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    Re: Eastman 315 MD & Loar LM-520

    Check out the Loar 590, as well. It's usually about the same price as the 520, but has a lighter finish on it, which I think makes it sound even better. When I first got mine, a friend who plays a...
  2. Re: Classical Guitar to Tenor conversion questions

    Classical guitars are lightly braced. If you proceed with this, you will have to use extra light strings or silk & steel. And if you plan to use it with octave mandolin tuning, that means even more...
  3. Re: Charles Johnson - Mandolin World Headquarters

    I used to live across town from him - did several deals, buying and selling. I still have a 1932 Martin T-17 tiple I bought from him. Even though I'm 3000 miles away now, I wouldn't hesitate to buy...
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    Re: Anyone with a Martin Style A

    The 1920 Martin style A in my avatar is 9" wide. And its serial number is 7272. I guess Martin kept the specs fairly fluid in those days.

    I'd like to find a period case that actually fits it, but...
  5. Re: Newbie wondering about "The Loar" F-style mando quality

    Ha! It's open a lot. And, to the naysayers, these Loars are nicely made. And easy to play. Eastmans are nice, too, but I certainly made no mistake here. It's nicely set up and was attractively priced.
  6. Re: Newbie wondering about "The Loar" F-style mando quality

    Actually, I am quite happy with this Loar.
  7. Re: Newbie wondering about "The Loar" F-style mando quality

    For $300, this will suit until I feel I'm good enough for a Collings, Northfield, Weber, or something in that league.
  8. Re: Newbie wondering about "The Loar" F-style mando quality

    Found a great deal on a 2018 The Loar LM-590 Ms. So, case closed.


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  9. Re: Advice on first mandolin building kit/tutorial

    The back, as requested:

    https://i.imgur.com/FKk1pWe.jpg

    My finish was a little brown stain in Zinzer shellac brushed on. I may strip it someday and apply a proper finish, but at least the wood...
  10. Re: Advice on first mandolin building kit/tutorial

    Here's my Stew Mac MLO (mandolin-like object :) ) that I built. I'm glad I had the opportunity to build one. Too bad they're no longer available. For a first timer, I did fairly well. The rookie...
  11. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I have never owned a Gibson product. Considering this action, I probably never will. May they achieve the bankruptcy they so richly deserve.
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    Re: Walmart mandolin

    Pawlonia trees grow staggeringly fast. Here's one in my old yard. Believe it or not, it's less than 10 years old. That's a 6 foot fence beside it. Custom has it in the orient that a father plants one...
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    Stew-Mac style A kit build

    Here's my humble effort at building a mandolin kit. Sadly, Stew-Mac no longer offers this Don MacRostie (Red Diamond) designed kit.

    https://i.imgur.com/JK5HUbq.jpg
  14. Re: Newbie wondering about "The Loar" F-style mando quality

    Thank you. This may be the droid I'm looking for. ;)
  15. Re: Newbie wondering about "The Loar" F-style mando quality

    It was my first build, and the top isn't as thin as it ought to be. It sounds OK, but I'd like something more professionally made - with better intonation and projection.
  16. Newbie wondering about "The Loar" F-style mando quality

    The Loar "Honey Creek" and LM-590 MS mandolins:
    They look reasonably priced. Would either of these be a good starting point in F-style?

    My current instruments are a 1920 Martin style-A, and a...
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