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  1. Re: got a live one here folks, and he is coming in hot

    Ovation MM68 and Godin A8 mandolins both have built-in preamps and I'd be more than happy to defend them as quality instruments.

    $1200 was always an insane price to pay for a Michael Kelly...
  2. Re: Let's talk about the Stromberg archtop guitar on SGW...

    I dunno ... sometimes they'll list a cheap mandolin with the headstock snapped off or suchlike ... something that clearly isn't worth repairing. When it comes to instruments I am not sure what...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Nice '46 Gibson A style here.

    But $25K nice? I doubt it.

    https://portland.craigslist.org/grg/msg/d/cascade-locks-gibson-mandolin-1946/7433844515.html
  4. Re: Let's talk about the Stromberg archtop guitar on SGW...

    Indeed, how could anyone resist a guitar with a strap like that? No wonder it's over $8K.

    I see one Stromberg listed on Reverb for $14K, a grade fancier than this one. I have no idea of a fair...
  5. Re: Moses/Douglas/Hull/Bush/Fleck/Trischka/Strings/Sutton/Tuttle/

    sure, but how is he on glockenspiel?

    Saw this show in Seattle, but with only six musicians ...

    The one you missed is Mark Schatz on bass. Two of everything in that final conglomeration, except...
  6. Let's talk about the Stromberg archtop guitar on SGW...

    Dire need of a neck reset, looks like — but it shot up to $8501 pretty fast.

    https://shopgoodwill.com/item/137337819
  7. Re: got a live one here folks, and he is coming in hot

    Sure, but the separation in this case is most likely not cleated, and trying to cleat it by working through the F-holes would be a pain, and quite expensive relative to the value of the instrument....
  8. Re: got a live one here folks, and he is coming in hot

    Yeah, it looks cheap and it also looks like the photos were taken in a pawnshop (?). I don't know what other kind of store has a bunch of sneakers on the wall right behind a jewelry display case—and...
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    Re: Walnut Back and Sides Spruce Flat Top Tone

    There are two walnut instruments I've heard that really struck me: an F-style mandola by James Curtis and a tenor guitar by Tim May. As John points out above, though, it's unlikely that wood choice...
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    Re: Parsons Flying V 5-string

    Well, it's here on the wall and is one of this year's projects. It was missing a bridge post and I'm having a friend make a new one. I got the snakeskin off and used solvent to remove some of the...
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    Re: Walnut Back and Sides Spruce Flat Top Tone

    Is this a mandolin, or something else?
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    Re: H 1 mandola on SGW

    I would have found this without the Cafe's help, but I wouldn't be surprised to discover a correlation between instruments (a) being posted on the Cafe and (b) getting more bids.

    Currently trying...
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    Re: H 1 mandola on SGW

    It's possible that the flash just happens to be reflected off the serial number area of the label. The number might well be legible from a different angle.

    Agreed that it's likely closer to the...
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    Re: Porcupine Tree - Trains - chord Dadd4add9

    Haven't actually tried it!

    Split the E course at the 2nd fret maybe?

    Or just tune one of your G or A strings down to f# ...
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    Re: Bubinga

    Have I seen it used for fretboards and possibly bridges, or am I dreaming?
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    Re: Porcupine Tree - Trains - chord Dadd4add9

    Might be easier to split the D course: 0 0/4 0 0
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    Re: Cost of sending a mandolin from US to EU?

    I've recently sent an mandolin to Australia. But since the US Postal Service has suspended delivery there, we ended up using a service based in Hong Kong that aggregates packages in its own US...
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    Re: Cost of sending a mandolin from US to EU?

    Shipping a mandolin to Europe used to run around $125 for the lowest-priced option through the Postal Service, but rates and services have changed.

    I had a customer in the UK not long ago who...
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    Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    You could try cutting that Virzi down to a more reasonable size. Or take it out and put it into a mandobass.
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    Re: Octave mandolin strings

    When I make a set for octave pairs on the lower courses, I generally just include 2 strings in the same gauges I use for the A and E strings. So if the set is listed as 40/28/16/11, and the customer...
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    Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    Or maybe RoboCop? Or The Island of Dr. Moreau?
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    Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    We've heard of extreme measures taken to get a Virzi Tone Producer out of a Gibson mandolin. But have you ever seen one that was taken apart in order to get a Virzi into it?

    Rather crude butchery...
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    Re: Gibson H2 mandola at Guitar Center

    Most definitely a replacement. Gibson did use cloud tailpieces on some A Juniors and the earliest EM200s, but never, to my knowledge, on the H2 mandola.
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    Gibson H2 mandola at Guitar Center

    It says "A4 mandolin," but that's a mandola fretboard.

    From this one lousy photo, can anyone say for sure whether it's refinished? Orangey sunburst looks awfully suspicious.

    Judging from the...
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    Re: Girouard quartet - phase 1

    Glory! Now all you need are three friends to come over and help you play them.
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