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  1. Re: What's a good way to get a decent appraisal?

    The current advertised price for a new MF with satin finish is $5400, recently increased from $5200.

    A survey of sold listings for the same model in clean condition [minimal wear and no speed...
  2. Thread: My MAS is cured.

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    Re: My MAS is cured.

    I took the pledge a few years ago.

    The only thing that I have bought since then was a Swedish Goya 12 string guitar to gig with. $150 as-is, with high action. The shipping was an extra $60. ...
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    Re: Bevel on a mandolin

    I suspect that it already has been done.
    You could probably find a willing builder. The additional cost might be considerable-- I suspect the extra labor involved would be significant.
    My question...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    In short, considering the cost of this mandolin: if the truss rod needs adjustment, I'm afraid it's toast.
  5. Re: Seeking "mournful" mandolin - like Levon Helm with The Band

    Actually, to me it sounds like what we are hearing on the "Unfaithful Servant" sound clip is a guitar imitating a mandolin.
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    I sense an alto clarinet in your future, and possibly also a bass clarinet, then maybe a clarinet in A. But don't come home with an Eb soprano, or your DH will have legitimate grounds to say...
  7. Re: What do you know about the Gibson Big Bell Maandolins? scale?

    I haven't measured one, or played one either, but according to my Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars, the big Gibsons have a 14 1/2" scale.
    To quote Joni Mitchell speaking about guitars and dulcimers,...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Oops.
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    Re: Gibson A-4, Teens vs 20s

    In my experience, except for those who prefer a smaller neck, no. While I acknowledge that every mandolin is different, they can all be loosely described as being either good, very good, or not good...
  10. Thread: CITES Question

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    Re: CITES Question

    So much for the "global economy."
  11. Thread: CITES Question

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    Re: CITES Question

    We're already about 3/4 of the way there.

    A few years ago, I posted an old B & J Victoria mandolin in the classifieds. It was perhaps a $600 instrument. A fellow in Germany wanted to buy the...
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    Re: Tips for repairing bowlback cracks?

    You can humidify it, but then you must let it sit for at least a couple of weeks to let it find equilibrium. After that, if the cracks still won't close with a minimum of pressure, you will have to...
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    Re: Arch fingerboard for F4

    Yes, there are two ways to do this, and you can't have them both-- either you can have it done right, or have it done cheap. You have to choose.

    Although prices will vary somewhat depending on...
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    Re: Tips for repairing bowlback cracks?

    If it requires a lot of force to close it, it will either open up again or develop a new crack in a different spot.
    I found this out the hard way, although it wasn't on a bowl back.
    I recommend...
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    Re: Franks' Backyard Mandolin "Live"

    Number 3 is part of the operatic aria sometimes called Musetta's Waltz. The more correct title is "Quando m'en vo' soletta" from Puccini's "La Boheme." Although I recognized the opening tune, I had...
  16. Re: Gibson F5-G with bottom edge damage (need advice Buy or Pass)

    The current price for a new F-5G is $6400. GC has at least one in stock.

    Used F-5G's in nice shape appear to have recently sold at listed prices of roughly between $3000 to $4000. Those are...
  17. Re: Could use help identifying this (supposedly vintage) Mandolin

    I would call it an older instrument, but not "vintage" by my standards.
    It was built either while Martin owned the Vega name in the 1970's, or shortly thereafter when Galaxy Trading Company picked...
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    Re: Arch fingerboard for F4

    I've replaced the frets on quite a few oval hole Gibsons with larger wire. I generally use wire with a crown width of .080" and height of .040". The owners were all satisfied with the results. I...
  19. Re: Dead Sounding Strings - Do I have a bridge issue?

    If you still have the base from the original bridge, which I will assume was fitted to the top at least somewhat better than the new base, you can try putting the new saddle on the old base and see...
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    Re: New (to me) mandolute

    Violin bridges are a really deep rabbit hole.
  21. Thread: Intonation woes

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    Re: Intonation woes

    I check a number of different intervals between adjacent strings and position the bridge so everything is in reasonably good temper. I check major thirds, perfect fourths, perfect fifths, and...
  22. Re: Vega bowlback Need images of these inlays to replicate!

    See the posts in the recently updated thread "Vega roundback mandolins." There are several pictures in the thread of more or less similar inlays.
  23. Thread: Intonation woes

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    Re: Intonation woes

    Bridge position adjustment in a nut shell:

    1. Loosen all the strings 4 or 5 turns except for the outer E and outer G strings.
    2. Adjust the bridge position using a good quality tuner, checking...
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    Re: New (to me) mandolute

    Cutting bridges for mandolins can be like going down a rabbit hole. Materials, shapes, thicknesses, etc. all have an effect on the sound.
    If you are going to cut a new bridge, and you've lightened...
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    Re: Gibson A-50 up for auction

    After some thought, I do not recommend a natural top finish on this instrument. By the time you sand the color out of the wood, the top will be too thin.
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