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    Re: Two Kentucky KM950s that got away.

    A follow up. Well sure enough another KM950 showed up on the Amazon.ca site. It listed at 1800 Canadian. After two or three weeks it went to 1300. I told myself that if it went below a thousand...
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    Bush Island Bounce

    Little tune I made up while on holiday.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKkjmEVwetY
  3. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    By the way, I bought a TKL 4650 Tradition 1/2 size guitar gigbag for it. Fits perfectly. If you wanted more room for extra padding, something bigger would be needed but I'm very pleased.194884194885
  4. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Sue, the neck on it was fine. There are some external signs it may have had a neck reset but then I didn't see any signs on the inside, so it's a bit mysterious. Your improvements sound good. We...
  5. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Here's a quick video. Trying to decide on mandolin or guitar fingering.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U72byL5SeQM
  6. Very glad to see this here.

    Very glad to see this here.
  7. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Thought you might want to see. The back came off pretty easily and without damage; I think it may have been off before. The slight sag in the top disappeared. The brace under the bridge is missing,...
  8. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    This back was actually starting to come off anyway. And there were no problems. No pins. Just used a couple of hot knives/scrapers. Head and tail block are obviously a bit tricker. Best to go...
  9. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    I believe the shim is just a clumsy job, but there is a bit of sinking (just a bit) which makes me wonder if a brace has popped. The one I can see can be reached with one of my clamps so I won't...
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    Unusual Benko mandolin

    This mandolin is up for sale on Kijiji in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. Frank Benko was a builder originally from Croatia who came to Toronto. There are some other mandolins of his on the Cafe but...
  11. Re: The Celtic Mandolin - Tunes for March 20121

    Listening to the recording of Hopetoun House. Just lovely.
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    Poul, Aquila makes a ukulele Fifths tuning set. I use those. They've worked well also on a soprano. The cheap sopraninos used to be on ebay but it seems that only somewhat pricier--and no doubt...
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    My turn.

    When I travel I try to take one of my two good instruments in a hard case. This may mean, if flying, having to check my carry-on bag because I usually have a computer bag too for work....
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Gallery & Sightings

    Picked up this photo a while ago. Wonder who made the tenor.

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    Re: 10 Questions for Lowell Levinger

    My little LL story from about 18 or 20 years ago. We were visiting Northern California (from Canada) and went to a vinyard where a bluegrass band was going to play. But we were too early. Only one...
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    Re: HB Tenor Guitar

    Fox, I looked at my wife's Martin 000-17. The bridge is actually a couple of inches higher at least than the spot you suggest. From what I can see, anyway. Interesting.
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    Re: Fraulini Caterina - a prototype

    Sounds great. And you have a great feel for the music.

    A side question. Do you know where the case is from? It looks smaller the standard A5 cases.
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    Re: original tune "Becky in the Garden"

    Rebecca is my wife, Sue. She usually travels for work a lot but was home because of covid this summer and got to do a lot of gardening.
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    original tune "Becky in the Garden"

    mandolin and guitar. Thanks.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdgKGfUVQns&feature=youtu.be
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    Re: Eastman 404...white top??

    Eric, the listing says mahogany although the image looks like maple.
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    Re: Old vs Old vs Old/New Quandary

    I tried to buy an old Gibson oval hole without trying first. I had 3 sent to me and had to return them all. they all had issues that were not noticed or mentioned by the owners. Also, when it...
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    Baritone Uke GDAE Wildwood Flower

    I don't have any tenors left at the moment, having sold my last. I only play them casually. But I still have my Kala bari. I think it's a very nice alternative. ...
  23. Re: My wife gifted me two mandolins for Christmas!

    Nothing better than a handmade gift.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    This is a new old time tune, John Grimm's Butterfly Waltz. It's on his new album.

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    Re: Work distraction

    Eric, I built that flat top. It came out quite well and I enjoy playing it. Use it for travel sometimes and when I visit schools for work. I posted it below, though I recarved the neck afterwards...
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