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    Re: Waverly tuner bushing reliability

    Stewart MacDonald was purchased a while back. The new ownership has made some changes since then. These included printing a color catalog and instituting some sizable price increases on many items....
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    Re: Traditionally voiced A-style?

    Perhaps you will take the trouble to describe the tonal qualities, and comment on whether or not you have played other A-5's that have the some of the same characteristics.
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    Re: Irish bouzouki damaged in transit

    Considering the location of the cracks, I would guess that the box might have been dropped on the head end.
    Or possibly the box had too many other boxes on top, and one good bounce with too much...
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    Re: What is a "Selected Spruce Top"?

    The decoding key:

    "Spruce," "mahogany," "rosewood," "maple," etc. means laminated.
    "Solid spruce," "solid mahogany," etc. means solid wood.
    "Arched" means pressed and formed.
    "Carved" means...
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    Re: In need of repair: Peter White mandolin

    I think that Josh is hoping to find someone in Quebec who can repair his mandolin. The reason I mentioned Mr. Apitius is that he would be more likely to know of a competent eastern Canadian luthier...
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    Re: What is a "Selected Spruce Top"?

    There is a variety of spruce that grows in Michigan's upper peninsula that is called "white spruce." I don't know how much of it is left, but before WWII, some of the trees grew big enough to...
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    Re: Traditionally voiced A-style?

    Well, I still don't know what many of the contributors to this thread call "traditional tone."
    My reference to the "traditional" term would be early 20th century Gibson mandolins whether I was...
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    Re: In need of repair: Peter White mandolin

    That top is severely distorted. I do not believe that it is possible to execute a reliable repair without disassembling the instrument. Perhaps it could be re-arched and re-braced, but I would have...
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    Re: The Gibson No.6069

    In the case of the A model above, the center lamination goes all the way through the peghead and is covered by the black face plate. I believe that this same lamination extends through the entire...
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    Re: The Gibson No.6069

    That is most likely a model A-1, made circa 1906. A very early production line Gibson.
    If the finish is clean and original, the original tailpiece is present, and the repair is well executed, it...
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    Re: The Gibson No.6069

    When rotten or decomposing wood comes into the picture, I believe in replacing it with new wood.
    Yes, that can mean a lot of work.

    If it's a $5000 instrument, it's worth it. If it's a $500...
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    Re: The Gibson No.6069

    We see this seam separation from time to time on the old Gibsons.
    It should be repaired with what is called hot hide glue.
    This will have to be done by someone who has considerable experience with...
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    Re: Traditionally voiced A-style?

    Also, bear in mind that the original question was about A-5 mandolins in the $3000 range.
    And A-5's, by nature, are different animals than F-5's.

    I know what '20's F-5's and the truer modern...
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    Re: Traditionally voiced A-style?

    Well, all I know about that is Mr. Monroe's mandolin sounded much different live than it did on studio recordings, where they doctored the tone by adding midrange and reverb. If what you mean is the...
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    Re: Traditionally voiced A-style?

    I am equally confused, and I have played mandolin for over 40 years.
    To me, a "traditionally voiced A" would be a Gibson oval hole A model made between 1910 and 1932 or so, and those certainly do...
  16. Thread: Gibson inlays

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    Re: Gibson inlays

    Note that the inlays for both the logos and the flowerpots on the instruments from each period were cut using different patterns.
  17. Thread: Gibson inlays

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    Re: Gibson inlays

    According to Spann's Guide to Gibson, Aumann Brothers was " . . . their major supplier [of pearl work] from 1903 through 1930." -- page 58.

    Spann's lists only two other pearl vendors in the period...
  18. Re: Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Cas

    It can be tough to remove stickers without leaving some tell-tale signs that a sticker was there.

    But the bottom line is that if the covering is vinyl, it could probably be carefully removed...
  19. Re: what glue to use on 70yo mando w/ previous repairs?

    An instrument of that age would most likely have been originally assembled with hide glue. What was used for the later repair is anybody's guess.
    As has been said previously, most glues do not...
  20. Re: Correct screws, to attach bracket to Gibson pickguard?

    The Micro-Mark screws are too small.
    I just did a little hunting-- boltdepot.com has #3 and #4 screws in short lengths in brass. If you want nickel, go to blacksmithbolt.com. Make sure you specify...
  21. Re: WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals...

    Well, if you're on a computer, you're in contact with a device that contains potentially toxic chemicals. The only way to avoid contact with chemicals is to build your own home with hand tools, grow...
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    Well, neither, really . . .

    This conversation is just an extension of the consequences of living in a society where a bag of peanuts, clearly labelled and easily identifiable as peanuts, carries...
  23. Re: Correct screws, to attach bracket to Gibson pickguard?

    The originals were a very short, nickel plated round head slotted wood screw. I don't recall the exact size, but they were either a #3 or a #4. You won't find one with a thread that short at Ace...
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    Well, technically speaking, hide glue is classified as food, along with raw shellac . . .
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    Re: Any banjo experts out there?

    Allen, nothing personal here, but a couple of your statements are not accurate:

    5 string banjos have only 4 slots in the nut. The 5th string does not extend to the peghead of the banjo, but has...
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