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    Re: 1902 Martin Bowlback mandolin

    There is a market for used American made bowlbacks but there are a ton of them on the market, some decent some disasters. That's why the prices are low. This Martin is beyond the market but he only...
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    Re: Stradolin Seeks Glue

    I'm not sure if there is a ceiling to what you CAN put into one but there is certainly a ceiling as to what makes sense to put into it. The only factor I see that could change that would be if it had...
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    Re: Stradolin Seeks Glue

    This thread has pictures of four of them with the backs off. Some joints are definitely cleaner than the others. There is another one open here. I don't recall seeing a neck off the body on one of...
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    Re: Women with Mandolins

    Cindy Geija from the Cindy G Bluegrass Band. I knew her when :cool:
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    Re: Mandolin ToneRite on guitar?

    I was trying to be polite. :cool:
  6. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    As Br1ck has stated, the approach to fingerboard is different. If you're trying to play using the ends of your finger like you do on guitar you're going to have to adjust. If it makes sense your...
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    Re: Mandolinetto Makers?

    Champlin Guitar. I know nothing about the maker but they are in the Builder's Database.

    https://www.champlinguitars.com/mandolinettos

    Note: As I said I don't know this builder but we apparently...
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    Neither will Delaware. Same.
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    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    I was celebrating my former wife's birthday and invited a whole bunch of friends for a party in the back room of the Cafe. Forgive me if I forgot to invite you, I meant to.
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    Re: Bourgeois Guitars Partners with Eastman

    NursingDaBlues made the statement in a thread above about working capital. It's very true. You need money to operate. Remaining profitable isn't always easy and making mistakes is. I know this from...
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    Re: Key Brand Info?

    Here is one labeled Swan.
  12. Re: needing info on a swan mandolin who made it , is it any good

    If it's this one, it is one of these. They were imported into the US under dozens maybe hundreds of brand names. WE have a member that started out with one and liked it, they really weren't anything...
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    Re: Gibson A50, odd neck

    OK, I think I've finally matched up one small feature that shows they might be the same instrument. The headstock wing can't be definitive because they could have used the same mismatched piece of...
  14. Re: needing info on a swan mandolin who made it , is it any good

    Without pictures nobody can give you a real idea as to what you are looking at.
  15. Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Actually there are two others that share my name that I'm not real happy about. Make that three. There's a former police officer from North Jersey that lives in the next county that has a huge child...
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    Re: What kind of tuners are these?

    Not a clue because I bought both of my sets used. I'll note that I got that information from a Cafe member and assume it is correct. My sets are definitely different. The worm-over tuners in my image...
  17. Re: Article: The 1978 Bob Givens Interview from The Guitars Frien

    The article on Charles Johnson's website:

    http://www.vintagemandolin.com/givens_history.html
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    Funny you should mention that. One of the foremost experts on Tuvan throat singing is named Michael Edgerton. He isn't me but we have common friends.
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    Re: What kind of tuners are these?

    The older Waverly tuners were apparently hand engraved. The newer Waverly tuners are engraved by a CNC machine. They are not quite as flowery. I have a set of both and the depth of the engraving is...
  20. Re: Article: The 1978 Bob Givens Interview from The Guitars Frien

    Luthiers that held the Ms. Griffith Loar in their hands said the same thing, that the back had never been off.
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    A past thread with some well known luthiers discussing both silking and bear claw can be found here. I don't recall hearing the silking term. That one is new to me.
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    I think that would qualify as bear claw.
  23. Re: Article: The 1978 Bob Givens Interview from The Guitars Frien

    If I ever run into Roger Sprung again I'm going to ask him about that "D-45"! This is great stuff.
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    Re: But it said it was a Gibson!

    A very small fortune. How small of a fortune you ask? Very very very very small. So small it doesn't even register as a fortune.
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    Re: Brentrup Mandolins

    Hans had a snake he had built that had a small flaw. It was affordable. (Kicking myself)

    When I had enough money to buy another he had stopped building and told me in no uncertain terms he...
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