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  1. Re: First Video of The Mandolin Store new location

    Well, Jim, you like Flatirons, and you like ovals . . .

    https://themandolinstore.com/product/a4-flatiron-prototype/
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    Re: buying first mando without playing?

    Yes. It is a handbuilt mandolin from an established independent American luthier trading in the same price range as a factory built instrument from overseas. In my experience, mandolins are finicky...
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    Re: Trying to find this mandolin...

    There's a cheap one in the classifieds if you're looking to stimulate the economy:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/152334#152334
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    Re: buying first mando without playing?

    Nothing holds resale value better than an already used and appropriately depreciated mandolin. We just went through a similar exercise here recently, and the OP acquired a Ratliff A5 for $950...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Alas, I am no demigod. Although that might explain . . .

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    Re: old Flatiron, old guy, some thoughts

    It’s not an important historical piece that needs to be preserved, but neither is a makeover necessarily an improvement. I’d have a luthier clean it up for you and play it as is until and unless you...
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    Re: Mando flatiron buying advice.

    While true for the Bozeman years, that convention changed in Nashville and was replaced by using the last and first digit of the serial number. So to use your 91052 as a (nonsensical) example, it...
  8. Re: Buying myself my first mandolin for my 30th. Need help

    While it has a flat (as opposed to a canted) top, it would be considered a flatback (to distinguish it from bowlbacks).



    It would be interesting to hear an audio sample from Di Mauro, whether...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Your question speaks to the the paradox at the heart of all attempts to investigate the shmergeliticus, for how can there ever be a “sighting” when it is impossible to look directly at one?

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    Re: Does this octave mandolin...

    My friends refer to it as the Covid 19! :))
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    Re: Looking for beginner oval Mandolin

    One source that I read (quickly) seemed to suggest that Tibetan mandolin tuning was reversed, meaning that you might need some nut and bridge saddle work regardless of the mandolin that you pick.
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    Re: Looking for beginner oval Mandolin

    Any time I hear folk music on a budget, I think of a used flattop. Fortunately, England has a fine tradition of builders, and you can read about them here:
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  13. Re: Buying myself my first mandolin for my 30th. Need help

    They are not the new instrument you seek, but how about an Antoine DI Mauro mandolin? There are several available in Europe and within range of budget. Christian Hamonic has two posted to the...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    As for the scrollidocious, its flamboyant display is found on a range of modern mandolini. My personal favorite it the stefani:

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    Now, unlike our earlier examples, there is significant...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Well, if we are being strict in our classifications, the gibsonus genus has evolved over the last century, with several subspecies apparently going extinct though their DNA continues to be expressed...
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    Re: Mando flatiron buying advice.

    A 1996 model would have been built in Bozeman, Montana, after the Gibson acquisition which is not a bad thing. I am not familiar with that particular model, but I will say that Japanese dealers like...
  17. Re: Are Thomastik-Infeld Strings That much Better?

    I believe that his is 20”, yours is 21”, and mine is 21.5”.
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    Re: Informal Poll

    My concern is less the small buyer pool and more the limited number of dealer’s stores stocking them. As I posted above, I would consider buying a higher end mandolin if it rendered every other one I...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Br1ck, I’m what you call a social media influencer. :))
  20. Thread: What?

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    Re: What?

    Imagine how well this octave would complement your piccolo! https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/152413#152413
  21. Re: Are Thomastik-Infeld Strings That much Better?

    The TI’s might make for a fun experiment on one of your teens Gibson’s. I know that fatt-dad has installed them on his A3 from time to time, and they might provide a different tone and feel to your...
  22. Re: String recommendation for Northfield NF-F5S ?

    Have you tried monels? They’re very resistant to corrosion for an uncoated string.
  23. Re: Are Thomastik-Infeld Strings That much Better?

    Hey Dan, I like TI’s on my National, and Mangans on my Passernigs, but thus far I’ve only used EJ80’s on my Black GBOM. I have thought about flatwounds though and would probably build my own set...
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    Re: Informal Poll

    I could, but it would have to render all of the others unnecessary.
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    Re: Collings MT2 vs MF-GT?

    It’s this one: https://gregboyd.com/product/2006-will-kimble-f-5-butch-baldersari-2-of-5/
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