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    Re: 1910's Dayton Mandolin?

    I have 3 Dayton instruments. 1 mandolin banjo. 1 model A mandolin. 1 model B mandolin. The model B was not playable, but is being rebuilt now.
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    Re: 1924 A Junior Snakehead: NMD

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    A couple of other photos. The serial number is 76678. The FON is 111654. I know A Juniors are supposed to be Sheraton Brown, but the blonde finish looks original. The rest of it...
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    NMD - Brentrup Model 23

    This was a completely unplanned NMD. Had Friday off work and decided to stop by the Homestead Pickin' Parlor in Richfield, MN. Was going to maybe get some strings and check out the picks. Wandered...
  4. Thread: 1950s Gibson F5

    by lenf12
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    Re: 1950s Gibson F5

    He ground out the old tone bars and replaced with Adi tone bars. Good move indeed to the correct location. Randy knows what to remove/replace and what to leave in place. NFI on my part just happy...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    So I got to have my way with the Karasik and took some photos of the points. I think in this one you can see the saw marks left from the back removal.
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    Rick Turner has passed into Eternity

    There is a message this morning on Facebook from Rick Turner's children that he passed away last evening. Rick was an amazing luthier and for many years a contributor to the Cafe. He was also a guy...
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    Rose F5 #37 finished

    a few pics of the latest that I just competed... Hard red maple back and sides... Some of the hardest maple I have ever carved. :) Carpathian spruce top and all the other goodies as well :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Help with vintage silvertone!!!

    Yes, taking the thumb wheels off is a good way to lower the bridge and avoiding buying a new one and having to get it fitting well is a chore worth avoiding. I was lucky enough to buy a Kay 72- the...
  9. Sharing my incredible thrift store find with you fine folk

    Came across this forum while researching my find and Im sure you guys will appreciate it.
    From the serial numbers I think it's a very early edition 1914 model 202?
    I don't think the case is...
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    Re: Help with vintage silvertone!!!

    Appears to be a Kay-made (Chicago) mandolin made for Sears. The tuners would date it mid to late 50's.
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    Re: Doyle Lawson tell us about your mandolin

    Thanks for posting this. I remember standing outside the Shamrock when I was too young to go in, and listening to the music. I knew right away that this was what I wanted to play though it took a few...
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    Re: Mandobass Trio

    Wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it...I thought when I finally acquired by Larson brothers Stahl, that I had reached the apex pinnacle of mandolin-family ownership.

    Guess again...
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    Doyle Lawson tell us about your mandolin

    https://bluegrasstoday.com/the-school-of-bluegrass-with-doyle-lawson-tell-us-about-your-mandolin/
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    Re: Gorgeous F4 with Virzi at Retrofret in Brooklyn

    As for the F-10, I guess "It's paid for and it don't eat anything."

    Back in the late 1980's, I went to George Gruhn's then small shop to look for a good Gibson mandolin. He had half a dozen...
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    Re: Mandobass Trio

    Are you the only guy on Planet Earth who has three mandobasses? (Mandobassi?) There should be some sort of award for that.
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    Mandobass Trio

    Here's something you won't see often (and may never want to see again!).

    A quick arrangement of Bob Dorough's '3 is a Magic Number' on 3 mandobasses: a 1927 Gibson J, an 1930s Kalamazoo J, and a...
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    Re: Loar awareness...beginning when??

    From what I have found it was Lester Flatt who played the first F5 in bluegrass in the Kentucky Pardners. If you are of the belief that the Monroe Bros. sound was the foundation for the sound of the...
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    Re: Loar awareness...beginning when??

    Well, Bill already had a 30's Gibson when he walked into that barbershop. I don't know if he was aware of the significance of the signature [he might have been], but he knew the 20's F-5 was a...
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    Another take on the "Virzi"

    This Virzi showed up on facebook today. 'First time I've veer seen one in that shape and in a violin; 'makes fitting the soundpost even more fun! It seems like a boatload of mass added to that tiny...
  20. Mandolin Central Loar Blog - April 5, 1922: "Shape this brace to

    A new entry for the Mandolin Central Loar Blog has been published entitled April 5, 1922: "Shape this brace to this"
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    Re: 1919 Gibson A3 Case

    Ha! It wasn't hypothetical. I did get an A3 off eBay on a "Buy It Now" for $15.

    The case has been in my closet ever since (August of 2018). I'm not much of a hoarder and have never used it. A...
  22. Re: Gorgeous F4 with Virzi at Retrofret in Brooklyn

    Okay, but 6k for an F4 with multiple refin, non-original finish, no pickguard and non-original case and the debatable Virzi seems a bit optimistic IMHO – even if the magic name was mentioned more...
  23. Re: If Northfields are so amazing, why so many for sale on cafe?

    Players get bored and want something new.
    Players suffer financial reversals.
    Players want more bling.
    Players want more treble/bass/balance.
    Players want what their buddies have.
    Players want a...
  24. Re: Stolen Gibson F-4 Mandolin Serial #66824

    Has it's own record in the Mandolin Archive now with the newest batch of images to be added as Dan's time permits. Google now returning it on searches for both locations which was part of the...
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    Re: Derrington signed A5l MasterModel?

    I really wish Gibson would make/have made a true A5 Master Model. A real copy of the Griffith A5 might make me reach for my wallet.....:mandosmiley:
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