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    Re: Anyone with a Martin Style A

    Department of Happy Endings:

    The case arrived yesterday, in fine shape, and it indeed fits my Bitting Special like a glove. Other than a little scuffing around the edges here and there, it seems...
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    Re: Luthier Long Island/NYC

    Betsy,

    There are many, and I'm sure you'll get more suggestions.

    I would recommend Mamie Minch at Brooklyn Lutherie. She has refretted and set up two of my mandolins--an early Martin flat back...
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    Re: Anyone with a Martin Style A

    Thanks-- to rcc56 for the info, to Mike for drawing attention to this, and to Kaye for her clear description.

    I'm checked the dimensions of the Bitting Special and am going ahead with the...
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    Re: Anyone with a Martin Style A

    Mike,

    I believe this will fit one of the early Martin flat backs--made from their introduction in 1914 to 1916 or 1917, when point they changed the width from 9" to 9.5", which they stuck with...
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    Re: 1990 Kentucky 4-string

    I have one of these, bought about 12 years ago, and it's one of my favorite instruments.

    The build quality is high--flamey maple neck, nice spruce top on a chambered hardwood body), nice binding...
  6. Re: Looking for Information on 1897 Mandolin

    Here's a link to a book titled Proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, of the State of Wisconsin
    By Royal Arch Masons. Grand Chapter of the State of Wisconsin, locating the likely...
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    Re: gibson tg-50 case search??

    I'm not an expert, but I see you're not getting a lot of replies.
    I think the TG 50 has the same body size shape as the TG 150, as well as the other 16-inch Gibson archtops, such as the ES-175, and...
  8. Re: I Purchased Martin Mandolin 2-30 ; Could it be a Fake? HELP

    I owned one of these some time ago, and it had the crack that Jim mentions in the top under the tailpiece, about an inch and a half in from the rim. I had Matt Umanov look at it, and he said nearly...
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    Re: What the...?

    I had a Sheraton brown A-3 in the late 1960s--the first mandolin I owned. I'm not sure of the year, but it was pre-truss rod. It was structurally sound, but really dirty all over when I got it. In...
  10. Re: Why did you gravitate toward the electric side?

    I've been messing around with mandolins since I played (guitar) for a while in a bluegrass band in college. I played electric guitar in bar bands for a while, and then later in life (I'm in my late...
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    Re: Women with Mandolins

    It's the fate of bass players (I'm a sometime bass player myself).

    Question: How many bass players does it take to change a light bulb?
    Answer: Nobody knows. Nobody ever paid attention.
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    Re: What the

    I admire Thile--love his classical playing in particular--and thought this was excellent.

    I can see how some would find it pretty baffling, and it made me think of my own little epiphany about...
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    Re: HSC for Martin A style mandolin (update)

    Dan--

    Nice work! If they were to offer a case designed for a Martin, I would buy one--and I'd bet there'd be others as well. Please let him know.
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    Re: Martin bent top, flat back mandolins

    I've owned several of the Martin flat-backs over the years--a couple of As, an AK, a B, a C and an E, from the teens to the mid--1930s. None of the ones I've owned had a pickguard crack.

    The only...
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    Re: Gibson Alrite on ebay

    Elderly notes that the Concord Adjustable Mandolin Case works with the Army-Navy model, so it should work for this. Not cheap, but seems like an excellent case--currently back-ordered, though. (I...
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    Re: Fender electric mandolin fret size

    Thanks!
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    Fender electric mandolin fret size

    Does anyone know what fret wire Fender used on their electric mandolins from the 50s - early 70s?

    I played one from 1962 recently and loved the way the frets felt, and am thinking I'd like to...
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    Re: Extensive Martin Mandolin Collection

    That's the pick guard they used in the first years they made the flat back mandolins, 1914-1916, according to the Mike Longworth book.

    The one third from the right, front row on top of the table,...
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    Re: Brands With Larger Neck Profiles?

    The Mandolin Store, which advertises on the Cafe, seems to keep a variety of instruments with wide necks in stock. They even have a separate page for them on the website.
    NFI
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    Re: String trees

    Different opinion here. I've had a Blue Star Mandoblaster four-string for many years that I like a lot, and I've never used the string tree. It always seemed to create an unnecessarily sharp break...
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    Re: Gibson EM150 4 String

    Just to close the loop on the this thread, I own the EM-150 four-string in question. I had it for sale on consignment at Retrofret for a while, but have had a change of heart (and financial...
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    Re: New carbon fiber mandolins

    That's very cool! I was just looking at Elderly's assortment of tailpieces, and wonder if the Allen TR-2 might be a good choice. The V pattern of the string attachments might go nicely with your...
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    Re: Flatwounds on electric?

    Yes. I use Thomastik lights on my two solid body four-strings -- a heavily modified Blue Star Mandoblaster and a Kentucky KM-400E -- for just that reason. They also have a wound "A" string. They're...
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    Re: Going to Ireland

    There's a very cool motorcycle museum on the Isle of Man, which is a three-hour ferry ride from Dublin in the Irish Sea.
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    Re: Ibanez Model# 513 Mandolin

    I've had one of the same model for several years. Mine came with a D'Armond add-on pickup attached, with the volume knob attached to the pickguard (which is missing on the one you've got). I like...
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