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  1. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Regal called it "Octofone" because it was supposed to be tunable as a tenor guitar, tiple, mandola, ukulele (?), taropatch (??), etc. -- eight instruments in all. Sort of a mandolin-family "Swiss...
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    Re: Mandolin Pricing?

    And they're all in Asia. (And, perhaps, Romania.) Aren't we really just talking about high-end, hand-made (or at least substantially hand-made) instruments? Those Chinese firms turn out lots of...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Also, since spruce is an evergreen, I believe it has needles rather than "leaves."

    And, there's a full moon every month, not once a year.

    Picky, picky, picky...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Really makes me wonder sometimes how Octofones were strung when originally sold. The name was supposed to indicate "eight instruments in one," tenor guitar, tenor banjo, ukulele, taropatch, tiple,...
  5. Re: 1989 Washburn M-3SW vs. New Eastman/Loar/etc

    The older M3SW's get some pretty good Cafe press in this 2019 thread.

    In general, I'd go with Eastman over Washburn most times, but this particular model may be an exception. Note that the solid...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Yours is pretty nearly identical to mine -- same soundhole purfling, same tailpiece, same low-budget tuners. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.
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    Re: BB King with Guitar-Mando Doubleneck

    Not sure the other neck is a mandolin; it appears to have five doubled courses of strings. Wonder how it was tuned?

    There were double-neck instruments where the shorter neck was an "octave...
  8. Re: Handel buttons on Stewmac Repro tuners?

    You have the MOP dots for the buttons, but what about the little silver wire filigree?

    To me, Handel tuners have always epitomized the difference between yesterday's painstaking, affordable...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy mandolin scales

    On the most basic level, a longer string of equal diameter and composition, requires more tension to reach the same pitch as a shorter one. One could speculate that a string under greater tension...
  10. Re: Help with identifying old bowlback mandolin

    Yeah, my 1890's Washburn bowl-back mandola is alternating maple and rosewood. Don't think I've seen post-1920 bowl-backs with alternating woods, but of course my "research" is limited to whatever I...
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    Re: Needing part of an old bowl back

    All the parts you're seeking are available commercially. StewMac (formerly Stewart-MacDonald) carries a wide selection of tuners, also bridges and tailpieces. You need to measure the spacing of the...
  12. Re: Help with identifying old bowlback mandolin

    Concur. The light finish on the mahogany makes it look "maple-ish," I guess.
  13. Re: Help with identifying old bowlback mandolin

    Lakeside, e.g.

    Perusing Pleijsier's book on Washburns, around p. 128 there are several Washburn models that seem close to OP's -- "scooped" headstock top, nine ribs, alternate maple and rosewood...
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    Re: Need opinions Gibson Flatiron

    1. You're considering buying a very nice mandolin -- if it's in good condition, playable, etc. -- at a decent market price.

    B. However, if you're not sure you really want to play mandolin, you...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Yeah, probably. Usually there was an extra charge for the case, so not everyone bought one. The case is of peculiar design (designed to fit this peculiar instrument); it wouldn't work for a banjo...
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    Re: Beatles tunes

    Listen to cuts from Beatle Country by the Charles River Valley Boys, available on YouTube, if you want some bluegrass arrangements. After 55 years, still a great album. Joe Val's mandolin...
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    Re: Patrick Sky RIP

    Giovanni Montini, the Pope, perhaps? My late friend Wesley "Skip" Evans used to sing that to mixed audiences; it seemed more playful than biting, although the "He's Italian, he doesn't use soap"...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    A bit "whipped" for $600, IMHO, but I love the ol' original chipboard case -- which is in much better shape than the Octofone itself...
  19. Re: Familiarity and the appeal of a specific mandolin

    I go through extended (months) periods when I really concentrate on one particular instrument. For quite a while, it's been my Stahl (Larson Brothers) mandola. One reason is that I've been largely...
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    Re: Gibson F9 2004

    He must have prophesied bluegrass and tne "faster = better" approach.
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    Re: Heartbreak Hotel

    Take some comfort from the fact that you now play a genuine "distressed" model. And you didn't have to pay a dime for the "distressing.
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Well, since the basic model Octofone sold by Regal for under $20 "back in the day," your "investment" has seen a certain level of growth already...

    Under the heading of "protect your investment,"...
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    Re: Blind test of 6 different bowlbacks

    3 - 5&4 (tie) - 6 - 2 - 1; I like lower overtones better, since I find some bowl-backs too "shrill."

    Interesting comparison.
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    Re: Question about Collings mandolins

    Over, say, a sedan or an SUV?
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    Re: Celtic Mando vs Bandolim

    Most mandolin players doing Irish music that I've seen, seem to use oval-hole instruments, either flat/canted top or carved-top, rather than bowl-backs, f-hole carved-top mandos, resonator...
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