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    Re: New player - Mandolin

    It will, if purchase used. It has been my observation that initial depreciation of flattops is greater than archtops, but then it stabilizes. And there have been some drivers, such as the Northfield...
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    Re: Dubova tenor guitar

    My Newton tenor is a Size 2 which has always struck me as a good compromise.
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    Re: Dubova tenor guitar

    Michael’s video and description of the 000 body made me wonder: is there an optimal (or suboptimal) body size for a flattop acoustic tenor?
  4. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Some eras are better than others, but the brand always sounds good. My fifth mandolin was a Gibson oval from the Lloyd Loar era and did, in fact, cost as much as the previous four mandolins combined!
  5. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    The name “Gibson” on the peghead always sounds good! :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Your Wegen Pick

    The TF140 is my favorite pick. I like the tone and love the rock solid stability in my hand. Some might produce a better tone (Red Bear) or last forever (Blue Chip), but if I had to pick one, the...
  7. Re: Advice needed for complement to my Weber Gallatin F Mandolin

    Maybe you could work out a trade with Dennis on your MTO: https://themandolinstore.com/product/used-pava-satin-model-a-4-mandolin-amber-torrefied/
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    Re: Locating previously owned Gibson...

    Besides starting a thread like this one, perhaps you could post a WTB ad in the classifieds with any distinguishing marks or characteristics?
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    I put them on used mandolins (like my Gibson) that already have wear there from a previous picker’s right forearm. I haven’t worked up the courage to install one on a custom order or an instrument...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Gallery & Sightings

    Those Fletchers don’t seem to turn up used very often, and Jamie’s prices appear (deservedly) to have risen:

    http://fletcherinstruments.com/specifications.html
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    Re: Resetting Expectations on Quality

    So if I could only play worse for four months...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Gallery & Sightings

    I’ve always wanted to try a Fletcher to see how well the 21” scale could support a low G. It looks great.
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    The Cafe turns up an easy way to find her: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/members/8571-Gail-Hester

    Gail builds incredible mandolins, but few of them and at her own pace. I was lucky to stumble...
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    Re: Mid-Mis for sale

    The MM-8 was the Mid-Missouri’s least expensive mandolin as far as I know, their travel instrument. The modern equivalent from Big Muddy goes for $440 new, so you might hope for something in the...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    I’m aware. From what I’ve read, Mike seems to enjoy experimenting, both with his Loar (removing the Virzi, tinkering with the nut, modifying the bridge, etc.) and beyond it (he had a longer scale...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    Did he “replace” his Loar or add a Northfield to his stable of instruments for any number of reasons?
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    How many of those mandolins (and makers) were around in 1979? We are spoiled now with the range of quality instruments and talented builders available, but back in the day, you had to get lucky to...
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    Re: Arch-top GOM - oval or ff hole?

    So you have access to Dr. Dave Cohen, one of the leading experts on the physics and mechanics of musical instruments, and you're asking me for my opinion on sound hole selection? Discernment indeed ....
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    Re: Arch-top GOM - oval or ff hole?

    I had a buddy named Carl who used to buy and sell lots of cool mandolins. When asked for his advice on which singular one to purchase, he was known to recommend the A5 as a general rule. He argued...
  20. Re: OK, we've done nut width, but how about neck depth and shape?

    Buy the best mandolin that you can afford, ideally used and appropriately depreciated. Learn what you can from it with full recognition that your next mandolin is unlikely to be your last mandolin....
  21. Re: OK, we've done nut width, but how about neck depth and shape?

    Iíve played enough mandolins at this point to know that I can make a lot of variables work. Iím seemingly unbothered by neck depth, but I am sensitive to the profile. I feel obstructed by a lot of...
  22. Re: Hello! New here with question about best bang for my budget

    I’d wait on the pickup and shop for an independently built A5 of solid woods from a reputable luthier:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/164469#164469
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    Re: Recommendation on F style Mandolin?

    Eastman MD-315
  24. Thread: Sawchyn A2

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    Re: Sawchyn A2

    According to the Sawchyn website, a new A2 would be $3895 (I’m going to assume CDN)

    https://www.sawchyn.com/index.php/pricing

    Standard depreciation (~70%) of that figure converted to USD would...
  25. Re: Making the A and E strings less "pingy" and general newbie re

    In order of least invasive first:

    1) Technique — if you position your pick to attack at an angle, instead of straight through the strings, you will generally pull a richer tone. The same for...
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