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    Re: Patrick Sky RIP

    Not sure I agree Sky got "squeezed out." He went in a different direction -- uillean pipes sure qualify as "different," IMHO -- and didn't try to be a folk nostalgia act, or even an active...
  2. Re: Gibson MB-4 Trapdoor Banjo mandolin info request

    Here's Smakula's banjo head inventory page. Appears no 9-inch in stock, but willing to special-order from Remo, which he does 4-6 times annually.

    Probably will cost you. If you can work with the...
  3. Re: The Ernst: 1920's attempt at more volume

    Other examples of the "louder!" movement were resonator-backed banjos, the National/Dobro introduction of aluminum-cone resonator instruments, and, of course, the construction of larger guitars, both...
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    Re: Crazy Catania Creation!

    Many "presentation" instruments made over the years (hey, check out Martin's D-100 guitar). Some made to compete in expositions and World's Fairs, some made for celebrity clients, some -- honestly...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Bass

    Seller is dreaming. My Stahl Larson brothers mando-bass was $4K, and I thought it was pricey.
  6. Re: Eastman Tailpiece Replacement Available for Free

    When the tailpiece on the MDC 805 mandocello I used to own let go, Eastman rep took one off a new instrument just shipped from China, and sent it to me as a replacement. It was an improved design,...
  7. Re: Gibson MB-4 Trapdoor Banjo mandolin info request

    I have a ball-bearing Mastertone GB-3 banjo, converted to an RB-3. Despite the oddity of its construction, it sounds fine.
  8. Re: The Ernst: 1920's attempt at more volume

    Gelas in France developed a double-topped mandolin (as well as other stringed instruments); old thread on the subject.
  9. Re: please help identify my Grandmother's mandolin

    I haven't joined Reverb, so can't see the whole advt., but this seems to be a nearly identical instrument, based on the thumbnail. It's ID-ed as "Oscar Schmidt."

    Asking price was $150.
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    Re: Warm up song

    Red-Haired Boy, key of A. No particular reason other than years of habituation.
  11. Re: Gibson MB-4 Trapdoor Banjo mandolin info request

    Modern banjo tailpieces often have a knurled threaded shaft that presses against the side of the shell, allowing the tailpiece angle to be adjusted and thus varying the pressure exerted to press the...
  12. Re: Mandola with octave mandolin strings?

    Haven't tried it, but mandola scale's significantly shorter than OM scale -- at least four inches. If you take light-gauge mandola strings, and tune them down to GDAE, I'd guess you would have...
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    Re: Help identifying old Martin mandolin

    Look through the soundhole, up towards the neck. Should be a serial number stamped into the backstrip. That'll give you an exact date of manufacture.
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    Re: Frank Wakefield

    We all know that Frank baked his Lloyd Loar F-5 in an oven, right?

    Attempting to enhance its tonal response, I understand...
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    Re: Flat Tops, Waterloo and others

    Not me. My flat-top is a Gibson A/N Custom, a fancy 1986 reissue of the Army-Navy: figured maple, A-3 inlay pattern, Carlson-signed. Were I in the market, I'd buy a used Flatiron, since I've been...
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    Re: Old Washburn Bowlback info

    Pleijsier's book dates the "Best In the World" label to "1906/7 - 1915." (p. 24) He states serial numbers from around this time would include "low 19,000's" for "around 1915." (p. 236) So "1915"...
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    Re: New (to me) mandolute

    I owned a low-end mandolute for a decade or so before it went in trade. Predicting that if you tweak string gauges (and possibly composition of the windings on the lower courses), you'll end up with...
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    Re: This seems odd

    Monroe used to briefly play, and also Sharpie-sign, mandolins which audience members brought to him after performances -- played my F-5 copy, said it was a "nice horn (?)," which is wasn't, really.
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    Re: Identification

    Concur with Jim G. "Scooped top" headstock profile often used by L & H. Mixed woods in the bowl probably indicate pre-1900; at least that seems to be the case with L & H's Washburn line -- my...
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    Re: Frank Wakefield

    Fairly recent interview with Wakefield about the early DC days with Red Allen et. al.:


    There are many Wakefield YouTube videos available, also including live WDON broadcasts back to the 1960's;...
  21. Re: When did Gibson stop using Handel tuners?

    Dave Hicks wrote in Post #3, "My interest was casual, didn't get close enough to read any #s." Apparently he was at Vernon McIntyre's Famous Old-Time Music Company checking out the inventory.

    I...
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    Re: Tight Waverly's

    I've used Tri-Flow with good results.
  23. Re: When did Gibson stop using Handel tuners?

    Truss rod is compatible with 1925 manufacture, Handels aren't. Usual date given for their discontinuance is 1918.

    Look inside for serial or factory order number (label for the first, stamp on the...
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    Re: Frank Wakefield

    Trischka, Wernick and Barenberg were at the time affiliated with Country Cooking, a somewhat amorphous bluegrass band out of Ithaca NY. All have gone on to fame and fortune (insofar as these are...
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    Re: Another newcomer

    PB+J, I have a contact you might be interested in talking to: Ted McGraw, who for 40+ years hosted the Irish Party House show on Rochester radio, and in the process accumulated a collection of tens...
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