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    Bill Staines passes (NMC)

    For the folkies on the Cafe, noting the death of Bill Staines on Sunday. A week ago, he announced his retirement from touring at age 74, due to the effects of metastatic prostate cancer. Over a...
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    Re: Need help to identify this

    See if this from our FAQ helps.
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    Re: Happy Hanukkah!

    Doing my third Chanukah program with long-time partner Bonnie Abrams today.



    I'm on mandolin (3-point Gibson F-2, if I remember correctly).
  4. Re: Wound ball end strings put on backwards?

    If you crush the ball with pliers, you can generally slip it intact out of the loop especially if you use an awl as pops1 suggests. Crush the "weaker" end of the small cylinder, which is what the...
  5. Re: VEGA tenor lute. banjo - tenor guitar - octave mandolin!

    Planetary banjo pegs, same as my Gibson TL. Definitely (IMHO) attempts by both companies to reach out to tenor banjoists, in search of a guitar/mandolin/wood-bodied sound.

    Were there many tenor...
  6. Re: Right-handed fiddle player, left-handed mando player

    Piano players do basically the same thing with each hand, at least as far as finger and wrist actions are concerned.

    I haven't seen the need for left-handed concertinas or harmonicas, either,...
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    Re: Anyone else have no players near them?

    Hey, it's COVID, right? My weekly jam at the coffee shop around the corner is kaput, and so's the coffeehouse. Local folk club weekly sing-around is on Zoom, which is not...
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    Re: acoustic/electric mandolin in 2021

    Your friend may have to negotiate with Customs if bringing back an instrument purchased in the US; leaving that up to him/her, you can find MM-68's here on eBay and at used instrument dealers. Price...
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    Re: Gibson, Tonk & Kalamazoo

    Gibson Inc. manufactured instruments under a variety of names, with Kalamazoo being one of the more common -- but there are dozens, a bewildering variety. Here's what the Fox Guitars website lists:...
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    Re: What kind of Mandolin

    Think about Pegheds -- geared tuners disguised as friction pegs. Might fit your existing holes. One concern is that they're basically designed for violin and/or ukulele, and mandolin strings may...
  11. Re: Interesting: Vintage 1937 Gibson/Kalamaz guitar-bodied Mandoc

    Retrofret description says there's a "Kalamazoo" logo under the screwed-on "Gibson" nameplate. They also note that it's marked "Made in USA" so probably intended for export.
  12. Re: Hey guys and gals, I need some help please . . . old newbie

    I own each of the instruments you're considering, and went from mandolin to octave mandolin to mandola to mandocello (added a mando-bass last year, but let's ignore that for now). Like some of the...
  13. Re: Box-shaped electric resonator mandolin

    I think that "resonator" has a plumbing-supplies pedigree...
  14. Re: Right-handed fiddle player, left-handed mando player

    Scissors are generally constructed so that the thumb and finger pressures from the right hand force the cutting blades together, making cutting easier, while using them left-handed spreads the blades...
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    Re: Long Scale Gibson Banjo question...

    I've been playing a long-neck "Pete Seeger style" banjo for about 20 years now; my RB-3 Mastertone (repro neck on a GB-3) sits largely unpicked in its case. First long-neck I had was a Regal tenor...
  16. Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    When I worked for Eldon Stutzman back in the Cretaceous Period (actually, early 1970's), he wouldn't sell anyone -- me included -- a Gibson mandolin unless the customer had a Gibson mandolin to trade...
  17. Re: Trying to ID an UNMARKED "A" Style Mando - 3" thick?

    Paracho (Mexico) product, maybe? Kinda looks like it...
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    Re: Thanksgiving Thoughts

    Just reiterating my thoughts of seven years ago.

    Spent Thanksgiving in Boston/Cambridge with kids and grandkids. Took my Strad-O-Lin and a no-name baritone ukulele along to make a bit of music...
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    Re: Local instructor - Rochester NY ?

    Weighing in: my good friend Bob Olyslager (Blue Ridge Country Ramblers, Group Therapy) has been teaching mandolin and banjo at his house for decades, on the east side of Rochester. PM me and I'll...
  20. Re: Cheap beater mandolins that play, for leaving in the car etc?

    Maybe 30 years ago I bought a badly cracked Strad-O-Lin for $50 from an elderly NYCity lady who'd kept it under her bed for decades, in its canvas gig bag. I had the crack stabilized, disregarding...
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    Re: Estate Sale Bowlback

    Fancy model, lots of rosewood ribs, vine inlaid fretboard, mother-of-pearl binding and, as you say, lots of "bling." Carving on the neck heel is another high-end detail. I've not seen US-made...
  22. Re: Any musical stamp collectors out there?

    By the way, here's a ten-year-old thread discussing a possible Bill Monroe commemorative US stamp; Google finds more discussion of it around 2014, when supposedly there was a design for it. Guess it...
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    Re: Have I Been Scammed?

    A product offered at one-twentieth of the standard market price on eBay -- well, I'm sure there have been legitimate transactions, for a variety of reasons (ignorance, emergency, whatever) along...
  24. Re: Vintage photo of a Lyon & Healy mando cello

    Gee, apparently the Fairmont Creamery Old-Timers had both a "Shorty" and a "Slim" as members. Old-time radio days...
  25. Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Well, I paid about $600 for my Triolian mandolin, and it's in better shape that this one -- still has its pickguard, as well. However, I know prices have risen over the past 30 years, so maybe the...
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