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  1. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    I believe that the 154W strings are light gauge. I actually use the medium gauge on my short scale L&H.
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    There was a maker here on the Cafe who actually made playable Bed-Pandolins. Ah, yes, the Commodium! Discussed here on this thread: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/156921-Bedpan-dolin
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    Re: 4 string mandolin?

    More than likely the Russians never saw Cremonese mandolins which were very uncommon. But they made 8 string mandolins tuned to GDAE and it made sense to add one more string and tune it to that...
  4. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    Yes, they seem to get along fine together. I was worried when bringing home a new puppy… er… mandolin. :)

    What is especially amazing about both of them is that they each have plenty of sustain.
  5. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    I just played both mandolins today switching back and forth. The Brentrup has my regular favorite strings, D'Addario NB mediums. The 24 A-4 has whatever Elderly strung it with which are some PB...
  6. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    All the above suggestions are worth considering. I also bend the loop around the point end of a sharpened pencil so it has a rounded bend vs. sharp. Then hook that bent loop on the appropriate hook....
  7. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    I now own two, my ‘23 A2 which I have owned for close to forty years and a recently acquired 24 A4 which was on my list list for sometime. I also owned a 23 A-junior which was a sweetheart of an...
  8. Re: I like big triangle picks - no, wait...

    Dunlop & Clayton both make picks out of Ultem. Clayton has a slightly heavier URT120 that is 1.2mm thick. I like Ultem for its tone but they wear out faster than the Meldin of a Blue Chip so for...
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    Re: 4 string mandolin?

    Dear s11141827: It is time you stopped cutting and pasting the same misinformation over and over. The Domra is indeed a Russian instrument and has nothing to do with the Cremonese mandolin. Domras...
  10. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    Sounds like the seller is a straight shooter and tells you what is. In addition, IIRC, he is including extra Thomastik strings which, to me, are the key to these lovely L&H instruments. Hopefully the...
  11. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    Well, geographically I am also in the Hudson Valley though, I am guessing, further south from you. Lots of friends north of me though.
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    Re: Know what this is? It keeps staring at me!

    And likely the ten highest bidders were reading this thread.
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    I’ve had a few vintage Nationals. One was a beautiful style 2 silver with engraving. Scale was long IIRC close to 15 inches. I never liked it when tuned to standard mandolin tuning. I put heavier...
  14. Re: Article: Elisa Meyer Ferreira's Once in a Lifetime Chance to

    I heard her and her sisters and her dad years ago at a small house concert at a friend’s apartment in New York City. They were all excellent musicians back then even in their teens. Sad about their...
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    Re: Lucille Ball plays tenor guitar

    Of course this is a song no longer performed, composed in 1912 as a throwback to minstrelsy. A transcription of the lyrics on a university of Mississippi site are followed by a content disclaimer.
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  16. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    I don’t know if you misread the OP’s first post. He says he lives in central NC not central NY. It would be a long trip for him.
  17. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    i don’t know how far Winston-Salem is from you but that seller has a few mandolins that may be of interest. I have a feeling that the L&H might be the best for you but the Eastman special DG2 might...
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    Re: What a Blast

    Go to the source... take a lesson from Mike, if possible.
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    Re: question on restoring an old gibson

    From the photo it looks like it was carved concave vs. the usual convex arch. Maybe it is an optical delusion.
  20. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    IIRC they sound similar but I think the Brentrup is a bit more responsive. I am not sure of the correct acoustic term but I feel the Brentrup has more headroom, in other words, when you push it, it...
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    Re: question on restoring an old gibson

    Cary, there are plenty of reasonably priced Gibson A's out there. Unless someone gave that to you I would run the other way. For the cost to have someone make a carved top you probably could have a...
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    Re: What a Blast

    Seems like a jamming on the same chord progression and variations. It *is* a blast. This video was from 13 years ago.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AruhLVAp9Hc
  23. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    Your two favorite classical players play very different instruments as you, I am sure, are aware.

    Many of my fellow classical players play classical on oval hole carved instruments such as the...
  24. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    The amazing thing to me is how close Hans' mandolin is to the 1924 one. Aside from the chocolate buttons and the Virzi is it nearly identical. He even opted for the slabcut back wood vs. flamey...
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    Re: DW Stevens reverse mandolin.

    Interesting guy... I love people who go off the beaten track and follow their own passions for design and workmanship. Sounds like he made two reverse-scroll mandolins and I might guess that each was...
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