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  1. Re: Stephen Perry updates, shop running again, located N. Va.

    Good to see you are back in the swing and have your shop set up again. I pray you find your new place fulfilling and peaceful. I don’t travel much anymore, but if I get that way, I will be sure to...
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    Re: My MAS is cured.

    I am like MandoMan. I have had some incredible mandolins. But, life happens, and after 30 surgeries I found my doctors wanted to get paid more than I wanted to have a mandolin. Ok, that’s not...
  3. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    I played guitar for over 20 years before I tried other instruments. When I did, I went a bit overboard. In a very short time I tried pedal steel, banjo, dobro, and mandolin. I began to see music...
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    Re: Cullng the herd

    It can be very hard to see a mandolin you love leave you. I have been blessed to have some exquisite instruments, both mandolin and guitar, but just about the time I get what I want, another surgery...
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    Re: Michael Cleveland on Mandolin

    I’m sorry Alan. I don’t recall the serial number any more. I remember it started with 95 for the year it was built. I used to know it, but that was too long ago. I have never played one of his...
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    Re: Michael Cleveland on Mandolin

    Michael Cleveland is a great musician and has been since he was a mere kid. The F style mandolin he is with in these photos is a Gilchrist that was made in 1995. It was built for me just the way I...
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    Re: Gibson Cherry Master

    There was only one made. We did not like it that much when it was new, but it has really developed! It went to First Quality in Louisville, ky. I have no idea where it went from there. We had...
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    Itís that time of year

    Merry Christmas to all of my Cafe friends. Merry Christmas to Scott and the cafe as well. This would be a great time to donate a few bucks to the cafe. Scott has worked hard for years to make this...
  9. Thread: Rehab Hospital

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    Re: Rehab Hospital

    Hey Gary... I spent a month in the rehab hospital here in Nashville last year. I had my mandolin with me and the staff and residents kept wanting me to play anytime I wasn’t in therapy sessions. ...
  10. Re: Flatiron FG5 Sign by Michael Owens Information?Any body know

    Michael Owens carved all the tops and selected the woods for the master models. He was very gifted and very conscientious about his work. He was a great photographer and loved fly fishing as well. ...
  11. Thread: ToneRite

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    Re: ToneRite

    I have one for guitar and one for mandolin. I have used them for new instruments or those that went through major repair. In most cases it really did help. One guitar I remember did not improve...
  12. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    In another interesting travel through mandolin artistry, there are a few who have dared violate all that Loar purists may hold important. I am a Loar purist in the ways I can afford to be. However,...
  13. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I was part of some of the efforts to protect their product, trademarks, etc by Gibson while I was there. There is a lot more to this than just emotions or wanting to kick the big dog. I was used as...
  14. Re: Does anyone know who currently owns this DMM prototype?

    There were no DMMís made in 1999. It is possible someone had it distressed later, but the model was first introduced in 2004.
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    Re: Seeking Value of my Mandolin

    It’s always hard to tell with a photo, but I think the finish looks original. The wear on it looks right, and the sheen is right for that era. The value is not going to be much different anyway. ...
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    Re: Gibson F9 with sunken top

    Good morning gentlemen and ladies. When I was at the Big G the corporate stand was any warranty claims had to be done only for the original owner with his sales receipt. If you were not the...
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    Re: Gibson Opryland "Pancakes"

    They were never sold by the factory as Gibson mandolins. They were cheap mandolins for tourists. It took me awhile, but I finally got that stopped. It was more of a pain for us than it was ever...
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    More mandolin info

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    These photos are from the 1937 Gibson catalog. The EM150 was interesting in the history of electric instruments. Hope you enjoy in spite of...
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    Old mandolin info

    Here are some photos from a 1940 Gibson catalog. I thought you might enjoy them. The photography is less than stellar, but it is what it is.
  20. Thread: Apex Strings

    by Big Joe
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    Re: Apex Strings

    Lawson can get the bigger gauges for you. That’s what he uses and I’m getting a few more sets from him. The rowdy pickers website should have contact information, if not let me know and I can put...
  21. Thread: Apex Strings

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    Re: Apex Strings

    Ian e probably changed 50,000 sets of strings over my 55 years of playing and working with instruments and still hate it as much as the first time I ever changed a set of strings. Regular guitar...
  22. Thread: Apex Strings

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    Re: Apex Strings

    I can get them from a friend. I don’t have pricing, but I get them from Rowdy Pickers. He has a web site. He worked with me at the Bluegrass Division for several years. He also owns and plays a...
  23. Thread: Apex Strings

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    Apex Strings

    I was given a set of Apex mandolin strings at NAMM to try. I put them on my Bush mandolin. They were .11-.41 gauge. The first little while I was not too excited, but thatís not unusual for new...
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    Re: Gibson head luthiers

    Yes, I knew Sim and Michael signed the underside of some of the tops. I even signed a few, but usually shied away from it. As far as which dealer Jacks mandolin came from is hard to say. Records...
  25. Re: Steve Perry - Gianna's definitely relocating Chicago

    I’m sorry to see you go. I will miss our infrequent get together. My wife was born in Chicago and I was born in Sterling. That’s about 100miles west of Chicago. When I was young I spent a lot of...
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