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  1. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    Haven't studied "music theory" since junior high, but have picked up enough through 50+ years of playing, to give me some insights that are useful to someone who's basically a by-ear musician. ...
  2. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I've played mandola for about 35 years now (holy cow -- that long?!). I own several: a Washburn bowl-back from the late 1890's that I use in historical programs (and as a phony "lute" at one Ren...
  3. Re: Rochester NY Mandolin Orchestra debuts Sept. 14

    Well, the debut performance at the North Winton Festival was quite successful!

    Here are some photos and live recordings.
  4. Re: National Tenor Tri-cone Resonator Guitar

    Brozman's book puts Ser.#305 as 1928, first year they were manufactured. Price is competitive, IMHO.
  5. Re: What's the origin/lyrics of this song: All Around the Mountai

    Somebody loaned me a CD by a Midwestern singer with All Around the Mountain -- a tune I first heard at Fox Hollow Folk Festival (Troy NY) in the early '70's, sung by a band called Sweet Corn -- and...
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    Re: Regal Wendell Hall Guitar?

    Hah! Bob Carlin's book Regal Musical Instruments, 1895-1955, has a pic on p. 256 of Wendell Hall playing a very similar instrument, described as a "top-of-the-line Regal tiple," except that it...
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    Gelas mandolin family at Bernunzio's

    OK, am I shilling for John Bernunzio, one of our local vintage dealers? Definitely not, although there's a super-graphic on one of his store windows, depicting me brandishing a Polk-A-Lay-Lee...
  8. Re: Can anyone tell me anything about this banjolin?

    Hmm... Looks British, kinda/sorta; "W" could be "Windsor," British maker, though I've not seen a Windsor with an inlaid "W." The brackets holding the resonator are similarly formed to those on some...
  9. Rochester NY Mandolin Orchestra debuts Sept. 14

    Over the past year, Tom Napoli here in Rochester has turned a series of impromptu Saturday sessions at Bernunzio's Uptown Music, into an organized and rehearsed ensemble, with membership varying from...
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    Re: Always surprised how people send stuff

    And if you have a local music dealer, ask him/her to save for you one of the shaped instrument boxes that factories/distributors use to ship to his/her store. You can re-use it, with proper packing,...
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    Re: Disappointment

    It would say, "Who the hell put these crappy tuners and funky-a*s bridge on me? And where's my tailpiece cover? Hey, I'm a respectable mand'lin, jus' tryin' to get a couple G's an' a new owner, and...
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    Bruno mandocello at Bernunzio's

    John has a Bruno Style D mandocello listed; he claims "likely constructed by the Larson brothers," but I'll avoid that particular can of worms.

    Here 'tis.

    Asking $5.5K, NFI for me of course. I...
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    Re: General Mandolin Post

    IMHO, no.

    Just remember what Oscar Wilde said about the bagpipes: "Thank God there's no smell!"

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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I have no dog in this fight, as I haven't tried EVO frets, and probably won't.

    I do think that when a thread's titled "Beware EVOs" it starts out like a consumer warning, rather than just a...
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    Re: I canít play now

    Not comparable in extent of injury, but nearly six years ago I "shattered" (doc's description) my left radius and ulna (wrist bones) in a car crash on the Mass Pike. Scared to death I was done...
  16. Re: THANKS! to Denver Folklore Center and Eastman Mandolins

    Harry stayed at our apartment back in the '70's when he played a Rochester gig for Golden Link Folk Singing Soc. A great guy, deserving of the praise in Post #6.

    Plus, he owns Mississippi John...
  17. Re: Newbie wondering about "The Loar" F-style mando quality

    You'll need to reopen the case to get the mandolin out.

    Jus' sayin'....
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    Re: Gibson F5C - Korina back and sides

    You're thinking of koa, IMHO.
  19. Re: Looking For Information on this Mandolin

    On the other hand, I love the headstock inlay, which seems to represent a partially excavated Austrolopithecus skeleton.

    Seldom find these paleontological references in mandolin construction, IMHO.
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    Re: Back to f-holes?

    Nah, just honored to have contributed a useful (IMHO, anyway) phrase and concept to our ongoing discussions of "what mandolin should I buy?"

    For those unfamiliar, I was reacting to the threads...
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    Re: Scrolltastic 30s Oddball Mandolin

    Hah! Good guess! Definitely some design resemblance.

    We've had discussions of "oval-hole" vs. "f-hole" instruments; now we should add "pin-hole" to the discussion, I guess.
  22. Re: Who was the first American mandolin manufacturer?

    Luthiers have been building instruments in Paracho, Mexico, reportedly since the 1700's. Possibly could have made some mandolins...? I'm not sure that's what we're looking for as an "American...
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    Re: Long term band

    I formed Flint Hill Folk to play at the Genesee Country Village "restoration" (actually, all the buildings were relocated on the site) in 1976, and we're still going, with a slew of personnel changes...
  24. Re: Mando Acquisition Syndrome and the Mandocello

    Hey! My Stahl mando-bass and I resemble that remark...

    To the OP: go far outside the box and consider a Wishnevsky mandocello. His website is here. All solid woods, hand-made by a small builder,...
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    Re: An extra finger can be incredibly handy

    You could ask Hound Dog Taylor -- though his extra pinky just extended past his fifth-finger and its slide.
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