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  1. Re: Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Cas

    Yes.
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    Re: Vintage Bowlback ID

    I think all of the frets are there. It seems there may be some shadows cast from the lighting in the first picture that make it look like the frets are missing. Hard to say for sure, but that’s what...
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    Re: Martin 1920 Style C questions

    According to Mike Longworthís book in the first three years of the Aís production(1914-1916) they were made with rosewood back and sides before switching to mahogany in 1917. There were only a couple...
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    Re: Martin 1920 Style C questions

    I agree Mick. I have an A, an AK, and a B. I love them all, but the B definitely exhibits something special. I also think the earlier smaller body size(not sure when the change was made, maybe...
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    Re: Martin 1920 Style C questions

    While we wait for the OP to give it another shot I figured Iíd post some pics of my 1920 style B for potential comparison and conversation. I think the tailpiece cover is original and there seems to...
  6. Re: NY Times profiles Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Co.

    Theyíre out there! I was able to play a couple of their flattops and ended up buying one. Build quality and tone are top notch. Iím totally satisfied and wish the company the best of luck!
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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    It was worth it to me. I absolutely understand where youíre coming from and I had my doubts, but Iím quite happy that I made the purchase. Iím not willing to say what I paid, but I will say that...
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    Re: Martin AK2 string recommendation

    Congrats on the acquisition!

    I have several Martins and use GHS A250 on them. Itís a light gauge phosphor bronze string. 10-15-24-36
    I like the feel and they have a nice balance of tone.
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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    It was me!

    I took fatt-dadís advice and went for it!

    I made the trip down south to Melodee to check them out and ended up buying. Sales manager Chris was welcoming and knowledgeable and...
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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    Thanks for everybodyís input. I noticed that the price has changed from $1900 to $1799. Every bit helps.
    Iím only about 3 hours from Melodeeís brick and mortar store so I might take a trip to check...
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    Troublesome Creek

    https://reverb.com/item/36245595-troublesome-creek-hm-1sb-honeybee-mandolin
    https://reverb.com/item/36245604-troublesome-creek-hm-1-honeybee-mandolin

    Any thoughts on these? I’m familiar with the...
  12. Re: Easy small modification to Eastman 305 fretboard extension

    Thanks! I was glad that I didnít loose any of the precious ivoroid! Thereís definitely no wrong way to do it as long as the instrument survives the modification and the owner is happy with the...
  13. Re: Easy small modification to Eastman 305 fretboard extension

    Looks good!
    I had the same dilemma with my 404. The extension is definitely right in my sweet spot! I did mine over the summer.
    I didnít pull the frets. I used a razor saw to make some cuts...
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    Re: Tailpiece broke

    I would contact Eastman. If youíre the original owner I would think itís under warranty. If not, I would still try to get one from them. I honestly like the Eastman tailpiece and think itís a pretty...
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    Re: Bowlback make/model?

    I upload images using the the tree picture icon in the toolbar. If you click on it you can choose to upload images from your computer(IPhone) I’m not real tech savvy, but it works for me.
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    My honest opinion is your going in the wrong direction. A D-28 is a great guitar for any style. I think Elizabeth Cotton used a D-28 on some of her recordings and sheís a great finger picker. I think...
  17. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    I was listening to Jesse McReynolds & Friends -Songs of the Grateful Dead today. If youíre into the Dead and the mandolin itís hard to go wrong. :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Steve Earl and his Gibson mandolins

    ďSome bad stuff happenĒ relates to his son Justin Townes Earle passing away. A very cool video considering the situation. My heart goes out to the Earle family. J.T.E. R.I.P.
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    Re: Never seen one of these before.

    I gotta say that I was a bit perplexed when I first saw this creation, but I became drawn to the folk art aspect of it. I don’t think I would spend as much as it sold for, but I was interested. I...
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    Re: Never seen one of these before.

    According to the description the middle neck is a ďshort slide guitarĒ, exactly what everyone needs sandwiched between their double neck mandolin/mandola! Brilliant! :confused:
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    Re: Some questions/concerns about bar frets

    Thanks, I didnít realize the frets had so much to do with neck stability. Iím getting closer to getting it.
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    Re: Some questions/concerns about bar frets

    So the advantage to leaving bar frets is the ability to help adjust the action when there’s no truss rod adjustment available? Makes sense. T frets always need to be flush with the fretboard. I...
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    Re: Some questions/concerns about bar frets

    Iím not a repair person and please forgive my ignorance. I havenít researched this subject, but is it possible to somehow fill the bar fret slots and recut the slots for T frets?
  24. Re: NMD 1935 Martin A-Style (and a 'lighbulb moment'!)

    Congrats! I think you made a great choice and thereís no need to start shopping around. I enjoyed reading about your lightbulb moment and although I donít have a 1919, I absolutely agree with AllenH.
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    Re: Best strings for 1929 Martin Style 20

    I just set up a recently acquired style 15 with GHS medium lights. 11-16-24-38.
    Itís the gauge the previous owner used. He owned the instrument for thirty years and other than being well played it...
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