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    Re: Found this old mando in a bookstore

    Very interesting. I don't think it is a kit: a kit would have the 12th fret marker in the right place, and the back and sides don't look like they came from a kit.

    Is the top arched smoothly, or...
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    Re: Who makes custom strings?

    Yeah, Mapes sells piano strings but you have to order at least 21 at a time, at $6.50 a string.
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    Who makes custom strings?

    Talked to someone today who says he has a 5-string mandobass with a low B, and he's having trouble finding a replacement low B string. Needs to be copper wound and is about 6 inches longer than any...
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    Re: Meet ... the Perfect Mandolin Player.

    He'll play Maple Leaf Rag but not Fire on the Mountain.
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    Re: Meet ... the Perfect Mandolin Player.

    That's OK, neither could the old mandolin player!
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    And another one hits the bay ...

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Eastman-ERM-El-Rey-Mandolin-Classic/283552570674?hash=item42050cdd32:g:WBcAAOSwRSddMMls
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    Meet ... the Perfect Mandolin Player.

    He's solid. He's smooth. His chops are impeccable. His tone is woody. He's in touch with his roots. There's no questioning his articulation. He may be a little stiff, but on the other hand he'll...
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    Re: Who knows? He might get lucky…

    Oh man. I talked to that guy on the phone. Or I tried in vain to get a word in edgewise while HE talked.

    It looks like a decent H2 (note: it's a mandola, not a mandolin) and you may not like the...
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    Re: Early Blues Mandolin

    Two words: Rich DelGrosso.
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    Haven't played an EM150 all that recently (although I do have a cool A50 with the Johnny Gimble setup), but the biggest difference is going to be single coil (EM150) vs. humbucker (El Rey). You're...
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    Re: ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    We're all on pins and needles, Greg.
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    Re: ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    That's quite a steal if indeed it's a VL305. Do let us know!
  13. Re: PayPal fraud in prograess (have you smelled this one before)?

    Good question. Maybe I can trade the camels for half a pack of Lucky Strikes.
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    Yep! Gotta get some merchandise that won't attract criminals!

    My boss was trying to sell a DIY rug-hooking kit on Craigslist and somehow got the attention of a scammer ... they will seize upon...
  15. Re: (Godin A8) Making my mandolin look more ethnic

    Or give it a few cigarette burns and pour a frappe over it? Maybe laminate a very thin layer of olive wood over the top?
  16. Re: (Godin A8) Making my mandolin look more ethnic

    Given the simple geometry of the Greek flag, you should be able to:

    1) Paint the entire top of the instrument white.

    2) Lay down some strips of masking tape on the instrument's surface to...
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    I am cursed with the gift of understatement.

    I'm just curious whether anybody's encountered this one before, and how the scammer plans to extract the money.
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    Quite so. This was a Reverb ad, and it was not an ad for either of the instruments I have listed on the Cafe at the moment. It certainly wasn't my intention to imply that the buyer contacted me...
  19. PayPal fraud in prograess (have you smelled this one before)?

    I have a dude saying he wants to buy an instrument. Doesn't want to directly pay a PayPal invoice, says his insurance company will pay, and then I'm to ship it to Wyoming and his insurance company...
  20. Re: What mandolin recordings are definitive to evolving its role?

    Indeed ... Celtic mandolin music before there were Celtic mandolins ... evidently one had to get one's instrument from Portugal or Greece at the time.
  21. Re: What mandolin recordings are definitive to evolving its role?

    The Monroe Bros. recordings.
    The "classic quintet" postwar Blue Grass Boys recordings with Earl, Lester, Chubby and Cedric.
    Dave Apollon.
    Homer and Jethro.
    Howard Frye.
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    Aaaaaaaaaand it just hit eBay.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/EASTMAN-ER-M-EL-RAY-CHAMBERED-ELECTRIC-MANDOLIN-WITH-GIG-BAG/173959651949?hash=item2880cda26d:g:bRMAAOSwBOxdJQ6q
  23. Re: This old Merle Travis song has the most amazing mandolin play

    Interesting. That sure sounds like an electric mandolin being recorded through the signal from its pickup, rather than being mic'd acoustically.

    Does anyone know whether it would have been...
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    Re: Rare resonator on Ebay?

    Some things are rare for a reason.
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    Re: Whew...some Reverb sellers...

    Well, then there are the Reverb buyers.

    Within hours after posting a certain mandolin at a certain price, I'm getting messages asking "What's your best price? Will you consider lowering the...
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