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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I'm thinking most all Virzi's were retro-fitted-granted I haven't really investigated the Loar Ferns? I know I've seen Gibson A's and F's that have had Virzi's added, one was a 1919 A model, another...
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    Re: Case repair

    Look up Steve Kirtley's case resto page! He's the man when it comes to this stuff!
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I also had a 34 F-5 Fern, and the body points were dovetailed in and nice! Even though most all Loar's had the Virzi "retro-fit" it sure doesn't bother me at all, it's just another one of those...
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    Re: H 1 mandola on SGW

    Thats a pretty fair price for that Dola I think? It looks to be fairly nice. I like that 22 on Reverb with the Nickle TRC-I already have a sweet Dola, I just want the 22 Nickle TRC for my one 24 Loar...
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    Re: Mandolin As A New Direction

    It's never too late to start anything that is full of musical pleasure or anything that brings one out to be a better person. I'm just 43 and for years just made noise on mandolins and guitars but I...
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    Re: Daughter's New Mandolin!

    Awesome! Any young folk that has the desire to play is where its at! And what a fine instrument for her to play on. I've delt with Charles J. for over 20 years off and on and he is topps, for sure...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Hey Jim, I think maybe the luthier's-builders at Gibson took extra time on this one? Or just luck the binding turned out-or it was bound after the Virzi installation? Thats the only thing that makes...
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    Re: New/old Mandriola.

    That is very KOOL! I love the oddities.
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Hendrik beat me to it, yep what he said:) I don't know when the Virzi was an option as I have no old catalogs. Someone sent me a great link where all the old Gibson catalogs are on the web but I...
  10. Re: Blues Mandolin - Big Boss Man - John Hamlett Mandolin (!)

    John's a killer builder-luthier! Awesome look and sound right there:cool:
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Well Lloyd was an advocate for the Virzi, so I'm sure he helped sell them "does anybody know off hand how much a Virzi would cost to your Loar bill back then?" The Loar 5's I've seen with Virzi added...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I was just curious if the Virzi was installed first then the back put on, or the mandolin completed then the back sawn off and the Virzi installed "that's retrofitted" My Dec. 1st 24 was completed...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Hey Jim, I was in contact with Ely's son's a few months ago about their Dads Loar. They sent me pix of the body joints to see if it was born with a Virzi or retrofitted. I couldn't tell from the...
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    Re: Have you ever seen anything like this?

    I must say that was awesome! Loved that instrument demo. On the first tune, that piece on the top is odd, I wonder if it has a bar of metal on the underside to get that sound?
  15. Re: Cost of sending a mandolin from US to EU?

    Last September I sent an old F-5 to Germany and want to say it was a little under 200 bucks?
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    Re: Ron Cole-Prayers Please!

    He'll be in my thoughts and prayers as well! Cancer is awful, its taken a load of my family members, my Ma is a two rare type cancer survivor, but all the treatments really ruined her. Since last...
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    Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    I've seen a load of basket cases in my time and that puppy really fits the mucho ugly bill man! WoW that Virzi is hideous!
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    Re: Gibson H2 mandola at Guitar Center

    It looks wrong to me, so I'd say it was refinished.
  19. Re: Sourcing Custom Trapeze Tailpieces (Archtop Guitar Style)

    Contact archtop.com, I believe they can get you what ya need or point you in the right direction.
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    Re: 1913 Gibson Mando Parts Value?

    Hi Bob, I'd say the tuners are worth 400-500, the tailpiece assembly 175-200, the guard 150-if no rot. Hopefully I'm correct on the pricing to help you out. Maybe get some other quotes and then put...
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    Re: Happy Birthday - Dan Beimborn

    Happy B-day Dan!
  22. Re: New restrictions on pearl and abalone into Canada

    I recently got a hefty tax bill in the mail from the "import fee tax office" from receiving my Apitius Custom Oliver built and sent me, what well over a year ago!
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    Re: A Loar on Craigslist? Yes sir!

    At first look from the one photo, it looks the part to me but yes more pix and info needed! If all original 85K is a great price!
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    Re: Full Contact Bridge?

    I always fit my keepers with a full contact base, I like it as it does lighten the bridge load and if you have an old mandolin or the like after time from the base feet pressing on the top, it'll...
  25. Re: Help identifying Vintage Oriole Mandolin

    Looks like a supertone or the like-Chicago made more than likely as they made 1000's during the depression era under different names.
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