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    Re: acoustic/electric mandolin in 2021

    Your friend may have to negotiate with Customs if bringing back an instrument purchased in the US; leaving that up to him/her, you can find MM-68's here on eBay and at used instrument dealers. Price...
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    Re: Gibson, Tonk & Kalamazoo

    Gibson Inc. manufactured instruments under a variety of names, with Kalamazoo being one of the more common -- but there are dozens, a bewildering variety. Here's what the Fox Guitars website lists:...
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    Re: What kind of Mandolin

    Think about Pegheds -- geared tuners disguised as friction pegs. Might fit your existing holes. One concern is that they're basically designed for violin and/or ukulele, and mandolin strings may...
  4. Re: Interesting: Vintage 1937 Gibson/Kalamaz guitar-bodied Mandoc

    Retrofret description says there's a "Kalamazoo" logo under the screwed-on "Gibson" nameplate. They also note that it's marked "Made in USA" so probably intended for export.
  5. Re: Hey guys and gals, I need some help please . . . old newbie

    I own each of the instruments you're considering, and went from mandolin to octave mandolin to mandola to mandocello (added a mando-bass last year, but let's ignore that for now). Like some of the...
  6. Re: Box-shaped electric resonator mandolin

    I think that "resonator" has a plumbing-supplies pedigree...
  7. Re: Right-handed fiddle player, left-handed mando player

    Scissors are generally constructed so that the thumb and finger pressures from the right hand force the cutting blades together, making cutting easier, while using them left-handed spreads the blades...
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    Re: Long Scale Gibson Banjo question...

    I've been playing a long-neck "Pete Seeger style" banjo for about 20 years now; my RB-3 Mastertone (repro neck on a GB-3) sits largely unpicked in its case. First long-neck I had was a Regal tenor...
  9. Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    When I worked for Eldon Stutzman back in the Cretaceous Period (actually, early 1970's), he wouldn't sell anyone -- me included -- a Gibson mandolin unless the customer had a Gibson mandolin to trade...
  10. Re: Trying to ID an UNMARKED "A" Style Mando - 3" thick?

    Paracho (Mexico) product, maybe? Kinda looks like it...
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    Re: Thanksgiving Thoughts

    Just reiterating my thoughts of seven years ago.

    Spent Thanksgiving in Boston/Cambridge with kids and grandkids. Took my Strad-O-Lin and a no-name baritone ukulele along to make a bit of music...
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    Re: Local instructor - Rochester NY ?

    Weighing in: my good friend Bob Olyslager (Blue Ridge Country Ramblers, Group Therapy) has been teaching mandolin and banjo at his house for decades, on the east side of Rochester. PM me and I'll...
  13. Re: Cheap beater mandolins that play, for leaving in the car etc?

    Maybe 30 years ago I bought a badly cracked Strad-O-Lin for $50 from an elderly NYCity lady who'd kept it under her bed for decades, in its canvas gig bag. I had the crack stabilized, disregarding...
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    Re: Estate Sale Bowlback

    Fancy model, lots of rosewood ribs, vine inlaid fretboard, mother-of-pearl binding and, as you say, lots of "bling." Carving on the neck heel is another high-end detail. I've not seen US-made...
  15. Re: Any musical stamp collectors out there?

    By the way, here's a ten-year-old thread discussing a possible Bill Monroe commemorative US stamp; Google finds more discussion of it around 2014, when supposedly there was a design for it. Guess it...
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    Re: Have I Been Scammed?

    A product offered at one-twentieth of the standard market price on eBay -- well, I'm sure there have been legitimate transactions, for a variety of reasons (ignorance, emergency, whatever) along...
  17. Re: Vintage photo of a Lyon & Healy mando cello

    Gee, apparently the Fairmont Creamery Old-Timers had both a "Shorty" and a "Slim" as members. Old-time radio days...
  18. Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Well, I paid about $600 for my Triolian mandolin, and it's in better shape that this one -- still has its pickguard, as well. However, I know prices have risen over the past 30 years, so maybe the...
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    Re: Mandolin - Resonator by Republic

    You got one-a those??? Always wanted one...

    With regard to JeffD's post, the other type of resonator that has a less-brash, more musical sound, is a used Dobro mandolin with the spider bridge,...
  20. Re: Kentucky K1000 Master Model need help with serial number

    "Flammy?" Guess they mean "flame-y" or something similar...?
  21. Re: Any musical stamp collectors out there?

    First time I saw Buffy Sainte-Marie was in 1963 or '64, at Club 47 in Cambridge. Mike Seeger was the featured performer (hey, stop me if you've heard this one!), and Joan Baez had a concert in...
  22. Re: Loar-era Gibson F4 -- Structurally Sound?

    Am I wrong in inferring that there's not a standard curvature for Gibson arched tops, but that it varied somewhat from instrument to instrument?
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    Definitely looks like a refinish or overspray on the front; 'way too shiny for the vintage and the condition of the back.

    Wouldn't modify the Handel tuners; very valuable, and probably a good...
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    Re: Information on resonator mandolin

    An oddity. Jim S is correct in stating it appears to be a National-style biscuit-bridge instrument. The label doesn't make sense, in a way; according to the late Bob Brozman's authoritative book,...
  25. Re: Everything you wanted to know about the Irish bouzouki...

    Still swimming upstream, maintaining that "Irish bouzouki" is an oxymoron. Losing battle, but I still think long-necked OM's aren't really "bouzoukis," but, well, long-necked OM's. Greek et. al....
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