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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    That Courante was really nicely done! The tone of your instrument is very clear. I'm working on this same suite but have a long way to go.
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    Re: Hartmann A Style Oval Hole

    Nice voice on that one!
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    I think the word "Larson" should be changed to "MacGuffin." In many Hitchcock movies, and other thrillers (and, as Wikipedia points out, the holy grail in Arthurian legend), it's an object or device...
  4. Thread: Bowlback 101

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    Re: Bowlback 101

    While I've heard reports that reverb.com has had more quality-control issues in recent times, I've had good experiences buying (and selling) on the site. Owned and run by Chicago Music Exchange, it...
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    Avi Avital on Performance Today

    A recording of Avi Avital playing Bach's Sonata in E minor back by harpsichord is featured on the April 3 Performance Today program. For your listening pleasure (click the Hour One link):...
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    Fiddle tune request time

    Whew! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_LhXKBSNi8
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    Re: Merrill aluminum bowl back on reverb.com

    In my posting, I was going to add "I think Allen Hopkins might be one of very few owners of these instruments (and plays it regularly). Hope he weighs in." Glad you did!
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    Avi Avital's Chaconne

    Avi Avital takes on the Chaconne from Bach's Partita no. 2 in the July 18 edition of Performance Today. It's at the end of hour one on the website (some nice playing from guys named Thile and Ma...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: June Jazz tune of the month

    BTW, that's not a Gibson L5 Django is sporting. It's a Swedish-made Levin archtop, and went up for auction last May. Not sure of the result, however....
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    Notes on Music in Old Boston

    Some interesting reading on the history of music in Boston, highlighting the contributions of Oliver Ditson (only natural, since the book was a product of the Ditson Company, now available for free...
  11. Re: Does anyone have info about these bowl-back mandolins?

    I second Jim on the possible German origins of mandolin no. 1. The binding and pickguard are very similar to many versions made in the Markneukirchen region for several decades in the twentieth...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Oh, so that's what "overall wear" means. No wonder some would rather bid on Bill Monroe's toaster.
  13. Re: Thomas Morley: O Sleep Fond Fancy / Southernes Pavin

    Thanks, Martin, for bringing such interesting repertoire to light and always having such high standards.Your work is an inspiration!
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    Re: 1913 Gibson K-2 mandocello

    No, I'm trying to play the Allemande from Cello Suite no. 3 in that pic. That wasn't the first (or last) grimace!
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    Re: 1913 Gibson K-2 mandocello

    The guy who refinished mine found two layers before getting to the original finish, which he said had been black. I thought about getting something closer to a restoration than a refinishing, but its...
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    1913 Gibson K-2 mandocello

    Here's a pic of me and my 1913 (ser. no. 15250, if I'm reading faint pencil marks correctly) Gibson K-2 mandocello. It had to be refinished, since when it came to me, it had a heavy black lacquer on...
  17. Re: Very fancy bowlback mandoliin in great shapeóL&H?

    Thanks, Allen! I really appreciate the insight. Yes, 44 ribs.
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    Re: Distressed Instruments

    My instruments get distressed every time I pick them up. Choose another, they say.
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    Re: Bach, where to start?

    Robert Bancalari's J. S. Bach for Mandolin, mentioned above, is a good place to start. A couple of charming and relatively easy pieces to get started include two Marches and a Menuet from the Anna...
  20. Re: 1906 Gibson A3 Mandolin, Orville Label, Craigslist Tampa

    I have a 1908 A1, very similar to this one, and it definitely has a different sound than teens instruments and certainly twenties and Loar-era instruments. The low neck angle provided by the...
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    Re: Possibly the rarest Gibson 2nd Line Instrument

    That was my thought, too, Allen. It looks like Gumby with severe focal kyphosis.
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    Re: Classical Music Song Book

    Mandolin cafe member August Watters has an excellent book, much discussed in various forum pages, called Exploring Classical Mandolin, that I've found extremely useful as someone who came to mandolin...
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    Re: Very old Gibsonódetectives?

    Can certainly be a problem. In this case, I'm guessing that it's simply illegible—quite common on penciled-in serial numbers, especially of this age. Looks like a respectable outfit with many...
  24. Re: How to spot a good inexpensive bowl-back mando (eBay, craigsl

    Still some good deals out there. I bought my 1910s Wm A. Stahl mandolin on ebay, after offering $70 on a $90 listing. I suspected from the pictures that it had an ebony fretboard, and Stahl is one of...
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    mandocello case uses

    My beagle, Rusty, has shown little or no interest in my musical instrumentsóuntil I acquired a 1911 K-2 that came with a case (not sure it's original, but it's nice). As soon as I opened it, he...
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