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  1. Re: Ellis Torch and Wire in todays classified.

    When I asked Tom Ellis why he had white binding on the neck of one of his A5s when the body had ivoroid colour, he said he never stains the neck binding. He had his own reason which I can't remember...
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    Nice to have it in reserve but the thing we all hate is the people who are obsessed by their instrument overpowering others in a session. It needs to sit their and, on the occasion of it being...
  3. Re: Aluminum saddle on vintage Gibson ovals

    I would think that Dave Appollon would have accepted it cutting through and be heard above all the rest of the band even if it did mean forsaking a bit of the tone.

    He's always been my favourite...
  4. Thread: Framus

    by jimmy powells
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    Re: Framus

    Every Framus mandolin I've played has been awful. So many things wrong in the design although I appreciate at that time, the same could be said for so many guitars. There was little choice then in...
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    Re: Is my MAS dead?

    I'm 72 and honestly feel that I've 'seen them all' and can't get really moved or MAS about instruments apart form looking for a Gibson F4 mandolin. I've held two Lloyd Loar mandolins and countless so...
  6. Re: Lower action on bridge - brekke - may relate to more

    I'd have t adjusted. reason is that if the base has already been correctly sanded to match the top of your instrument and it is a good tight fit, then taking something ff the top may be better. Have...
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    Re: F4 Mandolin Copy

    A used Eastman may fit the bill but I would play it first as their oval holes are not as good as their F-hole mandolins unless things things have changed since 2016 which was the last time I played...
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    Re: F2/F4 style mandolins?

    As far as the Eastman is concerned, they have the look and a used F4 style would probably be bought for a reasonable price. Maybe $400. However, much as I've always admired their F-hole mandolins,...
  9. Thread: 1918 f4

    by jimmy powells
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    Re: 1918 f4

    The back is as good as it gets I reckon. To quote Elvis , this is Darryl Wolfe's 'Latest flame'.

    Love it. I'm in Uk and looking for an F4. Trevor has one but prefer the older ones 1914-1918. If...
  10. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    I watched a local bluegrass band play a good few times with a Lebeda F5 and every time I could never hear the mandolin properly. A few years before, I had actually put the mandolin player in touch...
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    Re: Gibson sound

    I've had hundreds of mandolins through my hands in the last 50 years and I don't think there is a Gibson sound. Certainly not in F-hole mandolins. If I hear an old recording, Say Red Rector or Dave...
  12. Re: Now HERE's a mandolinist's worst nightmare:

    My nearest to 'mandolin mightmare'' happened at King Cross Station, London around 1980. I had my prized possession at the time, a 1932 black Gibson A and sat it next to me on the platform seat. I...
  13. Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    I saw it and thought that the shape was wrong for Gibson in 1986. I reckoned that shape came in much later. Headstock looked almost acceptable but body shape definately looked wrong. The listing...
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    Re: Anyone heard of Flite?

    Hi Tony. Got it today. I pride myself in being able to get the very best out of any acoustic instrument but you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear. There are no issues with the mandolin....
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    Re: Radiotone Double Chamber Mandolin

    I've handled a couple and whilst they looked attractive, that's where it ended for me. Very poor sound and more of a novelty. I know someone who has one and it also needs a repair. The double top...
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    Re: Old Gibson A mandolin copy?

    Looks like Terada or similar 1970s made in Japan. New strings takes it to 37 plus postage no doubt so 45. Buying unseen could be a waste of 45 but may well be fine and no great risk.

    These...
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    Re: Anyone heard of Flite?

    Ok Tony. I'll try to remember to post it on the forum. Just hoping the neck is Ok etc. Looks like it had a pick up as the lead is there but couldn't see if the pick up was actually in the case. Pick...
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    Re: Anyone heard of Flite?

    Hi. I just bought it unseen in Carlisle auction. Wondered if you could tell me anything more about it. I expect to get it next Thursday.

    Many thanks

    Jimmy Powells
    Northumberland.
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    Re: Prettiest Peghead Inlays Ever

    Torch every time or an abbreviated Fern without the leaves etc around the truss rod cover is my taste. This Old Wave F4 inlay is definitely elaborate maybe but I don't see it as pretty, although each...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Think of all the millions of people who have wonderful pianos at home. They don't take them outside to play but they still buy them so same applied to mandolin. Simple as that. It's just the...
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    Re: Northfield 4.0 Reviewed

    My mate and I both have a 2016 Big Mon. They are different which is a little odd really. Mine has a chunkier neck which I totally love. Mine also has ivoroid colour neck and headstock binding and his...
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    Re: Mandolins for 6k and under?

    A USED Northfield Big Mon will be a whole lot of mandolin and very much within your budget.
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    Although there were thousands of old Gibsons (and quite a few Martins) with non adjustable bridges and players accepted them I think for anyone who is an experienced mandolin player and appreciates...
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    Re: Fingerboard Extensions

    In reply to Jim Hilburn's comment, yes Classical players are probably the only ones who require the 24 frets. That must have been a real sickener after making the mandolin.

    One thing that did...
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    Re: Fingerboard Extensions

    Hi William. It is maybe down to plectrum technique but I certainly hear it and find it very irritating. I've had many old F4s and when I pick one up I notice immediately. Maybe some people don't have...
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