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  1. Re: Skagg's former Gilchrist F-5 for sale - NFI

    Think the seller will get $27.5K for it? That's substantial, even for a Gilchrist.
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    Re: Possible year/make

    Looks sorta like this one, attributed to Angelo Mannello. Mannello made some very ornate instruments; a brief Google search will show some on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The use of...
  3. Thread: Gold tone

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    Re: Gold tone

    I've purchased several Gold Tone instruments, all in the banjo family -- Cripple Creek Mini travel banjo, banjola, cello banjo (4 string). I also have a long-neck banjo hardshell case and a gig bag...
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    Re: 1960s Portuguese shape domed back

    Definitely looks German to me: slotted headstock, zero fret, marquetry pickguard. There are many of these around; I've never encountered one to play, but I'd guess it suits your musical repertoire...
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    Re: Abramusic Mandolin

    Holy cow! Amazingly unique design, and I've never seen anything like it.
  6. Re: Mando Acquisition Syndrome and the Mandocello

    Hey! My Stahl mando-bass and I resemble that remark...

    To the OP: go far outside the box and consider a Wishnevsky mandocello. His website is here. All solid woods, hand-made by a small builder,...
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    Re: Walmart mandolin

    Scrolls differ quite a bit between the two pictured instruments.
  8. Re: An extra finger can be incredibly handy

    You could ask Hound Dog Taylor -- though his extra pinky just extended past his fifth-finger and its slide.
  9. Re: The new (old) mandolins of long time reader.

    You have picked (pun intended) the right instruments for the styles of music you want to play. And you've spent very little in acquiring them, though you've laid out a fair amount in repairs and...
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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    Pretty sure "1898" was the serial number; as Pleijsier mentions, Washburn started a new numbering sequence with #1 around 1922. He also states that the new sequence had reached "mid 14,000's" by...
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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    Still uncertain why L & H Washburn would mark it "Style E," if they had a Style E in their catalog with clearly different specs. Odd.
  12. Re: Disappointed with the Nashville music scene

    Results of a Google search on "Bluegrass in Nashville TN." Layla's comes up consistently, as often as the Station Inn.

    Need to do the research before setting out on an evening exploration. ...
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    Re: Washburn no. 1898 style E

    Your best source for Washburn info is Hubert Pleijsier's book, Washburn Prewar Instrument Styles (Centerstream Press, 2008). There's a full description of the Style E on p. 157, but the included...
  14. Re: How much does a Northfield actually cost to make?

    Other useful thread topics:

    What's the difference between a duck?

    Is it hotter in the summer, or in the city?

    When you get answers, please post...
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    Just a thought: common term for a damaged, unplayable instrument is a "wall hanger." Of course, the reference is to decor vs. playability -- banjos turned into clocks, guitars half full of potting...
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    Re: Help please dating A-style Gibson

    So you look at mandolins with a different perspextive...?
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    Re: Help with ID'ing a Mandolin

    Actually, on a second look, saddle appears notched for ten strings, unless the two outside double notches are more ornamental than useful...?

    Also, from the OP:



    I think you're...
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    Re: Help with ID'ing a Mandolin

    Actually, on a second look, saddle appears notched for ten strings, unless the two outside double notches are more ornamental than useful...?
  19. Re: Futura Mandolin, anyone heard of one?

    Tried Googling around on "Futura," a frustrating experience since the name showed up in so many catalogs -- Gibson, Levin, Ibanez, etc. The really useful Spinditty page that lists Japanese...
  20. Re: A.F. Anderson 12-string Mandolin made from old, 1660 London p

    Well, "wood from an old piano made in London (about?) 1662" may have been a selling point for the instrument. We can speculate how 240-year-old wood showed up in Junction City KS around the turn of...
  21. Re: Help identifying an old bowl back mandolin...

    Concur with the above: maple ribs, zero fret, slotted headstock, pickguard similar to many central Europe instruments. Strap button may have been installed aftermarket, but also more likely to be...
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    Re: Help with ID'ing a Mandolin

    Bridge saddle's notched for eight strings. Show us "full frontal" and we'll respond more informatively.
  23. Re: oddball (pseudo?-) resonator w. amusing "professional" setup

    At one point, National Dobro, the merged company of the late 1930's and subsequent, had Regal and Kay building their wooden instrument bodies, while they made the resonators. The metal-bodied...
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    Re: And Now We’ve Lost Dr. John

    Heard some NPR bio on him; quite a rough early life, drugs, jail time etc. Switched from guitar to piano after being shot in one of his fingers. Righted the ship, studied the New Orleans greats,...
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    1. Keeping an instrument in a case allows for easier regulation of its environment, especially regarding humidity. It's easier to get a case humidifier (or moisture absorbent, in a limited number of...
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