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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Concerning the reference to the Stew-Mac print, I learned the hard way that those grads are way too heavy. They show 1/4" in the center which is what you might find on an archtop guitar.
    Adrian...
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    Re: Traditional Bridge w/ piezo

    Fishman uses a really cheap Chinese bridge for theirs. I actually retrofitted one of their saddles to a Cumberland base before.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    There's a lot of talk about thicknesses and that's very important, but to me the actual shaping of the plates is the key. It seems that many new builders don't get the recurve right. It isn't a...
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    Re: Chris Thile's first mandolin

    I was just wondering what the Gibson was that he is holding on his first album Leading Off. I would guess it was a Flatiron era but never have known. The album was from '94.
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    Re: Sarah Jarosz playing a Nugget Mandolin

    I've always thought I drove Mike out of Colorado because I was always dropping by to bug him about how to build mandolins. Dorenac, I might have seen your mandolin on the bench.
    That Eldora shop...
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    Re: Sarah Jarosz playing a Nugget Mandolin

    She said it was next serial# to Tim's but thinks it's a 79. I would guess earlier, like 76 but don't really know.
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    Re: Sarah Jarosz playing a Nugget Mandolin

    That has to be a very early Nugget, like mid to late 70's. As an aside, I bought the second Ome mandolin but first A style which Mike built in 1975. When I first went to the shop to check it out it...
  8. Re: Upside down "Whale" inlay on headstock - Where from?

    Along with the originally mentioned builders, Will used it, and I just saw it on a Kentucky.
    I did a version that was a little different. Someone once said mine looked like a frollicking person in...
  9. Re: Praise for the contoured and rectangular Ameritage cases

    The company is GWW and they made custom cases for me that were not as fancy as the Ameritage line but basically in the same box. I was able to select exterior and interior colors and hardware options...
  10. Re: Upside down "Whale" inlay on headstock - Where from?

    Quick look through Google and found this from 1908. Inlay was positioned low on the peghead. A 1906 in the Archive has a flower inlay instead.
  11. Re: Upside down "Whale" inlay on headstock - Where from?

    It was on the Gibson A-3 model but I'm not sure of the dates.
  12. Re: You know you think about mandolins too much when...

    It's like 6 degrees to Kevin Bacon. All conversation eventually leads to mandolins.
  13. Re: PBS documentary on the history of Bluegrass

    Watched it. It was great! Maybe more on Japanese bluegrass than needed, but very did a great job of following the branches from Bill. Great interviews with so many influential players as well as...
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    Re: New case option

    I would say there's less of an attempt to make it look high end with the shiny material and hygrometer, just utilitarian. My concern with a case is that the bridge be protected and with the neck and...
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    Re: New case option

    I've been posting pictures the same way for 15 years and now they start showing up wrong.
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    Re: New case option

    I got the dreadnaught case some time ago to replace the old hardshell. It's great.
    They must nick you for shipping when ordering direct.
    Doh! Need to read. $10 shipping.
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    New case option

    My friend Geo showed up with his Gibson in this Pro Rock Gear case. Looked it up on Amazon and it's $79. Not even listed as a mandolin case, it's called a Folk and World music case.
    I like the way...
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    Re: Prettiest Peghead Inlays Ever

    This is by no means the prettiest ever but maybe the prettiest I ever did.
    A lady who ordered a mandolin sent a drawing of this, otherwise I would have never thought of it.
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    Re: Always surprised how people send stuff

    I have a friend with a '54 Fender 3 neck table steel. Such a massive block of wood it weighs a ton.
    It's in a period correct tweed case with a lot of the leatherette on the ends deteriorating. One...
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    Re: 1976 Gehrardt Green F5 Pictures

    In a timeline you would find this was about the time Steve Gilchrist made his first mandolins, Mike Kemnitzer was about 2 years in and Tom Ellis was building in Austin and I assume knows Jeff and...
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    Re: 1976 Gehrardt Green F5 Pictures

    I bet James Condino likes it!
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    Re: General Mandolin Discussion

    I, too was perplexed.
  23. Re: Check out this mandolin...... Thoughts, comments, concerns

    I just got to hang out with Jeff Harrison last weekend. He's played bass in the San Antonio based band Tennessee Valley Authority for 30 or so years. My friend Marty Javors plays guitar.
    Jeff's...
  24. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    These were totally off my radar so I watched a video from when these were introduced by one of these guitubers explaining how it worked and showed what was under the electronics cover.
    What were...
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    Re: Stupid(?) question re: resawing wood

    It's right side up in my photo viewer. ???
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