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    Re: Mandolin by Cousenon a mirecourt

    I'm reminded of an old story I've told here before. I was at an outdoor flea market and a somewhat annoying lady was picking up costume jewelry and asking the vendor, "is this pewter?" After saying...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    While we are on the subject of changing the subject......

    I use whatever tool I have around the house, buy old yard sale/pawn shop stuff when its cheap, and often modify stuff to suit a certain...
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    Re: The wear of celluloid

    I bought an $8 pair of camo Walmart brand "crocs" and got 8 months use from them. Very comfortable until I wore a hole clear through the bottom on both shoes, seems like it was the same week,...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Exactly!

    When I worked a a vintage guitar shop, we had a local wannabee folk artist type who was buying all the cool cheapo vintage guitars to use as his canvases.
    No, no, no, no these humble...
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    Re: The wear of celluloid

    Just a guess, but back in the days when picks were 25 cents, people expected less from their picks, I'd say about 25 cents worth....

    Like everything else, when the price goes up people expect...
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    Re: Pretty Bowlback Naples 1900-ish

    Sounds like a fun thing to do! Actually, record collectors have had good luck making similar trips to small Southern towns where rockabilly records were produced. (Same with blues and garage...
  7. Thread: 1931 Fern

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    Re: 1931 Fern

    I think even under the best circumstances it is quite a feat to get someone to part with $50K for an instrument. A lot of hand-holding is involved to walk a customer through the process. Like Allen...
  8. Thread: 1931 Fern

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    Re: 1931 Fern

    Looks like someone at some point "went over" the serial number with a modern felt-tipped pen......I wish they hadn't.
  9. Re: Looking for details on this 1926 Martin A-KI?

    I'm picturing a Martin employee with a flashlight walking down a long, dark aisle in a storage warehouse where all the 1926 screws are stored.......:cool:
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    I'm not sure if it was Gibson who made the change, but I have always read that physics-wise, the string under tension pulls the gear into the worm on worm over tuners and thus is more stable, whereas...
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    Re: Found my Loar at a Yard Sale!

    Yep, ya got me!
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    Re: Who Made This? Two Point Mandolin

    Two people think it is worth at least $150, FWIW. Peghead does have the Weymann shape, but so did many others. The finish looks messed with, in addition to the repaired peghead previously mentioned.
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    I never heard worm under/worm over before hearing it on this forum......I find those terms confusing.

    Although not entirely correct, I think of tuners as being "normal" or "upside down" -- such as...
  14. Re: Interesting Flatiron-style mandolins on Shopgoodwill

    First glance looks like "Howard Allen" to me..............FWIW.
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    Re: Mandolin by Cousenon a mirecourt

    My first impression was that it was a 60's instrument, based only on your pictures. The screwed-on pickguard seems like a cost saving measure, possibly a company struggling? Not sure, anyway the...
  16. Re: Franken-Gibson: the whole is not equal to the sum of the part

    It disappeared before I could place my .99 cent starting bid.........

    I really, really, really hate when sellers play games like that, FWIW.
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    Re: Dobro Mandolin - American Pickers

    The enlarged f-hole is what George Gruhn would describe as "appears to have rodent damage!" Unfortunately, I have lived long enough to have seen this type of damage more than once with vintage...
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    Re: Backwards Guitar Solo?

    About 30 years ago, between the "Beatles and Audacity" a friend showed me a technique for making backwards solos with a 4-track cassette recorder, the kind that was popular at the time. Basically,...
  19. Re: Any lazy way to off a bunch of instruments?

    It is great that you are donating them and don't need the money. Good for you! Someone will enjoy them.

    But, isn't having to pack them and answer emails the same amount of work as selling them? ...
  20. Re: Need Help Identifying Old Bowlback, possibly made in Egypt???

    Another small clue. I took the tuners off hoping to find a manufacture stamp, but nothing on the underside. They appear to be commonly seen brass Waverly type tuners. But, I did note on the side...
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    Re: Hide glue question

    I've told this story before, but probably a new audience since then....

    The old guy who taught me had a glue pot cooking on the counter, which customers could see when they walked it. I asked,...
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    Re: What do you keep your picks and stuff in?

    I was thinking along similar lines! Basically, all over the house and some even get washed on a regular basis....
  23. Thread: This Gibson

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    Re: This Gibson

    A few observations.

    He's in Canada, so increased shipping and more red tape to sort through -- even more since Covid restrictions have eliminated some of the cheaper international shipping...
  24. Re: Need Help Identifying Old Bowlback, possibly made in Egypt???

    Good point, I had not thought of that. I purchased the mandolin in Ohio, FWIW.
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    Re: Hide glue question

    Congrats, Patrick on being the world's oldest living person!!! :cool::disbelief::whistling:~o):crying::grin::)):))
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