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    Re: Don't Lament -- "The One That Got Away"

    As a general rule, I could agree with that. But, when you get into serious collecting (or accumulating, or hoarding, or whatever ya wanna call it), not quite as true. Over the past few years, I've...
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    Re: Gibson Master Models

    I have a tenor lute with a "Master Model" label. Perhaps the "MM" got spread around more than a strict quality hierarchy would be expected to.
  3. Re: Resale Value - Mandolins from Small Builders

    Harder to sell an instrument with an unfamiliar label, well-designed and made though it may be. I think Jeff M makes a good point that instruments with unusual designs and/or materials may put...
  4. Re: How is Tuning Drift with Rubner Tuning Machines

    The reason stringed instruments (generally) come with adjustable tuners, is that tuning needs adjustment, more or less frequently. Temperature and humidity changes affect string pitches; newer...
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    Re: Mandolin Information

    Bad news is that someone's apparently glued the bridge in place. Ain't supposed to happen; mandolins generally have "floating" bridges held on by string tension.

    Of course, I'm extrapolating from...
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    Re: Tune a ukulele like a mandolin

    Call me a stick-in-the-mud, but overall I think that most instruments sound the best when they're strung and tuned the way they were designed. Doesn't mean one can't try other stringings and...
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    Re: The joys of autocorrect

    Yeah, Spell-Check's been my worst enema for quite a while. How many times must one change "manual" to "mandola?"
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    Re: Just read "MANDOLIN PRICING"

    Got pics or other evidence of that? If not, I call "urban legend."

    My 2010 Honda Element gets me anywhere I want to go, and carries all kinda equipment besides. To me, a car's a tool -- so is a...
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    Re: Recording King RA-998

    From what I can see, it looks pretty much like the Asian-made, brass-bodied resonator mandolins that have been sold for years under names such as Johnson, Republic, et. al. I played a few of them...
  10. Re: Stephen Foster on Mandolin & Tabs at a Jam?

    Try the Civil War version:

    "Let us pause our game of poker, take our tin cups in our hand,
    While we all stand around the cook-tent door --
    Where dried mummies of hard crackers are handed to each...
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    Re: What is a method?

    Lots of vintage instruction books are labeled as the "XXX Method for the Mandolin." Usually refers to the musician/teacher who had them printed.
  12. Re: 1929 Martin Style C Mandolin with side crack - Worth fixing?

    From the catalog pic of the Style C in Longworth's Martin book, they came with "cloud" tailpiece covers, engraved. Can't make out the engraving pattern from the small pic. Reproduction "cloud"...
  13. Re: Dose anyone know anything about this mandolin or its value

    We have a tendency to get a bit facetious in responding to what I'm sure is a serious inquiry from someone who doesn't know a lot about mandolins, but has heard of Bill Monroe and Gibson and thinks...
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    Re: 1898 Martin Style 6. What should I do?

    Well, I've had good experience with Bernie Lehmann at Lehmann Stringed Instruments here in Rochester. Basically, he builds guitars, but he's done quite a bit of work on mandolins (built my...
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    Re: Larson Brothers?

    On the "Larson sound" question: my Stahl mandola, pretty clearly Larson-made, has a real bass emphasis. Hard to ID the body wood, due to the very dark finish, but I'm guessing "curly mahogany" for...
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    Re: Picking Fiddle Tunes?

    Fiddle was the main melody instrument in traditional string-band music, and that music was largely, though not exclusively, based around a dance tune repertoire, derived from British Isles formats,...
  17. Re: What's the best way to dust my fretboard?

    Not to be a smarta*s, but I'd keep 'em in their cases. For reasons including, but not limited to, dust protection.

    You can find at a general music store, a variety of soft-bristled tools for use...
  18. Re: Northfield Airloom Tura case versus Hoffee carbon fiber case

    My advice always is to either throw out the case lock key immediately upon purchase of the case, consign it to that drawer where you keep all the things you never use, or -- in extreme cases of "I...
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    Re: mandolin banjo - anyone's 2 cents

    Quite a few in Post #1.

    I've posted this MP3 several times, in discussions about mandolin banjos, when complaints about "raucous agony -- sounds awful" proliferate. It's my band Innisfree...
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    Re: Temperature and Outdoor Gigs

    When I first got the Eastman 615 mandola I used to own, I played it at a 70th birthday picnic for Jerry Schneider of the Blue Ridge Country Ramblers (J S is still pickin', well past 80). I played a...
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    Re: Bell-Tone Banjo, Mandolin or Banjolin

    Couple semi-informed "picky" points:

    1. The similarly-named US brand is generally spelled "Beltone," rather than the two-word "Bell Tone" yours shows. No relation to the Houghton brand.

    2. ...
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    Re: mandolin banjo - anyone's 2 cents

    I believe the Little Wonder was the lowest-priced Vega with a tone ring. I own one, and as noted above, it's a well-made instrument. Yours looks to be in nice shape.

    When you say it "plays...
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    Re: Jimi Hendrix Mandolin Auction

    Couldja have "Jimmy Velvet" phony me up a Certificate of Authenticity? Then we could talk.
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    Re: Vinaccia 1896 Neapolitan mandolin

    Assuming you've strung it up and put the bridge on -- or just put a couple strings on, enough to hold the bridge in place -- take a pic from the side of the instrument, showing it from nut to bridge,...
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    Re: Alligator Dentistry - NMC

    Yeah, even the pros -- in this case J J Cale (Call Me the Breeze, et. al.) are guilty sometimes:



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