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  1. Re: Help with type of Mandolin for string orchestra

    In case it wasn't clear, I was referring to the orchestra Marie is playing with, not the Forum (although I suppose the Forum also functions best when we don't disparage each other's instruments).
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  2. Re: Help with type of Mandolin for string orchestra

    This kind of group should be an encouraging and welcoming environment for people and their instruments. It's not a place for people to disparage each other's axes. If you're bothered by other people...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Maybe I just wouldn't come out!
  4. We got your Gibson snakehead mandola right here!

    It's a renecked restoration by idiosyncratic Washington state luthier Ron Hyde. He also added X bracing! Worth $3K? Who knows?
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  5. Re: Help with type of Mandolin for string orchestra

    You absolutely do not need a bowlback to play classical music in the U.S.

    Eventually you might want an oval-hole mandolin, but there is no need to buy one right away. Save your pennies until you...
  6. Re: Paul Buskirk's HOT PICKIN' and the mystery 5-string

    The album is back on YouTube!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29v79qxcIyw
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Were you wondering what the holy grail of bluegrass mandolins might be? Wonder no longer.

    https://sarasota.craigslist.org/msg/d/laurel-the-holy-grail-of-bluegrass/7105455781.html
  8. Re: Gibson A2 Pickguard Patent Number Question

    To be persnickety, that is a patent date, not a patent number.
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    Re: Kudos to our administrators and moderators

    Special thanks for the COVID-related content. Enlightening to read about players, builders and retailers working under social restrictions.
  10. Frank Solivan and Chris Luquette (Dirty Kitchen...

    Frank Solivan and Chris Luquette (Dirty Kitchen guitarist) do frequent live events on their respective Facebook pages.

    August Watters is doing half-hour classical sets on Facebook on mandolin and...
  11. Seattle Mandolin Orchestra (donate May 5 or 6 and...

    Seattle Mandolin Orchestra (donate May 5 or 6 and have your gift doubled): https://www.givebigwa.org/seattle-mandolin-orchestra
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    Re: Shipping: how much???

    Go to UPS.com, ship UPS Ground and use the promo code EASY.

    Distance matters with UPS — they charge less for shorter trips.
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    Re: Gibson Mandola Restoration

    If I'm not mistaken, I have a little bag of 20 or so of those viola chinrest clamps, which is far more than I'm going to need. I will happy to send one along if you'll cover the postage. Send me a...
  14. Re: Could this be real? Martin guitars $90. NO financial interest

    I kinda sorta fell for one of these once upon a time and "bought" an electric oud. I guess I figured, why would anyone bother to fake something that not very many people want? I used PayPal, so when...
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    Re: Learning to play with one less finger

    What treatment for trigger finger did you find effective? I have a mild case affecting the fourth and to some extent the third finger on the left hand.
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    Re: Observations about a Calace on Reverb please?

    Looks nice and seems like an attractive price.
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    Re: 1911 Calace Mandolin

    I see what you mean about the holes in the top. There may well have been holes there originally but it looks like they've been enlarged.
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    Re: What's up with this A4?

    Well, a little finish damage directly underneath the bridge feet at least wouldn't be visible with the bridge back on. There is a little gap under one of the feet already. it might not take much...
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    Re: 1911 Calace Mandolin

    Hi, I think we chatted on the phone about this. There are several very knowledgeable bowlback folks here on the Cafe; if you'll post some photos you'll have no shortage of opinions.

    if you intend...
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    Re: What's up with this A4?

    in case anyone's curious, the FON is 11604 and the SN is 68678. I believe these would indicate ship and build dates of 1922 according to Spann.

    As Ed noted above, the saddle was on backward — but...
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    Re: What's up with this A4?

    OK, I will be glad to ship it to you if I can't get local help. I have a Cumberland mandolin bridge just sitting here, so I'll take measurements to see if it might work.
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    Re: What's up with this A4?

    It's an adjustable bridge; the original saddle could be reused if the base has to go. I'll check out Axiom; a replacement base will be cheaper than having Paul cut a new one or Frankenstein the old...
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    Re: What's up with this A4?

    Thanks very much for the advice! I will be in touch with Paul the luthier and see if (a) he's even taking in work right now; (b) he wants to have a go at this. We'll review your suggestions and come...
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    Re: What's up with this A4?

    Bought it, and hoo boy, what an adventure.

    The seller was inexperienced with (a) instruments; (b) Reverb, PayPal and online buying/selling in general. He didn't want to ship until his funds were...
  25. Thread: Harvey-clone

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    Re: Harvey-clone

    Hi Eric, here are tips on attaching images.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/faq.php?faq=vb3_reading_posting#faq_vb3_attachments
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