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    Re: Help me narrow down my search

    Anything "new" will face a quick depreciation hit. Beyond that, there's the whole "opening up" discussion; many feel that a new instrument's ultimate sound will only manifest itself after being...
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    Re: Please Help Identify how old this Mandolin is

    Four-post string mounts are indicative of an earlier instrument. Late 19th to early 20th century. I like the striped bowl, a handsome feature. Not a high-end instrument, but certainly worth stringing...
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    Re: Cafe versus Craigslist

    I dislike telephones. I don't wish to be intruded upon at the whim of strangers.

    Email can be dealt with on my own schedule, and it provides a permanent record. Beyond that, complex concepts can...
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    Re: F-Style vs A-style ergonomics...

    The F-style body point is a plus for me. I nearly always play sitting down, and it aids stability.
  5. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    There's a lot of good mando albums out there, but the ones that made me want to play mandolin were the early Ry Cooder recordings.

    Maybe I'm dating myself. (Actually, I've long been at an...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    I have doubt about the bridge as well. My only example is from considerably later, so designs might have changed, but the bridge on the mandolin in question seems sort of crude when contrasted with...
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    Re: why do mandolins have carved top?

    Carved top provides its own bracing, to some degree at least, permitting heavier stringing without additional risk of collapse. This would seem to encourage more volume. For the most part, carved...
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    Great thread title.
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    Re: Looking at Japanese bowl back

    Not impressed with Suzuki bowlbacks. The main issue is sonics; in my experience, they sound as though they were stuffed with socks.

    Unless it's remarkably cheap, you can do better. Try a few...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Model A rebuild or for parts

    Auctioneers are extortionist pirates.

    That has not kept me from buying at auction, however. Due diligence and avoiding bidding duels may help keep you from getting "skinned".
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    I had a guy make me arm rests decades ago. My sweat was fogging the varnish, and the purfling was giving my forearm a permanent crease. Never looked back. BTW, no indication of any finish damage on...
  12. Re: How important is having the original hardshell case?

    Old "original" cases have that cool factor, but they fail in protection. Instruments are loose and banging around inside. (I guess some of the old Loar cases were pretty protective, but they're out...
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    For nearly any style except bluegrass, Lyon & Healy/Washburn carved mandolins are wonderful. The style C is the most affordable, and can sometimes be found in the high 3-figure range.
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    I'm thinking it's actually curly maple, with a dark stain. Lots of chatoyance and curl that seems unusual for rosewood. But old eyes and laptop screens, you know . . .
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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    Apropos of nothing in particular, a brief comparison of my first mandolin in terms of 1965 and 2020 dollars; a Central European, probably Czech, pawnshop bowlback cost me (IIRC) $39.00. In today's...
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    Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    Picked up my first mandolin (pawnshop Czech bowlback) when I was 18. It wore out in a year. No more mandos until I got my F4 from Mike Holmes ten years later. (Still have the receipts; took three...
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    Re: Old F4 Mandolin Neck- Bonus Cheap Body

    New frets and board and inlays, and the back button area looks to have been re-shaped from a pointed Gothic arch to the F5 curved style.

    Sorta painful to look at, on the whole.
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    All prices are cyclic.

    Cycles are determined by the state of an economy, faddism, market saturation, location and dire necessity, among others.
  19. Re: Could someone help me identify this old bowl back?

    Given family history, I'd go with an Italian origin. I was unable to see if the back of the neck was veneered; if so, that would be still another indicator of Italian origin. I'd also look into...
  20. Re: Looking for Mandolin Recommendations that hold their value

    Buy a used instrument made by a reputable maker or firm that is in good condition and state of setup. Play as many as you can get your hands on and buy the one that you'd most regret passing up.
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    Re: Early 1900s mandolins

    Well-built instruments that have been properly maintained should be just fine. Wood being organic will be subject to stability issues due to environmental and aging issues. Glues and things like...
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    Re: Observations about a Calace on Reverb please?

    I'm speculating as to the differing features being indicative of a higher quality, or at least a higher-priced, build. I'm unaware of "after-market fads" for bowlbacks. The design elements may indeed...
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    Re: Observations about a Calace on Reverb please?

    Far as I'm aware, it's just an Art Deco enhancement. I have seen them on mandolins by other makers as well. IIRC, the Calace instruments I've seen this on also don't have the typical "skirt" that...
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    Re: L&H Model A pick guard question

    When I bought my L&H Style A from Vintage Instruments in PHildelphia, it had that sort of guard on the belly, on the bass side. Before purchase, I had them remove it. Came off with no problem and no...
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    Re: String tension question

    You might consider a practical experiment; why not use one of each on every course? The tension could be estimated by measuring deflection, or just go by the "feel" and tone of the individual...
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