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    Re: What's up with Ukes?

    UK wise, recorder was the usual go-to instrument in schools for years but little seen in the outside world. As for the uke, they didn’t seem that popular until the schools took them up.

    There are...
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    Re: What's up with Ukes?

    Uke classes seem to have taken over from recorder classes in UK schools but I’m not sure why; perhaps today’s teachers can manage a few [guitar] chord shapes more easily than whistle fingering?
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    Re: When a mandolin tunes itself

    You may be wrongly assuming that the other instruments you’re playing along with are perfectly in tune with each other. I had a feeling that I was out of tune with the session a couple of weeks ago....
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    Re: What, when, where?

    ..... and I’d put the strings at around the same date!
  5. Re: Can someone please identify/share info on this Mandolin?

    I’m not suggesting that it was anything to do with Strad. just that putting erroneous labels in something isn’t a modern phenomenon. My late friend was at college when he bought it and his then tutor...
  6. Re: Can someone please identify/share info on this Mandolin?

    A now deceased fiddler I used to play with had a violin with an ancient “Stradivarius” label. It apparently hailed from circa. 1740.
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    Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    I believe electric guitarists sometimes spend good money on devices designed to make their instruments sound out of tune. All things considered, I suspect that the average audience would never notice.
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    If London is only an hour away, Dornoch could be a 1000 mile round trip for you!

    Working out the date and exact place of manufacturebof mine was difficult - I think they’re still based in Bend...
  9. Re: Can someone please identify/share info on this Mandolin?

    Both of those are known makes/models and relatively common so you should be able to compare prices.

    I bought a US built Breedlove (I don’t think the one advertised is) in the same auction as I...
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    Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    If it sounds out of tune, check the A strings first. For some reason unbeknown to mankind, A strings will flatly (no pun intended) refuse to stay in tune.

    I too come from the heady days before the...
  11. Re: Can someone please identify/share info on this Mandolin?

    You never know, someone might chip in. It’s a very common shape. Apart from the bridge, ornamentation and slotted headstock (best of luck with that!) it’s identical to the Fylde hanging on the wall...
  12. Re: Can someone please identify/share info on this Mandolin?

    No idea of the maker but, providing it’s not a dog or it’s falling apart, what else could you get - with a case - for £200? Don’t expect to be able to play bluegrass on it though!
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Apart from the price, the advert is actually misleading insofar as it should say “Applause by Ovation” rather than “Ovation by Applause”. A real Ovation has recently popped up at auction in the UK...
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    Re: Strad-O-Lin Social Group

    Hadn’t realised that there were two routes to the social groups. I’ve always used Mike’s method but Bill’s is one click fewer!
  15. Re: Abbreviated pick guard doesn’t need a brace?

    I’m no luthier but it sounds fine to me. I have two Kimbles (A and F), both have abbreviated pickguards and neither have a brace. They are fitted to the edge of the neck by a pin and a screw. I...
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    Re: Steffey mandolin vs lawson

    Lucky you - I can’t even see a link to click!
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    Re: Extra long strap?

    Don’t know what it’s like in the US (or Yorkshire!) but charity shop belts in this part of the world tend to be a bit short - especially if you want a long strap.
  18. Re: 1917 Gibson A2 mandolin original tuning mechines gear slop

    Welcome to the forum.

    See here - http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html or fit a set of StewMac Golden Age “Restoration” tuners. The “relic” versions don’t look that bad. They are possibly...
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    Re: Ibanez A900 truss rod

    I think you need to change your thread title!
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    Re: Fan fret tenor guitars (2022 thread)

    Perhaps someone could explain why a tenor guitar might need/benefit from fan fretting?
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    Re: Bentrup Stealth in the classifieds

    I seem to remember that Trevor at TAMCO had one (if not more) in stock several years ago but I never got to play one.
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    Re: A Mandolin at the Opera

    ..... but not as wrong as the false facial hair!
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    Re: Seagull deterrent techniques?

    Are you still on the original strings?
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    Re: playing tenor and mandolin

    ....... and the guitars all have different width fretboards ........ The first 50 years are the worst!
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    Re: Information on Fender Mandocasters

    Thanks for that. So what exactly is the o/p looking for?
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