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  1. Re: Hi, first mandolin. Any ideas on identity?

    Possibly from Paracho, Mexico?

    Many mandolins from there reflect Portugese / bandurria influence and use local or curiously figured woods.

    Often, too with a slotted, figured headstock, round...
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    Re: Ashokan Farewell

    The attached contains a more accurate history of "Ashokan Farewell"

    203580

    Enjoy

    Peter
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    Re: A model case for old Gibson

    I think those are the ones I bought when they went on sale. Very useful for the ceaseless mandolins to protect them in my closet piles :)
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    Re: Need help identifying please

    ....... assuming you can take the back off. On many of these, the neck is simply screwed onto the resonator and the head and its metal ring screwed into the top edge of the resonator. Effectively,...
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    Re: Epiphone Windsor in the classifieds

    I am sure that all three of these—and I believe there may have been more than that anyway—have showed up in threads here. I recall one thread where someone inherited one.

    Frankly, this rarity is...
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    Re: Can anybody tell me what I have?

    Aside from the novelty aspect the design allows for a big soundbox plus access all the way up the neck. John, want to attempt a mandolin version?
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    Re: Can anybody tell me what I have?

    If I recall it's an Aero Ukulele.

    https://ukulelemagazine.com/stories/great-ukes-flying-high-with-the-lindbergh-inspired-aero-ukulele
    ...
  8. Re: Dark trails appeared on the neck of my mandolin

    I keep looking at this and wondering if it is sap coming to the surface as the wood dries. How old is this mandolin?
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    Re: Modernizing an A-4. Yes or No?

    Changing the fretwire is NOT modernizing an instrument.

    Almost every Stradivarius violin on the planet has a non-original neck and the few that are somewhat intact have been modified for...
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    Re: Gibson Master Models

    Former Gibson employee Charlie Derrington had this to say (https://www.mandozine.com/media/CGOW/derrington.html)

    "The reason all Gibson mandolins have the Master Model label is a bit cumbersome to...
  11. Larson Bros. Harp Mandolin on Antiques Roadshow

    I noticed an appraisal of a c. 1910 Larson Brothers harp mandolin on this episode of Antiques Roadshow from 2019. The discussion of the instrument begins around 35:00.
  12. Re: Is is possible to increase neck mass by buiding it up somehow

    You are only limited by your imagination, your wallet, and finding someone skilled & patient enough to execute the crazy $#!% you dream up...!
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    Re: Is this an A-2Z?

    I have heard that, too. Oh, to be a fly on the Gibson factory wall at that time.

    “Hey, Joe, I just noticed that the fret template is off by a bit.”

    ”Ah, don’t worry. Most mandolin players will...
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    Re: Strad-O-Lin, United and Homenick Bros

    Though I don't think it will help much, there is an active Facebook Group for Harptone Guitars. I owned one and they were very helpful. Wonderful "Guild-like" guitars with no following. Hope springs...
  15. Re: 1920 Gibson A $500 today only needs repair

    Quick follow up. I got it on Friday. After some thought and a consultation with my friend Charley Nelson, I decided not to spend any more money on it, but instead, fix it as good as possible myself....
  16. Re: 1920 Gibson A $500 today only needs repair

    Well, it's been *through* the Great Depression. That counts for something, doesn't it? ;)

    The back looks cracked and while it might just be from whatever hit did that fracture, like it might have...
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    Re: Bowlback- Harmony? Supertone

    As a proponent of public university education (of which I am employed) I find the Ivy League pricing very funny...particularly if they really are the same instruments...which now Nick has...
  18. Thread: IV F5 kit

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    Re: IV F5 kit

    I built an IV F5 kit about 15 years ago when I was first learning to build mandolins. It produced a very, very good sounding and playing mandolin. I pulled it out last week and decided to use it this...
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    Shop disc sander for small delicate work

    One of my grandfathers was a patternmaker & I grew up watching him use 36" Oliver disc sander for almost every project.

    I picked up a smaller one this week for those times when you just need to...
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    Homemade Tuning Peg Tool

    Folks, the arthritis in my hands is significant enough that trying to tune these small tuning pegs can be difficult and painful at times. I couldn’t find a small tuning tool for the mando, so I made...
  21. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    I know nothing about the machines under discussion here. But I'll repeat a story I've told elsewhere. Many decades ago, when I was in college in the mid-80's in Chicago, Bill Monroe played the Old...
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    Re: The Origins of Tone Bar Archtop Bracing

    I'd argue that the Schutt mandolins have zero to do with Loar's thought process. Other than the basic shape, they have nothing in common. The proportions are off & the position is a joke.

    History...
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    Re: Andy Statman's Opry debut

    Thanks for sharing that news! There’s a thread about Andy and Jake Eddy here:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/160469-Andy-Statman-and-Jake-Eddy-in-State-College-PA

    Though not at the...
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    Andy Statman's Opry debut

    Hi all, don't know if this has been covered here but found an article about Andy's debut at the Opry with the Eddy brothers:
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    Re: 1960s Kay Electric Mandolin

    It looks rough. The pickup, if working, would be worth $200 to someone with a Kay Jimmy Reed guitar or Howlin' Wolf bass needing a pickup. Even if it worked, it still has A LOT of rust. Knobs and...
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