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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Style A4

    The inlaid Handel tuners suggest pre-1918, and the lack of a fingerboard extension pre-1912. The serial number and factory order number will give a more exact date.
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    James, did you know that Jay Ungar wrote a second verse:

    The Indian corn put the red dress on,
    Chinese cabbage tried to kick the gong;
    You shoulda seen the French green bean,
    When the...
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    Re: Double Standard

    Nah, not yet. It's been a fun ride: thread drift (Were we talking about amplification? And if so, why?), smart-alec comments, helpful information, not-so-helpful information, sincere attempts to...
  4. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    I started playing mandolin when I found a 'teens Gibson A-1 in my late grandfather's attic. I got "serious" when my brother, a friend and I wanted to form a bluegrass band, and I was the one who...
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    Re: This Gibson legit?

    For anyone interested in playing guitar chords in the mandolin range, I offer the Bruko (German) octave guitar. I bought one of these from the late lamented Sandy's Music, Central Square in...
  6. Re: John Ramsey(ave guitars, formly Tejonstreet music) retiring

    Served at Ft. Carson 1965-67. Wish the shop had been there then, though I didn't mind taking the bus to Denver and the Folklore Center.
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    Re: Kent mandolin

    Didn't the late "Gatemouth" Brown play one of the long-scale Kents?

    A quick Google finds asking prices all over the lot for used ones -- couple hundred $$ to over $1K, depending on the model.
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    Whenever I pick up a mandolin, I seem to start playing Red-Haired Boy. Dunno why.
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    Re: Sobell Banjola in the classifieds

    Tell him I still have the Sobell he traded in at Stutzman's in Rochester NY in the early '80's. I have it strung up as a mandola, and have played it ever since.

    I have two "banjolas" -- a c.1900...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    Looks like the other MB-1's listed on-line have a "cloud" tailpiece cover, so that might be what yours came with.
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    Re: Mandolin identification

    Furtado[s] didn't make it. They're a large music store in Mumbai, India, and doubtless sell a variety of imported instruments (website). The fact that it's labeled in English, and shows "Bombay" --...
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    Re: CGDA tuning on Mandolin?

    You didn't specify whether you're tuning up to CGDA -- an octave above your tenor banjo, like the discontinued Weber "sopranolin" -- or down to CGDA, the same as your tenor banjo. The first...
  13. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    The only Shmergel model with which I'm familiar is the Devastator -- I think I saw the back of one once, for about 1/4 second, before the guards hurried me away. (That's a-whole-nother story...) ...
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    Re: Mandolin identification and value

    Here's some discussion regarding a similar Ibanez. The body style is sometimes called "Venetian," and it's found on some older US instruments from Stromberg-Voisenet and Kay. Discussion on the...
  15. Re: Gibson opposes Collings' headstock trademark registration, ci

    And when Walter Taylor left the family Taylor Wines business (which had been sold to Coca-Cola, I believe), he wasn't allowed to put his name on the products of his Bully Hill vineyard. He signed...
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    Re: Heads up for you Mandolinists with Cats

    Wow, I thought this would be another "my cat likes to sleep in my mandolin case" thread.

    Or the less common, "my cat likes to play my F-5, but her claws are digging into the fretboard" thread.
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  17. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    Quote above continues a misunderstanding of Gibson's model designations, that "A" and "F" were initials for words like "Artist" and "Florentine." Gibson assigned letters to different model series,...
  18. Re: Help with Identification from Poor Picture

    British mandolin banjos often have smaller "pots" (bodies) than their American counterparts, and as a result, may have a bit more "treble" tone, and sometimes a bit less volume -- though a...
  19. Re: Coming back to Mandolin and have a few questions.

    If you want an old Gibson A-model with f-holes, look for an A-40 or an A-50. You can find them in your price range; they're usually from the late 1930's through the 1950's.
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Sue, so glad you're getting such satisfaction out of your Strad-O-Lin. I've owned a couple of them over the last 25-30 years; the first one I bought, badly cracked and with super-alligatored finish,...
  21. Re: Gibson opposes Collings' headstock trademark registration, ci

    Where the hell were the Gibson legal eagles, when everyone in the world started building F-model mandolins? If they weren't smart enough to slap a patent or copyright on the scroll-and-points...
  22. Re: I seem to have conceived an unnatural lust...

    Silvertone, as mentioned above, was the Sears "house brand"; they used to sell Autoharps by Oscar Schmidt, electrics by Danelectro, and I believe Harmony-made instruments with that label through...
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    Vague recollections of a song based on some comic saying that's been kicked around:
    "The sophomore, the mighty, speaks:
    The more you study, the more you know
    The more you know, the more you...
  24. Thread: Dammit!

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    Re: Dammit!

    Ever wonder why Chet Atkins supposedly wore gloves all the time he wasn't actually playing?
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    In answer to your overall question, not really.
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