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    Sticky: Read Me First

    The old Forum software has been reinstalled. But I wasn't done meddling just yet. I saw some things in the other version and decided they had their place here so changes have occurred in the...
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    Re: Holoubek tailpiece ??

    I contacted Ondrej via Facebook and it is his own design only available on his mandolins now. He is thinking of developing it as a replacement part.
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    Re: Random note generator

    Sorry if I’m not explaining this very well.

    I’m trying to learn to read notation but I have other skills that impede this. And I’m actually a bit dyslexic.

    Yes ear training is what I’m doing,...
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    Re: Anyone ever heard of a 'Kitolin'?

    The patent, granted in 1900, seems to cover the tuning mechanism as well as the fan-frets—could be the first of its kind in US? Very interesting.

    The 1905 article I found in Swedish mentions the...
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    Re: Gibson A50, odd neck

    It's in Hobgoblin in Brum. I could have traded in a nice uke that I didn't want but got quite cheaply against it. I don't tend to buy vintage things from Hobgoblin, but the ability to trade in...
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    Re: Radiotone Double Chamber Mandolin

    All done. Here are some photos:

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    General comments: I don't like the violin-style neck joint - not strong enough for a mandolin. But at least it's...
  7. Re: RIP Al Williams, founder of Calton Cases

    Ray, I suspect internet abbreviating. Al was the founder of Calton Cases in Canada. He was responsible for taking Keith's product and bringing it to the Canadian and USA market. Al Williams was a...
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    Re: Have you all heard? 💜

    I am glad you've found comfort in faith. This is supposed to be a space for mandolinists though, and proselytizing here rather than contributing in the spirit of the forum seems a little...
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    Re: Remic microphones

    Standard XLR on both ends, or is one of them a mini?

    Capitals are rationed for our UK members.
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    Re: Mandolin missing 46 years

    A "Y" prefix was used on Gibson factory order numbers in 1953.
    Spann only covers numbers through WWII.
    See "Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars."

    Gibson was making the following models in 1953: ...
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    Tony Rice Interview April 9/2019

    Just came across this today:

    Tony Rice Interview April 9/2019

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BY3hJBgS1U
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    Re: Collings TKL USA Made Case

    My TKL with the Collings Logo was dated 03/16/2015 and had a TKL inspection card inside. The mandolin was from 2016. It also had a TKL tab attached to the case compartment lid, just as my Gibson and...
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    Re: L. Ricca Bowlback

    He has one and someone wants to buy it.
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    Re: How Long is Long Enough

    As of the end of this week still no bridge and no communication from my builder. I will be buying another mandolin which should be in next week. John Hamlett a.k.a. Sunburst has an A model...
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    Re: Heavier strings=louder volume?

    The physics of changing to heavier strings is as follows.

    Let's start with what does NOT change: The frequencies of the open notes remain the same (G,D,A,E). The scale length is the same.

    The...
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    Re: Tuning machines: whats your favorite and why?

    I've used the Stealth tuners on a few instruments too-- they're great when you need to fit ten or more on a headstock. They have a bit more backlash than I would like, but that's pretty normal for...
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    Re: Mystery Mandolin Player

    It’s not.
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    Re: Mystery Mandolin Player

    That doesn't really look like Mike.
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    Re: Fern on the Auction Site

    Yes, it is the same mandolin discussed here two years ago. The OP back then was a new member who said his father bought it for him when he was 8 years old and he needed to sell it, but didn't know...
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    National innards

    a bit of a surprise to see what's beneath the cone of the modern National mandolin:

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    Re: Updating an older Gibson

    A past discussion on the misplaced fret slots can be found here.
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    Re: Updating an older Gibson

    Good question. If you've got a good ear, the first test is to tune the instrument as accurately as you can and start checking double-stop intervals between an open string and fretted notes on an...
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    Re: For the Record - unusual 20ís mandolin

    Link works for me fine, too.

    I think the auction description is plain wrong:

    "Rare Banjolo Musical Instrument, c. 1920 Germany, manufactured by mandolin builder Marcelli in cooperation with...
  24. Re: Differences between various Eastman A models?

    Oh my God - I clicked the link to the Gryphon, and that’s got to be the worst looking mandolin I’ve ever seen!
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    Re: Chris Thile's new pick

    Nevermind.
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