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  1. Thread: 75 Gibson F-5

    by lenf12
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    Re: 75 Gibson F-5

    Consider the re-voicing alone rather than adding in the cost of a refinish. It can be far less expensive than the 2 or 3 grand Brick mentions above. I sent my '56 F-12 to Randy Wood back in 2008. It...
  2. Re: Converting Right handed Mandolin to left handed

    I am not left handed but once helped a left handed friend convert his A style Ibenez mando to leftie. The 2 areas of most concern are the bridge saddle and the nut. They will be mirror images of...
  3. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    I vote for one of each ;)

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  4. Re: The Coastal Kid: Musician Jared Pool (The Larry Keel experien

    Thanks for the heads up Aaron for those of us who were not aware of Jarod's skills as a mandolinist and singer/songwriter. Good stuff indeed!!!

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: 1902 Martin Bowlback mandolin

    At $1095 it's a bit too rich for my wallet. $500-600 for a "name" bowl back mandolin is more like it.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: I have a superton, what next?

    That would be the late, great Paul Hostetter (sp?). Frank Ford also has tuner care pages at Frets.com. I think it would be very cool cleaned up and set up with new strings. Enjoy!!

    Len B....
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    Re: Charles Johnson - Mandolin World Headquarters

    Thanks LKN2MYIS!! You saved me a lot of money!! That one was especially tempting. Good luck and enjoy it ;)

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  8. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    After several years of playing in the Providence Mandolin Orchestra as a 2nd or 1st section mandolin player, I switched to the mandola section due to a depletion of their ranks and an itch I wanted...
  9. Thread: Cracked Bridge

    by lenf12
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    Re: Cracked Bridge

    Many years ago I had a saddle snap during a gig. It happened with a Fishman M-100 bridge with the piezo pickup embedded in the saddle. It made a lot of noise when she let go. I've stayed away from...
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    Re: Great New Váňa H-5 Mandola

    I had to have another listen....:whistling: Good stuff!! I need to play my mandola more.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Lyon and Healy Style C with planed fretboard

    No, it's a matter of removing wood from the base of the bridge that contacts the top of the mandolin. You'll need to remove enough wood to lower the action and to perfectly match the contour of the...
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    Re: Great New Váňa H-5 Mandola

    That is marvelous Jozef!! Great sounding mandola and playing as well. What piece of music is that?
    thank you!!

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: What has your mandolin been called?

    To their great relief, I deposited the check and left without playing a single note :))

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Rio Grande Mock 4 Pickup for Gibson EM200

    Great looking rig Michael!!! And I do love the Loudbox Mini. Glad it's working out for you. How about a short sound bite with the dirt please ;)

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: 1981 F5L on ebay

    If you ask Randy, he will mark it. I asked him to sign and date the underside of my top when he regraduated my 1956 F-12 back in 2008. He gladly complied with my request. Good guy!!

    Len B....
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    Re: Modified Rogue RM-100A

    Part of the "learning curve" is avoiding something more expensive that you would consider doing this kind of job to. If it needs it as bad as you think this Rogue did, then best to keep on looking...
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    Re: Modified Rogue RM-100A

    A bit of lipstick on a pig but you did a fine job Yeet. Good on you and I bet it sounds way better too.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  18. Thread: Uther my cat..

    by lenf12
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    Re: Uther my cat..

    Sorry to hear of your loss T.D. It's never easy to lose a member of the family. I cried like a baby when we lost our "Zippy". He was not my cat, I was his person. It still saddens me to this...
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    Re: Noisy finish ???

    I see what you mean by "noisy" and it is quite annoying. I associate the "noise" with the finish being rather sticky i.e your hand sticks to the glossy finish, especially in warm humid conditions. An...
  20. Thread: MD315 speedneck

    by lenf12
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    Re: MD315 speedneck

    Let mother nature and body chemistry take care of that :grin:

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Rio Grande Mock 4 Pickup for Gibson EM200

    Great looking mandolin Michael. Nice score!! I would be strongly inclined to see if the 60 Hz hum could be drastically reduced or eliminated altogether using better grounding, shielding p/u and...
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    Re: 1977 Gibson F-5 Questions

    What are you trading for this mandolin ollaimh? Depends on the trade as this F-5 is going to take some $$$ to put it back together again.Whose autograph is it sporting? Also, if you're considering...
  23. Re: Moving between Irish and bluegrass fiddle tunes

    While ITM and bluegrass are stylistically different, they are both "folk music". if your friend is experienced musically, sitting and listening through a couple of tunes then jumping into the fray is...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    The wood used to be a tree. Now it has to learn "how" to be a mandolin or guitar or (?) whose sole purpose is to produce beautiful music. That takes a bit of time and playing to learn. Don't ask me...
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    Re: Replacement Pickup for Mandocaster

    Does it have to be a stacked HB? There are twin blade HB pickups that will drop into a single coil space that can be wired through a push/pull pot for hum/sing options. DiMarzio makes one. So do...
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