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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Valbert: I wonder if stainless steel strings help with the corrosive sweat problem or if there is some sort of hand lotion that will counteract the effect. I am sure you have looked into it. Just...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    That Vinaccia is erroneously mentioned as Raffaele. I think seller misread Fratelli. Also it is pickup only on Germany.
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    Re: Ditson Victory

    I do seem to remember that, Eugene, although I think she did come over and played another time before that, right? Her website is still online here.

    Boy, this thread has gone a little way...
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    That is all right. Thanks for "compulsively" starting this thread. It is one of the landmark threads of this site.
  5. Re: McReynolds Style Crosspicking lesson (I'll fly away)

    And here's the man himself:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiyF52PiDz4

    BTW does anyone know how he is doing lately?
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    Re: I just made a realization!!!

    Yikes! You are right. And to keep it ecumenical, the last three letters in HanukKAH represent three sizes of Gibson-style mandolin-family instruments: K=mandocello; A=teardrop mandolin; and...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    I do know that some people have corrosive sweat on their hands and there is little you can do about it except wipe your hands and the strings. I, too, have never had that problem with the Dogal...
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    Re: Ditson Victory

    Alison came over to the US for at least one tour and I emailed with her a little back then hoping she could come over again but that didn’t work out and she got sick and we all lost her way too soon....
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    Re: Ditson Victory

    Yes, being the ultimate nerd I had to have one of those Pettine picks. If I ever get one of my Pettine model Vegas in shape I will try and find the picks but I stikl have a feeling I won't like them....
  10. Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    Here's an interesting piece of nerd ephemera, an 1923 receipt for an L&H A:

    181963
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    Re: Lyon and Healy 1890s Advertisments

    I have this receipt for 1923 for a L&H A:

    181962
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    Re: Lyon and Healy 1890s Advertisments

    I actually like the sunbursts that Gibson used on their F-5s and actually used that same finish on some 1921 F-4s. A friend of mine has one and I like how it looks compared the the usual reddish F-4....
  13. Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    Yes, those are the long scale, about the same as Gibson.

    I had a style C many years ago. I traded it for my favorite 5-string banjo. Other interesting thing is I bought it from an older woman in...
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    Well, Mr. Atetone (if that is your real name), do you still have your original Flatiron 1N? That particular mandolin was the inspiration for one of the most iconic and long-lived threads on this...
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    Re: Ditson Victory

    After reading these excellent posts above, I have a few thoughts, questions, etc. to add to the mix.

    First of all, bowlback making surely died in North America by around 1920. However, mandolin...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    It is certainly a matter of taste but I prefer the bright sound of roundwound strings and prefer them on bowlbacks. I only use Thomastiks on my Lyon & Healy. Personally I would go for the lighter...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy 1890s Advertisments

    Hey, Gibson was no slouch when it came to effusive language. In fact they called their finish for the F-5 Cremona brown.



    On the other hand the Lyon & Healy Company to this day still...
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    Re: 1890 5 course bandurria

    When are your dates for baroque bandurrias? Would they have been stung with gut or metal?
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    Re: 1890 5 course bandurria

    I wonder if that is the soprano member of the bandurria family. It looks like it might be smaller. How does it compare to a standard 12 string one? Also would that have been strung with gut strings?
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    No polepieces? Which one did you use for the electric mandolin?
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    Re: My Ellis Cup

    Lovely "inlay" work as befits an Ellis.
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Valbert, what strings do you have on your Calaces?
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    Re: Prettiest A model I have seen in a while

    I certainly did not mean to take you to task or embarrass you, merely to insert a bit of reality as to what the mandolin market will bear. As Mary/Mandobar noted I also doubt it will last long even...
  24. Re: New Vessel Octave- my homage to the whiteface era

    Very cool, Gary. My first Gibson was a 1919 A-3. I miss it. Will you outfit your octave with a ivoroid pickguard? Aso, what scale length and bracing?
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    I should elaborate on my question. Aside from those folks who have, through accident or medical condition, had to switch handedness, are there any right-handed players who decided to switch because...
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