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  1. Re: Looking for mando arrangements of Jewish music, prayers

    Jeff Warschauer did a klezmer-oriented guitar and mandolin album, The Singing Waltz, and has also played with the Klezmer Conservatory Band. Additional info here. Might be a useful source for...
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    Re: Rockin' the Dulcimer!

    First watched Cindy Lauper playing dulcimer on her classic Time After Time on Austin City Limits a few years ago. May or may not be considered "rockin'," but I think it works beautifully.
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    Re: Cleaning Mold From Inside a Guitar?

    Looks a lot better than its former owner does, I'll bet...
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    Re: upgrade thoughts

    Amen to that. And realize that "mass production" in terms of mandolins, is nothing like producing SUV's, Air Jordans, or even solid-body electric guitars. You can't call what happens in even an...
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    Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

    What? Who says?

    Depressing news...
  6. Re: Another Mystery Bowlback (to test your patience)

    Hmm...only four posts on the tailpiece to anchor strings. Does that shed any light on the instrument's origin?

    I haven't seen many US-made bowl-backs that didn't have individual posts or hooks...
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    Re: Eastman MDA315 mandola! Yes!

    Since buying my Stahl Larson-built mandola, I've found myself playing it more than any of my mandolins. First, it's a really top-quality instrument, shows a lot of wear and a few repairs (as you...
  8. Thread: UPS rant

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    Re: UPS rant

    Let me disagree slightly re: US Postal Service. I had a mandocello shipped to me from Canada, and went out briefly on a Saturday morning. When I got home there was an "attempt to deliver" notice in...
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    I'm steering clear; once burned, twice shy...
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    Good or not good; depends. Remember, the mandolin's designed to have proper geometry when under normal string tension. Relax the strings, and the neck may flex backwards, lowering the "action" so...
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    Samuel "S S" Stewart started building banjos in 1878, in Philadelphia. He died 20 years later, and his trademark went through a couple owners before Buegeleisen & Jacobson (B&J), a New York City...
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    Re: Vintage Tiple Restoration

    My experience with tiples -- I've owned two, now down to just one Martin T-15 -- is that the combination of the short scale, and string courses with strings of very different diameters tuned in...
  13. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    The two statements aren't incompatible. You can be stupid -- or nasty, or dishonest, or delusional, or totally vapid and pointless -- and still accumulate hundreds of thousands of subscribers. 'Tis...
  14. "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    Had to share this YouTube vid I stumbled across; I won't post it 'cause it's 27 minutes long.

    It shows a very industrious young man restoring a trashed cheap guitar as best he can. When I hit the...
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    Re: Classical Mandolin

    One thing you may need to get used to is the different scale lengths. Violin scale length is generally right around 12 inches, give or take. The Loar LM-520 specifies a scale length of 13.75...
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    Re: Metal-Clad Fretboard

    As I understand it (and I'm relying on a bunch of unrelated old remembered stuff) the advent of available electric power in the late 19th century made it commercially possible to smelt aluminum from...
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    Re: Need advice

    You said the "redacted" part of the label says "Made in Korea," and the Wikipedia article says Korean Sigmas were made 1984-1994. So if the article's right -- not that Wiki's the ultimate authority...
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    Re: Vega Cylinder Back model numbers?

    You can check out this 2004 thread which has some interesting info, and also this Mugwumps article on Fairbanks and Fairbanks/Vega serial numbers. The article is specifically about banjos, but...
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    Re: Unknown mandolin

    If it's one of those Vietnamese instruments, be careful: some of them have inlays that fall out, metal parts that fail, and under-dried wood that can split. Apparently there's a "cottage industry"...
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    Re: Viva charango!

    Is yours made from an armadillo shell? I had one for a while that was the only instrument I've ever owned with hair and ears.
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    Re: Opinion on nickel vs. gold aesthetics

    Amen to that. I have a couple of older Gibsons with gold plated tuners and tailpieces, and the plating looks, well, "vintage." I used to consider re-plating, but it's costly and there aren't many...
  22. Re: Hard cases for Eastman mandola and octave mandolin?

    Eastman mandolas used to come with a violin-style hard case; I owned an MDA615 for a few years, since traded in, and it had one of those rectangular, cloth-covered, latch-and-zipper cases with an...
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    Re: River mandolin

    "River" doesn't pop up as a brand for mandolins, banjos or guitars.

    Any chance it could be "Rover," a well-known brand of Asian-import instruments? Jus' askin'....
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    Re: Need advice

    Could be a very decent instrument, in the mid-priced-import range.

    Some people try to remove country-of-origin labels from imports when putting them on the used market. The label has "C F Martin"...
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    Re: B & J Serenader Resonator Mandolin 1930s

    I have a B & J Victoria bowl-back -- family heirloom -- that's pretty obviously a L & H Washburn with a different label. Nice little mando, once I had the top crack repaired.

    B & J were...
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