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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Sue, now that you have reached your third mandolin, it is probably the appropriate time to warn you that one's fifth mandolin typically costs as much as the previous four put together.
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    Re: NMD Pomeroy Oval

    Expect to hear from Mike Blackís attorney. :))

    Seriously, that Pomeroy sounds sparkling and lively as well as full and meaty. I hope you find some other tunes in the bottom of it.
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    Re: $1000 Budget

    It was more fun when your budget was $1500. ;)

    If I was interested in playing bluegrass, and had $1K to spend on an F5, I’d be looking for a Kentucky KM1000 like this one:
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Sue, are you familiar with the resonator mandolin?
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    Re: Solo builders

    I thought that was the goal . . . after you’ve bought yours.
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    The established quality of the materials employed and the person(s) working with them.
  7. Re: PRETTY Collings Custom MF FLAME looks like a real auction on

    With 37 bids already and over 2 days left to go, I’d expect a lot more movement before the auction closes.
  8. Re: PRETTY Collings Custom MF FLAME looks like a real auction on

    I would expect this mandolin to be valued around ~$4K if it were listed in the classifieds.
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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

    And LetsTalkGuild.
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    Re: Need mandolin recommendations a-style

    Interestingly, my first reaction when reading these words was that you wouldn't want a Collings. My MT was bright and cut to the point where it could be strident for solo play. Then I opened the...
  11. Re: How to clean and polish Varnish on my New Pava Pro

    Does your Pava have a date on the label? In the quotation above, Tom Ellis cited six months as an estimated time for his varnish finish to cure, and I’d be reluctant to add an armrest before that...
  12. Re: How to clean and polish Varnish on my New Pava Pro

    I agree with pops1 and would only add that new varnish can be particularly vulnerable. I don’t know when Pava and her team completed your A5, or what varnish they are using, but that finish could...
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    Re: NMD Pava Pro

    I’m not sure which I liked more, the sweet sound of that Pava or the satisfied smile at the end!
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    Re: NMD Pava Pro

    That top is stunning, Dan, and I know the sacrifices you were willing to make to acquire that Pava. I hope that you play the frets off of it in good health! :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Since you so often remind us of the realities of factory building, Iím surprised you expect a witchís cauldron of finish brewing in Kalamazoo. One of the most interesting threads in the archives here...
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    Re: Your thoughts on this old Kay?

    I like the old banjo headstock.
  17. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    Yes, old Gibson’s bad taste in design is at fault for creating some of the most iconic mandolins, banjos, and guitars (acoustic and electric) over the last 120 years. Gibson has had (and continues to...
  18. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    The modern mandolin as developed by Orville Gibson borrowed heavily from the violin tradition at the end of the Victorian Period in which ornamentation was an important aesthetic consideration. It...
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    Re: Breedlove American 00

    It’s one of the Crossover models made overseas.
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    Circle Strings Tenor

    Adam Buchwald has listed a new tenor in the classifieds, featuring an Adirondack red spruce top over Madagascar rosewood.

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    ďMadagascar Rosewood Back and Sides
    Adirondack Spruce Top with...
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    Re: Griffith Loar A-5 drawings?

    If you ever build one to stock, let me know. While I’ve spent this year’s budget, I haven’t blown next year’s yet! :))
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    I have both a vintage Gibson snakehead and a modern Black A2-z. The former has that dried out, ancient tone, but it arrived needing some work and has older playability features (narrow nut, flat...
  23. Re: Hello All. I'm new here, first post. Loving the mandolin.

    One axiom often shared here is that you should expect to pay twice as much for a carved archtop mandolin as you would for a flattop acoustic guitar. So a $1000 archtop mandolin should be roughly...
  24. Re: Playing a collings - what would an "upgrade" really get me?

    I had an Engelmann-topped MT which I have described as the first instrument Iíve ever owned that didnít limit in me in any way. It is still the benchmark for build quality and playability against...
  25. Thread: Dammit!

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    Re: Dammit!

    I had a similar wound (if not accident) several years ago, so I spent a couple of weeks subtracting the index finger from the equation. My middle finger masqueraded as the pointer, the ring subbed in...
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