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    Regal Octophone - vintage photo

    Every so often I buy a vintage photo and I found this one the other day. The image of the boy in his new looking but oversized hat and coat (perhaps bought large to grow into?) makes it worth having...
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    Re: Thinking I might have to do a speed neck

    I just did a speed neck for the first time on my travel mandolin and it came out very well and is easier to play. I just used masking tape to mark the area, then used a safety razor to draw a light...
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    Perhaps one should remember that not everyone has the time or wants to spend hours researching instruments or buying and selling until they find 'the one.' I have friends in my jam who have bought...
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    Re: Nut question

    I meant to mention that I hadn't seen Oliver's mention of 'good neck relief' but it appears he had it there.
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    Re: Nut question

    Hi all (and a warm hi to you Oliver, it's been quite a while):
    Well I put a shim under the nut (slightly too high) and it just shifted the problem down a fret. And after much thinking and some...
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    Re: Nut question

    Thanks to both.
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    Re: Nut question

    Good question, Phil. Actually the buzzing is just first fret so I can't try that. If I lower the action a little closer to where I want it I can't slip a piece of paper (regular 20 lb) between the...
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    Nut question

    Hi all. The answer seems obvious to me but before I do anything...

    I'm trying to lower the action on a mandolin. I'm getting buzzing on the first and second frets. It seems obvious to me that the...
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    Re: Buying online

    Most people I know buy their mandolins in the very good shop in our town. That means mostly Collings, which is fine. But I wanted something different. Twelve years ago I 'heard' murmurs on this site...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    My attempt at the Rebels Raid.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjEktlW_N-I
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    And here's my "Ways of the World."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XffKKfXAH-o
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Here's my version of "Old Buck." I might be a little late hitting that high B flat.
    https://youtu.be/jpUqHi6yzVU
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    Re: Gus Ingo anyone?

    I just came across this ancient thread while trying to find info on Gus Ingo. This album is now available on youtube and is well worth listening to:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THwcNm-W0vI
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    Question about changing tuner buttons

    Hi all. I acquired a new (to me) mandolin recently that I'm using for travel. It's a nice instrument but has cheap tuners on it. However, they work satisfactorily and I don't really need to...
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    Re: Anyone ever heard of 'Ole Pal' mandolins?

    I just took another look at this thread and, Jim, a closer examination shows that my mandolin is the same Ole Pal that you have photos of. Clearly the name and image on the headstock were applied...
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    Thanks for posting, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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    Re: Gig bags: The Good and Bad

    I have a hard case, a foam case, and a gig bag and I use them all. The foam case is fairly light but still not that comfortable when you're on your bike, not like the gig bag. But I always add a...
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    Re: humidifying question (cases)

    Thanks to both of you, that's a relief. He's got a lovely (not vintage) mahogany Martin among them.
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    humidifying question (cases)

    Hi all, I've been humidifying my instruments with a room humidifier (and a hygrometer) for many years. But this year my son left three of his guitars with us in their cases. There really isn't room...
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    Re: Graham McDonald Flat Top Neck Joint

    My attitude was the simpler the better. I used the bolt-on and it worked fine and has held up for two or three years now.
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    I used Graham Macdonald's book, though I modified the plan a bit. I highly recommended it for the bracing pattern and other details. here's how mine came out:...
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    Re: Passernig two point in the classifieds

    Eleven years ago I was looking for an F5. I had a Collings MT2 but couldn't afford the Collings F. Found just a few posts about this Passernig fellow, used to work making Collings mandolins, who had...
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    Re: Anyone ever heard of 'Ole Pal' mandolins?

    Oh, nice, Jim. Never quite seen a shape like that. I also like having instruments from local (more or less) builders. I own a CK Williams banjo that was made here in Toronto circa 1910, the...
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    Re: Anyone ever heard of 'Ole Pal' mandolins?

    Well, it might be a small builder. There's something about the delicacy of the instrument, the thin finish, the lack of any rough spots that isn't like any Asian instrument I've ever seen except...
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    Re: Anyone ever heard of 'Ole Pal' mandolins?

    Jim, it's not the same but no doubt from the same builder/shop. I did just buy it on ebay, though, and it arrived today. Here are the photos from ebay which are ok if not great.

    I could find...
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