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    Re: Bridge Saddle Sag?

    They all sag to some degree; some break eventually. Your's may have sagged more than normal. I'd most of file the G-strings considerably lower, also the D and E-strings just a bit. Leave the...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    75319: 196227
    75316 (Thile's): 196228
    75318 (Thile's): 196229
    75554: 196230
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Believe me Bill, that scroll is perfectly normal and on par with other Loar scrolls. I owned this mandolin for almost 9 years, was always interested in details and measured/compared the scroll...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Here's the scroll in question, interesting as all of them, but not extraordinary IMHO.196209
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    Re: Frank Wakefield

    Frank Wakefield is a super player. You'll find his creativeness in both his humor and his picking, absolutely on par with the other players you mention. At the same time, Frank's playing is...
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    Re: Do You Baby Your Mandolin?

    Absolutely. And I not only baby my coffee mug (by cleaning it after use) but also my tools (such as knives and chisels) by keeping them clean and sharp. Hope that helps. :)
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    #75320, of that coveted, non-Virzi Feb. 18th '24 batch.

    Hendrik
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    Re: Lyon and Healy warped finger rest

    Dan, in case you end up planning to reconstructing the pick guard, pm me for information on the source for the material.
  9. Re: Vintage Bridge Placement - Wrong from the start?

    They did well, e. g. in the 1923 Handbook.
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    Re: Lyon & Healy mandolin scales

    Although L & H may not have copied Gibson construction, I found it interesting to see that a ca. 1920 long scale Style C had a top thickness quite similar to several Loar F5s I also measured (with...
  11. Re: Vintage Bridge Placement - Wrong from the start?

    Be careful, "those old vintage Gibson tuning" machines (Waverly actually) work perfectly well on my two vintage Gibsons. Just sayin' :)
  12. Re: Was the mandolin played in traditional folk before Bill Monro

    Sounds familiar, Olaf. My dad's old man played folk songs and other music on the accordion, guitar and mandolin (a tater bug, I happened to find in my dad's closet in the late '60s). Right after WWI...
  13. Re: Vintage Bridge Placement - Wrong from the start?

    Jass, please allow to suggest to never trust the "original" bridge position. A mandolin may have been set up incorrectly from scratch, but may just as well have changed/moved a bit from the permanent...
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    "(...) one can see that there is a distinct correlation between FON numbers and the consecutively numbered serial numbers." This might only explain that the instruments were sold immediately after...
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    Thanks for your explanation, Darryl. Please allow for commenting on your statement "However, in my opinion, his all inclusive statement that serial numbers were assigned when shipped does not meet...
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    What Bill Smith said. "Unsigned Loars" have a Loar FON, which is, I believe, in all cases 11985. And that FON is from 1923 (!), rather than 1924 according to Spann. As the FON is normally covered by...
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    Re: Strings for an F4 - Medium Okay?

    My 1923 F4 sounds wonderfully bright and piercing, which is not all too common in F4s AFAIK. D'Addario monels medium (EJM 74; I exchange the .015 A strings for .016) sound somewhat mellow and work...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    Those tuners are only moderately modern, as they are from pre-2005, when Stew-Mac changed the plate design and width (to the vintage 16.4 mms). And, of course, the five screw holes and the modern...
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    Re: aria pro ll model pm1000 mandolin

    Thanks, Jimmy, same here; was an Aria in my case.:)
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    Re: aria pro ll model pm1000 mandolin

    My first F-style mandolin was an Aria Pro II. Fine beginner mandolin with nice Gibson-style MOP. One early '70s Aria model had a flower pot head stock inlay, mine (from '78 or '79) didn't. Not sure...
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    Paul, IMHO, have it set up, have the bridge top checked (as the a-strings spacing is off) and go for it.
    The original tuners should have been round end worm-over tuners. (Still with the mando?)...
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    Re: Jimmy Gaudreaua

    Jimmy is a fine fellow and a super player. Didn't he go for a mandolin made by Jack O' Brian, while selling his Fern to John Paganoni?
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    FYI, the F4 on Jimmy's recordings is mostly his own, which he bought at some point for his then brother-in-law, tenor singer Paul Williams to use. I believe, Jimmy still owned it until his passing....
  24. Re: Virzi inquiry - Models offered? Tonal effect?

    I'd suggest not to be all too enthusiastic about A432. My personal 1924 F5 sounds just fine on either A440 or 432. As our highly respected MC member Roger Siminoff suggests (without giving a source,...
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    Re: Gibson A3 number 74336

    Probably not, and it may not even have a slimmer neck. The serial number points to a 1924 shipping date. But we don't know the FON, which may well be from before slimmer neck/snake head time. A truss...
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