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    Re: Replacement Tuning Machines

    Just to be clear, there are two sorts of “Golden Age” tuners. The right ones for a ‘12 Gibson A are the, worm-under, “Restoration” tuners; which you have fitted. It’s the worm-over, modern hole...
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    Re: Slot tuners Stiffness Problem

    Unfortunately, I don’t think he deals with slot head tuners. Posts on slot head tuners have more binding opportunities than ordinary ones with string tension causing wear on one side of the inner...
  3. Thread: What is MAS?

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    Re: What is MAS?

    Somebody will eventually ask how many mandolins you need to which the standard answer is “one more than I already have”.
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    Re: Newbie: Which electric-acoustic to buy?

    The quote about “bling” was me and, no, I’m not the owner of one of the lower grade models and have no reason to want one so I have no reason to be biased. I have played a few of them and, whilst I’d...
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    Re: Newbie: Which electric-acoustic to buy?

    The main difference between cheap and expensive Eastman mandolins seems to be in the level of bling and the hardware (mainly tuners, tailpiece). If you’re largely interested in the sound rather than...
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    Re: Wurlitzer mandolin

    I believe that Wurlitzer (translates literally from the German as “whistle box”) specialised in producing organs. There were a few of their branded guitars around in the 1970s.
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    Re: Microphone for recording at home?

    Yes, the Shure SM57 is a good dynamic mic (I bought a pair of them nearly 40 years ago and they cost less now than they did then) but they’re intended to be plugged into a balanced input. If you’re...
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    Re: Kimble two point reviews?

    Never come across a two point in the UK but, if I did, I’d be tempted. When I bought my A5, it was a choice between a Kimble and a Heiden and even my wife thought the Kimble souned better! Then I...
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    Re: How much do you practice?

    Pick ‘til your fingers bleed, wait ‘til it’s stopped and then you can start again.

    At least that’s how I remember it. It was a very long time ago - some 50 odd years!
  10. Thread: floor racks

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    Re: floor racks

    There was a thread a while ago in which somebody built a rack from plastic plumbing parts. (Most people out there will be able to find it more easily than I can!)
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    Unusual Tenor (?) For Sale

    UK auction (NFI) - https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/j-s-auctions/catalogue-id-srjs10089/lot-78c121a9-0d3f-46ec-833b-ab8c00d786ec

    Strange stringing, even looks to come with a...
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    Re: What to expect, F5S?

    No, they’re all so good, they have to be sold again!
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    Re: what did I just buy? I think its a Mandola

    Looks even more like a mandolin but the scale length will be the clincher.
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    Re: what did I just buy? I think its a Mandola

    Looks more like a mandolin to me but we could do with a “full frontal” photo’ and an accurate indication of scale length. If it’s strung as a mandola, I would also expect a wound second course.
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    Re: James tailpiece question

    Spring loaded gismos have a tendency to shoot off in unusual directions so I’d make sure you do the job somewhere you’re likely to be able to find the thing again. Eye protection?!
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    Much the same in the UK. Order anything worth over £18 from the US and you can expect to be charged at least 20% + £8 when it’s delivered. Add currency exchange charges and shipping to this and the...
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    Re: Seeking info about Gibson "A" #15709

    Judging by the burn mark on the top, the pickguard was more than likely removed because it was deteriorating.

    Somebody will give you a more accurate date if you can give us the Factory Order...
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    Re: James tailpiece question

    I did once think of getting the top part of one of mine re-plated but eventually decided it was too much trouble. I do, however, think that it would be advisable to remove the whole tailpiece before...
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    Re: James tailpiece question

    Looking at one of mine, there also apprars to be to be a pair of very fine washers between the top and bottom parts which could be a pain to replace.
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    Re: James tailpiece question

    Sounds just like the sprung pin holding a watch strap; but possibly more difficult to access.
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    Re: Replacement Tuning Machines

    Why should yiu have to? Organic things - mandolins, fiddles etc. - tend to improve with age whereas mechanical things - tuners, cars and even pianos - are generally at their best when new and tend to...
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    Re: Replacement Tuning Machines

    Mandroid #8 - they weren’t the GAs then. 1922 is more than likely to be “old” spacing. New spacing traditionally started circa. 1925 but I’m sure that most will agree that there are examples from...
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    Re: Replacement Tuning Machines

    If they’re on a 90 year old mandolin, they could well be the “Restoration” version, which are OK, have a different hole spacing and are only suitable for the vintage instruments which have - e.g....
  24. Re: An help identifying this late 19th century mando?

    The “UK” flag you refer to is nothing like any flag I’ve seen flown in the UK! It’s missing the white bits which originate from the Scottish “Saltire”.

    This might suggest that, at least the decal...
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    Re: The Hollies - Look Through Any Window

    Yes, definitely the Vox, although my first thought was possibly an Eko.

    Doesn’t Graham Nash look young!? A friend of mine shared a desk with him at school in Salford and I was at school with...
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