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  1. Thread: Estamos ai

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    Re: Estamos ai

    Ok.
  2. Thread: Estamos ai

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    Re: Estamos ai

    The correct translation is "we are there." Great band.
    Even with my very limited Spanish, I've confirmed the correct spelling as "Estamos Alli."
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    Re: CF Martin Mandolin Serial Number 2604

    Many years ago, a fellow by the name of Mike Longworth worked for Martin and spent a couple of decades going through old factory records and examining old Martin instruments. He became Martin's...
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    Re: CF Martin Mandolin Serial Number 2604

    That is a style 000 mandolin, made in 1909. 25 were made that year. It was Martin's plainest mandolin model at that time. They were built from 1909 until 1917, with a total production of 462...
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    Poll: Re: ISO info Re: Vintage Stella Mandolin

    1. Neither vintage nor antique, just moderately old.
    2. A style.
    3. Refurbish? Maybe. Refinish? No.
    4. Wall art or play it? These were budget instruments and are not valuable, but were...
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    Re: CF Martin Mandolin Serial Number 2604

    The basement is a bad place to store a mandolin. Temperature and humidity fluctuations and mold can damage the instrument.
    Whatever the model might turn out to be, the mandolin has at least a bit...
  7. Thread: Exposed Bushings

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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    Back to the original purpose of this thread:
    I wouldn't monkey with it too much. If the bushings don't push in easily, and it still bothers you, take it to a very competent repairman. Too much...
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    Re: What mandolin is this?

    The neck has either been re-worked or replaced. The corners of the peghead are cut very sharply, and it looks like there might be double side dots in the fingerboard binding at the 12th fret, which...
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    Re: What mandolin is this?

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    Re: 11 (eleven!) string thing?

    One source http://www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com/south_america.html#bolivia indicates that Bolivian and Peruvian bandurrias are built with only four courses.
    I don't know. The most reliable...
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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    That's a very high proportion of sandarac and mastic. Let us know how it works out.
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    Re: 11 (eleven!) string thing?

    350 mm. works out to just over 13 3/4".
    It's from a Bolivian maker.
    It's a four course instrument with double and triple strung courses.
    It's not a charango or quatro or any other small Latin...
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    Re: interesting pickguard hardware on Ebay Gibson

    Y'all are being too polite. Neither the pickguard, nor the clamp were made by the Gibson company.

    And the bridge is suspect. I have seen brown rosewood bridges on Gibson's from this period, but...
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    Re: Half a mandolin question

    The instrument needs a neck re-set. Just like a neck set on a guitar or mandolin, this involves reshaping the fit of the heel to join the rim of the instrument at the angle necessary to provide good...
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    Re: No pickguard finish scratches

    In short, the answer about varnish is no.
    There are some epoxy based industrial finishes that are very durable, but I wouldn't want to use them on a musical instrument.
    Nitro and poly lacquers will...
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    Re: Shop goodwill flatiron

    I sure can't tell. A picture or two from another angle would be helpful, but we're not going to see anything like that from Goodwill. Bid at your own risk.
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    Re: Shop goodwill flatiron

    I don't understand what I'm seeing in the pictures of the back of the neck. If it is not a reflection, it looks like new wood could have been grafted in for some reason[???]
    If it stays around...
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    Re: Repairing and refinishing old Stradolin

    You can get violin varnishes from a supply house such as International Violin Co. or Metropolitan Music. Spirit varnishes dry quicker, oil varnishes are easier to apply. Or you can use...
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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    When I have built French polished finishes, I used thin shellac as the sealer. This was followed by top coats of shellac, sometimes with a bit of sandarac added to the solution.

    Shellac is a...
  20. Thread: Vega 20 string

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    Re: Vega 20 string

    I don't know of a comprehensive Vega book. That would be a good project for someone.
    A c. 1920 Vega mandolin catalog is currently available from Bernunzio Uptown Music.
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    Re: Peter Ostroushko's podcast

    I am happy that Peter is getting active again. His stroke was quite severe and his recovery slow and difficult. His mandolin playing days are over. He can still use his right side and had been...
  22. Thread: Vega 20 string

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    Re: Vega 20 string

    Warning--

    If you purchase this instrument, string it lightly or it will collapse.
    If it is on the mandola body, none of the D'Addario sets will be suitable.
    If it is on the mandolin body with ...
  23. Thread: Vega 20 string

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    Re: Vega 20 string

    They made them both ways: mandolin body with mandolin scale; mandola body with mandola scale. I've seen at least two or three of the larger instruments.

    To complicate matters, Vega's catalog...
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    Although I sometimes used to successfully use dowels, several folks whose judgement I trust have told me that dowels can [at least sometimes] weaken a peghead repair rather than strengthening it. ...
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    Re: Ciani mandolin really a Stradolin?

    Ernest "Pop" Stoneman also played a guitar made in the Galiano shop.
    Generally speaking, most of the Galiano instruments were made with more care than many of the other instruments distributed by...
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