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    Re: Bowl Backs

    There are a whole lot of less than exciting mandolins in every mandolin style in the world but if you're looking for a new bowlback mandolin look at Brian Dean's mandolins.

    https://www.labraid.ca/
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    Re: Help me date a Kentucky KM-1500

    I can almost hear Scott's answer right now. Here is what it has always been. This is a common misconception.
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    Re: Crossrock Vintage wood case

    I have some of their guitar cases and they are decent. Don't let that vintage tag lull you into thinking you can throw an early Gibson A style in there. It looks like the headstock would be laying on...
  4. Re: Mandolin Identification Gibson A Oval Hole

    Be very careful buying a new case. These have very short necks and most modern cases don't accommodate or protect them well.

    Here is a current thread that describes the issue.
  5. Re: Care with old mandolins and modern cases...

    This has been an issue that comes around every few years. Years back the solution for the A styles was a $25.00 Musicians Friend hard case. Then they changed the design and ruined that. Jim Garber...
  6. Re: Mandolin Identification Gibson A Oval Hole

    To add to what everyone else has observed, the case looks original but the handle has been replaced.
  7. Thread: Zenison

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    Re: Zenison

    No, I gave it to a young friend that wanted to learn to play.
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    It wouldn't have been built from a kit but it could have been part of the business model of instruments that were sold door to door including a lesson plan. It's a pretty common instrument.
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    Drivers leaving the transportation industry is not new. I spent 20 years in the long haul trucking business. In the 90's we had a 300% turn over rate. Some of those people left the industry for jobs...
  10. Thread: Zenison

    by MikeEdgerton
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    Re: Zenison

    The same folks that sold this $30.00 A back in 2019. It's still being played.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/144219-Walmart-Mandolins-on-Clearance!
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    Re: Beware the mighty doubleneck

    Several years ago I bought a double neck mandolin and guitar that somebody in Oregon built. I couldn't get rid of that bad boy fast enough. This is probably a better instrument than that was :)
  12. Re: Vega cylinderback with no logo ... made for the trade?

    Unfortunately that happens at times when there is a generational change in ownership. It pretty much doomed Mandolin Brothers because Stan was a larger than life walking encyclopedia of knowledge. It...
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    Re: Old Gibson A case catch straps

    Cafe member Loudloar (Steve Kirtley) has a website and a Facebook group dedicated to vintage cases. There is a page on his website that has some suggestions about repairing old cases. It's here.
  14. Re: Norman Blake & Saint Elmo Slim - T.A.G. Railroad Rag

    That's really nice Bob.
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    Re: Old F-Case Repair. Handle?

    Check out junk shops and second hand stores. I would be surprised if some of these type handles didn't make it to you in some form. Steve's site will give you some tips on repairing the other parts...
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    Re: Thile can't chop chords

    In the orchestra world that was popular as Bill Monroe came to prominence part of what the mandolin did was emulate the snare drum.
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    Re: Old F-Case Repair. Handle?

    Cafe member LoudLoar (Steve Kirtley)has a website devoted to vintage cases with history and some repair information. It's here. If you are on Facebook he also has a Vintage Case Facebook Group. The...
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    Re: ebay h1 mandola

    When they are bent it has to happen suddenly. I have always tried to very carefully bend them back. They always snap off. I just finally stopped trying. Heating them up basically would destroy the...
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    Re: Old F-Case Repair. Handle?

    Post a picture of the case. There are a few ways to go including finding a donor case, suit case or otherwise, that is period correct.
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    Re: Condition of Martin A style

    You should take a look through Frank's site at www.frets.com, particularly the Items for Luthiers. It is a treasure trove of information.
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    Re: Condition of Martin A style

    Unless of course you know Frank Ford at www.frets.com
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    Re: ebay h1 mandola

    I've never managed to straighten a set of those tuners without breaking them.
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    Re: Condition of Martin A style

    I've owned a few of those including one the same year. The fretboard wear shows it's been played. The scar on the top is probably from someone leaving a vinyl strap across the top in the case. Vinyl...
  24. Thread: Wood ID

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    Re: Wood ID

    Repurposing furniture into musical instruments is a long and proud tradition :)

    Orville Gibson was known to do it.
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    Re: Ebay Gibson F-5

    I actually bought one of those in a lot of instruments back in my selling days. They were way less than spectacular. I lost on that one. Gibson actually cut off the Epiphone truss rod covers that...
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