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    Re: Mystery corrosion - anyone know why?

    A dilemma, especially for those wanting cases to maintain humidity, so why not a combo humidifier and chemical off-gas absorber. Bernie?
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    Re: H 1 mandola on SGW

    With the distraction of this item, now over $1700 and two days to go, I snapped up my target instrument for $25.40. Plus shipping.
    The new rescue is going to be interesting, mysterious, and likely...
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    Re: H 1 mandola on SGW

    We might consider refining MAS with subscripts or extra letters as is common with uke-family instruments, as in ‘MAS D’ for mandola, -C, -B to perhaps tailor the treatment options.
    Good thing I have...
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    H 1 mandola on SGW

    Of course listed as a mandolin, lots of bids, although early. Clear photo of label, which casually looks as if s/n may be erased. Another hot one? No photos more useful for guessing condition, and...
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    Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    Many years ago I found a tin of Putz Pomade. With no German but familiarity with Yiddish, thought it was a gag! Turns out to be a real product, used in printing, not on jerks or privates. The...
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    Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    Well, on the first point, as an MIT grad, I do not associate literacy with engineers of any stripe. In fact, freshman ‘humanities’ was feared by many. On the second point, I checked just now: The...
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    Re: Mandolins as a work of art

    This is one area where it’s probably smart to just take the undefined, street version of a phrase, like ‘work of art’ and use it, rather than get embroiled in formal terms. I’m afraid that if we go...
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    Re: Has COVID affected your MAS?

    Like Daryl, I shifted to caregiver, for my SO, a bit over a year ago and haven’t been home more than a few days since. So pandemic issues, magnified by an immuno-compromised person, and no access...
  9. Re: On Shopgoodwill: tape over the logo and serial number. Why?

    The recent go-around with the Gibson ‘toy’ flattop, which was almost certainly authentic but was suckering people, ending up in relisting with the truss cover turned to the blank side, shows that...
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    Re: Jade mandolin with a strangely shaped top

    Well, you’re correct to investigate this since it, as mentioned, is severe, and might be continuing. One distinction you can make is whether it’s the top itself changing shape or the string tension...
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    Possibly bears mentioning if you’ve little or no experience with an airbrush: None of them, especially not the less-adjustable budget ones, have a quick learning curve. I’d suggest first spraying...
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    What is

    The trident head looks familiar but I can’t place it. No valid measurements given, but looks small. Plate tuners replacing pegs? On SGW now
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  13. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    Slightly off topic. Been noticing auction results for ordinary old Harmony, Kay, Strad-o-lin, Sears, etc. These are going fairly high, so there may be several different causes, one of which could be...
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    Re: Humidipak - WARNING

    I’m still studying the concept of “200% quality control…”.
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    Re: String windings on Waverly tuners

    Make a difference? If there is a bit of slop, sure the decreased lever arm of a low last turn could make tuning a bi easier, especially if there are no bushings and wear in the wood. My antiques, no...
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    Re: Ovation MM68 Low volume E string

    Never seen one, but if it has the original multi-piezo pickup, one crystal might be broken or disconnected. Could be easy to identify with saddle removed, or the shims that establish contact. Not a...
  17. Re: New restrictions on pearl and abalone into Canada

    When you see ‘tuner buttons/trim/inlay of period materials’ in an ad, is that just code for ivory, tortoise, etc?
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    Re: Total Newbee looking for info

    Playability and good sound can be quite independent. I think, for a newbie, having this (smaller, high string tension, high pitched) instrument set up accurately is vital to spending any time at all...
  19. Re: Niice Banjo-Mandolin Find.. No Maker Name???

    It is nice enough that someone here will recognize it; if that fails, try banjohangout as that part may be more characteristic. Also look or feel around all four sides of the stick inside the drum,...
  20. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    That’s exactly the point. We’re trying to purchase a history as well as an instrument. A history of (presumably) wonderful music, talented hands, travel. If we buy this real or imitation persona...
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    Re: Vintage?

    Re: Quasi Mojo. I think of the shading of the top on cheap violins and the (sacred) sunburst as varieties of factory antiquing. In the violin case, simulation of decades of rosin accumulations and...
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    Re: Restoration of a Silvestri

    Shellac fluoresces bright orange according to the museum conservation folk, under longwave UV (the low cost diode sources). Bare wood may not fluoresce strongly. So I’d guess that looking where...
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    Re: Fretless mandolin?

    My now almost favorite instrument, concert uke tuned viola, does vibrato and sort of glissando, bends, with those soft strings. (Aquila makes the conversion strings). I would like to try a GDAE...
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    Re: Vintage?

    Another can of semantic worms: Champagne (and for that matter, could be whisky): Vintage means all the grapes in that brew are from one year. Possible, but not usual, since they like to mix...
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    Re: Givson Urbashi mandolin on Ebay

    I also chuckled at toon wood, so also looked it up. So, educational.
    Maybe some folks who know Hindi as first language also wonder whether there’s a wood called ‘tone’ that they keep seeing here?
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