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  1. Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    here’s a video i made in explanation of the microtonal mandolin, perhaps this will lend some clarity to the discussion:

    https://youtu.be/_LdUSsPS6lE

    -flynn
    www.flynncohen.net
  2. Re: Chris Thile & Aoife O'Donovan Lakes of Pontchartrain

    This is lovely, for sure. My favorite rendition aside from Paul Brady's is on a 1980 LP by Trapezoid and sung as a duet by Lorraine Duisit and Freyda Epstein. It never fails to bring tears to my...
  3. Chris Thile, Bela Fleck and Julian Lage - Telluride 2009

    Hi, just found a video of Chris Thile, Bela Fleck and Julian Lage from Telluride 2009 in my archive a few days ago. The concert took place at a small stage. We set on a grass maybe three metres in...
  4. Re: Ellis Deluxe Mandolin #110 - scam sales on eBay and elsewhere

    eBay finds a new way forward with their incompetency in the area of security and sounding site coding. I honestly didn't think it could get that bad. I was clearly wrong.

    Signed up for an alert...
  5. Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    Old Time musicians in the local Round Peak style played fiddle and fretless banjo to access all those notes.


    https://youtu.be/HmsDq_cRakY


    https://youtu.be/xjznIamzwxs
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    Re: Michael Cleveland on Mandolin

    Michael Cleveland is a great musician and has been since he was a mere kid. The F style mandolin he is with in these photos is a Gilchrist that was made in 1995. It was built for me just the way I...
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    Re: Need help identifying date of my F2

    +1 for Bob/rcc56. 1919 to 1921.
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    Re: Need help identifying date of my F2

    The lable shows evidence of it having been sprayed over - as far as I’m aware, all labels were inserted after instruments were finished and they should show no evidence of being sprayed over. What I...
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    Re: Need help identifying date of my F2

    Sometimes, I can see the most by viewing the label from several different angles in natural daylight.
    The instrument has been refinished, and the bridge is a Gibson replacement from no earlier than...
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    Re: Need help identifying date of my F2

    The mandolin appears to have had some re-work, and the serial number has certainly been re-written.
    Without seeing more pictures of the instrument, I would tentatively estimate the year as 1920 +/-...
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    Re: Need help identifying date of my F2

    It appears that the inlaid buttons were mainly used on F4 mandolins not F2 models and Gibson stopped getting the inlaid buttons in 1917 or 1918 and continued using Handel tuners until 1922. It is...
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    Re: Need help identifying date of my F2

    I thought serial numbers were always in pencil. It does appear that a number is under the ink. Perhaps use a different light to reveal this penciled number. Almost looks like a 5 under the 8,...
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    Re: Need help identifying date of my F2

    Those tuners are typical of the earlier Waverly style. Interestingly, they have Philips screws which Gibson began to use in 1939 and they appear to be the Gibson type although I may be wrong on that....
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    Re: Need help identifying date of my F2

    That number does look a bit odd. You should show the tuners, as they may help to date it. The bridge is adjustable- I can't tell if it is original but that was an early 1920s development as was the...
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    Sound of the American Mandolin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv5E7OlKI5k&t=2061s
    Sure everyone else has seen this but I just tripped onto it. Pretty cool.
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    Re: McGraw/Hubbard Mandolin Player

    That’s Dean Brown, he’s been with Tim for about 25 years.
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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    Tony boldly took the bluegrass guitar where no bluegrass guitar had gone before --- a cause and effect of his participation on the first couple of David Grisman Quintet albums. I still find his...
  18. Re: Use of D'addario Humidpaks for mandolins

    You pays your money and you takes your chances.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/111154-Humidipak-WARNING
  19. “Satan is Real” Louvin Brothers movie looks like it’s happening

    Delighted to see the mention of Michael Daves in this week’s issue of The New Yorker, where a profile on actor Ethan Hawke described Michael coaching Hawke on voice and mando for his role as Ira...
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    Re: New Northfield/Gilchrist tailpiece-Nice!

    I just finished installing the NF/Gilchrist tailpiece on my NF5-S. The install was very easy, and the holes line up perfectly. The replacement screws allowed me to tighten everything down snugly. ...
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    Re: Thile Bach CD has Landed

    Okay, I didn't mean to ruffle any feathers... and I certainly didn't imagine that the word "lazy" could cause such, especially when I explained that I meant he took the "path of least resistance"...
  22. Re: Great music history/theory narratives?

    That's an interesting question... most good music writing I've run into have been interesting rather than entertaining, and the current academic style is to hold back from turning history into a...
  23. Re: Herschel Sizemore - Mandolin in B Documentary

    I just got an email from the local bluegrass society for an upcoming screening of this documentary, so it must have finished already. Wondering when and where I can get a DVD copy soon.
    ...
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    Re: RIP Bob Brozman

    One of my favorites.
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    Re: The Loar "Unsigned" Series

    Finally the "The" is getting the credit it has long been due.

    Makers come and go, but the "The" remains, steadfast, original in its simplicity, and omnipresent at the pointy end of the mandolin...
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