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  1. Re: The Ernst: 1920's attempt at more volume

    Yes! The Mario Maccaferri designed Selmer grande bouche had an internal sound reflector mounted on the back. However I think Django preferred the petit bouche for soloing and his rhythm guys played...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Bass

    I probably mentioned this years ago in other threads but when I joined the NY Mandolin Orchestra in the 1980s the bass player there played a balalaika 3string contrabass. I asked him why he didn’t...
  3. Re: The Ernst: 1920's attempt at more volume

    No clucking, Mick. I am just fascinated by experimentation in music, successful or not. It is amazing how many variations of this theme. That is also why I am interested in patents. My fiddles are...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Bass

    Yes!!! My experience exactly. Rarely played my MB but the upright got me into five bands, a few of which I didn’t even wa t to play with. Hah!
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    Unless you can find a Norwegian case company that makes such a thing I would guess you would have to go custom for this. I was going to suggest that if you found a double violin case with an...
  6. Re: The Ernst: 1920's attempt at more volume

    Not so novel. I had a late 19th century Violin with an internal double sound board. Martin built the model America guitars with a secondary body. For this category we can also include the modern...
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    Re: Crazy Catania Creation!

    Nothing has changed. There are still folks Who are blinded by the glitz vs. impressed by the tone.
  8. Re: please help identify my Grandmother's mandolin

    Decorative like flowers, stars, moons, vines, etc.
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Bass

    Usually tuned to same as string bass: E, A, D, G
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    Re: Multi-bug Puglisi?

    I agree with Mick that it is not a Puglisi. I think the tailpiece is one of those German ones, for what they us worth. Other than that, looks a bit clunky to me. Is the workmanship decent or so-so?
  11. Re: please help identify my Grandmother's mandolin

    Could be a decent player but I agree with my colleagues. Few bowlbacks are worth considerable money. This is a lower-end factory instrument so enjoy its history in Your family.
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Bass

    I had one many years ago. Not the ideal bass instrument. Buy one if you like the oddity or collect. Better off with a decent upright bass. Better tone and projection.
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    Here ya go: https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/176253#176253
  14. Re: Gibson MB-4 Trapdoor Banjo mandolin info request

    I realized a while ago that a banjo needs a lot less downward tension to drive the thin drum head than a carved or even flattish wooden one. Hence the light strings work better.
  15. Re: Gibson MB-4 Trapdoor Banjo mandolin info request

    Not necessarily light tenor banjo strings. Just but two sets of regular CGDA tuned tenor banjo strings. Those gauges are probably just about right for an MB. I have a small-headed (7") Weymann style...
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    Re: Vega roundback mandolins

    I call him wonderful Eugene!
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I think that these are Japanese prices for overseas instruments. Maybe they can sell them over there for that. For a US buyer it makes little sense.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    That is amazing, Charley. I guess there are similarities between instrument building and boat making. Neither should let water inside.
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    Re: Ugliest F-4 ever?

    It is very interesting to me that many of the best artists who try to portray a violin do a bad job of getting the proper proportions. I imagine if F-model mandolins were more popular they would have...
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    Re: Can anyone help with this please?

    Off the top of my head I would guess this is an eastern European mandolin, possibly made in Romania, possibly by Hora which has been in business since 1951. I would say it might have been made in the...
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    Re: Buying without being able to play

    Many suggestions above. Here's another question for you Eurofolks. What about instruments made in European Union countries? For instance, I know that there are some excellent makers of US-style...
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    Re: New (to me) mandolute

    I believe that the Greek instrument makers induce an arch without a cant on their bowlback instruments.

    As for Weymann mandolute, it was a design patent and the ads for them mention a "swelled"...
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    Re: Ugliest F-4 ever?

    It is funny but I was just looking in my pile of mandolins and came across this "lovely" lump scroll which certainly competes with the one discussed in this thread. I bought on eBay back in 2012 as a...
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    Re: New (to me) mandolute

    We generally refer to non-carved top mandolins as flat tops. I believe that most non-carved instruments including guitars have some induced arching. That is also the reason for the cant or fold in...
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    Re: New (to me) mandolute

    My favorite strings for old bowlbacks and flattops are Dogal Calace RW92b dolce. Bernunzio.com usually has them.
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