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  1. Re: Fair Price for a used Weber Sweet Pea travel mando?

    Found a near-new Sweet Pea which I am buying from a guitarist who briefly flirted with the allure of owning a mando before he came to his senses. So there is a (hopefully) happy ending to my Sweet...
  2. Re: Fair Price for a used Weber Sweet Pea travel mando?

    =)

    Actually, last year I had to travel quite a bit and spend time down in Guadalajara, Mexico, and it's not that my mandolin was too big - but rather that, if I had a truly small 'travel' mando, I...
  3. Fair Price for a used Weber Sweet Pea travel mando?

    Am considering buying one. I know what they cost new. Am wondering what a 'fair price' would be for a used one?

    Appreciate any opinions, thoughts or anything else on the subject.

    Cheers!
  4. Wound up buying a lightly used Weber A-style case...

    Wound up buying a lightly used Weber A-style case from James Condino here on the Cafe who didn't need it any more....and it fits my mandolin (or rather, my mandolin fits it) perfectly. And....James...
  5. Thanks for the specifics, Paul! I didn't realize...

    Thanks for the specifics, Paul! I didn't realize that there were structural issues between literal flat-top cases and arch-top ones....that is good to know. This is valuable ammunition for the...
  6. Sorry if I am going over old ground but this is...

    Sorry if I am going over old ground but this is yet another seeking-the-right-case for a particular mandolin thread which I know has been covered both before and elsewhere...but I've searched the...
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    I've been playing my Jade "A" for several months...

    I've been playing my Jade "A" for several months now - both with friends, in unofficial jams and, most recently, in rehearsals with my Galician Celtic band, which I normally play only percussion with...
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    Here is a photo - not a great one - but which...

    Here is a photo - not a great one - but which gives a little indication of the look/feel of my new Jade 'A' - but really doesn't do justice to the beauty (to my eye at least) of this instrument....
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    To echo what Stephen Perry said, the fret ends on...

    To echo what Stephen Perry said, the fret ends on my "A" model Jade also definitely need a little polishing - they are on the rough side. The finish work (and I am neither a luthier nor an expert so...
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    I think I may be one of the first people...

    I think I may be one of the first people stateside to receive a 'Jade' Mandolin from Bob McRee - and his small shop of fine builders in China who make the instruments entirely by hand and, if my...
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    Saw Petri Hakala play at Seattle Folklife...

    Saw Petri Hakala play at Seattle Folklife Festival maybe three years ago, with his Seattle-based band Freshet - playing music which ranged from traditional Finnish folkmusic - to Brazilian Choros -...
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    My Rover RM-75 sounds great with J-74's....also...

    My Rover RM-75 sounds great with J-74's....also sounds find with Labellas, and those cool strings from JazzMando, can't remember the name. After several years of playing, it continues to both open up...
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    Have been using a Korg AW-1 for the last year or...

    Have been using a Korg AW-1 for the last year or so and in spite of the lack of backlight, it always seemed to work well. Then, recently, I LOST it (sigh) - and set about looking for a replacement....
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    Time for a confession: I have followed Bob's...

    Time for a confession: I have followed Bob's posts on his struggles and challenges in working with Chinese violin builders to make hand-made mandolins....with great interest....for some time. #I...
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    Dear Links-- I will echo what a few other...

    Dear Links--

    I will echo what a few other posters answering your question have said. MANY of them have recommended inexpensive KENTUCKY mandolins. And a few have also recommended even more...
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    Sorry but I have to set the record straight....

    Sorry but I have to set the record straight. Although the cheaper A-style Rovers do have (and have had) pressed tops - Rover RM-75's do NOT have 'pressed tops' - they are hand-carved. The...
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    My Rover RM-75 was tweaked by a fine luthier when...

    My Rover RM-75 was tweaked by a fine luthier when I first bought it - he added a relatively inexpensive one-piece violin-style bridge, did a few other adjustments - and it's been playing better and...
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    I have a Rover RM-75 model which are hard to find...

    I have a Rover RM-75 model which are hard to find these days since they were only produced in a limited run. Word is that they were made through the same company which makes Kentucky Mandolins, some...
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    Bob--- What is your time frame for...

    Bob---

    What is your time frame for deliverability and/or availability of mandos on this side of the Pacific?

    I'm asking for a number of reasons, including a personal one - one of these days I...
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    A few more commments. First - to echo the...

    A few more commments. First - to echo the thoughts of many - the violin-style finishes are frankly B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. It's true that sound and playability are paramount in any instrument....but looks...
  21. Just a quick follow-up to thank Mr Mando Medic -...

    Just a quick follow-up to thank Mr Mando Medic - aka Ken Cartwright, a fellow Oregonian - for stepping up and helping me out with a selection of pegs which wound up fitting...though getting the...
  22. Just broke one of the ivoroid buttons on my newly...

    Just broke one of the ivoroid buttons on my newly purchased (and sweet sounding) Aria two-point...so I set about examining the tuners to see what kind of replacement button to buy. Apparently there...
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    If you haven't bought your eBay el Cheap 'carved...

    If you haven't bought your eBay el Cheap 'carved top' - which incidentally appears to be sold by a seller/music store which stocks a lot of the cheap 'Galveston' brand of mandolins, so I suspect...
  24. Thread: Greek !

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    The classic Greek tune in 9 - is in what is...

    The classic Greek tune in 9 - is in what is called a Karsilama rhythm.

    That rhythm is: #2 + 2 + 2 + 3

    It gets even more complicated because in about 98 to 99 percent of Karsilama's I have ever...
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    I'm on the verge of giving in to MAS and...

    I'm on the verge of giving in to MAS and acquiring an Aria Two-Point. #I have a couple of Arias to choose between and I'm wondering if any Cafe members have experience with the tones and sounds and...
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