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  1. Re: Some Thoughts on Vintage Gibson and Martin Oval Holes

    My personal favorite so far is the Martin. It is an absolute joy to play solo, like when I'm in the practicing on the couch. The Martin sounds so clear and bell like, and is so easy to play. The...
  2. Re: Some Thoughts on Vintage Gibson and Martin Oval Holes

    I carefully typed "flatwound slickness" in my post, but Mr. Helpful Autocorrect jumped in to assist me. I know that for sure because it did it again while typing THIS post. I hate it when I have...
  3. Re: Some Thoughts on Vintage Gibson and Martin Oval Holes

    I replaced the 80/20 strings on the Martin with Thomastic. Objectively, it is much easier for me to play, with their flatwound sickness. I also like the tonal difference. The mandolin seems more...
  4. Re: Some Thoughts on Vintage Gibson and Martin Oval Holes

    The Style 20 is nothing like the Martin Bowl backs or flat backs with chanted tops. It's a fully carved top and back looking more like the Lyon and Healy carved mandolins with 2 points.

    I've...
  5. Some Thoughts on Vintage Gibson and Martin Oval Holes

    I now have two vintage oval hole mandolins - 1920 Gibson A-4 and a 1929 Martin Style 20. Both are in excellent condition for 100 and 91 year old instruments. The Gibson has a well repaired and...
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    Re: Eastman - back/neck separation

    I encountered another 515 in similar straits. I was able to repair it satisfactorily for the owner and he ended up selling to GC. I hope it's still doing well.
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    Re: Larger frets for 1920 Gibson A-4

    I've continued to play it with original wire and it sounds good and plays okay. Then I go to the refretted Style 20 and notice such a marked difference. But there's also a difference in scale...
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    Re: Larger frets for 1920 Gibson A-4

    No classical. Celtic and old time, primarily in lower positions. My playing utilizes as many open strings and open chords as possible.
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    Larger frets for 1920 Gibson A-4

    I recently secured a this A-4 in "excellent" condition from Carter Vintage. And it really is in amazingly pristine condition. Save for one thing. The original frets are quite small. It's still...
  10. Re: Plating on a Lyon & Healy Model A tailpiece

    I would assume that originality of original hardware is nearly as important as an original finish on a vintage instrument. A new or as new tailpiece just wouldn't look right on a vintage piece.
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    Re: A Pearl of Great Price A-4

    My A-4 has the fuller, wider neck with pronounced V. I like that better than the trim neck of the truss rod era. My only problem so far is the teeny fretwire.
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    Re: A Pearl of Great Price A-4

    I let my Larrivee SD-60 go because, although I loved the tone, I hated the neck shape and found it uncomfortable. My Eastman mandola was essentially a novelty instrument which I put away in the...
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    A Pearl of Great Price A-4

    I had found myself in possession of several instruments that I was mildly dissatisfied and/or bored with. Looking at the Carter Vintage website, I spied something which caught my attention; a 1920...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    My wife and I specialize in old fiddle tunes with her on fiddle and me on guitar/mandolin/clawhammer banjo. I read music and mine the Portland books for all they're worth. I found some interesting...
  15. Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    A fellow up here in the mountains invented a concoction he calls a banjammer which has a a dulcimer neck coupled to a little drum. In the hands of a skilled player it just sounds bad, but with a...
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    Re: Once in a Lifetime Mandolin Find

    I remember visiting Ensley Pawn and Music in Blairsville GA way back around 2001 or so. The owner had a Martin 2-20, similar to my Style 20 but with f holes. I marveled at the artistry of the design...
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    Once in a Lifetime Mandolin Find

    Some weeks ago I happened to snag a 1929 Martin Style 20 which had been floating around GCs in the NYC area for some time. After the price had been greatly reduced, I decided to bite and take a...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I retrieved the Style 20 from Bob. He did a fine job! Gone are the gnawed down bar frets (it played almost as a "fretless mandolin) replaced by much higher banjo sized T frets. Bob made it look as...
  19. Re: Some questions/concerns about bar frets

    Bob Chuckrow is caring for the style 20, replacing the bar frets with T frets, using his technique of crimping the tangs. I would have left them as is except they they were incredibly low to where I...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I have done many refrets in my life, but no bar refretting. Since this is such a rare and special instrument, I thought it deserved the hands of a specialist.

    I'll be glas to get it back. I'm...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I've decided to keep this wonderful mandolin. In fact, I've entrusted it to Bob Chuckrow to refret it with larger fret wire. He looked it over carefully and declared it a "really good mandolin" but...
  22. Some questions/concerns about bar frets

    I recently bought a 1929 Martin Style 20 in very nice condition. The mandolin features bar frets, which Martin used until 1934. The frets are in decent shape, but seem quite tiny to me. I don't...
  23. Best strings for 1929 Martin Style 20

    I've recently come into possession of a 1929 Martin Style 20 archtop Mando. It appears to be in excellent condition with no damage, cracks, or top sinkage. I'm enquiring about recommendations for...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    Fun Fact. One could have spent $75 for a Style 20 mandolin in 1936.It might be worth & 2000 today. Or $100 for a D-28 guitar. And it be worth $25,000 today.
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