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  1. Re: A Gibson A3 in the white. In the white ó get it?

    Using this useful but not infallible guide to vintage Gibsonia, "Ivory" finish A-3's were made by Gibson 1918-22, when the A-3 was discontinued.

    The likelihood of a mariachi band buying a Gibson...
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    OK, Chinese mandolin supply to bagpipe incineration -- has to be one of the longest topic vaults in recent memory!
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    Re: What next to get?

    Honestly, it's pretty rare for even cheapo tuners to be responsible for instruments "not staying in tune." Usually there's some binding in the nut slots that means string tension's not equally...
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    Re: Secure Endpin?

    I slightly enlarged the diameter of an undependable guitar endpin by doing what discullin suggested in Post #4, only with Duco Cement. Let it dry thoroughly overnight, then snugged it back in. So...
  5. Re: Epiphone Electric Guitar Mandolin Combo

    In translation, meaning that there's another thread on the same instrument. J-bear linked it.

    Why is it that the train wrecks are the ones generating multiple threads?
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    1. The "pickguard" on the OP's mandolin is a decorative decal, partially worn off by pick wear. My brother got an unlabeled (well, labeled "Made In USA") guitar through a catalog that had the top...
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    Re: Obscure, solid Mandolin Players

    I brashly nominate myself. I surely meet the "obscure" standard, and, at 250+ pounds, I'm pretty solid as well.
  8. Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    Yeah, "hard rock" maple neck with no fingerboard and no truss rod. Lotsa banjos lack truss rods, though some have non-adjustable steel reinforcement under the fingerboard. Banjo strings don't apply...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    I believe that's the legendary "nine pound hammer"(?)

    One can finagle with the cover's rim, using needle-nose pliers, to "loosen it up" a bit -- but beware the too-loose cover (not to be confused...
  10. Thread: Zenison

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    Re: Zenison

    Yeah, but that's a lot of doe for what you get.

    I know I make great puns, doncha all fawn on me.
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    1. Number one profession for men without college degrees, is driving (not just long-haul trucking, of course).

    2. Self-driving cargo vehicles are on the not-too-distant horizon, which is gonna...
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    Re: Key for Presto case

    So, whatcha gonna do with it?
  13. Inexpensive 10-String Mandolin Tuners

    Got an eBay notification for these 10-string mandolin tuners from Sunrise Music. They're less than $11, so no idea of their quality, but there have been several inquiries on the Cafe from people...
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    Re: Beware the mighty doubleneck

    Or, more accurately, asymmetry.

    Says it was his "main gigging instrument for years." Wonder why I never saw him?
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    Supply chain bottlenecks probably won't be alleviated until next year.

    So -- buy used! They're already here...
  16. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    This recent thread is worth a review.
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    Re: Condition of Martin A style

    I'd be a bit unhappy with the fretboard divots, otherwise it's a 50-year-old instrument, showing it's been played quite a bit.

    Rosewood's not as hard as ebony, and a rosewood fingerboard's gonna...
  18. Re: Mando wall hanger at Paulís Coffee and Tea in CO

    Iff'n yore in Topeka, check out Banjo's Cafe. Their Foggy Mountain Pumpkin Spice latte is, I hear, unforgettable...
  19. Re: New mandolin question. (eastman, the loar, richwood)

    Richwood's all-solid-wood, but heat-pressed and not hand-carved like the Eastman or the Loar Honey Creek. I sorta second JeffD's suggestions that you look into other types of mandolin available in...
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    Re: mandolin worth?

    Yeah, it could be -- but not convinced that all participants are equally on board for discussion of pet-toxic houseplants. Check out Hudmister's Post #10.

    If the OP's cool with it, forget what I...
  21. Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    What Deering models are you looking at? I'm guessing the Goodtime because they come in 17- and 19-fret tenors, and at Ī$600 they're not "super expensive." In my experience -- I don't own one, but...
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    Re: mandolin worth?

    That "wandering Jew" plant has nothing on the meanderings of this thread...

    Not even a "ham sandwich," Mike, this is like asking about the sandwich and getting replies discussing sanitation in the...
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    Re: Bedpan-dolin

    Re: wood as a resonating substance when struck –– there is the marimba...
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    Re: seeking info for B&J Victoria A-type

    I have a B & J Victoria bowl-back that's the spittin' image of a Lyon & Healy product, other than a differently-shaped headstock. The B & J firm sold instruments from a variety of sources, for sure.
  25. Re: I have no idea what it is, but it aint a mandolin

    Most extremely "compensated" bridge I've ever seen. Does one of our experts know of a type of stringed instrument where the bridge is angled that way, to produce significantly longer scale for the...
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