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  1. Thread: Howard Frye

    by Jim Garber
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    Re: Howard Frye

    He was associated with the New York Mandolin Orchestra and may have played some solos with them. His widow played with NYMO when I played with them.
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    What is also interesting about this Sam Goldberg box mandolin above is the beveling of the sides noticed only from the back. It is possible that the maker found a perfect (?) size wooden serving tray...
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    Re: Identify unmarked piccolo?

    I think Joe Barti started this thread because he says, "So, all the talk about piccolo mandos of late has gotten me curious enough to spring for this sale item from Bernunzio's"

    So I hope we will...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    That is cool and with known provenance! I had a long conversation with a prominent banjo collector years ago and we came to the conclusion that we collect stories as much as instruments. I have a...
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    Re: Identify unmarked piccolo?

    Just a hunch... looks pretty newish, not anywhere near 100 years old. The neck made from cypress might be a clue—not so sure that that wood was used my italian makers. I know that flamenco guitars...
  6. Re: Looking for information on older F5 style mandolin

    Looks pretty amateurish workmanship to my eyes. Could be a one shot deal. Do you recall where the seller was you bought it from? Sometimes these things don't travel too far, especially if this person...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    OK, so other branded French mandolins: Euterpe (muse in charge of music and dance) and Phebe (goddess of the moon). I don't think Victor the K was branded on any French mandolin, though. :)

    While...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    The pickguard is very similar to my Euterpe and I have seen similar on their Phebe-branded ones as well. OTOH I see a few others with that Phrynis brand that were associated with Eugene Barthelemy....
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    That one was for sale for more than 3 times the price last summer, mentioned on this post in this thread.
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    Re: Finally built one for myself

    Great, Dave, congratulations on your new mandolin! :)

    I loved the way your mandolins sounded and played and it was fun hanging with you years ago at CMSA.
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    One reference I can find is a rare phonograph player mentioned on a talking machine forum. This mandolin resembles others from the JTL shop in France with various model names stamped. I have one that...
  12. Re: Old Time Mandolin Workshop with Caleb Klauder

    I signed up immediately for that one. I have managed to attend all this organization’s offerings. All excellent and all proceeds go to the artists.
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    Re: Happy Birthday Scott Tichenor

    Happy Birthday Scott: Let's see... this thread is now 17 years old so you would at least be a teenager. :)
  14. Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    Niles, thanks for three wonderful videos. Am I hearing inccorectly or are the first two videos you posted of the same tune with different titles?
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    Re: Ready to get my hillbilly on!

    Usually non-players will say, "Hey, that is a fancy-looking ukulele!." :)
  16. Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    And he posted that 2 years ago.
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    Re: New carbon fiber mandolin builder

    I agree and did ask a few years ago when the eKoa ukes came out. I think they said they'd consider it but AFAIK it has not happened. I agree the Clara I played was excellent. Even if they made a...
  18. Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    I just found this Greek luthier on Etsy who makes all sorts of ethnic Greek instruments incuding, of course, bouzoukis. He also makes what he calls a 3/4 bouzouki with a shorter scale and this...
  19. Re: Best strings for a Lyon & Healy type C mandolin

    I also wondered that. Are the Optimas that are on there very light gauge. The L&H can certainly take heavier gauge than the Consort strings.
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    Re: Shipping Calton Mandolin Case

    Same for me. There is one right in my town. I usually only need their boxes when shipping guitars. I think Calton cases are probably deeper than other standard mandolin cases so in that case I would...
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    Re: Looking for Sheet Music

    No one has mentioned IMSLP? https://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page
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    Re: 1920ish Martin built? For S.S. Stewart

    I generally respect Jake's assessment but sometimes he is a bit too confident in his pronouncements:


    I never use that phrase "undoubtedly" or definitely because I know I can definitely eat those...
  23. Thread: MAS killer

    by Jim Garber
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    Re: MAS killer

    Steve Wishnevsky haze been making his homemade designer instruments for years. I have heard they are rough but sometimes sound good and they are inexpensive. I haven’t seen one in person or played...
  24. Re: Chris Thile & Aoife O'Donovan Lakes of Pontchartrain

    This is lovely, for sure. My favorite rendition aside from Paul Brady's is on a 1980 LP by Trapezoid and sung as a duet by Lorraine Duisit and Freyda Epstein. It never fails to bring tears to my...
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    Re: Mandolin by Cousenon a mirecourt

    It is still spelled Couesnon.

    Seriously, I certainly understand trying to ascertain age and other identifying features on these vintage instruments. And it is good to look carefully and not...
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