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    Re: Neck joint on Martin bowlback?

    I wouldn't be surprised if the neck will pull loose with just a little wiggling and perhaps a gentle tug from your hand once you lift the fingerboard extension.

    But if not, the only way you can be...
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    Re: Who Has a Northfield F5-S with Airloom case?

    A brief explanation of what we are seeing in the picture above:

    The dark piece of wood between the fingerboard and the top is often called the riser block. In this case, it appears to be...
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    Re: Sketchy Gibson F5-G on Reverb?

    It's a scam. It was listed 2 days ago with the same pictures by a "shop" in "tirol, Austria;" same m.o., one listing only, same pics, same price, a new "shop" with only one listing, included "gear"...
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    Re: Information on Michael Kelly Mandolin

    In short, Michael Kelly instruments are all lower grade entry level instruments.


    Webers vary from intermediate level to upper level professional grade instruments. The Gallatin is an...
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    Re: 1898 Martin Style 6. What should I do?

    Congratulations on the nice LG-2. But dust off your deep throat clamps and brace jacks; the odds are pretty good that you will find at least 2 or 3 loose glue joints inside, maybe more. It comes...
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    Re: compared to a Weber mandolin.

    In short, even the lowest tier Weber will be a considerably better instrument than any Michael Kelly instrument.
    I don't know what kind of sound you're going for, but when I think of "wide...
  7. Thread: Neck thickness??

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    Re: Neck thickness??

    Some of it is tradition.
    Funny thing about traditions-- very often the traditions are adopted for good reasons, but what the reasons were gets forgotten as time passes into antiquity.

    It may also...
  8. Re: Andy Irvine's Sobell instruments missing amid airport chaos

    Yay!!
  9. Re: Comments on the Value of Gibson A4 Mandolin with hard case

    Actually selling: in the $2000's, maybe up to $2800 or so for paddleheads.
    Not selling: any paddlehead listed above $3000. I can cite 3 or 4 at established dealers that have been sitting unsold...
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    Re: Devastating floods in Kentucky

    I'm sure they need food, fresh water, clothing, blankets, towels, toothpaste and soap, and medicine.
    From what I've been able to gather, it may be some days before everybody is accounted for and...
  11. Thread: Regal Octofone

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    Re: Regal Octofone

    That's a bridge of unknown origin that had been in my parts box for years. I never figured out what it might have come from. It's not Martin, Lyon & Healy, Weymann, or anything else I recognize. I...
  12. Thread: Regal Octofone

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    Re: Regal Octofone

    Thanks, Sue.
  13. Thread: Regal Octofone

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    Re: Regal Octofone

    Octofone art-deco pickguard:
  14. Thread: Sigma Mandolin?

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    Re: Sigma Mandolin?

    Yes, the old Sigmas were Asian made, first in Japan during the 1970's, then in S. Korea starting around 1983 or 84, then supposedly in Taiwan starting in '94.

    The only Sigma bent top mandolin I...
  15. Re: Comments on the Value of Gibson A4 Mandolin with hard case

    Factory order number 11129 also corresponds to 1918, using Spann's Guide to Gibson as a reference.
  16. Re: Comments on the Value of Gibson A4 Mandolin with hard case

    It is a 1918 A-4 that appears to be in excellent original condition.
    It looks nicer than most of what I see these days.

    The market price is most likely in the mid to upper $2000's, possibly close...
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    Re: Bone blank for saddle on an OM?

    Available in a variety of sizes from several luthier's supply houses. Buy two in case you mess one up. The shipping will cost more than the saddle.
    Check Luthiers' Mercantile and Allied Lutherie...
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    Re: Bar Frets from Wiper Blades!

    Aw, c'mon James.
    Just look at it as money in the bank.
    For you, and your physical therapist or chiropracter also. :grin:


    And yes, I will still do bar fret jobs if asked.
    I'll also do...
  19. Thread: Kenny Baker

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    Re: Kenny Baker

    Butch Robins has posted some youtube video of his days with the Blue Grass Boys when Mr. Baker was with them.
    I watched about 5 minutes, and didn't want to go near my fiddle for a long time...
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    Re: Bar Frets from Wiper Blades!

    Yes, I've noticed this material before, but I must be buying the wrong brand of blades. The metal stock that comes from mine is only .028", which is too narrow for bar fret mandolins, which seem to...
  21. Re: Andy Irvine's Sobell instruments missing amid airport chaos

    Some regulations and policies were indeed instituted in the US, but unfortunately the airlines do not always adhere to them.

    I'm afraid I don't remember the details, because I have not boarded a...
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    Re: Sovereign Mandolin

    You are on the right track.

    A difficulty that I foresee is that your strips may be difficult or impossible to bend and fit without breaking them.

    If so, you can try to glue a thin border to the...
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    Re: 1898 Martin Style 6. What should I do?

    You might want to contact George Gruhn and discuss your options.
    He can consign the instrument, and his shop can repair it competently.
    Expect their repair rates to be high.
    If their terms don't...
  24. Re: Vintage tuning for (formerly compromise) vintage instrument?

    Those should be ok at standard pitch. If you're worried about it, you can drop it a step before it goes in the case.
  25. Re: Vintage tuning for (formerly compromise) vintage instrument?

    I have had good results on mine with the following string set: 12 - 20 - 32 - 49 or 50.
    I make up my own sets. The D'Addario mandola sets are too heavy for the old Gibsons.
    Mine doesn't get much...
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