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    Re: What's the best room/apt humidifier?

    If you’re talking about humidifying a room to protect your instruments, here’s some good advice:http://www.burgessviolins.com/humidity.html
    I’ve basically adopted this system, using the sunbeam warm...
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    Re: I have MAS and check the classified hourly…

    30+ instruments in, I finally realized, money aside, it’s far easier to acquire than to offload. Duh! That’ll learn me! Such insight might be an MAS cure. Might need to write it on the instrument...
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    Re: 1920s Harmony Shutt Style Mandolin

    Love the pick-guard cutout on these. Makes sense, right? Might be another unsung Shutt innovation ...
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    Re: Ever heard of a "guitar chair?!"

    Here’s another musician’s seat. https://www.owlstools.com/product/musicians-owl-stool/ Oval-holes for your “sits bones”.
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    Re: Ever heard of a "guitar chair?!"

    Looks like this banjo-mandolin began life as a barstool! Naugahyde top!...
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    Re: Jug Band Music in New England

    Things are quiet in the New England jug band delta-variant world at the moment, but hopefully more jams and concerts will be happening in 2022. I'll be continuing to list "all things jug band" in...
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    Re: Information on resonator mandolin

    Agreed, looks like a 30s National. See if there is a serial number stamped on top edge of the headstock.
    In addition to Brozman's book, good authority on these: Marc Shoenberger ...
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    Re: Tendonitis and string gauges

    I’d consider thomastik infields, especially if you’re playing chord melody. Easiest playing strings IMO.
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    Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    Probably means there will be a glut of instruments on the market in a few years, when all those with good intentions during the pandemic decide to get rid of the instruments they never learned to...
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    Any experience with Gatti mandolins?

    Hi folks,
    I’ve noticed the beautiful looking mandolins made by Italian maker Massimo Gatti showing up in the classifieds from time to time. Anyone own one? Do they sound and play as good as they...
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    Re: Recommendations for a great Jazz tenor guitar?

    I used to own that guitar (actually, I’m the one bought it from retrofret. Sold it to current owner this spring). Great guitar - perfect jazz-era jazz box.
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    Re: Recommendations for a great Jazz tenor guitar?

    There's been a 1947 D'angelico listed on Reverb for years. Way expensive, probably why it hasn't sold.
    But a fraction of the price of the D'angelico 6-strings from the same era!
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    Re: Recommendations for a great Jazz tenor guitar?

    Hasn’t Joel retired? Last I checked on his web site it appears that way.
    If you’re looking for a selmer-style, check out Craig Bumgarner. https://bumgarnerguitars Also, I’m a fan of del vecchio...
  14. Thread: Cavaquinho?

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    Re: Cavaquinho?

    Oops - just looked at that photo and noticed the headstock. I agree with sub-optimal: doesn't look like the cavaquinos I know.
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    Re: Cavaquinho?

    I have a delvecchio resonator cavaquino that I've tuned to GDAE with medium gauge mandolin strings, and it sounds great. It has a 13" scale length, shorter than most mandolins. Since they have...
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    Re: Good deal on a Big Muddy M2 on Boston CL

    Can't be me either! Sue, thanks to your original post I bought this guy's A3 (OK, I'm quite happy, but did I really NEED it?) Congrats on your F2 BTW...
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    Re: The Ernst: 1920's attempt at more volume

    One reason I've encountered: as jazz was becoming all the rage, string players needed ways to be heard among the horns. Or maybe there were just too many banjos around ...!
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    The Ernst: 1920's attempt at more volume

    Hi Folks,
    In the 20's, the quest for volume lead to a lot of innovation: horn violins (Stroh), cone resonators (Dopyera brother's National and Dobro brands), and funky built-in resonator designs...
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    Re: vintage mandolin bridge replacement

    FYI. Here’s a web site I stumbled upon which has some good info about making bridges for vintage bowl-backs and flat tops :

    http://www.mandolinluthier.com/Hbridge_building.htm
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    Re: Jug Band Music in New England

    Thanks for the post, Sue. “Busted” was one in the bands that participated in our first annual (and last due to covid, for the time being) Great Northeast Jug Band Festival in 2019. They bring “hokum”...
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    Re: Jug Band Music in New England

    Agreed! They are fine musicians. Outrageous Fortune played at our first northeast jug band festival in 2019. I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with them at our upcoming “jug band mess around”.
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    Jug Band Music in New England

    Hi jug band fans,

    Before the pandemic, my jug band (The Squeakeasy Jug Band) sponsored a monthly jam in my home town of Arlington, MA (outside of Boston). In a few short months, we were drawing...
  23. Thread: 1925 H1 Mandola

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    Re: 1925 H1 Mandola

    I recently sold a ‘24-‘25 snakehead and a ‘29 ‘cello: both had the logo straight across.
  24. Re: How to repair a gap between back plate and binding on 1914 A3

    Thanks John. It IS securely glued at the moment: I can press on the binging and the side and barely get any movement toward closing the gap. I hear what you're saying about "catching" with that...
  25. How to repair a gap between back plate and binding on 1914 A3

    I just acquired a very nice 1914 A3. The seller said that the back had shrunken and it had been "professionally repaired", yet it still has a 1mm wide, 2.5" long gap between the binding and the back...
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