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    Re: Gilchrist Mandolins, is there a best year?

    I've owned two, both parallel braced. My older one, a '97, was played a lot and had it all, my personal favourite. My newer one from '06 initially sounded like it needed playing but had huge...
  2. Re: Can anyone offer any Fiddle help?... sorry no Mando content

    Agree with Jeff. As with most stringed instruments, you could spend $200 on a good set up alone! If not set up, you can't play it or it won't sound like it should/could. A teacher might be able to...
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    Re: Gibson a jr open seam on back.

    It's an open separation, so the longer you wait to do a fix, the more likely dirt and oils from your hands etc. will get in and make gluing later more difficult.
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    Re: Hole in bridge

    The hole in the bridge is usually filled with black felt so the pick guard pin doesn't flop around.
  5. Re: I need information about a Carlson signed Flatiron A

    Bill...from what I see in the old ads, and know from having owned several Flatirons including F's and A's, and from what I see when I look inside my 1984 A5-2, there IS a truss rod. There are two...
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    Re: Help with Gibson Separation

    Hey Mr. Banjo....were you able to identify source of the problem, and come up with a solution that worked? Fixed yet...gap closed? Thanks.
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    Re: Help with Gibson Separation

    If you can't get a thin probe past the underside of the neck block, sounds like there is no separation. Could the white binding material simply have shrunk....leaving a gap that is not really a...
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    Re: 1920-21 Gibson F4 value?

    With the back coming off/separating from the neck block assembly, there is a lot of string tension pulling on the neck...you might want to take the strings off or detune them. The tuners are after...
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    Re: Wintergrass - who is going?

    Looking forward to viewing the mandolin room! And the entertainment.
  10. Re: Did Loar- era F4's have full contact bridge bases?

    The period or proper bridge for your instrument should be adjustable, and arched, with "feet".....not full contact. Never heard of full contact adjustable bridges in the Loar period. You should see a...
  11. Thread: sinker wood

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    Re: sinker wood

    I seem to remember reading, many years ago in Popular Mechanics or the like, about a model boat builder who used apple wood to build model sailing ships. If he cut the tree down in the summer, he...
  12. Re: Yes this is a mandolin forum but surely there's a fiddle expe

    You don't tell us what you know about instruments, and especially set-up......this one looks scarred by careless beginners, and may be $100 down the drain. Any decent set-up, an absolute must, even...
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    Re: Martin Mandolin Question

    Yes. Probably low end of range these go for.
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    Re: Instrument Glue - Fish or Hide, Same?

    Thank you all. Pretty much what I expected...if it's too easy, it doesn't work in the real world!
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    Instrument Glue - Fish or Hide, Same?

    Maybe this has been covered before, don't know. What's been your experience/advice in using Fish glue (say Lee Valley) instead of Hot or bottled Hide Glue? The "animal" content factors are similar...
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    Re: strings for a Gibson A3?

    The FON number shown in the ad is correct for 1917.....no serial number needed to determine manufacture date.
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    Re: Angling the Tailpiece

    Also very important, in addition to making the bend correct, is how high off the rim the tailpiece bend is. The bend should be just above/off the rim, providing a better anchor....like tying a rope...
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    Re: Who has the "Lonnie Porchie" Loar?

    Knew of Lonnie before but finally met him at the Louisville 2001 IBMA. And kept in touch until he passed. I remember reading here that Charlie Derrington felt Lonnie's Loar was in the top 5 or so,...
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    Re: Size matters....

    Bernie...yes. Jim Ham in Victoria...many of his have detachable necks for transport. Something he invented or helped on.
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    Re: Nut Materials: Stone?

    Do you want sustain or quality of sound?
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    Re: Information Please! Gibson F-4 Mandolin

    Eric...Old Town Strings is indeed still open at a different location, but still in Victoria. Web site is www.oldtownstrings.com or email at info@oldtownstrings.com. That's where I go.
  22. Thread: Groupings

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    Re: Groupings

    What, no backs? Can I lend you my A4, H4 and L4? Cheers.
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    Re: Information Please! Gibson F-4 Mandolin

    I'm in Victoria and in the phone book The "profile" will give you my name etc., maybe I can help. There is a luthier here I know has provided appraisals for Estates and I can easily put you in...
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    Re: Index finger pain

    Sounds like "Trigger Finger" to me. This is like a nodule on a tendon trying to slide inside a sheath that's too narrow.More exercise will only aggravate the situation. Infection may cause this too....
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    Re: How to care for an old Gibson F-4 mandolin

    Two important ones would be....downtune all strings a bit, one or two notes, and open the case once in a while to allow the gasses that are given off by the material the fingerboard is made from...
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