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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    Update on the tailpiece. The dealer was out of nickel plated Prucha Gibson tailpieces so the offered me a bare brass cover version. I had my old plating equipment stored away for about 12 years. I...
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    Big Muddy with silk and steel strings?

    Iíve had a mid Missouri for a couple of years and itís not seeing much play time. Iíve been seeing stuff online about silk and steel strings. Iím just curious if anyone has tried this combination. ?
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    Re: Are classified ads ever deleted?

    Well I just wondered if it only happened when doing a search.
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    Are classified ads ever deleted?

    A couple of times I have inquired about ads where the item had been sold yet the ad is still active. This has happened when I have searched for a specific item only to find they were sold. Did the...
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    Pickguard removal Old A

    Iím considering removing my pickguard to facilitate lowering action/refitting the fixed bridge.
    Iím wondering if I should just leave it off and safely store it away. I have some fear of breaking...
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    Nope, nothing there.
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    I can’t see any evidence of spray. Maybe someone brushed varnish on the label to thwart the peeling? If that’s the case they did a perfect job and stayed on the paper as there is no brush marks and...
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    Looked again with strong light 34068
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    I did order a Prucha repro tailpiece. They were out of stock in nickel plate but they had a bare brass so I intend to nickel plate it myself (I was a bench jeweler in a former life) I think I will...
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    . No clue, I’m totally ignorant about these old guys.
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

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    It’s hard for me to read but here is a shot of the label.
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    The top seems to have its original arch. I was told that the poor old thing spent the last 40 years or so, in a closet with the strings loosened. The old strings I removed had the fuzzy stuff on the...
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    Re: Which Stradolins are best to look for?

    Wow! Those are beautiful! I’ve never seen those, most of the ones I’ve run across resemble cheap Kay’s.
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    So mine has the original tailpiece? Everything I’ve seen has “The Gibson” tailpiece. Are you using a fixed or adjustable bridge?
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    The MIJ 180s was hard to pass up too (cheap) it may be a keeper but I haven’t decided. I need lessons more than I need more mandolins but sometimes a deal will fall in your lap.
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    Re: New (antique) mandolin day!

    Well this is the only cool one. I will probably sell my KM180s. I’ve been wanting an old Gibson for a long time. I gave up on finding an affordable A50. This old A was only $650.00 and it was hard to...
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    KM180s made in Japan, update

    Saga tells me itís from 1986, seller claimed it was from 1978. Either way it was made in Japan and has a label Iíve never seen.
    It is very lightweight and is fun to play although Iím not a big fan...
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    New (antique) mandolin day!

    I snagged a 1916 A. Action is a little too high for me. Should I lower the original bridge or upgrade to an adjustable more modern bridge. I have some concerns that the larger footprint of an...
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    Which Stradolins are best to look for?

    So far the only ones Iíve seen for sale on line are the low end versions with birch tops.
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    Re: 1916 A tailpiece

    Thanks
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    1916 A tailpiece

    Were there any variations of tailpieces on early Aís? Iíve snagged an old A with an ďarmrestĒ style tailpiece, for lack of a better term. I assume this was a replacement at some point.
    Who makes an...
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    Re: Cumberland bridge on Loar LM500 ?

    I too wonder about the acoustic properties of hard and softer grades of the same wood species.
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    Re: Need opinions Gibson Flatiron

    Also considering looking for a 50’s A50 or A50. Sounds like I might be better off spending 1500.00 on something like that.
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    Re: Need opinions Gibson Flatiron

    I appreciate that but Iím new at mandolin and I donít want to buy something Iíll lose money on if I make a wrong choice. Maybe ďinvestmentĒ was a poor choice of words but technically, everything we...
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