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    Re: March Mountain Boys featuring Mike Compton

    Love this Got it on my new tv. Proud as can be.
  2. Re: Current pros looking to teach lessons during down time

    C. J. Lewandowski
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    Re: What's The One That Got Away?

    A 20's Loar. Around 1986. It was at a music store I drove by every day, and never stopped in. Till one day I stopped and played around on a mandolin. The shop owner showed me the pics of the...
  4. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    I was asking myself the exact same question a while back. I did play an Ellis tradition. What a beautiful mandolin to me. Flawless, beautiful wood. Excellent tone. It just didn't knock me off my...
  5. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    I'll throw my suggestions in here. Use the metronome when playing/practicing alone. It develops LISTENING skills, it never listens so YOU have to adjust to it.

    Know how your break or tune goes...
  6. Thread: Duffeyisms

    by GTison
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    Re: Duffeyisms

    I've read those old FRETS magazines so many times. It is as familiar as The Bible to me. There is still good information in them. Some instrument knowledge I feel may have advanced since then.
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  7. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    After reading Dean Guitars reply to Gibson. I hope that mandolin builders join in the consortium or form their own to undo or fight these claims.
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    Re: Cleaning Mold From Inside a Guitar?

    Here's an article. I was thinking that an "Ozone Chamber" treatment might help. It seems it still needs another step besides this. I'd Get some advice from a mold remediation pro. They may have...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    When I bought my Mandolin new, I bought it for what it sounded like then, and I advise anyone to do the same. I did expect some changes from a new mandolin in the store. In the store new it was in...
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    Re: Toning down a bright instrument

    1. Try a round edge pick or the round edge of a standard fender heavy pick, (or ex heavy) play with the loose grip. Play around with your grip too.
    I used to like D'Addario delrin picks for...
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    Re: Gibson F-5L thoughts

    So consider what kind of answers you are going to get here. Everybody here has a different mandolin,along with the pride and prejudice of owning each one. There can be many factors that go into a...
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    Re: Short-neck oval A models?

    I was just about to start a tread about interest in the Gibson A model. It seems to me that they are a real bargain. I have a beater Gibson A model and it is a really good mandolin. It plays...
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    Re: Was Bill Monroe The First?

    Tom Ewing's new Bill Monroe biography is a great resource for these kind of questions. Including: his purchase date of the mandolin, the several dates of when his mandolin was worked on, (neck...
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    Re: "The Kentucky" vs. "Kentucky"

    A photo of the headstock will tell a lot. The inlays can give hints as to when and where it was made. Does it have the country it was made in on it? Label styles may also tell or give hints.
  15. Thread: Gibson A5L

    by GTison
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    Re: Gibson A5L

    He could have built some A5Ls. He DID build some F5Ls, in the late 80s or very early 90s. I saw him working on them at the Jemmison Alabama festival back then. I don't know who signed them.
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    Re: Removing frets without damaging fretboard

    Im no luthier but, I wouldn't put any oil on it until I finished the job as a fingerboard treatment. Oil seems like it would prevent any repairs from being made to the chip outs. No glue I can...
  17. Thread: Nut slot lube

    by GTison
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    Re: Nut slot lube

    I wanted to try some and I ordered D'Addario Lubrikit friction remover. Mine came in incomplete from amazon. But the grease smelled and looked like petroleum jelly. So I made my own "kit" with a...
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    Re: .017" A strings?

    .017 hurts my index finger to think about.
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    Jeff: "the knob crumbles into three pieces!"

    I understand about the not tuning the investment instrument. Years ago now I was playing my friends 29 Fern. It was out of tune so I was trying to...
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    Re: Just dicovered crack on side of Mandolin

    In Florida, I would think you would not need to humidify. Generally. The last couple of weeks maybe if you had the heat on and it was 30s outside a lot. The humidity was unusually low. ... Hard...
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    Re: Refret Considerations

    I think I paid $ 300 last time I had mine done, so that is a consideration. Stainless would have been a good bit more.
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    Re: Anyone recognize this mando?

    yes that headstock "Gibson" looks like early 30s or something.
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    Re: Anyone recognize this mando?

    It is an early Gibson A4. You can check out other ones at the mandolin archive. Here is a similar one.
    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/2858

    As to worth, that will depend on...
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    Re: Pete Kuykendall Passes

    This is a loss. He influenced me and I didn't even know it. I read the Bluegrass Unlimited which he co-founded from high school till now. I sing some of his songs. Read his wiki, you will surely...
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    Re: Finding a Specific F5 Loar.

    Jeff. No, I don't think so. It was probably one he built. That's all I ever saw him play was ones he built He built quite a few mandolins and they many times were like you say. But he did own an...
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