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  1. Re: National Mandolin Tailpiece, repair or replace?

    Dan, Thanks for listing the source for resophonic parts, I had not discovered this in my earlier searches.
    The tailpiece looks good but it is made for ball end strings not loop end strings typical....
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    Re: Loar Case Handle Restoration Inquiry

    All

    Good news! I soon hope to have some more leather replica case handles like the ones I posted about in reply #5 above!
    I know some of you were looking for some earlier in the year.
    I’ll...
  3. Re: National Mandolin Tailpiece, repair or replace?

    Thanks for all of your kind suggestions! I sent a message to Jason at National and he replied that no replacements were available but said he could repair and re-plate my original brass tailpiece for...
  4. Re: National Mandolin Tailpiece, repair or replace?

    Mike,

    Thanks for posting the link to the ten year old thread and the Elderly source. I read through that before posting this and was hoping to find some more up to date information. I would have...
  5. National Mandolin Tailpiece, repair or replace?

    I have a 1929 National Style 1 mandolin and the tailpiece has developed a crack on one side at the sharp bend. Apparently this is a common issue with these.

    Im interested in a replacement...
  6. Re: Looking for a tuner that saves my sweetened tunings.

    The Peterson line of tuners have a large selection of preset sweeteners. You can also create your own custom sweeteners and download them to your Peterson devices and share them with other users....
  7. Re: A Gibson A3 in the white. In the white get it?

    Okay, back on track!

    JB, can you share the evidence that your luthier found that indicate that your A3 was originally golden orange?

    No one seems to know how the Old Ivory finish was applied....
  8. Re: A Gibson A3 in the white. In the white get it?

    JB,

    I’m glad your A3 arrived safely and thanks for the update about its condition.

    I’m sorry that I cannot agree with your speculation that it started life as a ‘golden orange’ topped...
  9. Re: A Gibson A3 in the white. In the white get it?

    A fun discussion!

    There has been much speculation about the formulation for the ivory finish, Rcc has spoken with authority about this several times in the past, most recently just a few months...
  10. Re: A Gibson A3 in the white. In the white get it?

    Since the original ivory finish was lost how about going all the way?
    This refinished A3 appeared a few years ago at a Skinner auction.

    197210
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    Re: Rubner tuners are back

    Yes, the Rubner tuners look great and it will be good to have an alternate to the Modern Waverly tuners. About half of the photos on the website have worms that will tune in the wrong direction....
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    Re: Virzi Tone Producer

    The Virzi device continues to be a topic of great interest and endless discussion and speculation. The 1920 patent has been mentioned before but I post it here for convenience.

    The remarkable...
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    Re: ebay h1 mandola

    An interesting discussion, I love these sleuthing exercises!

    The bridge saddle looks original and correct, it has the right compensation for a mandola.
    Notice that the tuners have been replaced,...
  14. Re: Vintage Rectangular F4 Case Dimensions?

    I rechecked the case this morning and it is lined with purple velvet, not felt.
    It matches the listing in the 1923 Gibson handbook as Faultless case 438 for F2, F4. The handbook notes that stock...
  15. Re: Vintage Rectangular F4 Case Dimensions?

    Bazz,

    I have an F2 listed in the archives, it came to me in a rectangular Faultless case with purple felt lining.
    I’d be happy to help you with case dimensions. It is indeed smaller than the F5...
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    Re: NE Virginia/D.C. area repair

    Marc Glickman in Frederick, MD is a well respected luthier in the DC area, he is known for quality work at reasonable rates and good turnaround times. He has worked on most of the vintage Gibsons in...
  17. Re: Why are they're extra slots on the tailpiece(A and E strings)

    Nice photo and explanation!

    Here is the tailpiece patent assigned to Gibson. Notice the use of the term “snubbing post” when describing how the plain strings are routed under the first set of...
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    Re: Vintage tuner maintenance

    John,

    Thanks for posting the link to Paul’s tuner maintenance page!

    If anyone needs replacement screws for the special flathead screws that attach the cogs to the string shafts I have located a...
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    Hmmm, check again. Sometimes it is faded and very hard to see, you may need a light or to hold the instrument at just the right angle.
    Here is an example of what to look for.

    Mark

    194875...
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    Have you located the factory order number? If visible, it would be stamped in black ink on the neck block inside.
    According to Joe Spann that will pinpoint the production year.

    Mark
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    Yes, the third digit is hard to read, it might also be 34048. Maybe you can post a picture from a different angle.
    Also, you have the original paper label but it should be white or yellowed, never...
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    Congratulations on your Gibson A, it looks like a very nice example! In 1916 it would have had a traditional “crown” type of tailpiece with the script The Gibson embossed on the top surface. Plenty...
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    Re: 1916 A tailpiece

    I’m sure several of us could point you to this Gibson replica tailpiece from Prucha, it is a good one. Plenty of original tailpieces are available at a higher cost if you watch the classifieds here....
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    Re: Loar Case Handle Restoration Inquiry

    As Will says, there is no need to remove the rivets. The ends of the D rings that are covered by the metal strap are not welded together so you can easily spread the D-ring open to unhook it from the...
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    Re: Loar Case Handle Restoration Inquiry

    About three years ago I found a leather craftsman that could make very nice replica leather handles for the old Gibson and other cases. I was able to help out quite a few collectors and everyone...
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