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  1. Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    More geekery...

    We know that BM used an F-4 for the Big Mon, Monroe´s Hornpipe recordings in ... 1958 (did I get the date right?).

    Is there any "eye witness testimony" what BM used in the...
  2. Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    Now that´s a fun geek fact.

    So we may assume that this is the fabled repair entry that caused the longtime estrangement between BM and Gibson.

    As I remember it from my Bluegrass history...
  3. Re: Lengthy article on bluegrass in the Guardian (UK)

    1) It´s a book review by the author.

    2) The article gives a more in depth historical rundown than most other articles.

    3) It speaks of the deep love for bluegrass music (as the author defines...
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    Re: Hester tribute loar a5 pair

    The Adi Hester A-5 clip is new to me. Who´s the picker (nicely played)? The Alan Bibey clip is also nice. Thirty-something instruments in more than 10 years is not much. If you think about HoGo...
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    Re: Hester tribute loar a5 pair

    Nice thread from over 10 years ago.

    Still no soundfiles anywhere. I´m still interested. What´s the going rate for a Hester A-5 these days?
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    Re: 1996 Gilchrist price list

    There are people that like wheeling and dealing so much that they would rather invest and reinvest than sit on the front porch causing sympathetic air vibrations with a wooden box that has metal...
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    Re: Tony Rice Article

    I know how difficult it is to write an article. Take a concert for example. These fleeting moments of music are long gone when you write about them. So you rely on your memory and possibly notes that...
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    Re: Tony Rice Article

    David,

    having read the "article", let me adress some points.

    I am as much a Tony Rice fan as the next man, so I have no issues with the article as such. But I am concerned about mixing fact...
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    Re: John Starling

    I was very saddened to read about John Starling´s expected passing. His vocals on "Raised By The Railroad Line" (Act 1) blew me away when I heard them half a lifetime ago just as they blow me away...
  10. Nice talk. I would have liked a statement of...

    Nice talk.

    I would have liked a statement of comparison towards other mandolins. C.J., you had an F-7 conversion (if I´m not mistaken). If you still had it at the time of this video, I would have...
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    Re: '25 Fern on eBay?

    I wish I could play the Pee Wee Lambert/Ricky Skaggs Loar...



    Just a friendly derailer...

    I had the poplar neck/neck block mixed up. As to banner features, I lifted this information off the...
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    Re: '25 Fern on eBay?

    When it comes to the question of differences between a ´39 D-28 and a ´43 D-28 i beg to differ. There´s the neck shape and size to take into consideration which can play a part in the sound. Also...
  13. Re: Barry Harris method for learning bebop

    Very nice. I appreciate your endless efforts.

    I find it interesting, that these "etudes" are universally aplicable (equally well suited for bluegrass).
  14. Re: Going to Nashville, looking for a new mandolin...

    I think that the verdict is out for the shops that you should (probably must) visit:

    - Gruhn Guitars (https://guitars.com/)
    - Carter Vintage (https://cartervintage.com/) and
    - Cotten Music...
  15. Re: Norman Blake-Original Underground Music from the Mysterious S

    This is good to know. Many happy returns for him and Nancy.

    I have the record. I remember playing it for a friend of mine in my university dormitory room. She commented on the record that she sees...
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    Re: Wait for it...

    Beethoven on the banjo (ode to joy)! Have you ever tried crosspicking this on the guitar? It´s nice.
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    Re: Abandoned instruments???

    +1
  18. Re: My Grandfather's 1918 Vintage Gibson A-4 Mandolin & Original

    Do I see some top sinkage?

    It costs a healthy amount of money to perform invisibility-repairs on cracks like the ones pictured. In this case the cracks go through the soundhole marquetry, we don´t...
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    Re: Abandoned instruments???

    concerning posts # 4 and # 10

    Being a musician and a legal practitioner is not mutually exclusive. I know for a fact that there are some lawyers on board.

    But have you considered the fact that...
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    Re: Abandoned instruments???

    Then again...

    If the items are indeed abandoned by the owners then they might be yours now...

    In this case though there really need to be indicators that the previous owners actually have...
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    Re: Abandoned instruments???

    For a builder such a situation is extremely frustrating.

    Moraly the instruments are yours to handle as you see fit.

    Legally this is a different kettle of fish.

    If a person has commissioned...
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    Re: Intonation issue

    So many things can change over time. To me it seems nearly impossible to determine what the problem may be. Sometimes it just pays to generaly check your mandolin setup.

    We have Brad Laird as a...
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    Re: R.I.P. Mac Wiseman

    Except for maybe Jesse McReynolds they are all second generation bluegrassers. Sonny started with Bill Monroe when Sonny was 14 (about 7 years after BM hired Earl Scruggs), the same age J.D.Crowe...
  24. Re: Luthier Paul Hostetter has passed away

    So true!

    Au revoir café habitué.
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    Re: Best chop around $1000

    Nobody should be allowed to answer to a thread like this one without referring to this great piece of information: https://www.mandolincafe.com/news/publish/mandolins_001443.shtml
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