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    Re: CF Martin Mandolin Serial Number 2604

    I asked a Martin historian to take a look at the serial number. Here's what he sent me.


    This mandolins is a little more interesting that it appears. This is an example of a prototype 000...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    "Is this how it starts?"

    Perhaps I missed it, but I didn't see a succinct answer to the original question. The answer is, "Yes!" :-)

    Congrats! The Strad-O-Lin is especially cool.
  3. Thread: String winder

    by Buck
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    Re: String winder

    Frank's Cranks - expensive, but they're lifetime tools, and beyond.

    https://vtoddyates.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/img_1450.jpg
  4. Thread: Gangstagrass?

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    Re: Gangstagrass?

    If I live a good life, maybe I will never hear anything like that ever again. They're free to do it of course. I have no problem with that, but it's not for me.
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    Of all things someone could do to annoy me, playing two finger cords in time and with the feel of the song is VERY low on the list. :-)
  6. Re: Gibson opposes Collings' headstock trademark registration, ci

    This is a trademark claim, not a patent dispute. I think the reason this tends to irritate people is that Gibson didn't claim this and similar trademarks for decades, then after they become more or...
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    Re: diminished value from a repair?

    A broken scroll on an F-Style mandolin is not what we'd normally think of as a "headstock crack" or "broken headstock". It's strictly cosmetic in the sense that it can be broken off entirely and the...
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    Agreed. Low risk doesn't mean no risk, and "unlucky" can sometimes find you in spite of everything.

    Clark, glad you're feeling better!
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    So many projects are like that. Seems easy until you start....
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    No.

    No.

    Yes.

    No.

    I do most minor setup work, up to and including fretwork on some instruments. I have a short list of repairmen I pay to do the rest, and I know my limitations when it...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    With the clear that statement that I'm not trying to talk anyone into anything, here are my reasons....

    I come from a background of tinkerers and hotrodders. We modified everything - trap guns,...
  12. Thread: Arm rest. Y or N?

    by Buck
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    Big no for me. I dislike the looks, the feel, and the fact that the guards themselves often damage the finish. I'd much rather see wear from playing than wear from the clamp. I feel the same way...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    rcc56, no argument with any of that. My main point was to clarify that Bryan's approach is not reckless - and there are repairmen out there who make reckless modifications. Other than the removal...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    He knows about the site issue and is fixing it.


    If that was the intended purpose of the popsicle brace, or "top plate" as Martin calls it, it didn't work out very well as many guitars with the...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I could be wrong...it's happened...but I don't see there ever being a great demand for unaltered 1970's D-18's. They made many thousands of them, and while the basics are there, several things can...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I would. Bryan can do a lighter or heavier scallop, plus he does not normally scallop the tone bars. To my ear you end up with a guitar that's a bit more responsive, stronger bass, but without...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Bryan is conservative in thought and execution of these modifications. I do know some who take it too far, but I have not known of his modifications resulting in later failure.

    He's done some...
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    Re: 1st fret playability on your mando?

    It's a near useless product IMO. The primary advantage of a true zero fret is that it can be leveled and finished with the rest of the frets, ensuring that the open string height is correct. The...
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    Re: 1st fret playability on your mando?

    How do you know that the nut height is good? The nut slots are more commonly too high than actually correct. If it's hard to play in the first position, especially at the first fret, the nut is the...
  20. Thread: Blue chip picks

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    Re: Blue chip picks

    I'm a fan. Though there are other picks I like quite a lot, regardless of price, a Blue Chip in the right shape and thickness could be a do-it-all pick for me. I have a few - a couple of custom...
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    Re: Refinishing a nice mandolin

    Do the speed neck. Learn to love the rest. It's part of the character of the instrument. Plus a refinish is expensive, it diminishes the instrument value, and there's no guarantee it won't change...
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    Re: Stringwinder's for mando

    Small = mandolin sized buttons
    Medium = most vintage or modern open gear guitar button (Waverly, Gotoh, Schaller scalloped or oval)
    Large = Grover Rotomatic or large Schaller


    Mike, I didn't...
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    Re: Stringwinder's for mando

    Mike, I thought I was the only one who'd ever done that until I saw your photo in another thread. I'll try to remember to get a photo of mine, though it looks much like yours. I cut a section out...
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    Re: Stringwinder's for mando

    I'm a fan of Frank's Cranks. Got a full set for my birthday a couple years ago.

    https://vtoddyates.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/img_1450.jpg
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    Re: Why do people do this?

    I've never seen that, not compared to cleaner instruments of the same period. Certainly it's to be expected that a 1936 Martin D-18 with a good deal of play wear will have a much higher price tag...
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