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    Re: Beware the mighty doubleneck

    Several years ago I bought a double neck mandolin and guitar that somebody in Oregon built. I couldn't get rid of that bad boy fast enough. This is probably a better instrument than that was :)
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    Re: Ebay Gibson F-5

    $120? $12? $1.20?
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    Re: Ebay Gibson F-5

    It's off the chart. It's from Gibson's worst period and might be worth a few grand, tops. I'm always surprised anyone would even consider a Norlin era anything.

    As a practical matter, my...
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    Re: mandolin worth?

    Despite the fact that one is in the British Museum this is a simple lower-end German mandolin worth probably at most couple of hundred euros. It looks like it is in decent condition. Put new strings...
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    Re: Loars at Carter’s

    Interesting isn’t it? The overall mandolin market seems to be trending up due to short supply yet Loars and Ferns seem to be dropping significantly. I don’t think the younger generation of players...
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    Re: Apitius Mandolins

    You could try sending him a PM on the Cafe. His username is Oliver A.
  7. Re: Made a Bone Saddle for my F4. Big Improvement!

    Here's a short phone clip with the bone saddle:


    https://youtu.be/hMC9OZC2Nc4

    And with the Stew Mac ebony saddle:


    https://youtu.be/WohCI62yOOk
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    Re: Monteleone F5 -#4 - 'The Gibson'. 1970s

    Still alive and still building.
    Here is the contact page from his website. https://monteleone.net/Contact.php
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    Re: Soon to make my first Mandolin

    Get Graham Macdonald's book the Mandolin Project if you have not already.
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    Re: “The gibson” stencil or decal

    That logo was never there. Some models had an inlaid logo, but none had a stenciled logo till later years. You must have a plain A. I had a 1920 A—no logo.
    Which is not to say you can’t apply one,...
  11. Re: Could use help identifying this (supposedly vintage) Mandolin

    I would call it an older instrument, but not "vintage" by my standards.
    It was built either while Martin owned the Vega name in the 1970's, or shortly thereafter when Galaxy Trading Company picked...
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    Re: Fender medium-gauge guitar pick

    Here is that famous article again. I find it very useful.
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    Yank and Sleepy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVhyv-S3R0g&t=117s
  14. The elusive Stelling 2-lump mandolin. Behold the glory!!

    The early Breedlove built Stelling makes some appearances on the Don Reno portions of this fine classic video.

    https://youtu.be/L4bae7XoMLE
  15. Re: New Bela Fleck Album out - My Bluegrass Heart

    Round Rock is on the album, track #7. Great song as well! Sierra Hull on the mandolin! For anyone reading this, here is the Youtube:

    https://youtu.be/WWyX-SixOSk

    https://youtu.be/WWyX-SixOSk
  16. 'Good Vibrations' for 7 mandolins and 3 mandocellos

    I haven't decided how well this video works, but it was inspired by a phenomenal piece of artistry. I remember hearing the original work while I was on my knees, scrubbing floors in Orwell, Ohio...
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    Re: Hello, I am new here

    Welcome to the Cafe. Did you buy your Ibanez new? It looks like it may have a piece of foam plastic under the bridge that the store should have removed. It will sound better without that deadening...
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    Re: What is a good beginner song to learn-

    First things first, since you've said rhythm and chopping, I assume you're want suggestions catered to playing bluegrass? If so, my 2 cents follows.

    Really just about any simple fiddle tune would...
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    Joseph Joseph

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM4QFW7J-u4&lc=UgwqGl8pRoC9RAxeRip4AaABAg
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    Hamlett Pick-Off!

    Hi Everyone,

    The heavenly Hamlett quest continues! This time, it’s in the form of a pick-off. I play the same series of licks with 11 different popular picks. It resulted in two favorites for me,...
  21. Re: Advice on buying a new mandolin? Been playing for 15+yrs

    Well, new Eastman "300" series models, their least expensive, start at a little over $525, so tell me where I can get one for "a couple hundred bucks!" I'll buy two...

    Top collapse is not that...
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    Re: Help Identifying Gibson Mandolin

    Nice! It's a 1921 Gibson model A in Sheraton Brown with original hard case.

    Very well preserved! With original bridge, pickguard and tuners.

    Here's the 1921 catalog page featuring this model:
    ...
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    Re: Luthier Tune-up Frequency

    Some of the answer depends upon how well an instrument is cared for, and what kind of environment that it lives in. The age of an instrument should also be taken into account.

    A modern instrument...
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    Hamlett Two-Point Review

    Hi, Everyone:

    It's my pleasure to provide this review of my recently commissioned and acquired Hamlett two-point mandolin. It was built by Cafe compadre John Hamlett of Richmond, Kentucky, a...
  25. Re: Hi can anyone tell me anything about a Recital Mandolin?

    Looks like another relative of those shown on the long-running "Key brand" thread.

    Must have been multi-thousands of these made...
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