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    Re: Any ideas on what this is?

    What it is is a cheaply-made, bottom-of-the-line mandolin, which will put you off the idea of ever playing mandolin.

    It would suit the typical deranged collector*, who would buy it in the high...
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    Re: My first Bowlback

    My first bowlback was Czech as well; bought in 1965, new, from a pawnshop for $39. It had brass frets which I wore out in about a year, and I was told it would be a lot cheaper to buy a new one than...
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    Re: Kerman Mandolin status as of 2019

    I was lucky to hear Avi Avital in a good-sized concert hall back in 2019. His Kerman stood up to the tasks of being heard over the orchestra, and his encore piece was clear as a bell, from ff to pp. ...
  4. Re: Raffaele Calace? Knock off? Questionable label.

    It looks like an Oriental, most likely Japanese, knockoff of a Calace instrument. The date corresponds to Calace's tour of Japan in 1924-5. The appearance supports the date.

    Buy a set of (extra...
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    Re: Vintage Mandolin Napoli

    . . . and the plastic over the tailpiece might not be plastic.
  6. Re: Treating Trigger Finger - My First Cortisone Injection

    Got the shot for onset of trigger finger; the cause was a burning sensation in the palm of my left hand, and LH ring finger would lock up somewhat.

    The injection was not particularly...
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    Re: Mandolin String Grommets

    It's easier to weave a thin strip of felt thru the strings near the tailpiece. I've seen a strip of velcro attached to the strings at the TP as well.

    It should be noted that the Lyon&Healy...
  8. Re: Loar era Gibson F5 mandolins as classical instruments

    To augment the definition, the cant, or bend, in the top is constructed by removing a wedge of the top (belly) wood, with the point of the wedge at the cant/bridge area, widening toward the...
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    Re: Yay or nay to a strap button

    That's only the second Unicorn mandolin I've seen in the wild!

    No strap buttons!
  10. Re: Mugwumps - a chunk of vintage instrument history

    I'm not looking for anything; I have the original hard copies of Mugwumps, and I was wondering what I should do with them. I see them as primary source information from the period. It seemed to me...
  11. Mugwumps - a chunk of vintage instrument history

    I found a set of Mike Holmes's "Mugwumps" which eventually morphed into "Mugwumps Instrument Herald".

    It started out as a sort of informative catalog, with a few items for sale, and developed...
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    Re: Mandolins with Deeper Necks

    Pre-Loar Gibsons have a nice thickish neck.
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    Re: Lotta bling for the buck on this bowlback

    Looks Italian, turn of last century. I'm not terribly fond of extreme bling due to loss/repair issues, but that one is delightfully over-the-top. And the price realised was an absolute steal. I'm...
  14. Re: Seeking help identifying a unmarked bowl back mandolin

    FWIW, the use of pegs to secure the strings is generally indicative of a pre-1900 instrument.
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    Re: Laser Cleaning Stained Mandolins

    Belt sander is my go-to for mandolin touch-up and tattoo removal.
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Why not settle for an Italian bowlback? There are quality instruments available for far less than that Calace. I can attest to the tonality of Italian bowlbacks differing from the American bowls I've...
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    Re: A Unicorn Walks the Earth

    I was privileged to hear Avi Avital in concert just before we were all locked down. I was surprised at the way his instrument was able to fill the concert hall, playing over an orchestra. His encore...
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    Re: European vs American approaches to the mandolin

    I'm unable to address this question as anyone near "master player" - even "player" might be an exaggeration, alas.
    However, I have experimented with any number of mandolin types, which provides a...
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    0.95"=24mm


    Picky, I suppose.
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    Re: Would I be happier with a 20s Gibson F4?

    My question is whether you'd be happier without a '20s F4?

    Sounds to me like you already know the answer. Now it's merely a matter of finding The One.
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    Re: Traditional Italian mandolin in Italy?

    I wonder that, too. Her name is lost somewhere in my memory file, but the circumstances you mention resonate within my somewhat hollow cranium.

    I dunno about the pizza thing, but I have to ask...
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    Re: Traditional Italian mandolin in Italy?

    I seem to recall that the onset of Fascism in Italy brought about a diminution, almost an elimination, of street music in the country; it was an image that did not please Il Duce, all this wasting of...
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    Re: Would I be happier with a 20s Gibson F4?

    Pre-Loar Era ovals have a different feel, sound and construction details from the 1922 and subsequent examples. I personally find the earlier ones more to my taste. This could be learned behavior, as...
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    Re: Traditional Italian mandolin in Italy?

    Used to be that you could stumble upon an Italian immigrant barber; I recall there being a mandolin-playing barber in a shop I patronised maybe 50-60 years ago.

    Those old-timers are long gone, and...
  25. Re: Gibson is preparing to sell NFTs of its most famous models

    So they're trying to trademark the visual images of their various products, after failing to trademark the actual items for decades, or over a century for mandolins?

    Good luck with that.
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