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  1. Re: A2 Sold by a Gibson Teacher-Dealer in Canada

    Valentine Abt was a highly accomplished solo mandolinist who performed during the Golden Age of the Mandolin. Some of his solo arrangements survive and they're reportedly tremendously difficult to...
  2. Re: Latest ignorant question: Bout like "boot" or like boxing mat

    Neither, if you're Canadian.
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    Interlocutor: "It's Wednesday, named after the god Wodin."
    Baron von Munchausen (Jack Pearl): "No ... Wetnessday is named after Tuesday."
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    I've gotten lots of birthday cards over the years but Lloyd Loar never signed any of them. It just dawned on me that these are unsigned Loar birthday cards!
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    Re: Anyone recognize this case?

    Well, it might be the same one I bought & sold years ago ... but I no longer have those photos.
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    Recognize this case?

    Wondering if anyone knows who might have built this case?

    Distinctive logo patch, yellow lining, waffle-textured foam. 30x12 interior.

    I bought one of these 10 or 15 years ago from the Seattle...
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    Re: Anyone recognize this case?

    Sorry, but neither of those cases is anywhere close to the one I posted.

    What sets this case apart: yellow lining, waffle-textured foam, 30x12 interior, but most of all the black triangular patch...
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    Re: A lovely old 1907ish A4 .. but wait ...

    Eh? The only problem I see with the harp guitar is that the stringing is screwed up.
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    Re: Shipping Calton Mandolin Case

    American Music, Guitar Center, maybe Dusty Strings or Trading Musician ... somebody can fix you up with a box.

    Cutting the top off a guitar box, lightly scoring it and making some new flaps...
  10. Thread: MAS killer

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    Re: MAS killer

    Um ... yeah, to be fair I don't know if Bill made that case or it was something the seller knocked together. This really needs a custom case.
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    Re: MAS killer

    :)) ooh!

    Obviously the aesthetic isn't for everyone, but I've often thought that mandolin players in the "folk metal" bands that are popular in Germany and Scandinavia would appreciate a...
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    Re: A lovely old 1907ish A4 .. but wait ...

    Prices tend to get stupid on Shopgoodwill for stuff like this. If nothing else, that's probably a $150 tailpiece and a $250 set of tuners.
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    A lovely old 1907ish A4 .. but wait ...

    https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/120077914
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    Re: MAS killer

    William Campbell, the maker of Pendragon electric mandolins, apparently died a couple of months ago ... I got a phone call because my website is about the only place where Bill and his mandolins are...
  15. Re: Cleaning gunk off a nitrocellulose lacquer finish

    Thanks for all the advice. I'm not sure when I'll have a block of time to get started on this, but I'll check back in with the results.

    Trying to learn to do a little more setup and repair work,...
  16. Re: Cleaning gunk off a nitrocellulose lacquer finish

    Isn't naphtha precisely the wrong thing for nitro finishes, though? I have both, but Kevin warned me to stay away from the naphtha.
  17. Cleaning gunk off a nitrocellulose lacquer finish

    Electric mandolin arrived from Europe today. Some Philistine previous owner had glued a couple of strips of rattlesnake skin along the sides and added some butterfly decals. I managed to reach the...
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    Re: Unique Ball End to Loop End conversion

    Ah, yes. There is the Thomastik Set Which Will Fit an L&H Mandola and the Thomastik Set Which Will Not. I forget the particular number of each set but I learned of the problem before buying my...
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    Re: Interesting CNC violin build

    Certainly more fun than carving olive wood by hand, no?
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    Re: Unusual Benko mandolin

    Yes, that's a tamburitza instrument of some kind, possibly a prim. We know he built these traditional Croatian instruments as well as mandolins. I'm guessing that since he was Croatian the...
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    Lyon & Healy serial numbers

    Here is a Lyon & Healy Style C with the serial number stamped on the rim as well as written on the label. I might have seen this in one other L&H but I'm not sure. I don't think it is true of every...
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    Anyone recognize this case?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/124674609625

    It has a logo, and a distinctive look. But this is only the second one I've seen in 15 years (unless it is the same one I bought at the Seattle Goodwill and...
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    Re: mandolin orchestra library. Help!

    I'm looking into the feasibility of getting a moderately priced overhead book scanner that would facilitate this task. This need has existed for a long time; I am not sure if CMSA has a viable plan...
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    Re: mandolin orchestra library. Help!

    Get someone to scan / make digital copies of everything.

    There are *lots* of orchestras in this predicament and lots of collections of sheet music around the country, needing a coordinated effort...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Following this discussion I went ahead and bought the Geils/Beaudoin/Weinstein CD on Amazon... and instead the seller sent me the 4-DVD Lethal Weapon box set. Not even sure I knew there were four...
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