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    Re: Playing with three fingers

    Thanks for the responses. I do use my pinky often, just not for those distant stretches. Three strings work fine. I do recommend the various Jethro Burns books. I have learned much from them. Last...
  2. Re: David Crosby comments on tuning in Fretboard Journal

    This is the idea behind many tunings on Accordions...French Musette, Cajun Dry with thirds removed, etc
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    Playing with three fingers

    My pinky are long enough but bend in towards the ring finger. This makes the four finger chop very difficult for me. As a result I mainly play with three fingers, not that my pinky isn't ever used)....
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    Re: Where are all the (new) mandolins?

    Ellis/Pava uses a CNC machine. Final carving by hand.
  5. Re: Mandolin or Mandola - Next step in the stringed journey

    I've thought about a mandola for a long time as well, though I do play mandolin. Was lusting over a 1920 Gibson H-2 recently to go with my 1920 A-2. Have you played Tenor guitar? Do you have one? Try...
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    Re: Game Changer - Vintage Gibson Mandolin

    Too true...I am currently lusting for an F-4 to go with my A-2
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    Re: Best prices Gibson F5

    Gets me thinking about instruments that I USED TO OWN. In particular, a 2001 Weber Bighorn (two point). It cost me new only $1200. Never should have sold it. But, I do still enjoy every day my 1920...
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    Re: Modern case options for teens Gibson A models

    This Access Stage Three Case fits my 1920 A-2 beautifully. Adaptable to an F model as well. https://www.accessbagsandcases.com/product/stage-three-mandolin-case/
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    Re: Game Changer - Vintage Gibson Mandolin

    Beautiful. Looks very much like my 1920 A-2 but with a truss rod, adjustable bridge, and somewhat different finger-rest (one of my pet peeves...it is not a pick-guard).
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    Re: Why do people do this?

    I have always had the opinion that top wear is almost never "pick wear". It is from fingernails, etc. (pinky and ring). I also don't call the elevated 'guard' on a mandolin a "pick-guard"...it is a...
  11. Re: How important is having the original hardshell case?

    I obtained my 1920 A2 (my regular player) that came with the original case in good condition. I definitely prefer having the case, but I don't keep the A2 in it...not enough protection and the case...
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    Re: Learning to play with one less finger

    My little finger not only is short, but it bends in towards my ring finger. It has always been difficult for me to reach 4 finger chop chords, so I mostly get along just fine with three fingers. You...
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    Re: Gibson A 1916 mandolin case search

    I have a rectangular case made by Access that fits my 1920 A-2 perfectly. Not sure about a model number. Only negative is that it is somewhat heavy, but hey...it protects my 100 y/o friend very well....
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    Re: Valuing a Gibson by Dr Lori

    Even worse is the person that proudly shows you their latest "steal" and you have to tell them they were cheated.
  15. Thread: '17 A-1 Bridge

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    Re: '17 A-1 Bridge

    Now you have me wondering. I put a CA bridge on my 1919 A2 and like it, but maybe I should put the original bridge back on and see which I like best. The CA did lower the action. My A-2 is completely...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    There is (was?) a wonderful white-face A3 at Fiddlers Green that I have lusted over as well. Big sound on that one.
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    My 1920 A2 has been my favorite for quite a while. There is something about the woods used and the craftsmen who made the A2 beginning about 1919 through the early 20's. My other mandolin is a 2008...
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    Re: beside the mandolin.

    I'll stick with my tenor guitar....tuned like an octave mandolin. I also play: button accordion, penny whistles, harmonica.
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    Re: Original cost of a Lloyd Loar F5

    It makes me think about what my A-2 sold for in Jan 1920...$55.00. I have the purchase order. That may have been for many people two months salary. Sold by a Gibson rep in Chicago.
    The buyer paid...
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    Re: Go To Jams Now!

    In Austin Texas, we seem to have quite a few jams every month. The best place to keep updated is at the website for Austin Friends of Traditional Music ... aftm.us
    There is at least one jam...
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    Re: Del McCoury Band w/ Thile

    Del McCoy was great Friday night at Old Settlers Music Fest last month...night closed out by Shiny Ribs. Doesn't get much better.
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    Re: Interesting case

    Reminds me of a violin I saw at a flea market that was in such a case...only wanted $200 for it. Silly me passed on it. The "fiddle" was easily worth the money...the case probably a good bit more.
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    Re: Modern bridge on a teens Gibson?

    I replaced the original bridge on my 1920 A-2 with a Cumberland and love it. (kept the original bridge of course). I wanted a modified action and did not want to modify the original bridge.
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    Re: Gibson mandolin tailpiece cover

    That pineapple tailpiece may be worth more than the mandolin..(ha ha)
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    Re: Real Wear not Distressing

    And if there was not a finger rest (erroneously called a pick guard) there might be wear from fingernails. Does the pick ever touch the top beyond the e-string?
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