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    Re: The Ernst: 1920's attempt at more volume

    Second soundboard suspended below the top of Ceccherini bowlbacks. Sort of an Italian super-Virzi. I don't think it produces more volume, but the tone becomes quite charmingly chime-like
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    Re: Question about shipping

    The less time a pkg is in the hands of a shipper, the more likely you will receive it. The same trade-off exists with reference to its condition on arrival. Try to ship it in such a way that it does...
  3. Re: Looking for thoughts and opinions about a bowel back mandolin

    The bowlback in question is Greek, or at least made according to the Greek style. There is no cant; the top is not bent to provide more tension on the bridge, as is traditional with the Italian-style...
  4. Re: Looking for thoughts and opinions about a bowel back mandolin

    The bowlback in question is Greek, or at least made according to the Greek style. There is no cant; the top is not bent to provide more tension on the bridge, as is traditional with the Italian-style...
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    Re: A mystery mandolin on Craigslist

    Reminiscent of the Maccaferri plastic instruments.

    https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffab&q=maccaferri+plastic&iax=images&ia=images
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    Re: Interesting Sound Hole Decoration- Bowlback

    Zero fret and slotted headstock ought to tell me something, but I can't quite hear it . . .
  7. Thread: Case for L&H?

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    Re: Case for L&H?

    When I got my L&H A the original case was falling apart. I ordered a Calton; it's compact, protective and insulating. It's also sorta heavy, relative to the wooden type.

    When I got my first good...
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    Re: Protecting mandolins from changes in climate

    Large console-type humidifier for winter; I prefer the evaporative type. Air conditioning in summer. Best heating system is boiler/radiator. Keep temps reasonably stable, keep instruments in room...
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    Re: Salvstore Narcisi fu Paolo

    On examining the neck joints of a few of my old bowlbacks, it appears to me that the neck/peghead construction is likely a graft. Early on in my bowlback search, I rec'd and returned a fine old...
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    Re: Salvstore Narcisi fu Paolo

    I'd comfortably place this mandolin in the 19th century. The string attachment plate having only four posts is early, and the screws attaching it to the instrument are remarkably primitive in...
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    Re: Thile's personal luthier

    Tom Crandall repaired/restored a pair of bowlbacks for me many years ago; he began work while he was working for Umanov, finished rather a while later. His work is impeccable, beyond reproach. I have...
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    Re: Mandolin Pricing?

    There's almost a thousand instruments here in the Cafe classifieds.

    Shortage?
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    Re: Identify unmarked piccolo?

    Major correction: The person from whom I Purchased the Piccolo mandolin was Alfred Woll, a German luthier and dealer in instruments. Apparently I confabulated his name with another gentleman with...
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    Re: Identify unmarked piccolo?

    I bought that mandolin from Albert Wolle in Germany decades ago. I was impressed by the quality of construction and materials, and the fact that it had a case obviously made expressly for the...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy serial numbers

    My Model A #2349 has the stamp as well as the label. Nice catch; I'd never bothered to look inside for this!
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    Watching professional cellists and bassists after an orchestral performance shows that you have to build a lifeestyle around the instrument.

    I often wonder if they envy the piccolo player.
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    Re: Jazzy tunes with good melodies

    Begin the Beguine, perhaps?
  18. Re: Where can a classical/Italian player find a non-bowlback mand

    I still prefer older Italian bowlbacks for their trebly sparkle.

    It's not hard to find decent examples, and there's a wide range of tonalities unique to the various makers - Calace, Vinaccia,...
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    You got a bargain. I'd insure it for $6k if it wasn't covered by a homeowner's or renter's policy.
  20. Re: Need Help Identifying Old Bowlback, possibly made in Egypt???

    The tailpiece is a bit unusual in that the string attachment is a separate piece, riveted onto the main plate. More often the string attachment points were punched out. Older Italian examples would...
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    Ry Cooder's playing an F4 is the exact reason I bought mine. Got it from Mike Holmes (Mugwumps) in 1975. Still have the receipts: $200 on March 3rd, $200 on April 4, and $600 on May 14.

    Inflation...
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    Re: Deep Nostalgia - Lloyd Loar

    Nothing is real any more.
  23. Re: Best Oval Hole A Mandolins for Orchestra Playing?

    What brand of instrument s prevail in the orchestra you plan to join? Commonality of tonal quality might be a consideration. (For that reason I'd shy away from a Vega cylinderback; noting else sounds...
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    Re: New player - Mandolin

    I almost always go with a used instrument. The depreciation has already been factored in, the sound is likely to have matured, and if/when you upgrade you can get out of the instrument what you put...
  25. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    No, they don't have to sound better.

    I've had Italian bowlbacks made by the same luthier, one extremely ornate and the other rather plain; they both sounded just fine, and both had the...
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