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    Re: Information on Michael Kelly Mandolin

    Weber's a much superior instrument, hand-carved, top-notch US manufacture. MK's are passable Asian-made mandolins, emphasizing attractive ornamentation over hand-work. The use of mahogany rather...
  2. Re: Stephen Foster on Mandolin & Tabs at a Jam?

    Try the Civil War version:

    "Let us pause our game of poker, take our tin cups in our hand,
    While we all stand around the cook-tent door --
    Where dried mummies of hard crackers are handed to each...
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    Re: What is a method?

    Lots of vintage instruction books are labeled as the "XXX Method for the Mandolin." Usually refers to the musician/teacher who had them printed.
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    Re: Regal Octofone

    Me too. Mine needed a headstock repair, and a neck re-set. I had a carbon fiber bar installed in the neck, which had warped enough to make the action super-high. When the tech pulled the fretboard...
  5. Re: 1929 Martin Style C Mandolin with side crack - Worth fixing?

    From the catalog pic of the Style C in Longworth's Martin book, they came with "cloud" tailpiece covers, engraved. Can't make out the engraving pattern from the small pic. Reproduction "cloud"...
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    Re: Devastating floods in Kentucky

    Museum of the Mountain Dulcimer in Hindman is now "Museum of Soggy Splintered Wood," or nearly, I'm told.
  7. Re: Dose anyone know anything about this mandolin or its value

    Well, perhaps I should be careful; 'tis not my Cafe role to give etiquette tips (that's the moderators' job). However, I sometimes wonder if we get a little carried away by our own expertise, and...
  8. Re: 1929 Martin Style C Mandolin with side crack - Worth fixing?

    Crack's still visible, but to me that's "instrument history," not a defect, once repaired. Absolutely beautiful instrument! If you can dig up one of those "cloud" tailpiece covers (or if Jake'll...
  9. Re: Dose anyone know anything about this mandolin or its value

    We have a tendency to get a bit facetious in responding to what I'm sure is a serious inquiry from someone who doesn't know a lot about mandolins, but has heard of Bill Monroe and Gibson and thinks...
  10. Re: Comments on the Value of Gibson A4 Mandolin with hard case

    Quick glance at current ads shows a range from $1,850 for a used black-top at Guitar Center, to $6,300 for a snake-head on Reverb. Most of the paddle-heads, like yours are within shouting distance...
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    Re: High e-string keeps snapping, help?

    J R, get back to us and tell us where on the string the breaks occur: at the tuning peg, at the nut, at the bridge, at the tailpiece, or all over the place.

    Then we can respond more intelligently...
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    Re: Picking Fiddle Tunes?

    Not on a fiddle. Proper question: "Is there any additional money in second position?"
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    Re: 1898 Martin Style 6. What should I do?

    And yet we all are familiar with Monroe's Mule Spinner Blues, right?

    Or did I get that wrong...?
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    Re: 1898 Martin Style 6. What should I do?

    Again consulting Longworth's book, he shows 39 Model 6a mandolins made between 1903 and 1920. Here's what Longworth wrote about these instruments:

    There were quite a few style 6a mandolins made. ...
  15. Re: Can anyone please help to identify this? Thanks

    I'm guessing Supertone, like this one Jake Wildwood shows. Supertone was a label used by Sears Roebuck for catalog sales of instruments, often made by the major Chicago makers like Regal.

    Just a...
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    Re: 1898 Martin Style 6. What should I do?

    Well, I've had good experience with Bernie Lehmann at Lehmann Stringed Instruments here in Rochester. Basically, he builds guitars, but he's done quite a bit of work on mandolins (built my...
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    Re: Cute lil' bowlback on ebay

    I have a Holdrio Piccolo "pocket" mandolin. Price was right: my great-aunt gave it to me. Top's scuffed up, but has some fun quasi-Ethiopian marquetry on it.

    Mine's German-made, but US-labeled,...
  18. Re: 3-point Gibson conversion from 1972 on eBay

    Wonder where the Handel tuners went? The seller says they replaced "50-year old" ones, but the Handels would have been closer to 100 years old. Maybe the guy who did the F-5 conversion kept 'em.
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    Re: Larson Brothers?

    On the "Larson sound" question: my Stahl mandola, pretty clearly Larson-made, has a real bass emphasis. Hard to ID the body wood, due to the very dark finish, but I'm guessing "curly mahogany" for...
  20. Re: Antique guitar shaped mandolin - info??

    These guitar-shaped mandolins are often called "mandolinettos." The prison-labor attribution is believable, but the inmate would have had to obtain the tuners and tailpiece commercially; since I...
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    Re: Jerry Capehart

    Eight-string ukuleles are often called "taropatches." The 12-string mandolin, or "mandriola," is often found in this country made by Oscar Schmidt in NJ; check that inlay to see if it's not "O S." ...
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    Re: Is this really a Gibson?

    There could be some relation to the "Platonic form" of an object, that somehow exists apart from the physical manifestation, but which the physical object "participates in" to some extent, allowing...
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    Re: 1898 Martin Style 6. What should I do?

    You have a real rarity; per Longworth's book, only 106 Style 6 mandolins were made over 25 years, 1896-1921. I think you should contact a vintage instrument dealer, and talk about what kind of deal...
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    Re: Vega Mando Banjolele

    Here's a fairly old thread on Vega Style K's.

    Style K was a basic-level Vega instrument, no tone ring. It's not a "banjolele," if it's set up for eight strings; it's a mandolin banjo. On the...
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    Re: Is this really a Gibson?

    Yeah, yeah, but when is an instrument, originally made by Gibson, no longer eligible to be advertised as such??

    There are thousands of "Gibson" 5-string banjos, that started out as tenors, or...
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