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    Re: Taropatch coming my way :-)

    "Cool beans," as they say. First, concur with you about tiple intonation; short scale, octave strings, non-compensated bridge -- and you've got the closest thing to an insoluble dilemma. I'll hang...
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    Re: Sonny Osborne passes

    Saw the Osborne Brothers live and up-close at Club 47 off Harvard Square, probably 1963 or '64. They were working as a trio with Benny Birchfield on guitar; obviously cashing in on the "folk...
  3. Re: Pickett mandolin

    Every now and then I have to remind myself how amazing the Cafe is. Congrats to all sleuths out there who found so much info.
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    Re: seeking info for B&J Victoria A-type

    When you say the "right spot," do you mean where the bridge was before (as shown by marks on the top, etc.)? That may not be the correct placement; try comparing the fretted note at the 12th fret,...
  5. Re: One of those days - string changing woes

    Just be glad you weren't restringing an Autoharp.
  6. Re: New Player - Kentucky KM-150 vs KM-250?

    Here's folkmusican.com's take on your question, which you may already have read, judging by the language in your post.

    Only difference I see, other than cosmetics, is the radiused vs. flat...
  7. Re: ISO Luthier to carve and install new top

    Unless you want to play mandolin repair-person yourself, at the price point of your JBovier, I'd say go hunt another mandolin.

    Perhaps homeowner's insurance might offer you some compensation –- if...
  8. Re: Warped top. How worried should I be about this?

    Top separations along grain lines can often be caused by dryness. Wood cells shrink when they lose moisture, and pull apart.

    Having said that, I concur with the advice to contact the...
  9. Re: A Gibson A3 in the white. In the white get it?

    Using this useful but not infallible guide to vintage Gibsonia, "Ivory" finish A-3's were made by Gibson 1918-22, when the A-3 was discontinued.

    The likelihood of a mariachi band buying a Gibson...
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    OK, Chinese mandolin supply to bagpipe incineration -- has to be one of the longest topic vaults in recent memory!
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    Re: What next to get?

    Honestly, it's pretty rare for even cheapo tuners to be responsible for instruments "not staying in tune." Usually there's some binding in the nut slots that means string tension's not equally...
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    Re: Secure Endpin?

    I slightly enlarged the diameter of an undependable guitar endpin by doing what discullin suggested in Post #4, only with Duco Cement. Let it dry thoroughly overnight, then snugged it back in. So...
  13. Re: Epiphone Electric Guitar Mandolin Combo

    In translation, meaning that there's another thread on the same instrument. J-bear linked it.

    Why is it that the train wrecks are the ones generating multiple threads?
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    1. The "pickguard" on the OP's mandolin is a decorative decal, partially worn off by pick wear. My brother got an unlabeled (well, labeled "Made In USA") guitar through a catalog that had the top...
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    Re: Obscure, solid Mandolin Players

    I brashly nominate myself. I surely meet the "obscure" standard, and, at 250+ pounds, I'm pretty solid as well.
  16. Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    Yeah, "hard rock" maple neck with no fingerboard and no truss rod. Lotsa banjos lack truss rods, though some have non-adjustable steel reinforcement under the fingerboard. Banjo strings don't apply...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    I believe that's the legendary "nine pound hammer"(?)

    One can finagle with the cover's rim, using needle-nose pliers, to "loosen it up" a bit -- but beware the too-loose cover (not to be confused...
  18. Thread: Zenison

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    Re: Zenison

    Yeah, but that's a lot of doe for what you get.

    I know I make great puns, doncha all fawn on me.
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    1. Number one profession for men without college degrees, is driving (not just long-haul trucking, of course).

    2. Self-driving cargo vehicles are on the not-too-distant horizon, which is gonna...
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    Re: Key for Presto case

    So, whatcha gonna do with it?
  21. Inexpensive 10-String Mandolin Tuners

    Got an eBay notification for these 10-string mandolin tuners from Sunrise Music. They're less than $11, so no idea of their quality, but there have been several inquiries on the Cafe from people...
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    Re: Beware the mighty doubleneck

    Or, more accurately, asymmetry.

    Says it was his "main gigging instrument for years." Wonder why I never saw him?
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    Supply chain bottlenecks probably won't be alleviated until next year.

    So -- buy used! They're already here...
  24. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    This recent thread is worth a review.
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    Re: Condition of Martin A style

    I'd be a bit unhappy with the fretboard divots, otherwise it's a 50-year-old instrument, showing it's been played quite a bit.

    Rosewood's not as hard as ebony, and a rosewood fingerboard's gonna...
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