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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    Hey Lauri, you and Max are just killing it! That dragon is awesome.
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    Re: Phoenix mandolins closing shop?

    Thanks for all the kind words about Phoenix mandolins and the support for Jenny. She made the difficult phone call to me a while back and, while it is sad, it is a good move for her. She is an...
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    A new Ludewig oval hole

    I just finished this one up. Some amazing redwood that I got from Spruce a few years ago. I finished up an F5 (kind of) last year with it and now this oval hole. Haven't had an oval hole for some...
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    Bluegrass in Indian music

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIzRdv2v4Vw

    :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Gibson Trademarking the F-5 Body Shape??

    DWM, I agree completely. When you have people like Girouard, Ellis, Pava, Collings, etc., all of which are ran/owned by incredible people who treat not only customers, but competitors with respect,...
  6. Re: Who Likes Non-Traditional COLORS on their Mandos?

    128911 128913

    My contribution to the Rigel portion of this thread.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    Here's a paua abalone rosette on an octave top.
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    I feel like you could have an entire thread of just Rigel responses

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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    If I'd only known there was going to be a 3rd 2 point mandocello, I'da bought one of those fancy giant robots to carve it like you younguns use, instead of scraping off evidence of the latest texas...
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    Lauri Girourd does really cool non traditional (and great traditional) finishes. My personal favorite it the Greenie Dale Ludwig built.

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    Re: Hand-Splitting Maple For Mandolins...

    OK, here are a few shots...

    http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee22/e_stamp/Maple%20Handsplits/P1290915_zps2d3ce87a.jpg
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    Re: Hand-Splitting Maple For Mandolins...

    You'll wind up with a lot of billets--all quartered--that are relatively easy to dry and store, and can be processed later into mandolin backs...
    Normally, the sets are sawn green right out of the...
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    Hand-Splitting Maple For Mandolins...

    I get a lot of emails from folks who have a tree in their backyard that is coming down, wondering if it might be good for musical instruments...
    I think that this is the first time--in 35 years of...
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    Fretboards are finished and they're out of this world.

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    Re: More praise for the Pava

    One Cafe member who recently visited the UK & who had the chance to play the Ellis & Pavas at TAMCO UK, remarked to me in an e-mail that the 3 makes that he liked most & that sounded the best to...
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    Girouard with new ivoroid tuning buttons

    Here's my new Girouard after replacing the original tuning buttons (shown) with ones made of ivoroid.

    I did file the insides of the holes but they were still tight. I confess to having used the...
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    Re: Pava and Girouard cross the pond.

    I just found this thread and as the proud owner of the Girouard, thought it appropriate to close it!
    I had a fantastic time at Trevors, I started with open ears for whatever appealed to me,...
  19. TAMCO in Brighton, England, is a 'must visit'

    On Tuesday I spent a delightful couple of hours at The Acoustic Music Co in Brighton, England. The trip was a long time coming, but it won't be so long before I am back. Owner and regular Cafe...
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    Re: Reclaimed Spruce

    I wasn't aware of this film...
    Here's the trailer...



    I used to go to Alaska and cut up old bridge stringers, and ship them home...
    Lovely wood.
    But that was in the 80's, and those days are...
  21. Re: Cheapest Shipping Within USA-- UPS oir USPS

    +1 for USPS Online. I sold a mandolin to a nice guy in Colorado in December. It was a gift for his daughter. After he had paid he asked if there was any way he could pay extra and get it sent...
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    Interview with Marla Fibish

    I was able to interview Marla Fibish last week. Here's a transcript of her comments about playing Irish music on the mandolin.
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    I've always wanted to be a drummer.
    Here's a rimshot.

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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    Bout done with progress on these, new home bound this week: 1980 harvest Soldier Mtn Idaho Engelmann spruce top A with Coos Bay Holly bridge, rural electric 4 string guitdola from that Varnum estate...
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    Re: Douglas fir as a tonewood...

    Thanks for the info folks, will be looking forward to the tone of the Girouard sinker mando too. I have a couple of 1 piece tops that were salvaged in the 80's from the bleachers (c.1950)of an...
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