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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.
  2. 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?
  6. Re: Ranking old tenors (generally speaking) by brand?

    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...
  7. 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,...
  8. 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...
  10. Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    When I see prices that are way over what they should be, it makes me wonder if it’s some kind of money laundering scheme. You sell to yourself, pay eBay for the privilege, and voila, you money is...
  11. Re: Is there a reason for the fretboard extension without frets ?

    Just the other day, I was wondering about the rational for the extension on my Weber traditional. I am deeply disturbed that no one in the Cafe has the definitive answer; my faith in humanity has...
  12. Sticky: Re: An invitation for members to use their real name

    Scott -

    Best to change mine as well, even though I like the moniker Calocedrus, which is the first part of the scientific name for incense cedar. The full scientific name is Calocedrus...
  13. Re: Danger of imitating an inlay logo/brand?

    Seagull Guitars uses a seagull in a circle for the headstock logo. It’s a nice design. They are a Canadian company that also makes some moderately-priced, interestingly-shaped mandolins. I have no...
  14. Re: Definition of a good mandolin player’s spouse

    For all of you who still have your spouses, please take the time to show how much you appreciate them, even if they sometimes look askance at your mandolin addiction. I lost my wife to breast cancer...
  15. Re: The Traveling Pick Sampler - Anyone Interested?

    I’d like to be added also. I’ve tried a number of picks including BC, Wegen, Dawg, Golden Gate, Fender, Gibson, etc. One of my favorites is a cheap orange pick of unspecified plastic that I first got...
  16. Re: FedEx — wow — can’t follow directions; fakes receipt signatur

    You can also get your packages delivered to the local UPS or FedEx office and go pick them up yourself (within a week). This has worked for me in the past. At this point in time, the delivery guys...
  17. Re: Thinking about learning fingerstyle on a tenor

    As a long-time fingertstyle guitarist, I find it more challenging to switch to four strings. I can’t just use the alternating Travis style (doesn’t sound right) and I find that I need to pay more...
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    My son introduced bedbugs into my house and it was a F-ing chore to get rid of them. Fortunately, the infestation was limited to only two rooms. I used diatomaceous earth on the floors and made lines...
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    Re: Mandolin player crossing over to guitar

    As a long-time guitar player (mostly fingerstyle) and now a mandolin aficionado, I’ve found the solution to dealing with the different neck sizes is to purchase, besides the diminutive mandolin, is a...
  20. Re: Modern case options for teens Gibson A models

    I also got a Superior fiberglass case for my 1919 A3, in white, to match my whiteface Gibson. I had to push the front neck support down a little to make it fit, but that turned out to be pretty easy...
  21. Re: Guild mandolins? How many? What's the deal?

    The Guild Madeira mandolins were apparently made in the same Asian factory as the Aria 2-pointers, but with a different headstock. I’ve accumulated a few Guild guitars over the years and really like...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    I’m definitely more of the monkey mind/serendipitous type of collector/accumulator. I’ve had GAS for years, which seems to have morphed into a pretty serious case of MAS. It’s amazing was pops up at...
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    Re: What is a "Selected Spruce Top"?

    Came across this old thread while trying to figure out if my new Stradolin two-point mandolin is a model 1500 with “selected spruce top” or a model 1501 with “white spruce top”. The white spruce is...
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    Re: A Pearl of Great Price A-4

    I just had to get a black A-4 to match my K-2. Still hoping to find an affordable H-2 mandola to complete the set. Also have a black L-4 guitar from the teens, but it needs some serious luthier...
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    Re: RIP Jerry Jeff Walker

    When we lived in Austin, we got a chance to see JJW in Gruene Hall in New Brunfels, but most of the crowd was young college students just wanting to mate with each other - they weren’t paying...
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