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  1. Re: Will I Notice A Difference? Gibson 1917 vs 1922-34

    Did the Juniors ever have adjustable truss rods? I was under the impression that they didn’t, even in the Loar era.
  2. Re: Why did Gibson return to Paddleheads after Snakeheads?

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/143398-Gibson-Teens-Serial-Numbers?p=1708021&highlight=Ferris#post1708021
  3. Re: Why did Gibson return to Paddleheads after Snakeheads?

    I’m not trying to start an argument. I made a statement, you expressed doubt, and I asked a question. It seems to me that it’s incumbent upon you to produce numbers.

    My understanding is that the...
  4. Re: Why did Gibson return to Paddleheads after Snakeheads?

    How many oval hole mandolins would you estimate that they sold during those 4-5 years?
  5. Re: Why did Gibson return to Paddleheads after Snakeheads?

    Some believe so. I just think that the snakehead is an easy visual cue for all of the other ďadvancementsĒ (e.g. adjustable bridge, adjustable truss rod, more narrow neck profile, etc.) associated...
  6. Re: Open Back / Old Time Banjos - Comparisons to Mando Builders

    I actually saw that sold listing when checking out Will’s website after hearing him on an episode of the Get Up in the Cool podcast. He was really impressive as a musician and thoughtful as a...
  7. Re: Why did Gibson return to Paddleheads after Snakeheads?

    If you are willing to accept some inspired guesswork in lieu of definitive truth, Iíd suspect two reasons:

    1) Gibson was using up old stock after the collapse of the mandolin craze, and there were...
  8. Re: Open Back / Old Time Banjos - Comparisons to Mando Builders

    How about this one?

    https://themusicemporium.com/products/rickard-custom-spunover-dobson-11-banjo
  9. Re: Will I Notice A Difference? Gibson 1917 vs 1922-34

    So, here are my answers:



    The introduction of the truss rod in that era allowed for more narrow “modern” neck profiles.



    I have read from luthiers I’d trust to know that graduations of...
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    Re: Collings Vs. Northfield Vs. Kelley

    Iíd buy the Kelley. Besides the fact that Iím drawn to the work of independent builders, and Skip is a heckuva nice guy here on the Cafe, a used instrument should already have the depreciation taken...
  11. Re: Open Back / Old Time Banjos - Comparisons to Mando Builders

    Iím resurrecting this thread which Iíve looked at so much over the last year and this post in particular. If Rickard is the Bill Collings of the banjo world, might Chuck Ogsbury of OME be the...
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    Re: Blue Chip pick for oval hole mandolin

    I had one of those picks back when they were labeled Tremelo and liked it quite a bit on flattops ó very articulate ó but predictably ended up losing the clear thing never to be recovered. I...
  13. Re: Where can a classical/Italian player find a non-bowlback mand

    Elderly just listed one used: https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/169020#169020
  14. Re: total noob but wanted real people's info on what to start wit

    If I’m not mistaken, I believe that Jimmy Page wrote “The Battle of Evermore” on a Martin A mandolin belonging to John Paul Jones, and such instruments are routinely available in your $600-1000...
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    Re: A style Kimble, Heiden or ...

    Hey Tyler! Thanks for following up with me here. You are correct that your response for some reason ended up in my spam folder, and I apologize if my post came off as unfair or critical.
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    Re: Collings, Northfield, Girouard

    Without being flippant, my immediate answer was "the used one." Mandolins are one of the few things in life that many people believe in quality as they depreciate in price. At the very least, I'd...
  17. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    But it's a good one! So which one did you pick?
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    Re: A style Kimble, Heiden or ...

    It was listed as available on Friday and “Sold Out” as of last night. Perhaps that explains why Tyler didn’t respond to my inquiries.
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    Re: A style Kimble, Heiden or ...

    Tyler White had a pretty one listed on his website . . . briefly. I hope someone here snagged it.

    http://www.whitemandolins.com/shop/michael-heiden-a5-mandolin-2001
  20. Re: Open-back banjo recommendation for a mandolin player?

    How about this one?

    https://www.elderly.com/collections/recent-arrivals/products/nechville-atlantis-12-walnut-2019
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    Re: First Mandolin Choices

    There’s an even cheaper precursor Mid-Missouri in the classifieds:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/167578#167578

    And a cheaper one still on Reverb:
    ...
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    Re: Mid-Missouri M-1

    This is good advice. I would only add that, for whatever reason, flattop mandolins don’t seem for the most part to depreciate or retain their value at the same rates as archtops.
  23. Re: Open-back banjo recommendation for a mandolin player?

    I’m interested in this thread and easily convinced that I need another instrument. Why should I (or should I not) want to buy this one?
    ...
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    Re: Mid-Missouri M-1

    My first mandolin was a Mid-Missouri M0 that I sold used a few years back for around $500.
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    Re: Trapeze Floating Tailpiece for 20" OM

    Mike has his #42 GBOM listed in the classifieds:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/168495#168495
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