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    Re: To Cafe Members on the US West Coast

    Smoke's hit the East Coast, a high thin haze, supposedly around 20,000 feet in the air. Reports that it's reached Europe today.
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    Re: Tuning issue

    It's Rob Meldrum; read this recent thread, it'll give you an e-mail address to contact him. He'll send Cafe members a free e-book covering "DIY" mandolin set-up.

    Having a bit of trouble...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin - capo question

    Capo-ing that high often involves a lot of retuning to get to concert pitch, and then re-re-tuning when the capo comes off. At least that's been my experience. A lot depends on how tight you have...
  4. Re: Bequeathing instruments to charity in a will

    I'd be a bit more likely to "go local"; here in Rochester the Rochester Education Foundation sponsors a "Donate An Instrument" program to provide instruments for students who can't afford them. One...
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    Re: Still cant play a break!

    It'll come when it comes. Don't pressure yourself, or set too high a standard for yourself. Practice playing melodies that you can play -- whether it's Twinkle Little Star, You Are My Sunshine, or...
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    Re: To Cafe Members on the US West Coast

    My experience has been that we learn to tolerate, even accept, the climatic conditions where we've lived for extended periods. Here in Rochester we expect about 100 inches of snow every year, common...
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    Re: George Washburn Mandolin Model M-1S/TS

    If you paid around $200 you did OK. Solid machine-carved spruce top (according to the specs), laminated maple back and sides. The fingerboard is described as "engineered wood," which I would guess...
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    Re: 9 string ID

    From Hobgoblin Music FAQ's:

    The English guitar and the Scottish guittar are one and the same instrument. The term 'English guitar' was invented in this century to describe it, in the 18th century...
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    Re: Identify Vintage Mandolin Banjo

    Headstock shape looks kinda Stromberg to me, but I don't know what tone ring (if any) Stromberg used In mandolin-banjos.

    You might also try a banjo website like Banjo Hangout. Real banjo experts...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    Hey, some of us are "bass nerds" as well. I've done a fair number of bass gigs, mostly playing country dances, and am the "official house bass fiddle player" for the annual Genesee Country Village...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    I made a washtub bass senior year at college. I was, of course, influenced by Fritz Richmond's playing with the Charles River Valley Boys and the Kweskin/Muldaur Jug Band. I followed Richmond's...
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    Re: Well set up beater mandolin??

    What's your budget? If it's <$100 I think you may be outta luck. Cheapest one I could find with a reliable shop set-up was a Rover RM-50B at Elderly Instruments, and that was $255.

    Lots of...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    1. Unamplified "uke basses" are nearly inaudible, in my experience. If your criterion is "no amps," I don't think one of those would work for you. On the other hand, if you'll accept a small...
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    Re: Bowlback make/model?

    I've heard good reports about Intermountain Guitar & Banjo.
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Yeah, I get that: you think you only need one airplane, then you want a "beater" Piper Cub to take camping, then you think you want something different and larger -- maybe a twin-engine -- then you...
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    Re: Martin Copy--Rokkomann

    Some info about Ryohei Tahara, the "Rokkomann" brand, etc., in a 2008 thread on Harmony Central about Maya guitars, another label associated with Rokkomann:

    I have found some information -...
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    Re: Mohawk mandolin

    Could this be a clue? Mohawk brand guitar strings made in Germany, attributed to c. 1948.

    There also apparently was a Mohawk brand of instruments made in the UK:

    Mohawk was a Francis Day and...
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    Re: Vintage Russian mandolin

    Similar to the one found in Finland, discussed in this 2012 thread.
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    Re: Papa Smurf

    +1 on Bernie Lehmann.
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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

    And then, there's me -- often wrong, but never in doubt...
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    Gotcha. All the discussion of Taylors and Martin OM's went to my head.
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    If you got the $$$, you might consider Huss & Dalton slope-shoulder or "concert" models. I've been consistently impressed by H & D construction and sound.

    I'm using a re-topped and re-necked 1940...
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    Re: Cumbus Mandolin

    Maybe something like this one:






    Later: Sorry, shoulda checked out the link first; what I found is one of the "banjo" cumbuses, which is what I think of when I see the term used.
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    Re: 1907 Torch & Wire with Virzi?

    time time said old king tut
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    -- Don Marquis, Certain Maxims of Archy (the literary cockroach), 1927

    I think of this quite a bit, waiting out the...
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    Re: Banjolin identification help please

    Or it might not have been there at all. As NickR points out, Houghton started using the "lion couchant" mark in the 1930's and this one could be earlier. And I suggested Houghton as a possible...
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