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    Default If you've been envious of the one owned by Mr. Hopkins...

    ...here's your opportunity to get a Polk-A-Lay-Lee of your own

    https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/115278858

    Of course, it's not quite as funky as his, not being so brightly colored and all

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    Default Re: If you've been envious of the one owned by Mr. Hopkins...

    Sorry for my ignorance—who is Mr. Hopkins?
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    Default Re: If you've been envious of the one owned by Mr. Hopkins...

    Allen Hopkins

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...=1#post1800358

    I guess I was remembering incorrectly. He posted a video of one, but it's not his.
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    Default Re: If you've been envious of the one owned by Mr. Hopkins...

    Oh good. That's what I'd been hoping. Because my other thought was Sir Anthony, which could have gotten pretty weird pretty quickly. Like if fava beans were involved somehow ... Oh sure, that was just a character he'd played, I know. Still ... somehow ... one wonders ...
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    Default Re: If you've been envious of the one owned by Mr. Hopkins...

    Hey, who's talkin' about me?

    For anyone who decides a Polk-A-Lay-Lee might be of interest, let me state that [1] it's four feet long, [b] it's lovingly constructed of plywood and plastic (one-piece plastic fingerboard, frets and all), [iii] therefore, it sounds really "plinky," and [D] you'll never find a case for it (built my own).

    Plus, the paddle-shaped plastic friction pegs aren't too reliable at keeping it in tune, and are quite fragile. You can read about my odyssey in pursuit of a Polk-A-Lay-Lee peg in this thread.

    The one a ShopGoodwill is currently listing for about $70. I paid $150 for mine on eBay. I'd say "go for it," but only if you're really into instrumental oddities.
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    Oh, that Mr. Hopkins! The other advantage of the surf-a-lele is that you can stick its headstock in the sand when you dive into the ocean.
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    Default Re: If you've been envious of the one owned by Mr. Hopkins...

    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    ... you'll never find a case for it (built my own)
    Built a case for it? You didn't just bungee it to the roof of your vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    The other advantage of the surf-a-lele is that you can stick its headstock in the sand when you dive into the ocean.
    People keep saying that. Even with those sketchy tuning pegs. Well, don't stick it in too far. Though on the other hand, you could always just bury it ...
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