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    Re: Do I need a mandola?

    Mandola is a wonderful addition to any mandolinist's toolbox. I found the difference in scale lengths is not so large to make an entirely different fingering strategy necessary -- contrast with...
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    Re: Epiphone Windsor in the classifieds

    If Gibson made a serious effort to claim and defend its rights to the "F-model" silhouette, a gazillion luthiers and Asian instrument factories would have to lawyer up. What's really interesting...
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    Re: Need help identifying please

    Slotted headstock and zero fret are strong indicators of European origin; label appears to be in English, although "banjo" and "mandolin" could be words found in a variety of languages. If you take...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    I buy seriously worn and often-repaired used instruments.

    If I get a new instrument, I play it until it's seriously worn, and sometimes repaired.

    Experimenting with finishes -- kind, thickness,...
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    Re: Don't Lament -- "The One That Got Away"

    As a general rule, I could agree with that. But, when you get into serious collecting (or accumulating, or hoarding, or whatever ya wanna call it), not quite as true. Over the past few years, I've...
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    Re: Gibson Master Models

    I have a tenor lute with a "Master Model" label. Perhaps the "MM" got spread around more than a strict quality hierarchy would be expected to.
  7. Re: Resale Value - Mandolins from Small Builders

    Harder to sell an instrument with an unfamiliar label, well-designed and made though it may be. I think Jeff M makes a good point that instruments with unusual designs and/or materials may put...
  8. Re: How is Tuning Drift with Rubner Tuning Machines

    The reason stringed instruments (generally) come with adjustable tuners, is that tuning needs adjustment, more or less frequently. Temperature and humidity changes affect string pitches; newer...
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    Re: 10-string mandolin

    I have a fanned-fret one that Bernie Lehmann built for me. I call it "Bernie."

    Takes a bit of "gettin' used to" to manipulate five courses and fanned frets. I've been spending most of my time...
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    Re: Quality Octave Mandolin?

    I've been 40 years satisfied with my Flatiron "bouzouki," or long-scale octave mandolin. A giant "pancake" mandolin, like a Gibson Army-Navy on growth hormone. You have to like a longer scale --...
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    Re: Mandolin Information

    Bad news is that someone's apparently glued the bridge in place. Ain't supposed to happen; mandolins generally have "floating" bridges held on by string tension.

    Of course, I'm extrapolating from...
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    Re: The joys of autocorrect

    Sadly, it was intentional -- and copied from a T-shirt.

    I could never be that clever...
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    Re: Tune a ukulele like a mandolin

    Call me a stick-in-the-mud, but overall I think that most instruments sound the best when they're strung and tuned the way they were designed. Doesn't mean one can't try other stringings and...
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    Re: The joys of autocorrect

    Yeah, Spell-Check's been my worst enema for quite a while. How many times must one change "manual" to "mandola?"
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    Re: Bowl back mandolin

    For "age" I'd guess 1890's-1900's, based on the wide alternating maple & rosewood (?) ribs; I have an 1890's Washburn mandola of similar construction. Pleijsier's Washburn Prewar Instrument Styles...
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    Re: Just read "MANDOLIN PRICING"

    Got pics or other evidence of that? If not, I call "urban legend."

    My 2010 Honda Element gets me anywhere I want to go, and carries all kinda equipment besides. To me, a car's a tool -- so is a...
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    Re: Strap on a L&H

    All my non-end-pin instruments have straps attached to a thin leather thong ("boondoggle" material, as we used to say in Scouts), threaded through the tailpiece, then through the hole in the straps,...
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    Re: Recording King RA-998

    It's surely not news, but there is a quantum price jump between any of the Asian-made "National" clones, and a US-made National RM-1. Like 5X, even if you buy a used RM-1. So unsurprising that the...
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    Re: 1996 Gibson F9 worth saving?

    Very realistic approach to getting the instrument playable. As someone once said to me, "You can't hear the inlays when you play it." Same with the headstock veneer on this one. If you can obtain...
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    Re: Jerry Capehart

    Instruments labeled "Vernon" were generally sold by the large distributor C. Bruno & Sons; they were made by a variety of US builders in the early-mid 20th century, and labeled for Bruno to sell. ...
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    Re: Recording King RA-998

    From what I can see, it looks pretty much like the Asian-made, brass-bodied resonator mandolins that have been sold for years under names such as Johnson, Republic, et. al. I played a few of them...
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    Re: Information on Michael Kelly Mandolin

    Weber's a much superior instrument, hand-carved, top-notch US manufacture. MK's are passable Asian-made mandolins, emphasizing attractive ornamentation over hand-work. The use of mahogany rather...
  23. Re: Stephen Foster on Mandolin & Tabs at a Jam?

    Try the Civil War version:

    "Let us pause our game of poker, take our tin cups in our hand,
    While we all stand around the cook-tent door --
    Where dried mummies of hard crackers are handed to each...
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    Re: What is a method?

    Lots of vintage instruction books are labeled as the "XXX Method for the Mandolin." Usually refers to the musician/teacher who had them printed.
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    Re: Regal Octofone

    Me too. Mine needed a headstock repair, and a neck re-set. I had a carbon fiber bar installed in the neck, which had warped enough to make the action super-high. When the tech pulled the fretboard...
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