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    Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    <Using the Forum to link to an individual that has been permanently banned from the Cafe for unethical dealing violates our posting guidelines. There will be no further warning in regard to this. It...
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    Re: Northfield Big Mon Engelmann Top

    I can't tell the difference between the raw billets of Engelmann, Red, White, and European with certainty, and yet I'm going to be able to tell them apart by playing them in an instrument...?...
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    Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    Have Mr. Vessel convert it, and you'll have yourself one fine mandola.... :disbelief:
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    Re: Pac rim mandolin wood

    There are very large tonewood operations in China, but I've never seen them documented or photographed anywhere....
    (It's been awhile since I've done a search....).
    For that very reason, I wanted...
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    Re: Undocumented Loar? Gibson Style H-5 Mandol

    Yes, here tis'....
    No pics as of yet, but I've seen some...



    I love seeing honest wear like that...what a cool looking instrument...

    "Estimate:
    $35,000 - $55,000"
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    Re: Pac rim mandolin wood

    See those reddish lines running with the grain on that Northfield??
    Those lines indicate that the wood is either Chinese in origin, or Eastern Red or Rock maple....
    Not European, and not Bigleaf......
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    Re: New 2017 Northfield Artist Finish

    Sounds like these instruments would be good candidates for antiquing...
  8. Re: Were non-Gibson F style mandolins around prior to the 1970s?

    ...but there was a gold mine in those downtown pawn shops... :disbelief:
    I lived in Steamboat Springs in the mid-70's, and a trip in to Denver was downright dangerous...




    There weren't...
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    Re: Eastman Quality: You Be the Judge [pics]

    Yep... ;)
  10. Re: More Bad News/Press for Gibson's Electric Guitar Division

    Gibson's problem is actually two words...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar F5 soundhole aperture area

    Isn't it wonderful?
  12. Re: NMC - What Is Scarlet Rivera Doing These Days?

    Wiki...
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    Re: Restoring this mandolin? (long post, sorry)

    Good one! I missed that...
    This thing is looking better and better by the minute... ;)
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    Re: Lloyd Loar F5 soundhole aperture area

    Quite a difference between the two...
    I'm sure you've seen this wonderful Darryl pic comparing an F5 with the A5:

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4454/37619532371_b8ee439a1b_b.jpg

    This should...
  15. Re: More Bad News/Press for Gibson's Electric Guitar Division

    Yes!
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    Re: Restoring this mandolin? (long post, sorry)

    I love instruments that look like someone played the hell out of them, and this one fits into this category...
    Those look like pretty easy and intuitive repairs, so have at it...
    I think it's...
  17. Re: More Bad News/Press for Gibson's Electric Guitar Division

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4505/37183606483_8bf5ddd952_z.jpg

    Horrid martini...
    (Which is probably why the place no longer exists...)
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    Re: Mandolinetto - What Wood is This?

    Wow, that's cool...

    I thought it might be one big piece of wood, like some charangos or other instruments I've seen, but the back of the peghead looks to be quartered and the body slab......
  19. Re: More Bad News/Press for Gibson's Electric Guitar Division

    Yeah, just read between the lines on the Gibson Wiki page, and you'll get a sense of what's afoot...

    Probably one of the most telling sentences is this one:

    "Gibson is a privately held...
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    Re: Eastman Quality: You Be the Judge [pics]

    ...the pic i posted earlier was indeed a Loar...

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4464/37669389256_e747589349_z.jpg[/QUOTE]
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    Re: Why is it nearly impossible to copy Loar?

    Check out the top on Ricky's Loar....
    It's missing some sapwood on the bass side, but you can really see the bookmatch--or good slipmatch...
    ...and there might be some medularies between the bridge...
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    Re: Girouard Mandolins

    :)

    I remember when #74003 did pop up on the classifieds--in the Mandolin World News...
    Tut wanted 10K for it, at the time F5s were going for around 7.5K...
    (If anyone has that issue--I...
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    Re: Girouard Mandolins

    It can do everything spruce can do...
    My favorite Webers are a good example, for instance, and cedar-topped...



    They are going for a straight-on copy of the Griffith Loar A5...
    I've got one...
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    Re: Girouard Mandolins

    ...something really cool in the works at Max and Lauri's... ;)

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4504/37711249302_1c6dc681e1_z.jpg
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    Re: Eastman Quality: You Be the Judge [pics]

    Well, some of those $200 Loars can be pretty funky too... ;)

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4464/37669389256_e747589349_z.jpg
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