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    Re: Pawn Shop F5L

    Signed by Steve Carlson -- I'd say this is a stone bargain.

    How it ended up in the pawn shop is that someone probably brought it in and pawned it, and got maybe $5-600 on it. When the customer...
  2. Re: Help!!:I have aqquired an Unmarked unnamed 7 string banjolele

    Thanx to journeybear for the research! Appears what you have, looks quite a bit like a "Melody Major" mandolin-banjo; if so, it was made by Geo. Houghton & Sons in the UK. I've looked at a couple...
  3. Re: 1920ish Martin built? For S.S. Stewart

    Once the S S Stewart label was bought by Buegeleisen & Jacobson (B & J), you found it on a variety of instruments made by different builders, and distributed by B & J. I had a "Fred Stewart" (Fred...
  4. Re: Beginner: Kentucky KM-150 or Aria M-180?

    1. Can't find specs on the Aria, but based on several Google look-ups, it appears to be a mid-price instrument from 40-50 years ago. I've seen the top variously described as "solid, carved spruce"...
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    Re: Information on this Bowlback

    You have what's called a "mandriola," which has four triple-string courses, rather than the double-string courses of a standard mandolin. Oscar Schmidt made a bunch of them, pretty unique among...
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    Re: Alvarez Mandolin

    Well, it's an A-900, which was pretty much top of the Alvarez line in the 1970-80's "Tree of Life" inlay on the fretboard, gold-plated and engraved tailpiece; I can't dig up catalog specs on it, but...
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    Re: Information on this Mandolin

    Checking Longworth's book, I think it's a Style 1, which started in 1898 with 18 ribs in the back, went to 20 in 1904 -- when the pickguard inlay was dropped -- and went to 22 ribs in 1909. It went...
  8. Re: Information on Michael Kelly Mandolin

    Here's a page with various models of Michael Kelly mandolins. What you have looks closest to their "Legacy" series, but I can't find one that's shown with an un-bound headstock like yours.

    The...
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    Good choice! There's always room for cello!

    Or was it...
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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"...
  13. 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...
  15. Re: 'Radiophon' Mandriola, German, triple soundhole with cones?

    It has a nice smile, though.
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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.
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