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    Re: Gibson Year Date

    There is a big difference in the Gibson Fs of the 60's and 70's on both the F5 and the F12. Until you know which decade you are looking at, it's really hard to speculate anymore information than you...
  2. Re: How Many Loar Era A style mandolins were made of each kind?

    Even at 200 A1s for 1923, when you calculate the survivors , I'm guessing only 150 left. They don't come up for sale that often. I would think $1600 for an all original and plays great is a great...
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    Re: 1923 A4 Gibson Value

    Sounds half price to me. There are 2 snake A4s on the cafe now for $6500 each. I sure would have bought it if I knew about it.
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    Re: DR MD-11 mandolin strings

    That's what I've been doing for some 30 years. I try the newest thing out there and then go back to the GHS 270. I have not tried the DR11 but if they are coated, I"m not interested.
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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    If I remember, Marty had this way back in the late 80's and sold it later to raise money to buy his "collection" of Country "stuff" to put into his new 30 million dollar museum in MS. Marty has...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Sounds like you got the "golden ticket" to get past the door into the world of Banjothon/LoarFest. I'd say most of your questions can be answered there by the several experts that usually are there....
  7. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    The final episode did give us more Monroe. Overall it did have more Monroe than I expected. I'd say Marty, Vince and Ricky made sure that it would. Too much Cash? Sure did and they should have...
  8. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    The left with the mid 20's A model Gibson is Zeke Morris from Black Mountain, NC. On the right with the 30's Martin 2-15 is Bill Calhoun who also sang the tenor and played a tenor guitar. Charlie...
  9. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Yes, I noticed Mike Seeger's mid 50's Gibson F5. Shown in part 5, in part 6 you get to hear it. My take on the 8 part series (1:50 mins each so not quite 2 hours, but the DVD set will have extra...
  10. Re: How do you test the qualities you're looking for in a Mandoli

    The true test is when you pick it in a band. That's when you know it will do what you need it to do. Sitting down by yourself won't get it. Having someone else play it in front you helps, but not...
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    Re: Curly Seckler and the mandolin? What gives?

    Curly's prewar F2 suffered like many of a prewar that got shipped back to the factory for repairs after the war and got new parts on it! I'd say in his case the neck was busted and it got a new...
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    Re: Valuing a Gibson by Dr Lori

    She needs to have her appraiser certification revoked and needs to go back to selling used cars.
  13. Re: F5's from $3000-5000 worth considering - Sept '19

    you really narrow the field with varnish only. Go lacquer and you got more choices. Used Gibsons in the $5K are out there. And don't overlook the F5G, all the sound with decent bling. At 5K and...
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    Makes that original '23 headstock overlay look like a steal at $37K.
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    With Monroe having had the F5 sent back for so many replacement fingerboards, I would say he let them know up front don't put them ugly as block inlays in mine cause that ain't no part of nothin' on...
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    New information about the famous "botched" Gibson repairs was found in the new Tom Ewing book on Monroe released last Sept. It seems this shipping ledger from Joe Spann is for a previous repair...
  17. Re: A-5 Jethro two-point.. what can you tell me about this?

    Everything looks right for the 1969 A-5 Florentine model. Looks all original . The label does seem odd and it could be a homemade of the original that fell out. I've seen some of these 60's Gibson...
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    Re: Original cost of a Lloyd Loar F5

    The $250 price was for the F5 mandolin only. If you wanted a case for it (and who in their right mind would not want a case?) that was another $25. It was a special rectangle case just for the F5 as...
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    Re: Gibson mandolin hope to find info

    I get 1961. Seems catalog specs for the 52 to 62 A40N models. looks all original to me.
  20. Thread: Bill Monroe

    by f5loar

    Re: Bill Monroe

    All the stories that need to be told and details of stories that shouldn't be told are in the new Monroe book by Tom Ewing. Over 600 pages with a few photos. It's worth a read for any Monroe fan. ...
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    Re: Thanks To Lowe Vintage

    Indeed the premier vintage store in North Carolina. I go by when in the area and always plan a lunch at the famous Zack's Hot Dogs right behind them. They've got the goods here and great...
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    Re: 1963 Gibson f5 custom mandolin

    well a '63 is one of those "iffy" years. Could be okay, might not be so good. But as others say, you can get them "made over" and set up to be fine mandolins. I will say this, that Bill Monroe...
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    okay, got it but that makes Sonny's story a bit "off" on the dates. You would think he did the self destruction to the F5 as soon as he got it back and not many months later. Or Sonny was not with...
  24. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Funny you would post of photo of a Gibson Flying V. A 1958 Flying V just sold a few weeks ago for $395,000. About all I can say about Gibson and their mandolins is they are indeed making some of...
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    Interesting indeed. So if they logged it in Nov. 29, 1951 and Sonny remembers him getting it back that would be at the earliest July, 1952 this would mean they kept for 8 months, possibly 9 months....
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