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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    Well, the San Jose Loar has made its way into the Cafe Classifieds now.
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    Re: 1909 A4 Gibson Factory Revamped

    Hard to say. There's a little spot of some kind of gunk on the treble side of the soundhole, which could indicate that this was kept in the case for a long time and the pickguard outgassed and fell...
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    Re: 1909 A4 Gibson Factory Revamped

    Not seeing anything in the photos that screams "refinish." The colors are correct for an A4 of this vintage.
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    Re: Favorite Electric Mandolin Albums or Artists?

    I should give a shout out to an album I recently discovered: Paul Buskirk's HOT PICKIN' (1975). When I posted about it in April, the entire album was on YouTube, but alas, that is no longer the...
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    Re: 1909 A4 Gibson Factory Revamped

    Good eye — yes, on the treble side of the headstock, between the second and third tuners, looks like someone had to fill a screw hole.
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    Re: 1909 A4 Gibson Factory Revamped

    I've asked this seller about that ... he lists all instruments that way to prevent people from returning items with a Substantially Not As Described claim.
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    Re: 1909 A4 Gibson Factory Revamped

    Not necessarily a refinish -- there are plenty of blackface A4s from this period. In fact I don't think the sunburst A4 was introduced until 1914. It's nice that the Handels were reused. The...
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    Re: Need advice on selling Flatiron mandolin

    You can host the pictures someplace like Google images and post a link here. Or use the Insert Image toolbar button to add images one at a time here on the Forum.

    When you are ready to sell, hop...
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    Re: Need advice on selling Flatiron mandolin

    Post some photos here. I'd guess it is currently worth 500 to 700 dollars; even lower-end pancake-style Flatirons are doing fairly well in the vintage market.

    When it comes to actually selling...
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Maybe it's a counterfeit Shmergel!
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    You need the latest innovation from Shmergel Mandolins:

    The Stealth(TM) Soundhole-Switcher!

    The Stealth(TM) has BOTH an oval soundhole and F holes, plus an innovative pair of...
  12. Re: Armenian (soviet) 1970's electric mandolin monstrosity

    For which, no doubt, you are thanking your lucky stars.

    To answer someone's question, these look like they should be left-handed but they are not, although I imagine they could be set up lefty. ...
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    Re: Restored Gibson A jr on FB marketplace

    For that amount you'd think you could get a full set of strings.
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    Re: Andy Manson electric tenor

    What a find! Congratulations.
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    Re: Just so excited!!!

    OK, so who's the luthier? And will it be as cool as this?

    http://www.emando.com/popups/dola/Heritage_tenor.htm
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    Luthier Mark Hencel, Portland, OR

    Anybody know how to get in touch with Mark? I need to speak with him and he hasn't responded to Facebook Messenger or email, and his phone isn't taking messages.
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    Re: Found this Bohmann mandolin

    Very expensive repair. If you want to learn mandolin, this is probably not the instrument to learn on.

    I doubt anyone's ever cracked a mandolin merely by overtightening a string. The string would...
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    Re: Restored Gibson A jr on FB marketplace

    $2200? You can frequently get an unmolested one for less than that.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4HW33SgZlM
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    A used Michael Kelly north of $2K? Well, I guess They're Not Making Any More of These! Their Value Will Only Increase!
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    Re: help identify a 5-string e-mando?

    Yep, that's Mark Hencel ... where was it picked up?
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    Re: Lyon and Healy 1890s Advertisments

    The closest Gibson mandolins get to a "natural" finish is the A2Z and occasional blond F4 or A4.
  22. Re: Position available in full-time touring bluegrass band.

    I thought that was the bass player's job ...
  23. Re: looking for string recommendation for a rigel

    Rigels were, at least for a time, strung up with John Pearse strings before leaving Vermont.
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    Re: Jazz 5 Roberts/Tiny Moore Mandolin

    Lynda, we'd love to see the photo of your dad.

    Apart from Tiny Moore, photos of Bigsby mandolins with their original owners are rare. A handful of Paul Buskirk, one of Al Giddings, a couple of...
  25. Re: Amazing Musical Instrument Company Electric Mando

    No way are there 263 of these mandolins. That has to be an overall instrument number.

    I came across a secondhand Amazing violin a number of years ago at Danny's Music in Everett, Wash., but I...
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