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    Re: Bowl back mandola - maker?

    I got curious and started surfing around, looking for a Chicago mandolin with engraved inlays. I didn't recall ever seeing one.

    I did find one, a Washburn at Fred Oster's Vintage Instruments. ...
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    Re: Bowl back mandola - maker?

    The very fine and precise engraving in the inlays looks to me like the work of Boston engraver Icilio Consalvi, who was the primary engraver for Boston makers such as W. A. Cole, Vega, Bay State/John...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    When wood is missing or so badly damaged that it cannot be pulled back into shape and re-glued, I graft in new wood rather than using fillers.
    The only place I use fillers is on badly damaged...
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    Re: Lost or Stolen: Stolen Gibson F4

    Again, black F-4's are not very common. A quick check of the major vintage stores, reverb, GC, and ebay reveals none for sale at this moment.
    I didn't check Facebook, since I avoid them.

    So, if...
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    Re: Lost or Stolen: Stolen Gibson F4

    Well, black F-4's are not very common. It was in a flight case, the owner gave the serial number, and he is located in the Los Angeles area.
    Although it may turn up somewhere else and/or without...
  6. Re: Jerry Garcia, Days Between, Watkins Glen, And Stuff

    I believe earlier attempts were made to hold other festivals, but the locals had had enough.

    That part of New York was [and still is] quiet rural culture, and they probably weren't very...
  7. Re: Jerry Garcia, Days Between, Watkins Glen, And Stuff

    The sound problems weren't because of delay mechanisms working or not working. They were because the speaker arrays kept dropping in and out, probably due to a combination of bad connections due to...
  8. Re: Jerry Garcia, Days Between, Watkins Glen, And Stuff

    I didn't hear the Dead's soundcheck. From what little I remember, their show was on the rough side, but the Allmans were hot. They had just lost Berry Oakley, and I believe that Watkins was Lamar...
  9. Re: Jerry Garcia, Days Between, Watkins Glen, And Stuff

    I was there also. What I remember most was the weather: very hot and humid with at least a couple of pelting thunderstorms, then chilly, damp, and muddy in the early AM after the concert. The sound...
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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    I've done several 13" scale mandolins with 80/40. They played well and looked fine.

    In some cases, I have installed maple strips in the extension past the 20th fret. That gives the owner a good...
  11. Re: Hi can anyone tell me anything about a Recital Mandolin?

    I don't recognize the brand name, but it looks very similar to my first mandolin, which I bought new around 1980. These were very inexpensive student level mandolins. Mine cost about $40. I'm...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    Many of us who do any kind of carpentry believe that silicon caulk or "RTV" should only be sold to people with a special license.
    I wish you the best of luck in getting all of the residue out of...
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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    I have never found the tiny original wire to be comfortable.
    As far as any potential buyers who might want to complain about non-original wire on a 1910's A, my attitude is let them buy one with...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Last year's extra-curricular project:

    De-lumberizing a 1960's Goya TS-4 12 string guitar. The so-called bridge plate was a piece of plywood 3 1/2" wide x 14" long by 3/8" thick.

    195458 ...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    If the glue on and around the braces is old hide glue, denatured alcohol might help. It can liquefy the glue or dehydrate it, making it easier to tool it out. If it's epoxy or plastic resin, it...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    I must have done 100 fret jobs on my kitchen counter. I was very happy when I moved to house with a basement with a concrete floor and a ceiling tall enough to stand under so I could set up a work...
  17. Thread: 61 F5 at Carters

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    Re: 61 F5 at Carters

    1961:

    Ted McCarty is Gibson's president. His interests are largely focused on furthering the development of the electric guitar. I don't know whether Julius Bellson, who was a mandolinist, was...
  18. Thread: GDGD tuning

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    Re: GDGD tuning

    A common tuning among some old-time fiddlers.
    It creates a series of drones that many people find attractive.

    Look up "old-time fiddle tunings" and "sawmill tuning," and you can find many tunes...
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    Re: Grisman's mando at Rockygrass ID?

    Well, David Grisman is 76. His speed is bound to decrease, sooner or later. But his tone will remain as long as his hands work well enough to brew a cup of coffee in the morning.

    I'm going to...
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    Re: Cleaning crud on a 1930s mandolin

    This is the first I've heard of Simple Green. Test it on a small inconspicuous spot first. You can remove a tuner or tuner strip, or the tailpiece to provide a good test spot. Make sure it doesn't...
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    Titebond Original would be a good choice for this job. You will still need to get the gluing surfaces as clean as possible.

    While I am a firm believer in hide glue, and use it for most of my...
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    Like most of the other common repairs on fretted instruments, a good article on removing and re-glueing a guitar bridge can be found on Frank Ford's excellent website, www.frets.com. Go to the "Big...
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    Re: Any idea what make/model this is?

    The flange looks to me like the work of Bacon & Day, although I do not recognize the peghead shape. But that doesn't necessarily bother me. I don't remember seeing any B & D mandolin banjos, but I...
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    Re: Washburn M6SW Opinions (early 2000s)

    I'll mention this: My friendly neighborhood music store signed on as a Washburn dealer somewhere around 2015. After receiving 2 shipments from them, he immediately cancelled his dealership and...
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    It has been my experience that CA [super-glue] is highly unreliable for high stress wood joints. If I was going to do a quick-and-dirty bridge repair, I would use epoxy instead.

    If I was to do...
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