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  1. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    You're right, nobody seems to be talking about the Adamas mandolins, but the Adamas guitars certainly have their fans. They have always been expensive, in fact, I can't ever remember seeing one...
  2. Re: These are the tools of my trade today...

    I once had an electric sitar in my "arsenal".....trouble is, it kept finding its way onto recordings!
  3. Re: NMC rare relic (re-purposed autoharp body)

    My sister loves any kind of meditation/therapy/chakras, healers, etc. and finds enjoyment and peace from the daily pursuit of such. OTOH, I'm not sure an $800 autoharp is the answer, but I think we...
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    Or, as I once overheard two women asking a vendor at a flea market..."Is this pewter?" His seasoned reply, "Do you want it to be pewter?"
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    Hmmmmm.........I guess I would first look into witness protection -- they might let you keep the mandolin............:mandosmiley::)):mandosmiley::)):mandosmiley::)):cool:
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    Re: Damage to Loar A5???

    I've pointed out things like this before to a certain well-known vintage guitar dealer who will remain nameless.....his response, "no biggee, knock a dollar off the price!"
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    Re: 1930's SS Stewart Mandolin

    This one has the "coolness factor" that most old Harmony's and Regal's lack. All black with the deco peghead and guard with HARD case. Imagine trying to locate that pickguard if it were missing. I...
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    Re: Loar’s Loar!

    Good point. OTOH, I'm kind of surprised it even needs to be advertised............I would think Siminoff would have a box of phone numbers with people who would be interested...

    A similar tiny but...
  9. Re: Gibson Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model - My New Mandolin

    I think it was his first Loar and the guy who he got it from did it. The only reason the guy was selling it was to get his wife a new washer and dryer. Ricky's mom signed for a bank loan for him. ...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    FWIW, our furnace went out Friday night (yep, after everybody closes for the weekend) Anyway, it was getting cold inside even with the space heaters. Sat morning I got the answering service for the...
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    Re: No more EXP74's?

    On an unrelated note (and probably way too much information) the deodorant I used for 35+ years is no longer being made, as of a couple years ago. Strange to even talk about (especially on a...
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    Re: Nut Slots Cut Too Low

    My old trick is just use superglue and not much. No baking soda or bone dust needed. Cut a small strip of paper or index card to use as an applicator. Mask off everything else. Just carefully...
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Don't take this the wrong way, but you've spent a lot of time on this buzzing issue, IMHO. There are basically 3 or 4 causes and that's it. We can obsess until it drives us crazy. If it is still...
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    Re: "Refurbished Gibson"

    Years ago I was looking around a pawn shop at their guitars. A nice lady who was the owner told me that she had a couple other nicer guitars "in the back" if I wanted to see them. I said "sure." ...
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    Re: What's the deal with Vintage F4s?

    I would say it was Bill Monroe's influence more than Loar's. Sure, the Loar F5 had to exist for Monroe to play one, but without Monroe it would just be a great instrument and considerably cheaper. ...
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    Re: Geib Challenge case

    I once found a 1958 Gretsch Duo-Jet with original case at a pawn shop. All original, but sometime in the 60's somebody put a bunch of huge "flower power" stickers on it, but I was afraid to try and...
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    Re: Naming your Mandolin

    There was "Big Bertha" from WWI........
  18. Re: Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    Looks like the reddish color is only where the open areas are........oil/lubricant reaction? No experience with this, just an observation, FWIW.
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    Don't know. If you remove the screw in the center of the back, the resonator will come off and sometimes there is a maker's stamp or decal inside on the rim or bracing.
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    Re: Instrument swap?

    Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, IMHO. Especially the escrow, toddlers, unexpected death, and don't forget the pawn shop!

    My idea of being careful might not be your idea. Some guys know...
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    Re: Resonator mandolin repair

    I'm thinking it took a hit to the bottom button and cracked it. Doesn't look like string tension would have done that. On top of that, Don Young died in 2016 -- meaning his repair only lasted three...
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    Re: DR MD-11 mandolin strings

    Changing strings often and talking about it just isn't part of the hobby that I'm interested in, for some reason. Having played since the mid 60's and worked for various music stores, I know many...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    Good comparison, Mandoplumb. And, as usual, once the price goes up it never comes back down....

    (rant beginning....) In addition, what about all the things we "need to have" that didn't even...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    When PLEK first came out, Joe Glaser in Nashville was one of the first shops to have it that I heard, early around 2003 or 2004. I believe the first in the United States. He did a short video...
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    Re: Converting Mandolin to Mandola

    Fifteen or so years ago my buddy wanted a baritone electric guitar for recording. After some study, he bought a set of baritone strings and put them on his electric guitar and for the most part it...
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