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    Re: Left-Handed 3-Point F4 Mandolin

    Rare bird for sure.
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    Re: Bowl back mandola - maker?

    Silhouette's mighty like my Washburn, which is 1890's by the wooden "badge" inside. Mine's not as fancy in terms of tuners and fretboard inlays, and has alternating rosewood and maple ribs, however.
  3. Re: What’s the oddest mandolin related gift you’ve been given?

    Precisely. Do you have one, and if so, what-the-hell is it useful for?
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    Re: First mandolin

    Where are you located? From the manufacturers you cite, is it the UK? All the mandolins you're considering are Asian-made, and in your price range, are likely to be laminated construction with...
  5. Re: Looking for thoughts and opinions about a bowel back mandolin

    1. Bowl-backs are somewhat harder to hold, though there are ways to circumvent this.

    2. The specs on the Bouzouki Shop instrument are a bit vague. Is the wood solid or laminated (solid's...
  6. Re: 4 string or 8 string that's the question....

    Interesting discussion. There seems to be a near-consensus that 12 strings, as found on a mandriola, are too many -- jangly, not a clear sound for melody playing, hard to keep in tune. OTOH, four...
  7. Re: Hi can anyone tell me anything about a Recital Mandolin?

    Looks like another relative of those shown on the long-running "Key brand" thread.

    Must have been multi-thousands of these made...
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    Re: Lost (and need) a Hiscox case key

    See my Post #4 above.

    You're precisely right.
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    Re: Case for big pot banjo mandolin

    Check out Gold Tone instrument cases and see if there's one that'll fit. I found their plectrum banjo case fits a long-neck "Pete Seeger" 5-string with a resonator. Gold Tone makes mandolin and...
  10. Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Seems to be the same model Harmony as discussed in this thread. The damage is in the same places as one would expect from playing wear -- where the player's arm rests on the rim, where the pick may...
  11. Re: What’s the oddest mandolin related gift you’ve been given?

    Strangest instrument-related gift? A lot of them seem to involve harmonicas...

    Evy Mayer gave me a Koch "Concert" harmonica, made in Germany, which was a key of C "echo harp" with two bells...
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    Re: 61 F5 at Carters

    Yeah, but the Greenbriar Boys (formed 1958) were bringing bluegrass to NYCity and the folk scene, Duffey and the Country Gentlemen recorded Bluegrass at Carnegie Hall, Monroe recorded Going Back to...
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    Re: 61 F5 at Carters

    Looks like it to me.
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    Re: Grisman's mando at Rockygrass ID?

    +1 from a 77-year-old.
  15. Re: Incredibly bizarre old banjo-mandolin

    Like the hypothesis that it's a hybrid. An 11-inch pot's quite large for a mandolin banjo, though fairly standard for a 5-string or tenor.
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    Re: Grisman's mando at Rockygrass ID?

    Can't comment on Grisman and Bush, since I haven't watched the Rockygrass vid, but I heartily second Paul's suggestion.

    I largely shut down in terms of music performance from March 2020 to late...
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    Re: Scottish Mandolins

    All the Scots "outdoor" bagpipes I've heard, have been tuned in B flat. Perhaps an electronic chanter can be tuned to other keys...?

    If you want to play with fiddlers etc. B flat's not the primo...
  18. Re: New Eastman won't stay in tune - bad pegs?

    Are your strings going sharp or flat? Or are the changes sometimes one, sometimes the other?

    Consistently going flat can be an indication of new strings continuing to stretch out. You would find...
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    Re: Learning mandolin and music theory?

    Last music theory course I took was a semester in middle school. Over decades of just playing, I've accidentally picked up a fair amount, but it was as a fringe benefit of learning songs and tunes...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    Easier to scratch the top of a mandolin with a "flush" fingerboard, rather than the Lloyd Loar's raised fingerboard -- fer shur.
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    Re: A mystery mandolin on Craigslist

    This one's all over the place; note the pegs to which the strings are attached at the tailpiece. Could be an old mando with Bondo and magenta lacquer applied over the original bowl, and guitar...
  22. Thread: Gibson F5

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    Re: Gibson F5

    What you're finding is related to the variations in Gibson's manufacturing quality over the years. From the 1950's through the mid-'70's, the consensus is that Gibson mandolins (basically F-5's and...
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    Re: Washburn M6SW Opinions (early 2000s)

    Here's a 2010 thread on the M6SW. Lotsa pro and con. The specs on the mandolin, in Washburn's "Jethro Burns" series, are pretty impressive: carved solid woods, etc. It's a discontinued model,...
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    Re: Only change ONE string at a time!!

    Usually remove all the strings, so I can clean and polish the body of the mandolin, and de-gunk the fretboard with a microfiber cloth.

    Replace the bridge using the well-defined "footprints" on the...
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    Re: Lost (and need) a Hiscox case key

    First thing you do with the key to your new instrument case, is either [A] throw it away, [2] remove it to that drawer in your bedside table that you fill with the detritus of your life, or consign...
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