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  1. Re: Three Early Kentucky Mandolins Made In Japan

    My second mandolin was a 250S from that era that I bought used in a Pawn shop for $45, at a time when I didn't have a mandolin. Pressed top, if I recall, and the short neck, but it was playable. It...
  2. Re: Stan Jay, Pioneer of Vintage Instrument Fame Fighting For His

    I had hours of pleasure reading his descriptions of instruments. I spoke with him a few times on the telephone about various instruments and always wished I'd made it up to the store.
  3. Re: Help..problem with strap and looking for ideas.

    In contrast to the OP's problem is when the end pin pops out of the mandolin at an inopportune time, rather than the strap popping off of the endpin. Strap-Locs or Grolsch washer would have ended up...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    I think this thread should be renamed "This is how it started". :))
  5. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    I snagged one of the Z mandolins because retirement and time for travel rears its head. I figured the stability of CF would be a plus if/when we hit the road. The neck is 1 1/8th" and comfortable. ...
  6. Re: Looking for a Sweet Sounding Roundneck Resonator Guitar

    The tricone Nationals have a totally different vibe from the single cone biscuit bridge Nationals. If it weren't for a nickel allergy, I'd still have my '28 square neck Style 1 tricone. Sweet and...
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    Re: Snakehead vs. Paddlehead

    Loar era Snakeheads usually have a narrower neck, but both have adjustable truss rods except for the Junior models. Both styles sound great, if the oval hole sound is what floats your boat. Maybe...
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    Re: Cohen oval vs. Collings MTO

    Barry- I think fattdad might have that experience. If he doesn't respond, PM him. I know he's done a lot of A vs B playing to narrow down to his current arsenal, which includes a Cohen.
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    fattdad: I'd be interested in how the design of the Calton caused damage to your Gilchrist and what the damage was. Was it a new model, or one of the older ones with little wiggle room for the...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    An F looks like it should sound better, and certainly requires more effort on the part of the luthier - my hat is off to those who have the craftsmanship and artistry to carry out an F5 or F4 (or...
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    Re: The ever-inventive Danny Knicely

    Thanks, Don! I should have taken a moment to figure out the embedding. Danny always puts his own stamp on a piece and is always exploring - whether it's a swing concert with an "unusual" rhythm...
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    The ever-inventive Danny Knicely

    From a pre-covid concert - Caravan - Danny mandolin, John Previti bass, Amie Curl vocals & guitar, Baakari Wilder - tap percussion:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGm8HO66_2Q
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    Re: '23 Gibson A2

    I'd leave it alone! If I remember correctly, Ricky Scaggs had a Lloyd Loar F5 that somebody had tried to reshape the neck - all the way into the truss rod channel, because it runs closer to the...
  14. Thread: In The Mood

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    Re: In The Mood

    Definitely in the mood for this tune - done masterfully! My parents loved big band music and would be caught sometimes playing this on our stereo and dancing. We kids always thought it was so...
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    Re: Brentrup Prices Up?

    Pretty sure it's the same one, Jim. Just a bit too radical in the curb side appeal for most, but I' sure like to play it & hear it in person.
  16. Thread: Old v New

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    Re: Old v New

    Every Stiver I've played was strong. One that got away was an A5 from the late 80's & I regretted that for a long time. I've since satisfied (somewhat) my search for tone and playability, but a...
  17. What a fun track! Fantastic - Bravo!

    What a fun track! Fantastic - Bravo!
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    Re: Ok, who dunnit?

    I'm glad someone sacrificed and I no longer need to weigh the cost (monetary and domestic) of having that stunning instrument join my stable. There were good pics up at Carter's, so I'd love a...
  19. Thread: Estamos ai

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    Re: Estamos ai

    Yet another good way to start the day!
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    I started on violin in grade school, but gave it up for guitar in high school. I played in a 3-guitar band in college. We wanted to learn some Band songs, so I actually started out playing mandolin...
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    Re: Don Stiernberg Quartet "Nectarine"

    I'm really liking the new videos you've put out there, Don. Hope you are getting some real live (appropriately distanced) gigs as things start to slowly open up! Stay safe & well.
  22. Re: Washers and buttons and coins. Oh my....

    When I was in college I played in an acoustic trio and would often use unaltered coins to pick guitar if I had a gig and couldn't find a pick. It was a bummer to drop your last quarter on a small,...
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    Re: Grisman or Bush?

    Pepsi or Coke? I was blown away by Manzanita when it first came out - bought because of the Tony Rice connection to DGQ, which I'd first bought due to The Old & in the Way connection, which I bought...
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    Re: Slide mandolin in Quebec City

    Hope he didn't spill/waste any on the mandolin!:grin:
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    Re: Rob Meldrum's excellent setup e-book

    A big thanks to Rob for promptly sending his eBook on Mandolin setup. Even an old dog can learn some new tricks!
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