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    Re: NOT an essential service?!

    We all are experiencing frustration, confusion, and inconvenience over social distancing. We all handle it in different ways. Sure, it's no fun -- even being able to play instruments, go online,...
  2. Re: What if I removed the nitro finish from the sides of my mando

    It doesn't really bother me. It just looks like an old, worn mandolin. Hard to say if removing the flaking would look better or not. Short of a complete refinish, I'd probably just leave it alone.
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    Re: fretboard support opinion?

    I guess this thread could be considered a fretboard support group! :grin:
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    Re: For John Prine

    Kevin Bacon and Kyra did a great job on that tune! John wrote a bunch a great songs.

    I've told the story before on this forum. FWIW, years ago I saw a guy at a local yard sale who looked...
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    Re: Informal Poll

    Well, I guess most anything can be justified..................John Edward's $900 haircuts come to mind........I'm thinking skip 11 haircuts, get a rubber band for your ponytail, and buy the...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    I've worked at vintage guitar stores, guitar shows, and have done repairs forever and have heard a bunch in all price ranges......bottom line, a good guitar is one that sounds good. Sure, if money...
  7. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Sure, I get it. I was just making a point. My uncle is almost 90 years old and still is very proud of his engineering degree and injects it into conversation daily, although he has been retired for...
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    Re: Old Flatiron catalog scan

    I got a chuckle out of your calling a 1980 catalog "old!" I think I have socks older than that.......

    I remember when the late Fred Thompson was running for senate and someone called his second...
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    My mother is 87 and when she was a child, she remembers her family being quarantined twice as a young girl, due to concern for whatever the current pox/virus was at that time. Big farm family with...
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    Fortunately, my gig is still on for Saturday. I need da money!
  11. Re: Old photos - a hodgepodge of musicians - folkies +

    Great stuff, Mark! Makes me feel old, but that's OK.....:cool:
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    Re: How to make the crack disappear ?

    We certainly have some talented members here. Great job, Steve!
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    Re: Recommendations for Custom Tailpiece

    FWIW, the tailpiece shown in post #5 is a generic catalog item from the time period, as used on many guitars and basses by Kay and Silvertone, probably many, many other brands. I would check eBay...
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    Re: Used Gibsons

    Also, along the lines of catch and release, sometimes life forces someone to downgrade even though the instrument has nothing wrong with it.
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    Re: Ibanez Buyer beware

    Allen is right, running a furnace can dry things out causing (lack of) humidity cracks and seam separation. A room humidifier or an in-case humidifier (damp sponge in a plastic baggie) can prevent...
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    A couple things caught my "ears" as the story unravels....

    The busted Loar in a box lends a fantastic quality to the story, but keep in mind an average guy in 1962 could own a Loar, maybe even...
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    Re: Bill Monroe's Actual Pick and Phone Number

    I had a similar situation, years ago, when I toured the James Dean museum in Fairmount, Indiana. Along with his Triumph motorcycle, photos, clothing, movie posters, etc. -- one item stood out --...
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    Thanks for sharing your personal story, Grant. Heartbreaking, for sure, but an amazing story on so many levels. Best of luck to you and your sister.
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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    Tools are tools, but I would focus on the instruments. I was lucky and started at a vintage shop as a salesman and watched the repairman there. That led to setups, bridge reglues, and some...
  20. Re: Flatiron, A-5 Artist Mandolin 1997 Thoughts?

    Not to derail from the original question, but yes, eBay's buyer protection will protect your money. But, it is at the expensive of the seller, if I may explain...

    As a longtime, 20+ years, 4000+...
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    Just for fun I googled "Hart Valley Drifters" and, lo and behold, there are a bunch of photos from 1962 online -- thanks to the Grateful Dead connection. Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter were in this...
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    Re: PEEK Pick by EML Picks

    It depends on how long you've been doing this. I started playing in 1966. Instruments were not $5K. (not even a signed Loar, for those who knew what it was) Picks were 10 for a dollar, but nobody...
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    Just an observation, but it seems they sell quicker at $20 than they do at $165,000
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    Re: Travel to Europe

    We've had this discussion many times on this forum. Basically, I wouldn't take anything that you wouldn't mind losing. Customs agents have an unfair amount of power if they want to mess with you,...
  25. Re: Ebay Ratliff Mandolin Ads - Why is there little interest?

    It is kind of like a library card, as long as you don't get carried away you can try one for a while and if you want to try something else down the road you shouldn't lose much money.

    That is my...
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