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    Re: Kelley A-V-5 advice needed

    If you have a question for the builder regarding the warranty then perhaps it might be best to take that up with him or perhaps the person you bought it from. There's no reason for this to continue...
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    Re: Dubova tenor guitar

    I made a tenor based on a Martin style 1. To me it is the best looking and best sounding.
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    Re: Dubova tenor guitar

    Well it depends where you want the bridge and how long the scale is but if you want a 23” scale with the bridge in the middle lower bout, then there will be an optimum size.
    21’’ scale normally have...
  4. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Depends on your definition of "prettier."

    However, as previously noted, I believe a distinct majority equate prettier with fancier. Personally I think there are pretty mandolins that are fancy,...
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    Dubova tenor guitar

    A while back I asked Michael Dubova if he would be interested in building me a tenor guitar. He hadnít done one, but was was keen to try. He really is great to work with and receptive to my ideas...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Gallery & Sightings

    The G string is very strong and very resonant. Jamie has these tenor guitars dialed in. Lightweight, too. Played O’Carolan duets (thanks Scott!) several days ago with a friend. He plays an oval...
  7. Two more Piccolo Mandolins- Cherry and Black Walnut

    Here are the latest Piccolo (Sopranino) flat-top mandolins off my bench (Barn Cat Mandolins Kitten model). One has local cherry back/sides and the other local Black Walnut backs/sides. Both have...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Gallery & Sightings

    A beautiful playing and especially sounding Fletcher 21” scale tenor guitar. Tuned GDAE and an octave lower than a mandolin. Amazing sustain and presence.

    191307al
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Thanks for passing that along!
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    Adieu to a friend

    Forty-four years ago I purchased a Gibson F-5, Serial #A17518, from Stutzman's Guitar Center here in Rochester. My first (turned out to be my only) bluegrass band had just broken up, but I knew that...
  11. F'in Mandolin Shootout with a Nugget, Gilchrist and Hogan!

    Hello and Happy New Year!

    I wanted to start off my saying I am not a fan of the word shootout because it gives the connotation that I am comparing these mandolins which isn't/wasn't my intention....
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    Re: The Mandolin in America

    I can neither confirm nor deny having any knowledge of a conspiracy to suppress Schmergel instruments.
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    Very few good handmade mandolins were being made back then. Monteleone and Randy Wood were making a few, and Gilchrist was just starting to build his first instruments. There were only a few others...
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    Re: Arch-top GOM - oval or ff hole?

    hahhahhaaahaaa! And, I know this dude that builds mandolins and he got me wondering. . . Does this observation scale up to the big boxes?

    Discernment is part of the process!

    f-d
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    2020 tribute Vessel A model

    <Using this space solely for the purpose of entertaining and accepting offers for sale of instruments violates Forum posting guidelines. This will need to be sold elsewhere on the internet.>

    From...
  16. Re: OK, we've done nut width, but how about neck depth and shape?

    Totally agree with this. What I like doesn't translate to what you will like. A Weber is very comfortable for me, but I don't consider it very hefty and full.

    Also, what pheffernan enjoys might...
  17. Re: OK, we've done nut width, but how about neck depth and shape?

    Thanks pheffernan - yikes, I think I have a practical choice of 'play the one you're with' for the next 3 months or so :) I guess if lots of players here are happy with eg Eastwood or Kentucky necks,...
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    Re: Recommendation on F style Mandolin?

    Thank you all for your recommendations. I will definitely look into the Eastmans and Loar brands. I hope to make a purchase soon.
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    ^ This is it ... and I would add, 5) Your ear.

    The mandolin being by nature a pretty high pitched instrument, it took some time for my ear to get used to it after a lifetime of guitar playing. I...
  20. Re: Making the A and E strings less "pingy" and general newbie re

    EDIT: Oops! I just noticed that Pheffernan already mentioned hand position. (I was reading too fast and didn't see it at first.) :redface:

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    My earlier post:

    All good advice above....
  21. Re: Invention in C Major BWV 772 Nugget F5 and Northfield Octave

    Thanks for the kind message Eric. I plan on having a new video here in the very near future (Invention in D Minor)!



    I actually am planning on selling the Hogan :( Not because it isn't a killer...
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    Re: Work distraction

    When I was teaching for a living I would reinforce my self with an hour of playing time if I graded X amount of assignments etc., nice way to clear the head and not feel guilty about picking up my...
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    Re: Octave mandolins are totally addictive

    It's all relative. Aside from the fact that they are both tuned differently.
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    Re: Octave mandolins are totally addictive

    I'm quite content with the Brock GBOM and the Girouard GBOM. The rest will probably go quietly. I am hunting a Romero open back banjo.
  25. Invention in C Major BWV 772 Nugget F5 and Northfield Octave

    Just got done listening to Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall's CD of Bach inventions and felt inspired to play one. You can even watch it in 4k!



    Enjoy and keep on picking!
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