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    Re: Breedlove AM OF

    True. However, my bandmate knew the Weber name immediately. As he said, he usually doesn't like bluegrass shaped mandolins (F style) but the mahogany back and sides on mine mellowed the tone enough...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I'm willing to bet that if we presented people with 10 instruments built from the same woods by the same builder, same neck/body join, same soundholes with 5 being A shaped and 5 F shaped, no one...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    One of the many dumb decisions by Gibson over the years, was not patenting/trademarking the "F" silhouette -- which they surely could have done. How many gazillion F-models have been churned out by...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Right you are. I think you've hit it on the head. My preference for flat-tops might stem from the fact that I don't play bluegrass at all. I love to listen to bluegrass, but that's not what I...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I agree, Nick, and I really don't get it. Flat-tops can be every bit as serious an instrument (quality build, great sound albeit different from arch tops) as arch tops. There are a lot of great...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    My favorite Mandolins are the old Gibson Ovals, the sound, playability, & looks. I am somewhere in between my friend, David, & the F5 lovers. The first decade or so I played Gibson As. I found them...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    About two months after I built my first mandolin, circa 1998, I was at another well known builder's shop. After about an hour, he causally mentioned, "Clear that junk out from under the bench over...
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    William - Thank you for your response! I'm jealous that you're about to receive your Apitius! Or have you already? I'd really love to hear some more samples of his Loar Spec instruments. The video of...
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    I'm a mediocre player as well, and this all is interesting to me, think about all the original pioneers of the mandolin work you enjoy, Monroe, Duffey, Wakefield, Osborne, Dawg, McReynolds,...
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    Since I hear a difference between Bill Monroe, Alan Bibey, Mike Compton, Dave McLaughlin, Ronnie McCoury, Pee Wee Lambert, Adam Steffey, Jesse Brock, Sierra Hull, Nathan Livers and every other great...
  11. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    I get a lot more frustrated when I pay good money for an item and they drop it in a 35 cent unpadded envelope that allows it to get destroyed during shipping than when I pay an honest price and they...
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    I've seen instruments from well regarded makers that were pretty much duds, frankly, not terrible, just not great sounding. And there are some instruments out there by relatively unknown makers, or...
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    Trillium longscale mandola demo

    A couple videos with my new Trillium Mandola.

    I've had it about 2 months and it's already my desert island instrument. If I could keep only one, the Trillium would be it.

    Very versatile. ...
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    Re: Breedlove Quartz KO

    Seeing those Breedloves always brings me back to simpler times when it was just Kim and I building the mandolins and a few other guys making guitars back at the old Tumalo shop out in the desert. I...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    Trying to keep this simple and brief...
    The way acoustic stringed instruments work is this: The string moves and transfers energy to the rest of the instrument, especially the top. In general, the...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    The only instrument that will kill a banjo or a fiddle (possibly both at the same time) is a set of bagpipes.
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    Mark O'Connor Little Maggie on Mandocello

    OK then
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    It is a refreshing change to see this crowd getting so worked up over an A5 mandolin.
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    Of curse all this is just cosmetic... What is not cosmetic is correct neck angle and bridge height and placement on final instrument and I would correct Andrew that 99% of folks would not notice....
  20. Re: Center line and neck dovetail offset... Am I in trouble?

    I've always centered my neck on my F5s. I realize some purists may frown on this, but I prefer the appearance of having the little curved sides of the fretboard extender the same width on each side....
  21. Re: Confused about a spirit varnish over a sunburst on first mand

    Personally I airbrush almost dry layer of sheallac to seal the color and then brush 3-5 layers of oil varnish (currently this one :https://www.ceneo.pl/8297358 - simiar to old style phenolic...
  22. Tunes At Home: Music In A Time Of Need

    Hi All! Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, many of our dear friends have had shows, tours, and project cancelled. This is a huge hit to those who depend on this work for a living. To this end,...
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    Re: Social Distancing

    Been trying to get some social distancing myself by going out on my fast mountain hikes.
    I’m exercising the old heart and lungs, nothing better to do.
    Trouble is, the mountain trails are now...
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    There will be mandolins in progress as long as there are untreated mandolin addicts and chronic luthiers. Those look good enough to eat, Steve!
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    My big meeting has yet to materialize, approaching two hours late because the individual I'm meeting with is having trouble getting here. Nothing works fast around here in terms of accessing the...
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