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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    this has been relisted multiple times going down in price each time.
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    Re: 1959 Sorkin/Stradolin Catalogue Pages

    Not really... the article below says they bought out Homenick in the 1950s. Lots of other catalogs featured Strad-O-Lin mandolins which were made in the thirties. This blogger continually misspells...
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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    Fascinating. I hope he kept some of Willie’s dead skin so we can create a clone of him. He is, after all, one of a kind.
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    Re: Thomas Leixlip the Proud

    Easier to embed it here:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VQoQ6u262c

    This sounds more like a waltz to me than a jig and at thesession.org it is transcribed both ways on two different pages....
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    Re: 1912 Gibson A

    Great, Tim. Congratulations and it sounds sweet too. My personal preference for strings on my Gibson and most of my other mandolins are medium gauge D'Addario Nickel Bronze. They let the inner sonic...
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    Re: Changing strings to help fingertips

    I am no doctor but I would guess that your neuropathy could be an added factor. Certainly look into changing your technique to limit strong finger pressure on the strings. Unless the action is...
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    Re: 1959 Sorkin/Stradolin Catalogue Pages

    I assume that Sorkin was probably a distributor which is probably why Nevin may not have heard of them.
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    Re: Bowlback action

    Contact Dave Hynds. He hand makes vintage style bridges of all kinds and sells them for very reasonable prices. You still will need to have someone install is correctly and set it up. The bottom of...
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    Re: Boomerang Banjo Mandolin

    Here is a page on a Boomerang tenor banjo. No additional info except to note that is is an Australian brand, but I noticed that the headstock on this tenor resembles instruments sold by John E....
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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    I bought my first used Gibson a 1919 A3 in about 1977. The term vintage instrument was maybe just starting to come into use. Vintage was really for wines, hence the word, not instruments or cars....
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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    A MaxR and others probably know distressing has been prevalent in the violin world for centuries. At times the purpose was to deceive—that a violin was made to look like one from a treasured maker. A...
  12. Thread: Howard Frye

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    Re: Howard Frye

    He was associated with the New York Mandolin Orchestra and may have played some solos with them. His widow played with NYMO when I played with them.
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    What is also interesting about this Sam Goldberg box mandolin above is the beveling of the sides noticed only from the back. It is possible that the maker found a perfect (?) size wooden serving tray...
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    Re: Identify unmarked piccolo?

    I think Joe Barti started this thread because he says, "So, all the talk about piccolo mandos of late has gotten me curious enough to spring for this sale item from Bernunzio's"

    So I hope we will...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    That is cool and with known provenance! I had a long conversation with a prominent banjo collector years ago and we came to the conclusion that we collect stories as much as instruments. I have a...
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    Re: Identify unmarked piccolo?

    Just a hunch... looks pretty newish, not anywhere near 100 years old. The neck made from cypress might be a clue—not so sure that that wood was used my italian makers. I know that flamenco guitars...
  17. Re: Looking for information on older F5 style mandolin

    Looks pretty amateurish workmanship to my eyes. Could be a one shot deal. Do you recall where the seller was you bought it from? Sometimes these things don't travel too far, especially if this person...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    OK, so other branded French mandolins: Euterpe (muse in charge of music and dance) and Phebe (goddess of the moon). I don't think Victor the K was branded on any French mandolin, though. :)

    While...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    The pickguard is very similar to my Euterpe and I have seen similar on their Phebe-branded ones as well. OTOH I see a few others with that Phrynis brand that were associated with Eugene Barthelemy....
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    That one was for sale for more than 3 times the price last summer, mentioned on this post in this thread.
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    Re: Finally built one for myself

    Great, Dave, congratulations on your new mandolin! :)

    I loved the way your mandolins sounded and played and it was fun hanging with you years ago at CMSA.
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    One reference I can find is a rare phonograph player mentioned on a talking machine forum. This mandolin resembles others from the JTL shop in France with various model names stamped. I have one that...
  23. Re: Old Time Mandolin Workshop with Caleb Klauder

    I signed up immediately for that one. I have managed to attend all this organization’s offerings. All excellent and all proceeds go to the artists.
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    Re: Happy Birthday Scott Tichenor

    Happy Birthday Scott: Let's see... this thread is now 17 years old so you would at least be a teenager. :)
  25. Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    Niles, thanks for three wonderful videos. Am I hearing inccorectly or are the first two videos you posted of the same tune with different titles?
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