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    Re: Japenese made bowlbacls

    I had a maple bowl Suzuki from the 1970s and it was overbuilt and not very responsive. I have heard that the more recent models prefeace with an "M" are very nice but usually don't make it over here...
  2. Re: Replacement tailpiece for a Gibson A 5 jr

    Is that a mistake in the title to this thread? Did Gibson ever make an A-5 Junior?
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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    You are the only one to truly know what you like. For years, I mostly used D'Addario J-74 or the equivalent, but I tried some Monel strings and liked those a lot better than PB strings. Now I Use...
  4. Re: Winding string loop ends for 1890 Vinaccia

    Nice that they sound great but if you break one string and it is the one underneath you have to change both. Good luck.
  5. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Aesthetic appeal is a matter of personal taste. (That from the Department of Redundancy Department) :)

    I prefer the beauty of the understated. Not a big fan of gold hardware or lots of abalone. I...
  6. Re: Creating a solo video with my own backing track

    Today I had a lovely video call with two fellow musicians to try and figure out how to play together remotely on Jamkazam. It was nice just talking to each of them but we came to the conclusion that...
  7. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    My alias is Gregor Samsa!
  8. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    First examples come from the eBay sellers from the Taiwan/Vietnam circle. I believe they have become much better in the quality of their work but many spent more time on fancy looking wood (in the...
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    Re: 1920/1930 Supertone Mandolin

    Post some photos and carefully measure the distance between centers of the posts so you can tell people selling parts. Most of these Supertones are not excessively valuable so if you have problems...
  10. Re: Danger of imitating an inlay logo/brand?

    Unless you copy that logo of that bird exactly there should be no problem. Same with letters, if you copy someone else's monogram on the headstock exactly. If you use a different font, it should not...
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    I was talking about the shape not the thickness. BC makes their 35 pick thickness which is 0.89mm. Perhaps you could see if they make that shape with the thickness of their 35 pick.
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    The only mandolin banjo (or banjo mandolin) I own is a small headed (~7") Weymann style 25. It has a skin head and I bought it back around the mid 1970s mostly because it was the only one of its kind...
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    isn’t this BC pick pretty close in shape to the Pickboy?
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Ones that come to mind immediately: Coleman’s March, Ashokan Farewell—actually a bunch of waltzes, Tombigbee is one. I’ll think some more.
  15. Re: Winding string loop ends for 1890 Vinaccia

    I just wonder about the wound strings which unlike other mandolin strings have a nylon-like core similar I think to a classical guitar string. Am I wrong here— please correct me if I am.
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    I think it is matter of preferred genre. Players of Celtic music generally prefer lighter picks on either side of the Atlantic.
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    As you can tell there is no one answer but just about as many answers to our question as they are mandolin players. Think about it, though: if you went to a guitar site and said, "I'm new to guitar,...
  18. Re: Winding string loop ends for 1890 Vinaccia

    Savarez site says: "Premium strings for mandolin are inspired by the strings of the 18th century and their so magical sound." Very interesting. But I wonder why they didn't design these with loop...
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    Re: Seeking Grandfather's record

    For one, try contacting the Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA).

    Second, see if there is any mention of the group in older magazines, some of which are in archives. For instance, the NY...
  20. Re: My wife has stored it for years,no markings I can see

    Keep it on the light side for sure. GHS A240 ultralights are good place to start.
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    Re: Shutt mandolins

    That one would serve as an excellent paddle should one find oneself on Shutt’s Creek. :)
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    Re: Trillium longscale mandola demo

    From the little I know about NHs they are usually in the range of violas, more or less. Is the tenor lower in pitch?

    I have always loved the music and a friend lent me one a few years ago but I...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Lately into Québécois land: Gigue du Forgeron, Marche de St. Laurent, Gigue du Sous-Marin, Reel du Semeur, and a few whose names I can never remember.
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    Re: Regal-made Blue Comet resonator mando

    I had one of the ones with the “resonator” years ago. It was all laminated IIRC.
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    Re: Trillium longscale mandola demo

    that nyckelharpa looks rather cool. Is it your own design or did you copy an older instrument?
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