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  1. Re: The dreaded black A2Z question. With a possible answer...

    Beautiful instruments...

    But, a word of caution... I have a friend whose beautiful ca ~2000 black body Martin dreadnought's top-center-seam opened up while being played under about 30 minutes...
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    Those details sound very familiar. Best of luck to you!
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    I wish you the best of luck with this, you have a lot of sympathetic ears here, including mine.

    It's worth mentioning, some things can't be reliably fixed, so sometimes the best option is simply...
  4. Thread: New Frets!

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    Re: New Frets!

    About 3 years ago I had Austin Clark re-fret my F-9 with Gold Evo, had it setup, and at that time I also had the back of the neck gently re-profiled, speed necked and french polished. I had worn...
  5. Re: My Mandolin satisfaction maybe related to the cost

    Back in late summer / early fall 2016 MK cleared out their stock of the Legacy Festival STB F-style mandolins and MF sold a large number of them for $199. I bought one for me and was so sold on them...
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    Re: Feline String Change Caution

    We're a mui-multi-cat family. And one little dog... Love them all.

    About 15 years ago one of our cats swallowed a shoe string. After a day or so he needed emergency surgery to get it removed,...
  7. Re: was looking at a mandolin for a friend, and this happens.....

    Congrats Daryl!!!

    Could you at least make the leather OT-nummer look more like a W???

    :grin:
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    Re: My band asked me to stop playing guitar

    Interesting thread, thanks for posting.

    For a number of mostly RA-hand related reasons, I'm trying to move my role in my main band from 100% banjo to a fairly even mixture of mandolin, banjo and...
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    Re: James Tailpiece Opinions

    Anything you change on an instrument changes its tone and volume. How much it changes its tone and volume is a very subjective question, especially because we all tend to appreciate sound related...
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    Re: James tailpiece question

    Yes. So optimally, in order to add engraving, the plating will need to be removed, the engraving added, and then the cover re-plated.

    You could opt to simply have the cover engraved through the...
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    Re: New kentuckys ?

    CITES regulations for completed musical instruments, completed musical instrument accessories and completed musical instrument parts have been relaxed since November 26, 2019 for everything rosewood...
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    Re: Condino Brazilian rosewood mandolin #164

    Beautiful!!!

    Love B. rosewood!
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    Re: Early 1900s mandolins

    Given what you know about the condition, if the instrument is playable and stable at this time without additional work, 2.300€ is probably an acceptable price. It's still a lot of money, but if it's...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Who was it who said "there's no money above the 5th fret"?

    Well, anyway, I play above the 5th fret much if not most of the time, but but I rarely use a full 4-course chord above the 5th fret. ...
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    Re: On-Line Jamming Apps?

    I've got a fretless uBass and a small amp for use when I just absolutely can't use my double bass... For those who wish for the sound of an amplified double bass -- which nowadays is pretty common...
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    Re: On-Line Jamming Apps?

    For those who might be interested, there are typically a few bluegrass-ish jams being held on JamKazam daily now.

    Some of these sessions are unscheduled and just come up randomly, but at least one...
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    Re: Early 1900s mandolins

    The headstock repair with putty is a little off-putting; at this time from the description it seems like it's a player, not a collector instrument. Keep in mind that your possible re-sale value may...
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    Re: Grandpa's S.S. Stewart - Help request

    It's hard to talk about S.S. Stewart without talking about banjos, Samuel Swain Stewart was probably the main power behind what many today call the "classic banjo" period from a few years post-Civil...
  19. Re: Center line and neck dovetail offset... Am I in trouble?

    Is this the difference that we're talking about (from the back)?

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  20. Thread: Gibson A9

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    Re: Gibson A9

    Thank you!

    I'm rooting for you with your project, a lot of potential there!
  21. Thread: Gibson A9

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    Re: Gibson A9

    I suspect it isn't rough treatment... The lacquer finish on my early (2002) F-9 is interesting that way, it's thin and soft enough that it's very easy to accidentally put marks in. So soft that...
  22. Re: New mandolin, is there something wrong with the nut?

    It looks to me like it's their equivalent of ivoroid binding... Some of the StewMac bindings used to look like this a few decades ago, consistent lines to the extreme. It's not ugly, but it's also...
  23. Re: New mandolin, is there something wrong with the nut?

    What is the nut advertised as being made of?

    If it's synthetic, it could just be some impurity that got in the mold.

    If it's bone, it could just be dirt caught during final sanding, or a vein...
  24. Thread: Gibson A9

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    Re: Gibson A9

    You're welcome!

    The 2002 and 2003 F-9's (and I'm guessing A-9's) finish was the "Vintage Brown". After that they began looking more like the F-5G, including the sunburst finish (matte), white...
  25. Thread: Gibson A9

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    Re: Gibson A9

    Given the year, I'd guess Charlie Derrington had at least something to do with the F-9 and A-9 concepts. He talked a lot about them in this interview (see Q1 and Q5).

    Here's the original F-9...
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