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    Re: weak 'E' strings

    I wonder if you are looking for the same E string sound that a flattop guitar has. Obviously the tone would be an octave higher plus a carved instrument would have different overtones.

    This...
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    Re: Musty Smell in the case and mandolin.

    I had not problem with the musty smell in my old Gibson. The problem was in the case lining. Somehow you have to kill all the spores for whatever is growing in there. Unless the mandolin gets wet the...
  3. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    To be clear it is not only the headstock that makes it different. Some folks do prefer a narrower neck and the tone, for one reason or another, can be different. However, as I have said here often,...
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    Re: Sierra on Fretboard Journal

    Rock solid rhythm and a sensitive approach to dynamics makes for great interpretation and musicality. There is so much to admire of her playing!
  5. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    No one talked of Loar era when I bought my ‘23 A-2 back in the early 1980s. I had a very nice sounding 1919 A-3 at that time and yet this snakehead had something else, something different. It was...
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    Re: Musty Smell in the case and mandolin.

    I have my original Gibson case and tried all methods except the ozone machine. I used to start coughing every time I took out the mandolin. The only other real solution would be to tear out and...
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    Re: Four string Mando for young children?

    You can get a uke for under $30 that would be fine for that purpose. Then get strings to tune to mandolin tuning. There is little need for a separately made instrument. The Fluke costs $515. Much...
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    Re: Mando vibro?

    Here’s the Tim video embedded:


    https://youtu.be/gxzKoTIm_I0
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    I hear that Scott is designing a Mandolin Cafe MAS Drool Bucket soon to be available for the holiday season. :)
  10. Re: Any Music for Harp-Guitar and Mandolin?

    I have a biography of Abt written and compiled by his grandson, John Abt. That piece in the OP was originally a piano work arranged for various other instruments usually including mandolins and...
  11. Re: Any Music for Harp-Guitar and Mandolin?

    Valentine Abt was a well-known American mandolinist from early twentieth century. I have some of his published sheet music but I donít know if I have that piece arranged specifically for harp-guitar...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy mandocellos

    Can you post some pictures of your mandocello? There may be a reason that it is labeled Special. Some custom variation requested by the person who ordered it.
  13. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    I am acclimating nicely to the newly-acquired Gibson. Most amazing is how much sustain it has: it rings and rings. I like the tone but haven’t a clue if the Virzi does anything, maybe but not sure...
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    Re: Danelectro Guitarlin

    Funny that Nat Daniel did not make a mandolin. I had an original Danelectro six-string bass. And I still have a Silvertone guitar with lipstick pickups. Actually sounds pretty good.
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    Re: Road Trip III - classic Eastman 815/v

    I was just curious about when the company came about. Violin website says 1992 and I found that they started mandolins and archtop guitars in 2002 and flattop guitars in 2008. BION I have never...
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    Re: Just so excited!!!

    Ah,m now I see why you wanted that color! You love the blues!
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    Re: Road Trip III - classic Eastman 815/v

    As one of the top mandolin accumulators I agree with the above opinions. In fact on the other thread someone advised to take your Kentucky and Eastman there and work out a deal with the store. In...
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    Re: Happy Birthday Mandolin Cafe

    One of the best sites on this planet. Thanks, Scott!
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    Re: Kolbe Mandolin

    Well, there is a picture of a very nice looking sunburst F-5 there.
  20. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    I would keep the current strings on if you like the way they sound. Let him set up your mandolin with those lighter strings. If you later decide you want the mediums I would think it might just be...
  21. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    From Strings By Mail site — https://www.stringsbymail.com/optima-mandolin-flatwound-medium-gauge-011-031-full-set-13456.html


    The other flatwound sets are not described on that page.

    The...
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    Re: Pete Sutherland RIP

    I knew Pete and spent time with him in small doses over the years. Everything that people are saying about him is true. He was an inspiring both as a musician and a person. RIP.
  23. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    I thought the seller included at least one set of Thomastik mandolin strings. I would use those. I have the T-I mediums on mine and it is fine. I also used them on my 1921 Bacon Artist and they sound...
  24. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    All right, hereís the story of my first snakehead. IIRC this a was before I was even aware of the difference. I was at a vintage store in Amherst, MA and whe. I walked in on the wall was to be my...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    That is stunningly beautiful, Charley!
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