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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    That should be fine. Vintage Gibsons take that gauge of string.
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    Of course, it is near impossible to compare the two but the OP's looks more yellow and actually more tastefully done than the Music Go Round one IMHO. That is why I thought the refinish was done more...
  3. Re: Anyone know of any nickel-free mando strings?

    In a quick search I see that Ernie Ball states on their site that their strings are nickel and cobalt free. And both Ernie Ball and Curt Mangan state that their plain strings which they use on all...
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    Re: Which strings for a 1915 bowlback?

    It is possible that you have a zero fret but you would still need a nut. Post photos and perhaps we can help you. And the nut can be set up to raise that g string or you can put some thin wood on the...
  5. Re: Please help! Newbie looking for bowlback to learn on!

    That last eBay posted above was an unlabeled made/sold wholesale by Lyon & Healy as was the OP Washburn. It is always a risk and usually Goodwill sales discourage returns but this one says 30-day...
  6. Re: Anyone know of any nickel-free mando strings?

    If you like the sound of the D'Addario strings then why not use those? There are lots of phosphor bronze strings and AFAIK they never contain nickel. All the major stringmakers have PB strings.
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    Re: Bernunzio's Summer Sale - domras

    The four-string version is tuned the same as mandolin. Tamara Volskaya is a virtuoso on the instrument and on mandolin.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxpjyekgBuw

    It looks like all the ones...
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    Re: Wide Nut Mandolin

    Gary: what mandolin are you playing these days? 1/16" difference may not be that noticeable. I know that some folks do prefer even wider nut widths. Personally, 1-1/8" is perfect for me. I have one...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    To keep with the analogy to visual arts—

    In learning to draw you really need to learn to see. To play music, you also need to listen and hear. A large part of what musicality is, I think, to use...
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    Re: antique banjo mandolin restoration

    That is a pretty thin shell for a mandolin-banjo. I would use light-gauge strings on it or start by stringing with only four strings.

    If you decide to have a luthier do the work, I would recommend...
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    My guess is that Gibson didn't do any of the refinish or the inlay. Sunburst doesn't look like 1940s or 50s and the inlays are seriously amateurish. Maybe owner did his own inlays and had the truss...
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    Re: Gibson catalogs

    That is a good link and the Fender section had some older catalogs as well.

    Another good source of downloadable older catalogs from Gibson and other makers are at acousticmusic.org.
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    Re: Antique store bowl find

    Most likely made by or for Lyon & Healy as a wholesale item. Looks pretty decent.

    This type of bridge would work but more than likely you will have to cut it down some for the proper height....
  14. Re: Seeking vintage tenor guitar neck for a project

    My friend Joel happened on this D'Angelico tenor neck years ago and IIRC eventually built a body for it. Dave, if only you could find another one.
  15. Re: Concert of Swedish folk music with bouzouki and mandobass

    They introduce a tune and it sounded like they said Tchaikovsky but it was "Squirrel Hunter" at 19:20.
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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    FWIW these days learning remotely via video can allow you to find the best teachers who can give you feedback on technique. Even one lesson might give you the path to take to improve your playing....
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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    I agree with Martin Ohrt's approach. In fact, in your practice I would suggest not looking at the fretboard. A goal to get to is to get the muscles in your fretting hand to the point where they know...
  18. Re: Good mandolin choice for woman with small hands

    I agree with those who mention above that the standard chop chords prescribed by bluegrass players is not mandatory unless you are playing bluegrass. The OP did not mention those chords nor did she...
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    Re: Gibson trapdoor

    A friend of mine had a Vegaphone Professional tenor banjo with the Elton lights in it. Here's a photo. Yes, it is possible that some folks did use them on stage but with the electrical systems in...
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    Re: Which strings for a 1915 bowlback?

    Siruiz: it would help us to help you if you posted some photos of your mandolin here. Some older instruments have tailpieces with only 4 posts but you can put two strings on each post. Also you can...
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    Re: Finding Parts for Banjolin

    Very interesting. I believe that this is the same material, Nomex, that is used in a honeycomb formation to create light but strong classical guitars tops.

    As for the use om banjo heads, it is...
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    Re: de Meglio e Figli0

    As far as I know, this may be the only new case for bowlback mandolins available in US: Viking bowlback case.

    Eastman cases used to be available in this country but no longer. And there was a...
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    Re: Gibson trapdoor

    Actually the banjo lights were not for stage use but were used to dry out the skin heads they used back then. They didn’t have plastic heads in the twenties. I have seen the armatures which would...
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    Re: Finding Parts for Banjolin

    I have one of those Weymann style 25 mandolin banjo which i bought decades ago. The original head was skin and I had to replace it with another skin head. Other than skin I don't know of any...
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    Re: de Meglio e Figli0

    Ntone: Where are you located? That would help locate a case. These are not too easy to find.
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