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  1. Poll: Re: Vintage Flatiron Performer A (1993, Bozeman) vs Eastman MD305

    If it is in excellent condition as indicated, it's probably worth snagging at that price! You're not likely to lose on the investment down the road. I had an '88 Artist A5, and should never have let...
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    Re: Peter Ostroushko Passes

    A huge loss to the mandolin community, and one of my biggest influences. I still have my autographed vinyl copy of Sluz Duz -- great stuff! I think I'll put on Blue Mesa today.
  3. Re: F model oval holes: Northfieod F2S, Collings MFO, Gibson F2 a

    I had a Sawchyn F-4 like the one indicated by Charles E. above but with honey blonde finish-- sold it to a close friend :(. Beautifully made instrument, but not sure of the bracing. I also have a...
  4. Re: Low-cost cases/gigbags that FIT WELL for an Eastman 315

    Low cost is a pretty subjective term -- I've had different ones and found that some are OK and others suck (IMO); i.e., you get what you pay for!
    Protection plus lightweight = Travelite.
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    Re: Your first great mandolin

    First good one was a teens Gibson F-2, followed shortly thereafter with a '81 Givens A -- both loooong gone now :(
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    Re: Need assistance with a Sigma mandolin PART 1

    Folkway Music relocated to Waterloo a few years ago -- they used to be in Guelph. Both Twelfth Fret and Folkway Music have websites you can browse inventory on, but like most acoustic instrument...
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    Re: Need assistance with a Sigma mandolin PART 1

    Where are you in Ontario? If in GTA or that region, check out Twelfth Fret (on Danforth) in Toronto, or Folkway Music in Waterloo. Both are reputable and knowledgeable dealers in both new and used...
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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    Big Slowdowner fan here, for many years!
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    Re: Oval Hole Heaven at Greg Boyd’s

    I had a Sawchyn O2-C exactly like the one at Greg's, except blonde instead of sunburst -- Peter custom made it for me, but I sold it recently to a close friend locally. Beautiful instrument --...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin (GDAE) vs Mandola (CGDA)

    Peter Sawchyn in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, makes a BeaverTail-style OM and/or zouk (and mandolin and 'dola as well), which is very similar in design to the old Flatirons. I had one with an OM...
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    Re: Stuck in customs

    I suspect there is a never-ending littany of problems folks have had with instruments and customs of various countries. I shipped a mandolin (US made) from Canada to USA via UPS, and it was held up...
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    Re: A Pearl of Great Price A-4

    Good catch, George! I also have a '20 Gib A-4 (sunburst), all original with all its parts and case. I've had it for about 25 years now -- don't play it much anymore, as I have some other players --...
  13. Re: Wegen (bluegrass) picks without grip holes available?

    I have a set of three white Wegen M150 1.5-mm picks that I bought years ago and essentially never used -- Too thick for me for Irish trad style I play. If interested in them, send me a private...
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    Re: Short-neck oval A models?

    In Canada, Peter Sawchyn, Regina, SK.
  15. Re: Going to Nashville, looking for a new mandolin...

    Gruhn's and Carter Vintage -- maybe leave your credit card at home!!
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    Re: Ottawa Mandolin Club Starting Up

    Barry -- I sent you a PM.
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    Re: Ottawa Mandolin Club Starting Up

    Cool! Keep me posted...
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    Re: Gig bags: The Good and Bad

    I agree with multidon -- the Access Three bag (note: NOT Access One) is made of tough stuff and works pretty well for carting the mando around for classes, camps and festivals, as does the Travelite...
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    Re: Any info on Flatiron Mandolins?

    The one that got away...'88 Flatiron A-5 Artist -- 'wish I still had it!!
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    Re: Finally a 1924 Gibson F2 with a Virzi

    Good catch!! 'Shoulda kept mine!
  21. Re: Any builders/aspiring builders/luthiers in Minnesota?

    Lloyd LaPlant -- well-known mandolin and guitar maker in Minnesota. He's not in Twin Cities, but north in Grand Rapids.
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    Re: Marla Fibish's Irish Mandolin Course

    Marla will be teaching mandolin again at this year's O'Flahertys Irish Music Retreat in Texas in October.
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    Re: Pre-1918 Gibson H1 Mandola - so cal luthier?

    Beautiful condition!! Case too! I have a 1918 mandola and it has the same style of bridge.
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    Re: My new Beavertail pancake

    I had a Beavertail octave mandolin for awhile with similar woods -- very well made and great sound. I don't have it anymore but still have a couple of other Peter Sawchyn instruments -- a carved OM...
  25. Re: Unique Instruments by Stadivarius (devoid of mandolin content

    The "mandolino" is one of only two known, and the guitar is one of three (possibly four?) known, so the collection together with the Strad violin family instruments is unique. The museum also has a...
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