied Mandoc

    Players Vintage Instruments had one also. I see it has sold. But here's a link for pictures.

    www.vintageinstruments.com/mandolas.html

    As for vintage octave mandolins, if a Larson built one...
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    Re: Odd Gibson A4 on eBay

    The factory order number indicates a construction date of 1920.

    The pickguard with the curlicue is from 1915 or earlier.
    The bridge is from 1915 or later, and appears to be in rosewood. That...
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    Re: Who is Behind "The Loar" Company?

    I've been teaching for over 30 years. For beginning students who show up with a ~$200 entry level instruments, and can afford it, I generally recommend that they move up to an Eastman 505 after they...
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    Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    When new instruments go up in price, used ones usually follow, sooner or later.
    When demand exceeds supply, it's usually sooner.
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    Re: Who is Behind "The Loar" Company?

    Music Link distributes Asian made instruments under the "The Loar", Recording King, and Savannah brands.

    I have no reason to believe that they have any connection with Saga [Kentucky]. They are...
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    Re: Sanding sharp bridge edge

    I've blunted the sharp edges on many mandolin bridges, high end and low end, new and antique, solid and adjustable. It comes with the territory.
    Banjo bridges need to be blunted too.
    A few strokes...
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    Re: Hairline Cracks under Fretboard

    It might be nothing to worry about, or it might be a sign that there is a loose glue joint on the neck block, which is large block of wood inside the mandolin that the neck attaches to. A bad glue...
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    Some of mine don't . . . anymore . . . :(
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    Zero frets are in right now. It's partly due to successful marketing by the manufacturer of "Zero-Glide" nuts . . . which I have dealt with once on a customer's instrument, and am not particularly...
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    Re: The first Apitius Era

    A friend of mine has an Apitius that he bought many years ago, perhaps in the late 1990's or early 2000's.
    I have not seen the instrument in many years, but I remember that it was a good instrument.
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    Most of the time, sharp intonation on the lower frets only is caused by nut slots that are not correctly adjusted. Occasionally I see a nut that has been rounded at the front, causing the strings to...
  21. Thread: Need parts

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    Re: Need parts

    It should be made clear that the fingerboards and peghead overlays that can be purchased are raw parts, not completed assemblies.

    LMI can sell you a pre-slotted fingerboard. You will have to...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    This guy is going to need more than $8500 or $9999.11 to pay his legal bill if Garrett Park spots his ad and decides to report him to the Federal Trade Commission for using that image of their old...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    No, that's not it at all. The old bracket exerted vertical tension on the mandolin rib, which restricted its horizontal oscillations and increased the resonant frequency of the rib beyond its ideal...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Other differences that occurred in the early 1920's: The necks were slimmed down sometime during 1922 or '23. Adjustable bridges start to appear in 1921. At some point, the cam style pickguard...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    And JB's response brings up the eternal question: Why are people willing to pay a premium of 25% on '23 and '24 mandolins? Loar didn't build 'em, sign 'em, inspect 'em, or as James Condino might...
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