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    Re: Virzi today...

    Loar had nothing to do with inventing the product, he did however champion their use in Gibson products.

    Pictures for anyone unfamiliar.
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    Re: Broken 1924 A-Jr Refinished

    By the time the auction ends it will be at a ridiculous amount of money.
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    RIP Loretta Lynn

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/04/entertainment/loretta-lynn-obit/index.html
  4. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    You missed the point, the staves are by design all the same. Sorry, it's apples to bananas again. The mandolin staves aren't all that uniform, that's the difference.

    Anyone that wants to see the...
  5. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    This is going to be a bit of thread drift but as I am now really curious about bowlback construction historically I'm looking at examples of bowled instruments that are still being built in the world...
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    Not to besmirch the cooper's trade, it is indeed a wonderful craft but comparing a cylindrical vessel with 1/2 inch thick or greater staves to a vessel that is made from staves that are 1/8 inch...
  7. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    I think that bowls were a work of art that was beyond what the mortal woodworker could imagine. It took special skills to get the staves shaped, aligned and attached to each other. Chris Martin...
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    There weren't a whole lot people still building bowls in the 30's but apparently someone paid John D' Angelico to build one in 1933. D' Angelico appears to have used three strips of some fiber tape...
  9. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    If you look through the hole in the paper in this picture you'll see what is underneath it and I'm willing to bet the majority of them were built the same way. Those are the staves and the dividers....
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    Re: Help identifying an old bowlback

    The 944 under the tailpiece was probably a catalog number. I'm surprised it was stamped there. I'm kind of leaning towards Harmony as the possible builder. The scratch plate and body shape are...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    I am vintage. I do not have mojo as far as I know and if playing in a manner that would cause most people to turn and run then I guess I play like butter, but I have a good time doing it. Yeah, there...
  12. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    Take a look at this thread. There are pictures of some forms (one type) as well as conversations about how bowlback mandolins were built. I think the lining inside was most likely a method to keep...
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    Re: Gig bag for pancake mandolin?

    Have you ever noticed how much pancake mandolins look like tennis racquets? :)

    Take a trip to your local big box sporting goods store. It's a real plus if your name is Wilson.
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    Re: Drop In Tuners For 1933 Gibson A

    It's still up. Paul Hostetter's family has kept it alive.

    http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html
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    Re: A model case for old Gibson

    What I really miss are the old Musicians Friend cases they sold for $25.00 and fit a short neck mandolin perfectly. I still have one.
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    Re: Drop In Tuners For 1933 Gibson A

    Also, check the slot in the nut for the strings that aren't turning to make sure it's not binding there.
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    Re: Drop In Tuners For 1933 Gibson A

    Actually the tuners you used would not drop into his. The post spacing is different.
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    Re: Drop In Tuners For 1933 Gibson A

    If it is indeed a 1933 then you need the modern spaced tuners. Stewmac makes two different Golden Age tuner sets. One will fit the earlier worm under models from the teens and early 20's and the...
  19. Re: Bourgeois M5A Mandolin - Anyone seen one in the flesh?

    Eastman Strings owns Bourgeois now and I haven't seen anything from this partnership as of yet. Hopefully it won't be similar to the partnership between Gibson and Epiphone or Gibson and Flatiron.
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    Re: Should I Resist Waverly Tuners?

    I resisted the temptation for years. Folks will tell you how there's no reason to buy them and there might not be but when I finally bought two sets someone here posted a statement on my thread that...
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    Re: Any ideas on what this is?

    My first thought was that the original posted mandolin might be a Kay but I'm leaning more towards a United product but still can't call it because there are no full pictures of the front or back....
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    Re: Can anybody tell me what I have?

    And that in itself has always impressed the heck out of me. Growing up in Porltand, Oregon Roy Smeck was just a name on the song books and later on a Gibson model guitar. I stand in awe.
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    Re: Can anybody tell me what I have?

    Yup. I've never seen the case but I'm sure it was original. Pretty cool.

    It was built by the predecessor company of Kay in Chicago.
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    Re: Shopgoodwill . Com, says Gibson

    Those were sold at the Gibson Opry Mills store as a tourist souvenir. They are basically a mandolin shaped object. They were using a cut down Epiphone truss rod cover screwed onto the headstock that...
  25. Re: Dark trails appeared on the neck of my mandolin

    I keep looking at this and wondering if that is some sort of reaction to the finish or a wood filler used due to exposure to sunlight. Kind of like the way varnish can get darker after years of...
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