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  1. Re: Any modern(cheaper) mandolins with a Gibson model A 1924 soun

    I would think that Eastman oval hole mandolins would at least be comparable. I'm not sure if a 15 fret neck joint would make that much of a difference vs. a 12 fret neck joint of the Gibson but...
  2. Re: Rigel Mandolins not responding emails - tailpiece question

    Schaller tuners were pretty much standard equipment on Rigel mandolins. Should be an easy replacement.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  3. Re: Making a bridge setting jig - good idea or not?

    It seems like a bit of overkill if you are only setting bridges on flat top instruments (like a cigar box uke). Stew Mac has a jig for setting bridges on arch top instruments.


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    Re: My new and first electric mandolin!

    My amp is a Fender Super Champ X2 with pretty much the same geometry you describe above JB, channel 1 is tube driven and channel 2 is DSP modeling of amps and cabinets. Enjoy your new axe Isaac!!
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  5. Re: F'in Mandolin Shootout with a Nugget, Gilchrist and Hogan!

    I guess I'm partial to the Tube Amp Overdrive you mentioned. The Gil has my attention but they all sounded great...I would love to own the Hogan in 10 years, very sweet. btw - your playing was...
  6. 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: Virzi build plans?

    And the Virzi brothers :grin:

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: 1951 F-12 Versus F-5 Construction?

    The scale lengths should be the same for both the F-12 and F-5 at ~13 7/8". The question is whether it is a 12th fret or 15th fret neck join. I don't remember when Gibson switched to the 15th fret...
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    Re: Removing "Touch-Up" from a Spruce Top

    Pictures are always helpful.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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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: New Tuners for Vintage F2

    LOL :))

    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
  13. Thread: Moving to FL

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    Re: Moving to FL

    Hi BG_Dana, how are you liking FL today? :)) Cold enough for you? Good thing it won't last.

    Warm holiday wishes,
    Len B.
    Clearwater, 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: New Tuners for Vintage F2

    I'm sure there are articles on slipping tuner buttons either in Paul's posts or on Frank Ford's www.frets.com pages. Cures will likely include Super Glue or a variation on CA adhesives. Mine is a...
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    Re: New Tuners for Vintage F2

    The late (and sadly missed) Paul Hosteter posted a very useful article on his website specifically about tuner maintenance. Check it out.

    http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html

    Also do...
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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: First E-Mandolin build

    I don't think 1.75" is too thick. Is the body chambered (routed out) or is it solid wood simply routed for the p/ups and electronics? It could be kinda heavy. The top is some beautiful maple. Nice...
  19. Re: Advice: new Hohner A style vs Kentucky KM-150

    Kentucky, hands down...

    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: bridge question?

    My 1916 F-4 is fitted with a 2 foot Loar type bridge w/ pat. date and it sounds really good although I have not compared to a full contact bridge. I can't imagine this mandolin sounding any better....
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    Re: Mystery Electric

    While I agree about being well made, it does lack some professional manufacturing qualities about it. Home made but interesting none the less.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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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

    Thanks for the link to MM's article Jim. She makes interesting comments on the differences between her L + H and the Doug Woodley build. His building is sadly missed for sure. My memories of the...
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    Re: Old ibanez mandolin

    With what appears to be a rosewood back and sides, I believe it's a model 513, solid spruce top with laminated EI rosewood b/s. I had one back in the 90's as my "beater" mandolin and took it to...
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