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  1. Re: Review: Carlo Mazzaccara Lucia bowlback mandolin

    I use Dogals on every bowlback that I own that is worth playing. I was surprised when I strung up my Vega Style 3 with the dolce set. I took it to a rehearsal a bunch of years ago and it sounded as...
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    Re: JS on headstock

    Do you remember what store you saw it? Maybe call them?

    You can look on this Eye Candy page.
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    Re: Which strings for a 1915 bowlback?

    Siruiz: By the strings available I would guess you are in Brazil? This Giannini set might be fine, a little heavier overall than GHS 240 but I think they may be fine.

    Do you know who made your...
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    Re: A Successful Failure

    Ah, a specialist in pyroluthiery! :)
  5. Re: From "an antique store", Kay? Sears? Silvertone? Thanks

    Mick is correct. I was just commenting on the similarity but noted that the scratchplate was not the same. And this just had some Italian features, but definitely not made by DeMeglio. More like...
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    "Tim, you should have been here back in the day..." He says taking a puff of his corncob pipe. :)

    There were many amazing musicians and classical players who checked in here regularly. Foremost...
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    Bees in the Barn Band's August Eriksmoen plays an Ellis 2 point. I saw them in person last year and he makes that mandolin sing.
  8. Re: From "an antique store", Kay? Sears? Silvertone? Thanks

    That pickguard/scratchplate has a DeMeglio vibe to it and the mandolin has a four-post tailpiece so the European attribution might make sense. But the pickguard looks like it was a later addition,...
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    Victor is one of the sagest and talented people I have had the pleasure to know. Victor, I think you need to write a work called Sage Advice. I will write a poem to go with it.
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    Re: Mandolin Oddities

    I found the site that had the photo of Engelbert and his wife playing plus the catalog page for these instruments. There are other variants on the wall behind them. He plays the 8-string violin...
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    Re: Mandolin Oddities

    Time to bring another oddball instrument to this lovely thread. This on French eBay. The French are especially creative in the oddity department, the most famous of which are the Gelas instruments....
  12. Re: We got your Gibson snakehead mandola right here!

    My guess is that he splined the neck and extended it about one fret's worth so that the bridge would be centered on the top to take advantage of the x-bracing. The guy is a real character but I think...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    The first mandolin I played was a Martin A that a college friend owned. That get me wanting one and I ended up buying an American Conservatory bowlback from a store in New York City. Had that one for...
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    Re: Figlio mandolin repair

    Luke:
    The maker of this mandolin is Carlo Loveri. The label probably says Carlo Loveri & Figlio which means Carlo Loveri & Son.

    As for the tailpiece, older Italian mandolins often have very...
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    Re: A Successful Failure

    Definitely a successful failure. You learned a ton on doing it. My question is, though, is the attempt to take a particular tenor body and install an OM neck the failure or are you saying that an OM...
  16. Re: Reading mandolin music score by NOT using TABS

    Yes, violin music and I believe that flute music is also in the same range. There are free downloads for many classical pieces on IMSLP.org. Also our friend Michael in Germany has many older mandolin...
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    Re: New flat top mandolin

    I love the tone and sustain. And the black heart. Must be a metaphor for something.
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    Re: May 24 Canadian fiddle concert

    He is amazing fiddler. Sorry I missed the concert. There are some youtube videos of him driving fellow musicians mad in a long medley of maybe a dozen tunes by just calling out the key. Really fun...
  19. Re: Learn to play multiple instruments at once?

    Well, of you are elbent on learning other instruments, have fun. Actually you must be amazing after only 5 days if you have mastered mandolin and are ready to move on. Some of us are still learning...
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    Re: Kimble two point reviews?

    Every Kimble I have played was an excellent mandolin. He is on my short list which seems like it is getting longer.
  21. Re: Help with type of Mandolin for string orchestra

    As everyone here knows, I love bowlbacks and have played them for years and have some very nice ones. OTOH I also play carved top Gibson-style instruments as well in various genres of music. Although...
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    A few other contemporary luthiers have built piccolos including Gilchrist, Wiens, and Campanella. In addition, I thought this one-off 1915 Gibson piccolo would be pictured somewhere in the web but...
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    I had a sheet of Ultem plastic and I cut and polished a few Roman plectra for me and friends. Technique is very different from Neapolitan ones. Almost like a bow. You have to loosen and tighten the...
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    Re: My aquisitions since one year ago

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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    I rotate my main ones—see my signature below. I agree with Tim Logan that I have acquired each because of its unique voice. The one I have the longest is probably my snakehead which I have owned for...
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