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  1. Re: Review: Carlo Mazzaccara Lucia bowlback mandolin

    I use Dogals on every bowlback that I own that is worth playing. I was surprised when I strung up my Vega Style 3 with the dolce set. I took it to a rehearsal a bunch of years ago and it sounded as...
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    Re: A Successful Failure

    Ah, a specialist in pyroluthiery! :)
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    "Tim, you should have been here back in the day..." He says taking a puff of his corncob pipe. :)

    There were many amazing musicians and classical players who checked in here regularly. Foremost...
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    Bees in the Barn Band's August Eriksmoen plays an Ellis 2 point. I saw them in person last year and he makes that mandolin sing.
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    Victor is one of the sagest and talented people I have had the pleasure to know. Victor, I think you need to write a work called Sage Advice. I will write a poem to go with it.
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    Re: Mandolin Oddities

    I found the site that had the photo of Engelbert and his wife playing plus the catalog page for these instruments. There are other variants on the wall behind them. He plays the 8-string violin...
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    Re: Mandolin Oddities

    Time to bring another oddball instrument to this lovely thread. This on French eBay. The French are especially creative in the oddity department, the most famous of which are the Gelas instruments....
  8. Re: Reading mandolin music score by NOT using TABS

    Yes, violin music and I believe that flute music is also in the same range. There are free downloads for many classical pieces on IMSLP.org. Also our friend Michael in Germany has many older mandolin...
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    Re: May 24 Canadian fiddle concert

    He is amazing fiddler. Sorry I missed the concert. There are some youtube videos of him driving fellow musicians mad in a long medley of maybe a dozen tunes by just calling out the key. Really fun...
  10. Re: Learn to play multiple instruments at once?

    Well, of you are elbent on learning other instruments, have fun. Actually you must be amazing after only 5 days if you have mastered mandolin and are ready to move on. Some of us are still learning...
  11. Re: Help with type of Mandolin for string orchestra

    As everyone here knows, I love bowlbacks and have played them for years and have some very nice ones. OTOH I also play carved top Gibson-style instruments as well in various genres of music. Although...
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    I had a sheet of Ultem plastic and I cut and polished a few Roman plectra for me and friends. Technique is very different from Neapolitan ones. Almost like a bow. You have to loosen and tighten the...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    I rotate my main ones—see my signature below. I agree with Tim Logan that I have acquired each because of its unique voice. The one I have the longest is probably my snakehead which I have owned for...
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    I meant to post this catalog page from my 1912 Lyon & Healy catalog. These were intended to be instruments for playing mandolin orchestra repertoire. Here is the age with the standard and piccolo....
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    Re: A photo of our Mandolin

    I think this is often called a Portuguese mandolin but is usually made in Germany or eastern Europe.
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    Re: ABC Converter?

    I use Easy ABC. Simple and it works and you can compose in ABC and save as pdf, print, etc.

    For simple online conversion:

    SPUDS Converter

    or this one

    or this one
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    There is definitely a chance.

    Here are the two I have: a playable Leland and an unlabelled bowlback. The Vega bowlback is for size comparison. The other picture is my two Lelands, the piccolo and...
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    Re: Bradbury mandolin

    The three Bradbury mandolins in my files—2 cylinder back and one bowlback—all were made by Vega probably in the teens of the last century. And that thread that Allen links to above shows mandolins...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    I played alto mandola (CGDA) in a mandolin orchestra for a few years and learned the C clef. However, we played a lot of string orchestra repertoire so I would play the viola part. On the more...
  20. Re: "only known flat back epiphone mandolin made by the founder"

    Price has gone down considerably for this mandolin to $1250. BTW here are some photos for after the listing disappears.
  21. Re: "only known flat back epiphone mandolin made by the founder"

    Though very different from later Epiphone-labelled ones pre-Gibson.

    Yes, this was discussed in this thread.

    Seems like this one changes hands every few years. It was at Retrofret on ebay, then...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    This mandolin deserves to be be in this historic thread.

    In the classifieds now an Embergher N.5 and also on Reverb.

    I am a bit surprised that this is described as being restored. I am sure...
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    Re: Waverly Tuners?

    I have Waverly on one mandolin it came with them. My other mandolins have decent less expensive tuners and I agree with those above. You won't really impress anyone with fancy tuners. Rubners or...
  24. Re: Observations about a Calace on Reverb please?

    Same seller now has an Embergher N.5 in the classifieds and also on Reverb.

    I am a bit surprised that this is described as being restored. I am sure that the bowl is structurally sound now, but,...
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    Eddy Davis passes away

    Somehow I didn't know about Eddy until this morning when a friend mentioned him. He died on April 9 from complications due to Covid-19. One obit is here. Another is here.

    He is known for his tenor...
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