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    Re: Here's my sad mandolin story...

    Good news. With any luck I will have it on Thursday… fingers crossed.
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    Dawg Trio in Portland last night

    197541 A great show last night at the Aladdin in Portland. I think David said this was his first performance in 2 years. He did a bunch of new material they had never performed before including a...
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    I'm a huge Punch Bros fan but I've gotta say, when I first heard this I thought it was "meh" compared to the Tony Rice version. Then it came on again and I liked it a little more. Now, after a few...
  4. Re: Bill Monroe’s mandolin and other Loars.

    Here's MC member f5loar on Monroe's F5:

    Okay you guys are all over with these Monroe repair dates.
    Let's get it right if you are going to discuss it. To start the date bought for $150 in the...
  5. Re: Bill Monroe’s mandolin and other Loars.

    Here're more pics of Monroe's F5 in, as far as one can tell, pristine condition and the pick guard still mounted. We have to understand that the later weird finish (or the lack thereof) was not a...
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    Here's a 1946 pic of Mr. Monroe with his F5, that is at least one year after purchase. Looks fine to me. 197225
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

    I did have two Gil's at one point. That was a treat, but I only really played the same one, so I ultimately let the A model go (and it seems to change hands a lot...) But, I only have one Jon Cooper...
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    Re: Bill Monroe’s mandolin and other Loars.

    In Neil Rosenberg’s book Bluegrass A History, in the photo section between pp. 124-125, is a 1945 photo of Bill holding his “newly acquired” Loar. The mandolin looks new, complete with pick guard and...
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    Re: Bill Monroe’s mandolin and other Loars.

    That said, I've spent countless hours pouring over the Loar signed mandolin photos in the Mandolin Archive F5 Journal which has a lot of examples in far closer to factory condition than Bill's.
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    Re: Bill Monroe’s mandolin and other Loars.

    The vast majority of photographs before the 1970s were black & white as color photography was cost prohibitive. Without color, it's very difficult to discern the much about the finish, which is what...
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

    How broadly are we applying the term “mandolin?” I custom ordered a blackface A2-z with a Virzi from Mike Black:

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    I liked it so much that I pounced on one of Mike’s GBOM’s when it was...
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

    Not long ago, I bought 2 L&H style C mandolins to see which suited me. The later short scale sounded so much better to my ears than the earlier long scale, so the short stayed and the long took...
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

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    I currently have 2 Givens mandolins - #131 (brown one) and #631 (black top). It's interesting to have 2 mandolins from the same builder - 500 mandolins apart.
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

    We had a pair of Paul Duff instruments, an H-5 mandola w/Virzi and an F-5. Still have the H-5 but the F got sold to fund a household upgrade project. Come to think of it, the household got sold too....
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

    I had 5 Webers at one point but am down to 2.
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

    I like Webers in all sizes: Bitteroot mandocello, Bridger A mandolin, and my Sweet Pea. I guess I need to get a Weber OM someday! Bruce makes some very nice instruments.
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

    Here is my Heiden pair. Heritage A and Artist F. Both have the lush Heiden overtones and the quick responsiveness. The A is lighter and less bass dominant. I'm lucky to have these two axes 197057
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

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    2 from Steve Boeh and 3 from Lloyd LaPlant
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

    I have a Girouard Concert A5 and I have a Girouard A4 on order. I think they will be the last mandolins I purchase.

    I could use a guitar bodied octave and maybe an f hole mandola. Possibly a...
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

    I have two Collings MT2 mandolins, both custom ordered with 1 3/16 wide fretboards at the nut. One with F-holes and one with an oval and a one piece birds eye maple back. Very similar yet very...
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    Re: Two mandolins from the same maker

    # 107 and 108. 108 was built for me and I acquired 107 later.

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    Re: Post a pic or video of your Dudenbostel

    :))
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    New mando therapy

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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    Hi Mike—You make a persuasive case that ANY F-5 mandolin is in some sense a “Loar copy” because the F-5 itself originated in the Loar era. So that it is perhaps one end of a spectrum, and toward the...
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