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  1. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    I would keep the current strings on if you like the way they sound. Let him set up your mandolin with those lighter strings. If you later decide you want the mediums I would think it might just be...
  2. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    From Strings By Mail site — https://www.stringsbymail.com/optima-mandolin-flatwound-medium-gauge-011-031-full-set-13456.html


    The other flatwound sets are not described on that page.

    The...
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    Re: Pete Sutherland RIP

    I knew Pete and spent time with him in small doses over the years. Everything that people are saying about him is true. He was an inspiring both as a musician and a person. RIP.
  4. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    I thought the seller included at least one set of Thomastik mandolin strings. I would use those. I have the T-I mediums on mine and it is fine. I also used them on my 1921 Bacon Artist and they sound...
  5. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    All right, here痴 the story of my first snakehead. IIRC this a was before I was even aware of the difference. I was at a vintage store in Amherst, MA and whe. I walked in on the wall was to be my...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    That is stunningly beautiful, Charley!
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    Re: electric mando / amp pairing

    I have an 80’s Fender champ that I like for tone. I am sure that there are similar tube amps out there by Fender and others for that sweet electric tone.
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    Re: What's up with Ukes?

    I played a lot of uke in the 1980s because I took lessons with Roy Smeck who was a vaudeville star in the 1920s and after. So that era from around 1915 when Hawaiian musicians came over at a big...
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    Re: Mandolin Parts

    The hardest to find would be the ten string tailpiece but there is one for sale in the classifieds right now: https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/196784#196784
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    Re: I知 afraid woodshedding has made me worse

    Uh-oh… when the wife is away, the husband will play… and buy another mandolin. Maybe she will come home with $1500 worth of candles? :)

    Sounds though that you got a nice new mandolin to get...
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    Re: Mando vibro?

    I think some of the choro players bend strings but they also use light gauge strings on their bandolims. Not sure anyone uses true vibrato though I suppose it could be done and maybe has been done on...
  12. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    As journeybear noted I recently acquired a 1924 A-4 snakehead in pristine condition with a Virzi for what that is worth. I paid the retail price because the stars had lined up and I had the funds. It...
  13. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    I believe that the 154W strings are light gauge. I actually use the medium gauge on my short scale L&H.
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    There was a maker here on the Cafe who actually made playable Bed-Pandolins. Ah, yes, the Commodium! Discussed here on this thread: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/156921-Bedpan-dolin
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    Re: 4 string mandolin?

    More than likely the Russians never saw Cremonese mandolins which were very uncommon. But they made 8 string mandolins tuned to GDAE and it made sense to add one more string and tune it to that...
  16. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    Yes, they seem to get along fine together. I was worried when bringing home a new puppy… er… mandolin. :)

    What is especially amazing about both of them is that they each have plenty of sustain.
  17. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    I just played both mandolins today switching back and forth. The Brentrup has my regular favorite strings, D'Addario NB mediums. The 24 A-4 has whatever Elderly strung it with which are some PB...
  18. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    All the above suggestions are worth considering. I also bend the loop around the point end of a sharpened pencil so it has a rounded bend vs. sharp. Then hook that bent loop on the appropriate hook....
  19. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    I now own two, my ‘23 A2 which I have owned for close to forty years and a recently acquired 24 A4 which was on my list list for sometime. I also owned a 23 A-junior which was a sweetheart of an...
  20. Re: I like big triangle picks - no, wait...

    Dunlop & Clayton both make picks out of Ultem. Clayton has a slightly heavier URT120 that is 1.2mm thick. I like Ultem for its tone but they wear out faster than the Meldin of a Blue Chip so for...
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    Re: 4 string mandolin?

    Dear s11141827: It is time you stopped cutting and pasting the same misinformation over and over. The Domra is indeed a Russian instrument and has nothing to do with the Cremonese mandolin. Domras...
  22. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    Sounds like the seller is a straight shooter and tells you what is. In addition, IIRC, he is including extra Thomastik strings which, to me, are the key to these lovely L&H instruments. Hopefully the...
  23. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    Well, geographically I am also in the Hudson Valley though, I am guessing, further south from you. Lots of friends north of me though.
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    Re: Know what this is? It keeps staring at me!

    And likely the ten highest bidders were reading this thread.
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    I’ve had a few vintage Nationals. One was a beautiful style 2 silver with engraving. Scale was long IIRC close to 15 inches. I never liked it when tuned to standard mandolin tuning. I put heavier...
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