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    Re: mike for fiddle uses needs no power

    You might be the president of a very small club -- guys who have TWO Stroh violins!
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    Re: Coming unglued-several issues

    I accomplished this by getting a small spatula with a thin, flexible blade -- the kind they use to ice cakes. Then, I held the tip of the spatula over the flame of my gas-powered kitchen range until...
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    Re: Ebay: maple top mandolin

    Quite a number of mandos have been made with cedar tops. I'm not sure how how that affects the sound. In the 1930s, Martin made some mandolins completely from Hawaiian koa wood, which often was...
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    Re: mike for fiddle uses needs no power

    Then, there's the strange old Stroh violin, which needs no microphone!

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    Re: Gibson A 1916 mandolin case search

    Beautiful fit. That case will provide excellent protection. My 1914 Gibson A-1 has ridden many times in an airliner's overhead compartment. Good luck with it!
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    Re: Happy 100th Birthday 1920 Martin Style A

    Lovely! It shouldn't be hard to find a replacement "cloud"-style tailpiece cover, if you want one.
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    Re: Travel to Europe

    Ebony and abalone won't cause a problem. I took a 1914 Gibson A-1 to the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK in May 2018. I volunteered to open the case at every border. Only a couple took me...
  8. Thread: Who?

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    Re: Who?

    About 40 years ago, after my former bandmates heard a song I had written, one said I should call Kris Kristofferson to ask if someone had stolen a page out of his songbook. This was not a compliment...
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    Re: Gibson A 1916 mandolin case search

    Excellent! Good luck with it!
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    Re: Gibson A 1916 mandolin case search

    My 1914 Gibson A-1 loves its TKL 8851. They aren't cheap, but they're very good cases.
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    Re: Fixing a bent tailpiece

    I have bent tailpieces the same way you have. But first, I always grit my teeth and fight the urge to shut my eyes.
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    Re: Satin-nickel plating?

    As I said earlier, there's no way to judge taste -- yours or mine.
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    Re: Help a Beginner?

    Get help -- that is, enroll in classes or take lessons. This will help you avoid developing bad habits. I've been trying to unlearn mine for at least 10 years.
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    Re: Cleaning Mold From Inside a Guitar?

    Another cheap, environmentally friendly anti-mold remedy is tea oil. I have gotten rid of the mold smell from two old oval-hole mandolins too long in their closed cases by stuffing them full of...
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    Re: Satin-nickel plating?

    I've learned since I posted this that the re-plating process could harm the lovely figuring that Bacon put on its tailpiece covers. I don't want that to risk that. So, I am giving up my re-plating...
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    Re: Satin-nickel plating?

    Here's the "after" photo. Portland Fret Works (http://www.portlandfretworks.com/) refinished the top, reglued the binding, anchored the flapping pick guard, repositioned the bridge and replaced the...
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    Re: Satin-nickel plating?

    Here's the "before" photo:

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    Re: Satin-nickel plating?

    Your Bacon was nicely kept, even before you acquired it. Mine looked like it was tied to a chimney during a hurricane.
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    Re: Satin-nickel plating?

    This proves you can't judge taste -- either mine or yours. If you like mine, would you want to trade?
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    Satin-nickel plating?

    I'm restoring a 1921 Bacon that had been badly abused and neglected. Because it was so clobbered, I'm not concerned with the antique or collector value that comes with most restorations. I just...
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    To my eye, it looks like an instrument made -- or contracted to be made -- in Chicago by the Samuel Osborn Co. in the 1920s and often sold with a SAMMO label.
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    Re: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    Bravo! Many happy returns!
  23. Re: Odd Oscar Schmidt 12 string (four courses) mandolin

    I can only imagine the challenge of keeping one in tune.
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    Re: Stradolin Seeks Glue

    Maybe it's just my eyes, but it looks to me that the tailpiece wasn't installed in a proper line with the fretboard. If so, it should be moved and reinstalled.

    I ran into this years ago with an...
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    Re: Mandolin with bridge pins

    I always thought the tension from eight tight strings would pull the bridge off. I hope I am wrong. It's beautiful. Good luck with it.
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