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    Re: Unlabelled Harmony - Sears?

    Looks just like my Harmony Monterey H410 that I just gave to some friends’ son. - from 1960s, I believe. A fun little instrument and has a very decent sound when you use the right picks. I used to...
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    Re: Do You Baby Your Mandolin?

    Living in earthquake country, I keep my nicest instruments in their cases unless being played. I have less valuable instruments out for playing anytime I feel like it. My current “kitchen mandolin”...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    Great job! This has been a very fun thread to follow and it’s nice to see an instrument brought back to life. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.
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    Re: RIP Nanci Griffith

    My wife and I were at that same concert at the Cactus Cafe. Lots of excellent music in that town during those days.

    - Denis
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    Re: Late Night Trashy Mandolin Music

    And they were probably mostly guitar, uke, and banjo players using an earlier version of this fine publication:

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    And probably playing & singing something like this:

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    Re: Bluebell Polka

    Fun little tune. Nice job. And nice looking prickly pear flowers for the visuals.

    As a schottische, which (I think) is popular with German decedents in central Texas, I figured the name was in...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    Hawkeye - Thanks for keeping us updated on your repair of this Harmony 410. As an instrument that has survived nearly 80 years, it deserves to be restored so it can continue to make music and last...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    Unlike their guitars, Harmony seemed not to date their mandolins; however, there were changes to design features that are useful in estimating the age of a particular instrument. I looked into this...
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    Re: Best bet on a road trip

    How about finding a local (i.e., real) music store with a good reputation? You could pay a small fee for them to hold your mando while you’re on your hike. And, if you get eaten by a bear, they get...
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    Cool Banjo Physics

    I got this link in a recent issue of New Scientist: http://www.its.caltech.edu/~politzer/

    There’s a professor at CalTech who’s been looking into how sound is produced and transmitted in banjos. A...
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    Re: Best all time Inlay's

    This isn’t vintage, but it is cool. The headstock on my Phil Crump OM, which incorporates his initials and a cool floral design. As a botanist, I like it. Phil also has a botanical degree.
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    Re: Best bet on a road trip

    Having just got back from a visit to New Mexico where the zero humidity made me worry about the guitar and mandolin I brought, I wondered if it would be better, next time, to bring my resonator...
  13. Re: Which Stradolins are best to look for?

    Or one like mine! Since they were sold by Monkey Wards, there should be a fair number out there. Have faith and one will enter your orbit.
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    Re: Dr. Arm for Mandolin

    Here’s a close-up of the sycamore (Platanus racemosa) armrest.
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    Re: Dr. Arm for Mandolin

    I recently started using armrests on my mandolins. I like them. My first was a nice ebony McClung that looks great on my black Weber traditional. I’ve made two (so far) of my own out of California...
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    Re: I Like This Pick... But What Is It?

    How about water buffalo horn? I got a couple of similar looking ones to try with an order of bone nut and bridge blanks. The ones I got were kind of thick and a little dull in tone. If horn, it...
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    Re: Mando/ Harp WW2 Fell apart

    Maybe there's a piece of steel sandwiched in there for strength? You might be able to tell with a strong magnet. I did something similar to a doorframe after someone tried to kick the door in.
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  18. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    After being a fingerpicking guitarist for many years, my relatively recent attention to the mandolin has had one major benefit: I finally can hold on to the pick long enough to use it for guitar...
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    I have a Weber Sweet Pea which I plan to take backpacking and on river trips. The tone is not as rich as my “normal” Weber mandolin, but it’s great for what it is and the Sweet Pea is way, way cooler...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Wonderful acquisitions, Sue. As someone with a serious case of GAS/MAS, it’s probably good that I don’t live closer to Nebraska. I’m kinda lusting after the Gibson mandobass currently listed in the...
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    Re: What or why is this?

    Certainly not like anything in the Bob Carlin’s book on Regal Musical Instruments, other than the aforementioned Gumby headstock. Maybe a homemade job?
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    I have a solid wood small bodied Harmony H1201 tenor that is easy to play and has a nice tone. A few years ago came across another one for cheap, so bought it and gave it to a friend. I also have a...
  23. Re: Can this Gibson really fetch such a price?

    Wow, I guess it’s time for me to sell my A50 that I use for my kitchen table mandolin; got it for $150 at a local pawn shop and only had to clean off the accumulated dust, replace the rusty strings,...
  24. Re: What do you keep your picks and stuff in?

    I have stashes of picks scattered around the house: a couple of little soapstone boxes picked up at garage sales, a couple of little glass bowls that began their life as lab equipment for doing plant...
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    Re: It Made the Mandolin Sound Better

    Thanks for the link Catmandu2 - A very interesting read. I didn’t realize guitar players were so cerebral! In regards to our thread’s topic, I’ve found it fun to occasionally use Cannabis and mess...
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