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  1. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    One of my late father's corny expressions from 50 years ago was "you can't choose your color on a used car" -- I guess that would apply to other options and inherited mandolins, as well......

    And,...
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    Re: Double Standard

    The easiest way, believe it or not, is NOT to use the Mandolin Cafe search engine. I go straight to Google, type in what I want, and sure enough, the first result is usually the Mandolin Cafe thread...
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    Re: This Gibson legit?

    You can kind of approximate a mandolin sound on a regular guitar with Nashville tuning for the price of a set of strings....many online examples.
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    Re: Double Standard

    I'll repeat, for those who care, what I said in some of those previous posts regarding mandolin soundposts:

    YES, they work as a quick & cheap means to "fix" a mandolin with a sunken top, if you...
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    Re: Double Standard

    same with blue chips and tone-gards..............
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    I hate to say it, but it doesn't seem to have much to do with skill or ability. I find if I sing a song about being rowdy, drinkin' (too much) or partaking in other less than legal substances -- the...
  7. Re: Advice needed on shipping Gibson A-Jr to UK

    My 2 cents: It's gonna be tough.

    Beyond, the concerns of prohibited woods and all that, the Covid-19 restrictions have caused the shippers to limit services and raise prices of the services they...
  8. Re: Converting 8-stringed guitars to mando cellos

    ??? $569 Alvarez vs $4799-6700+ Taylor Custom Shop...(new prices)
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    Re: Buy without trying

    If, by the current situation, you mean pandemic restrictions/precautions, I would say not much has changed if buying by mail. Most stores are open for mail order and can send instruments to you. ...
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    Re: Trouble with Top Cracks

    All great advice, but first I would get some perspective about what you are trying to accomplish.

    For me, I would try to save a 100 year old top before ever thinking of replacing it with "new"...
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    Re: Goodwill Gibson A

    Anybody catch the final price? It ended a couple hours ago.
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    Re: Damaged teens Gibson A3

    Looks like glue residue from failed previous repair attempt.
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    Re: Bug spray Lacquer repair

    Looks good, John!
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    Re: Damaged teens Gibson A3

    Post some pictures and see what the experts think......
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    Re: Goodwill Gibson A

    It's at $751, so I'm out. My idea of a bargain is half price (preferably less) and you can get one at Carters for $1500, but this one will probably keep climbing to over that amount, so no bargain...
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    Re: Bug spray Lacquer repair

    On an unrelated note, as I repairman I see a high number of "grandpa's guitars" that were poorly stored for decades -- attic, garage, shed, basement, etc., -- almost ALWAYS with tiny white paint...
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    Re: Bug spray Lacquer repair

    Sometimes you can get lucky. Sometimes not. I would try something milder before sanding like Meguiar's Cleaner Wax in an inconspicuous area and see what happens.
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    Re: Goodwill Gibson A

    That is my concern, also, with Goodwill. Doubtful they have a vintage expert. Not sure if they can pack properly. What about returns? Yet, online buyers somehow think they are getting a...
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    Re: yamaha mandolins

    FWIW, and working at a vintage guitar shop we rarely saw Yamaha acoustic guitars that predated the FG red label Nippon Gakki series of the late 60's. Most will date to early 70's unless they were...
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    Re: Easiest Strings to Play?

    FWIW, the quality of the Thomastik's is totally in another class from the average strings most of us play. Like playing jewelry, really. Worth the money, if you can afford it, IMHO. The sound,...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    Worth the wait! Very nice!
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    Re: Rot smell on strings how to get rid of it?

    Still not sure what "rot smell" is..................but, I sure don't want it!

    Start with fresh strings.
    Clean fretboard with lemon oil and 0000 steel wool.
    Stop using those other products --...
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    Re: CEO Chris Martin IV Announces Retirement

    I just changed my name to CF Martin V.............don't know if that will help or not???? :cool:
  24. Re: Imported a mandolin with tortoise shell - CITES

    Kind of a harsh test, IMHO. I don't believe I'll be sticking HOT PINS into ANY of my vintage instruments, thank you!

    I see this scenario..........congrats on it not being tortoise, but sorry...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Congrats again, Sue! I read Jake's review and enjoyed the pictures. Great buy, IMHO.
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