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    Re: Happy 100th Birthday 1920 Martin Style A

    My 1974 Style A says “ Happy Birthday Grandpa”!
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    Re: Weber Redesign results

    In my humble opinion, instrument “sound” (tone, quality, volume) is simply too complex and subject to too many different factors to be able to pin down a difference onto one thing, like a neck joint....
  3. Thread: Attic find

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    Re: Attic find

    I don’t know who made it, but here are some general observations. It is not a high quality instrument. On bowlbacks, a small number of very large staves, like yours, denotes a beginners inexpensive...
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    Re: Ibanez M522 top collapsing

    The gap you reference is normal. This is called an elevated fret board. A mandolin with this feature allows more of the top to vibrate. In the case of your Ibanez the elevation seems crudely...
  5. Re: Picking up an Ashbury mandolin in Vietnam

    I have read about a street in Ho Chi Minh City they call “Guitar Street”. There are over 30 luthiers within 500 yards of each other. Quality can range from miserable to top of the line. If the...
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Crooksj, I think you nailed it!
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    I meant to say “truss rod” in post 12, not “true rod”. That’s spellcheck for ya.
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    Yes, a ‘34 would have a truss rod. But not a junior, which is what this is. Juniors never had a true rod AFAIK.
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    Re: Kentucky km-160

    Sometimes, the best you can do with those is to match the details to catalog pages, advertisements, or dealer spec sheets. Things like headstock inlay designs, fretboard extensions or lack thereof,...
  10. Re: F5's from $3000-5000 worth considering - Sept '19

    Even though they come up used rather infrequently, I would definitely consider a Stiver worthy of inclusion in this group.
  11. Thread: Harp guy?

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    Re: Harp guy?

    Are you kidding? Bring it brother! They talk all kinds of instruments here. Guitars, banjos, fiddles, bass fiddles, yadda yadda. It’s about time harp got some attention! I’m curious as to what harp...
  12. Thread: Harp guy?

    by multidon
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    Re: Harp guy?

    Greg is correct that pedal harps are way more complex than folk harps (lever harps). Virginia Harp Center handles both kinds.

    You don’t mention the type of harp or what the problem is.

    Greg...
  13. Thread: Harp guy?

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    Re: Harp guy?

    The Virginia Harp Center in Midlothian VA (just south of Richmond) might be able to help you. They are one of the biggest harp retailers in the country so either they have have someone in-house or...
  14. Re: What Mandolin Did I Get From the Thriftstore?

    No NOT light gauge. EXTRA light only on bowlbacks with no truss rod. GHS makes a good set.

    Does anyone know why it looks like there is a big space between the nut and the headstock overlay?
  15. Re: What Mandolin Did I Get From the Thriftstore?

    It’s definitely not worth putting $240 into. That exceeds the value of this instrument. What the heck is the luthier charging you $240 to do, exactly? Sounds like someone has a bill to pay this...
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    Re: Tone wood Backs

    First of all, the woods that are usually used for the backs and sides of instruments are tonewoods too. Clearly, they resonate. You can feel the vibrations all over every part of your instrument. Or...
  17. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    You could say exactly the same thing about guitars. Just substitute “guitar” for “mandolin” in your post. And yet the popularity of electric guitars far outpaces acoustic guitars in terms of units...
  18. Thread: Neck Bow

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    Re: Neck Bow

    Thank you for clarifying. The amount of relief you are talking about on your Weber is negligible, and shouldn’t cause any harm. It’s really about the same I use. I know Bruce sets them up dead...
  19. Thread: Neck Bow

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    Re: Neck Bow

    It is possible, even probable, that given enough time the neck will acquire a “set”. Right now there is relief because the string tension is pulling the neck into a bow shape. One day, when you’re...
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    Re: Sawchyn for a newb?

    The Sawchyn Beavertail is a very nice, well made instrument. But it is a flat top oval hole. More specifically, it is a copy, more or less, of the Gibson “Army Navy” design, also known as the...
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    Re: Chinese mandolins

    Of COURSE we want a review! We live for stuff like that. The more details, nitpicking, and minutiae, the better we like it!:popcorn:
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    Re: ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    If you want a mandolin and a violin to match up in scale length, that’s easy. Just get a bowlback mandolin, or a Martin can’t top flat back. Both will have 13” scales just like a full size violin.
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    Re: Summer NAMM 2019 Report

    To the Eastman rep- thank you for clearing up the confusion of mahogany versus maple on the octave mandolin. Now, if only you guys could figure out a way to ramp up production to meet the demand for...
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    Re: Gibson F5C - Korina back and sides

    Korina isn’t Hawaiian, it’s African. Also known as Limba. It’s most notable use on musical instruments has been on solid body electric guitars, especially Gibson Explorers and Flying Vs. It is not...
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    Re: Looking For Information on this Mandolin

    Woods? I’d say the top is medium to wide grain spruce, species impossible to determine. Neck is flamed maple, back is 2 piece bird’s eye maple, left side figure much better than the right. Let’s...
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