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    Re: Estate Sale Bowlback

    I have 4 playable bowlback mandolins, and I paid less than$200 each. YMMV, but you asked for "ballpark."
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    Re: Howe-Orme Mandolinetto

    Checked out the auction as it is about 90 minutes from where I live, the Mandolinetto is now up to $105.00 Most of the instruments are fiddles/violins.
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    Re: Lyon Healy bowlback? Approximate date?

    Looks a lot like my Lyon and Healy bowlback, mine is early 1900s. Yours has a case, that's a nice touch. If you decide to restring it and play it, you need ultralight strings or you will ruin the...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Ha ha Sue, you joined the club! I (about 3 years ago) bought an oboe and am teaching myself to play oboe. I wanted to play in the local orchestra, and all of the instruments that I already play are...
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    Re: Pick for Classical Music

    I use Blue Chip TD35 and/or TD40 for classical, but I have used Jazz picks too. Basically any pointed pick will work. I prefer a thinner pick in general, but particularly for classical.
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    Re: Contemporary Pumpkin Tops?

    My Weber Bitterroot is a Pumpkin top, and I love it.
  7. Re: Another unmarked bowlback from the "attic"

    I got a hard case some years ago from Elderly Instruments (NFI,) I don't know if they still have any. If I remember correctly, it was about $50.00, but I have several bowlbacks and use it for...
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    Re: Buying without being able to play

    I bought all of my "keeper" mandolins without playing them first, and have not been unhappy. 2 were from The Mandolin Store (NFI) and one was used. All great experiences, the 2 from TMS were a Weber...
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    Re: Kentucky KM 800 - Japan - (1985)

    I have a KM805, it's a very nice but not "great" mandolin, it was well worth the $600 U.S I have in it. Top and back are solid wood, not laminate.
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I use a strap for all of my mandos except my bowlbacks. 2 reasons - position consistency (mandolin neck height) and safety - my cats and dogs often feel the need to be on my lap, and I don't want my...
  11. Re: Interesting Sound Hole Decoration- Bowlback

    The description says the cracks have been repaired. Neat instrument in any case.
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    Re: Left hand numb?

    Thanks for this thread, glad to know I'm not the only one. I have to have a hip replacement this fall/winter (surgeon backed up due to Covid,) and I have been using a crutch to walk and have noticed...
  13. Re: Considering a trade - is it me or the mandolin

    I have small hands and am also "older," I find the standard nut comfortable. I have slightly different neck shapes on all of my mandolins, none are particularly uncomfortable for me, so I agree with...
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    Re: Circa 1909 Gibson A-broken neck

    Looks like a nice clean break, for someone more talented than me to repair.
  15. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    I agree with those that say $2000-$3000 will get you a lifetime keeper. My Pava, Weber, and Collings were all the $2000 - $3000 range and will never be leaving.
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    Re: ukulele fever

    You should not have posted that site - now I am UAS-ing for a Concert-size Koa Ukulele! Shame on you! LOL!! But price (on the one I like best) is holding me back (for now.)
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    Re: 1920 Gibson F4

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

    I like the ornamentation around the sound hole. The rest of the instrument, not so much.
  19. Re: A beginners 'riff' and my thanks to mandolin cafe

    Welcome to the Cafe!

    I got inspired at Colonial Williamsburg, saw one in the musician's shop(?)/building area, and was intrigued as to what it was. Saw one some years later in a pawn shop in my...
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    Re: McClung Armrest

    Nice!
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    Re: Lakota mandolin straps

    I have a braided Lakota leather strap, but I usually play sitting so I haven't noticed any stretching. I use it in an A-style, so mandolin weight may play a part if you use it on an F-style.
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    Re: Need a new mandaloun?

    I too placed a mental bet on this horse, for the same reason. I am a horse-racing fan, and will follow this horse's career.
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    Re: Finally got the 314!

    So true, our mandos rarely hold us back, but it's much more fun to practice with a better instrument!
  24. Thread: Being pick-y

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    Re: Being pick-y

    I went through a period of PAS (Pick Acquisition Syndrome, much cheaper than MAS.) I am keeping them all, as some mandos sound better with different picks, plus I (pre-Covid) used cheaper picks at...
  25. Re: Intermediate Mando - Good Mando to Step up to?

    My actual younger sister turns 61 this year, and she does not play mandolin (played ukulele as child.)
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