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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    No picture, but I just discovered a cross grain fracture in the X brace on a gut string Martin I've been working on. It's right by the foot of the bridge. Aargh.

    The top is much too flexible in...
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    Re: Mandolin Identification Gibson A Oval Hole

    It's a plain style A, probably from between 1910 and early 1918.
    The top has been refinished. I can't tell about the back.
    The tailpiece and bridge are later Gibson replacements. The tuners are...
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    Re: Care with old mandolins and modern cases...

    On some cases, where the pocket is held in place by screws or staples, it can easily be moved if you are handy with tools.
    It won't work on the case in Bazz's picture, though.
  4. Thread: Shure sm57

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    Re: Shure sm57

    As you can see, this can get as complicated as you want it to get.
    Keep it simple and get a 57. It'll get plenty of use, even if you get something fancier later.
  5. Re: Vega cylinderback with no logo ... made for the trade?

    I scratched my head at Stan Jay's children's inability to negotiate with a computer problem that disabled their on-line sales.
    It makes me wonder if Stan made any attempt to train his children??
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    Re: Beware the mighty doubleneck

    In the mid 1970's, I went to a Hot Tuna concert where Jorma played the whole show on a double-neck guitar consisting of a Gibson SG and a Fender Stratocaster that someone had joined together for him....
  7. Re: Vega cylinderback with no logo ... made for the trade?

    It's not exactly rocket science to look for them to look up comparative market prices for Vega mandolins these days. We've got this thing called google, and they can look up sold listings on Reverb....
  8. Thread: Shure sm57

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    Re: Shure sm57

    Yes, that's another advantage of 57's and 58's: they're idiot proof, and nearly musician proof.
  9. Re: Vega cylinderback with no logo ... made for the trade?

    Well, if the braces are not falling out of it, $479 is certainly a friendly price.

    Strange, though. That shop is also known for stiff prices.
    Several times over the last few years, I have gotten...
  10. Thread: Shure sm57

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    Re: Shure sm57

    There are fancier mics, and hotter mics, and mics that might yield a rainbow of sound when conditions are absolutely right.
    But, when you get in a tough room and the equipment doesn't want to dial...
  11. Thread: Gibson EM 150?

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    Re: Gibson EM 150?

    Yes, that's the earliest version of the model, introduced in 1936. By 1941, the pickup type and knob position were different.
    I don't think many were made with the Charlie Christian pickup.
    The...
  12. Re: Norman Blake & Saint Elmo Slim - T.A.G. Railroad Rag

    Thank you. :)
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    Re: Old F-Case Repair. Handle?

    These will work: www.bernunzio.com/product/case-handle-2/
    $16.95 US
    I recommend that you order 2 of them, they are harder to find than they used to be.
    And since you're in NZ and shipping is...
  14. Re: Vega cylinderback with no logo ... made for the trade?

    It looks like a Vega to me.

    The shop is notorious for a lack of descriptive information in their listings, especially over the last few years.
  15. Re: Norman Blake & Saint Elmo Slim - T.A.G. Railroad Rag

    Correct. The guitar in the video is a Santa Cruz in spruce and mahogany, built on their version of a Martin 12 fret 000 footprint, but with the extra body depth of a Gibson Nick Lucas.
    The guitar...
  16. Re: Norman Blake & Saint Elmo Slim - T.A.G. Railroad Rag

    The mandolin is a Lyon & Healy style B with stairstep or art-deco peghead, 13 3/4" scale, and a low 3 digit serial number.
    The bridge has an ivory saddle inlaid into it, which appears to be factory...
  17. Thread: Blonde F-4

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    Re: Blonde F-4

    Well, Gibson certainly had some kind of jig, but they didn't have no CNC . . . and Strad didn't have no belt sander . . .

    And I'm working for minimum wage or less this week, re-doing the faulty...
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    Re: Condition of Martin A style

    I've tried Frank Ford's method of filling fingerboard divots, and it is do-able, but tough. Your tools have to be very sharp, and you've got to be careful not to slice yourself.
    The now...
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    Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    Deering's upper line banjos are well made instruments. In the lower price ranges, you can find instruments both new and used with a much better quality of construction than those in the Deering...
  20. Thread: ebay h1 mandola

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    Re: ebay h1 mandola

    Yes, it is an H-1. I believe that the tuners and pickguard mounting bracket are from the 1930's. The type of finish checking on the top suggests to me that the top may have been oversprayed with...
  21. Thread: Ebay Gibson F-5

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    Re: Ebay Gibson F-5

    I'll might take it if the seller will give me $120. He'll have to pay the shipping, though.

    "It'll cost you five bucks for me to play the piano. For me not to play the piano, it costs ten." ...
  22. Thread: Cost for refret

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    Re: Cost for refret

    Well, today I've been gluing loose braces in a 100 year old guitar. This sort of job is always fun and games [not]. Am using hide glue because that's what's already in it. That makes it more fun...
  23. Thread: Blonde F-4

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    Re: Blonde F-4

    The problem with F-4's is that if you get a blonde, you have to get a redhead and a brunette to keep her company.

    I'm kind of surprised she's still there. Maybe she doesn't want to leave by...
  24. Thread: Ebay Gibson F-5

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    Re: Ebay Gibson F-5

    Way too high. 3 or 4 times too high based on standard market value for the period. These are the mandolins that opened the door for the early Japanese instruments.

    Personally, I wouldn't buy a...
  25. Thread: Cost for refret

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    Re: Cost for refret

    My personal experience is mostly limited to nickel-silver. So far, none of my customers has insisted on anything else. I have levelled and re-crowned EVO frets once, and my crowning file did not...
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