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    Re: NMD Arrow 5 string Jazzbo

    That is a real beauty. A friend of mine owns though not red. Congratualtions! Enjoy it! I corresponded him a few years ago about a G-style—I love the tone that Tim Connell gets out of his.

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    Re: Milanese / Lombardic mandolin

    There were a few regional variants of mandolins which we here call mandolinos. The Neapolitan and similarly-tuned Roman styles won out as the mandolin in most of the world's eyes. The...
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    Re: Thile's personal luthier

    Crandall worked for many years running Matt Umanov's shop and left some time ago to open his own shop. He has an excellent reputation for quality work.
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    Re: Ebay Luthier Project

    Clearer pic of the two parts fwiw.

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    Re: Shopgoodwill Auction Handmade

    Wow! $202 plus (for me) estimated $2o shipping and handling and still 5 days+ to go? What are these bidders seeing that I am not?
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    Re: My Recent Stradolin Buy

    Here are two other catalog pages showing that model, one from Meisel ca. 1953 and the other from B&J, 1952.

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    Re: Anyone knows what this is?

    The only clue I can see is the tailpiece which are typical of German hardware and are often engraved Marcelli. The deeper body I have seen on European mandolins that are often labelled Portuguese...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy mandolin scales

    Until Tim posted above, I was going to say the same thing. There have been some L&H copies but few that tried to replicate the tone. I have personally not played any of the copies but own one short...
  9. Re: "banjo-mandolin" and "nice sounding": an oxymoron?

    I know it is hard to believe but I only own one mandolin-banjo, a Weymann 25 with a 7" head (calf skin). I bought it decades ago and it has a sound I can stand. You can hear the melody not just...
  10. Re: Rest in peace - Choro das Tres loses member

    Oh, so very sad. I met them all at a wonderful house concert years ago in New York City. Lovey people and wonderful musicians. Condolences to the family.
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    Re: Shopgoodwill Auction Handmade

    Handmade? I doubt it. Looks like a generic budget Asian import maybe 1970s. The high bidder is overpaying already.



    Ah, the joys of Shopgoodwill!

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  12. Thread: Moon Wood

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    Re: Moon Wood

    Shmergel Devastators have been built from 100% moonwood since the beginning of the company. Strings are Moonel steel and tuners are made from tensilized crater ore. Consult your rep at your local...
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    Looking fwd to this.
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    Re: Italian Mandolin music being forgotten ???

    Bump this older thread

    ...and now this recording: https://www.transylvaniatimes.com/story/2021/06/07/arts/guggino-smith-to-release-album/49618.html

    from their web site:...
  15. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

    Sheri: I think this link is in error. I believe this is the correct one, but correct me if I am wrong.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zo4r2lru4dprp8o/AAD8QnMbTv32URT4xIeytUPLa?dl=0

    I had upgraded...
  16. Re: Help with identifying old bowlback mandolin

    Just for the record, your honor, I didn't say that mahogany/maple was common only that "zebra" woods—meaning using two alternating woods—were. :)
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    Re: Bowlback Mandolin Projection

    I wonder how that changes with Vega's take of having the bridge intonated on the tailpiece side of the cant. Or does it matter?
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    Re: Needing part of an old bowl back

    In addition to Allen's post: our overseas friend Dave Hynds (from the UK but living in France) has been restoring old bowlbacks for many years and he also supplies parts. General Parts here. Bridges...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    Don: I notice that you now call your tuning gCEG. In prior posts you spelled it all caps and it looked like you specced wound strings. Do you now tune the lowest course as re-entrant? So, if I...
  20. Re: Help with identifying old bowlback mandolin

    To be clear it was more likely tortoise-patterned celluloid.
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    That is what I thought, too. Rather modest mandolin with the usually budget zebra bowls but that unusual pickguard. Hmmmm...
  22. Re: 14 string vintage bandurria H T Tunica Chicago

    Thanks for clearing that up. Yes, she is a piece of work.
  23. Re: Wondering over brassposts on my Mandolinetto

    The sleeve guards fall off easily and get lost. I have had a couple of bowlbacks that came with those and they do hook onto the tailpiece.
  24. Re: Familiarity and the appeal of a specific mandolin

    I think it can be every aspect of each mandolin. As often noted in the many breaking in threads players as well as mandolins adjust to each other. Tim can answer what he was referring to.
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    Re: Celtic Mando vs Bandolim

    Also in general the bandolims use very light strings. I am not sure if there is a preference for medium gauge strings for Celtic music. Also more and more these days the top tier bandolim players are...
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