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    Re: Fender mandolin and amp

    Just the usual built in suspects, reverb, delay and some overdrive. Nothing exotic. I might add that the line out is a really nice feature.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Fender mandolin and amp

    Sweet little rig you have there F-2 Dave!! Sadly I don't own an old Fender tweed amp but one may cross my path eventually. Currently playing through a new Super Champ X2. Sounds excellent though!!...
  3. Re: Made a Bone Saddle for my F4. Big Improvement!

    I really, really hate those rosewood bridges with the large adjustment wheels. Sound killers for sure imho.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Need help valuing mandolin.

    Yours is the 2nd Vega cylinder back with F holes I have seen and heard. Back in the day, I played in the Providence Mandolin Orchestra and one of the members had (still has?) a blond Vega CB with F...
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    Re: Pick for Classical Music

    Back in my old mandolin orchestra days, there was only one pick to use on the mandolin parts (maybe 'dolas too) it was a Pettini pick.

    196562

    Good luck trying to find some, but start with the...
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    Re: 1987 Flatiron Artist A5 (Mint)

    Ouch!!! Don't know that I could bear hearing the details. Along the same lines, one of the biggest scores I ever made was recently buying a
    1992 Carlson signed Gibson A-5L, Bozeman, Montana made....
  7. Re: Ashbury AM-240 Solid Body Electric Mandolin

    Yeah, I see the URL is a USA website too. Why not buy one and let us know what you think. They seem a bit pricey to me, especially if Hobgoblin has to ship from the UK.Too many obstacles to wade...
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    Re: AP stamp on Kalamazoo KM11?

    I'm guessing it to be the initials of the factory worker charged with inspecting the mandolins.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: LOTR - Concerning Hobbits - Mandolin

    ...and very nicely recorded as well ;)

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: My Gibson F4 and Eastman MD515v

    They both sound very nice, congrats. As you can see from my avatar, I too very much subscribe to "everyone needs two (or more) mandolins", oval hole and f holes. After years of using the same...
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    Re: Headphone pre-amp suggestions

    I recently bought the Rushead Max based on a recommendation (most likely yours, thank you very much jparis51) and totally agree. It sounds really good and has all the effects I'll ever need for...
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    Re: First Time StewMac Kit Builder Thankyou!

    And very nice wood selection as well. :) Looks great, how does it sound?

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: How high do you go

    I was once doing an electric mando slide outro with some friends at a jam and did a portamento slide up to the 2nd octave E (24th fret if this electric mando had one). It sounded great to end the...
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    Re: Finally built one for myself

    How's the emboucher, Dr. Dave? ;) Nice to hear from you again. Beautiful mandolin and you deserve to have one for your very-own-self.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: A new Art Deco inspired mandolin

    193897

    I wonder if Jimmy was inspired this bit of local architecture in his home town of NYC? It's the first thing I thought about when looking at Graham's beautiful Art Deco interpretation...
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    Re: New Mandolin Style

    Why not remove the back of this one and let us all take a look under the hood? There may be few lessons to learn fixing some of the issues before starting your next build??? Just thinking out...
  17. Re: String preferences for Collings MTO oval mandolins?

    I don't own a Collings MTO so this can be taken with several grains of salt. With my 1916 F-4 I have tried many types of strings including TI mittels and have settled on D'Addario EFW-74 flat wound...
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    Re: someone's gotta say it

    ...And so long 2020... good riddance :grin:

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: First E-Mandolin build

    She's looking great Englishman!! I like the looks of the all yellow for an electric but the burst will be nice too.

    Regards,
    Len B.
    Cleawater, FL
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    A picture is worth a thousand words...190827190828

    OK, that two thousand words worth ;)

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Setting up a new Asian-made four string

    I would also check to see if the pickup/control cavities are shielded (copper foil) and grounded otherwise in agreement with Andrew's suggestions above.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Time to humidity?

    While it's a good idea to humidify (instrument in the case or the whole house) during the winter, I agree with BrianWilliam that your finish is "settling" or offgassing and sinking into the grain of...
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    Re: Old ibanez mandolin

    Thanks Ray, I sit corrected ;)

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Lyon & Healy vs Gibson

    Several years ago, Pete Langdell (of Rigel Instruments fame) built a L + H style A reproduction that included the violin scroll and custom tail piece. It is a very fine and faithful repro that went...
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    Re: A real Gibson A two point?

    "Replicate" may be a bit too generous Allen. Mimic or allude to perhaps? I have the Ibenez version of this mandolin but it's in need of some major repair work. I bought it because I loved that red...
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