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    Re: Crosspicking

    Like yourself, I play mandolin in church, and have used cross-picking on rare occasions. We are probably wise in not overdoing it, although it was well-received by a few folks who really do listen. I...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    At first glance, it made me think it could have been inspired by the Vern Brekke bridge. It was original on Weber mandolins and I still have one on my '99 Beartooth and 1992 Flatiron F Artist.
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    Re: Weber, the best years.

    For what it is worth, my maple 1999 Weber Beartooth was the first decent mandolin I have owned. It was built in Belgrade, Montana and signed by Bruce Weber. This mandolin is superb in every regard...
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    Re: Preferred Polish

    Received the David Harvey Jubilee polish from friend Steve Smith and it does a fine job on my lacquered mandolins! Thanks for your suggestions.
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    Re: D'Addario - Seeking Mandolin Beta Testers

    "Truer words were never spoken through falser teeth"
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    Re: Mandolins with darker tones.

    I understand that the oval hole Weber mandolins are the only ones now x-braced. I have used the original Brekke bridge on three mandolins to reduce brightness. I assume it is the additional mass of...
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    Re: Preferred Polish

    Thanks, George, It is for my '99 Weber Beartooth and '92 Flatiron F5 Artist; both still going strong! For scratches, I use a "kit" brand product, Scratch Out, which does well. I don't use anything...
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    Preferred Polish

    I have been using 3M Imperial Hand Glaze (show car finish), but am open to suggestions for a better polish.
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    Re: Naval Academy Musicians

    It is from a performance pamphlet, Jim. I will see if a pal can enlarge it some.
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    Naval Academy Musicians

    103541Here is a photo of the 1919 USNA Mandolin Club with a few mandolin banjos included. Click on the photo for a closer look.
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    Re: Seeking a Darker Sound

    Certainly an X-braced mandolin is a good start. I have used the Brekke bridge from STE (Weber) on a Kentucky KM-250 to good advantage in obtaining more tonal character (even with tone bars). A...
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    Re: CMA Awards Show Tonight

    Bill, you are seeing more mandolins as well as 5-string banjos in some of the "country" bands. What I do notice is that the musicians holding these instruments are not necessarily "pickers".
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    Re: Steve Martin's Lloyd Loar F5

    I don't understand why folks leave clip-on tuners attached to their headstock, any more than those who love to park capos there (on guitars). I guess they saw some "star" do it on TV and feel the...
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    Re: Good price on '97 Gibson F5-G

    As the owner of two Montana-built Flatiron Artists and a Weber Beartooth, I have absolutely no problem with the neck joint design. I'm just prodding those who babble on about their perceived...
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    Re: Good price on '97 Gibson F5-G

    Really? I thought they were being built in Nashville by then and the dreaded "bolt-on neck" would have been abandoned.
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    Re: Good price on '97 Gibson F5-G

    Really? I thought they were being built in Nashville by then and the dreaded "bolt-on neck" would have been abandoned.
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    I would suggest sending your Flatiron to Sound To Earth (Weber) in Logan, MT as they would probably be more familiar with the instrument.
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    Re: Steve Carlson

    You signed my 1993 Flatiron A-5 Artist and an additional label was also signed by approximately 15 other craftsmen. Some of the signatures were not legible and Paula Jean helped me with a few of the...
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    Re: News of the Weird RE: Banjo Picker

    Probably practicing for the night performance of "Crank It Under The Blanket".
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    Re: Gagliano mandolin?

    Thanks, Jim; the one on Facebook is the one in question. The seller knows very little about the make and it's origin and is seeking help. See you on FB.
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    Gagliano mandolin?

    Does anyone have information on this make? The one in question is a flat top, two-piece back, oval hole mandolin. The label offers only the name; it also appears carved into the headstock. The...
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    Re: Gibson A5

    This is probably instant identification for you. I believe this instrument was built in Nashville by Gibson, not long after moving their gear from Montana. I would certainly attempt to locate an A5-L...
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    Gagliano mandolin?

    Does anyone have any knowledge of Gagliano mandolins? This is an A-style, vintage-looking, well-constructed instrument with flat top and back. The name appears on a paper label with no other...
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    Re: any suggestions on a mando banjo?

    All of the mandolin banjos I've owned were purchased on e-Bay. Some were intact, some in various pieces, but all had one thing in common; they were vintage 1920s VEGA. Most were Style K and one, now...
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    Re: The Flatiron A5

    Steve Carlson signed lots of Gibson mandolins. The latest Flatiron A5 Artist I've seen with his signature was a 1993.
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