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  1. Re: Matt Miller Picks - New to the Pick Market - Great pick/price

    Do you know the actual material they are made from, or is that a trade secret? I like that greenish color too!
  2. Re: Why do L&H Model A, B, & C owners use TI mittels and not star

    An aside: Lyon & Healy made mandolins in both 13 7/8" and 13" scale lengths.

    I don't think you can generalize broadly about the correct string gauge for either maker. Instruments vary over the...
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    Re: '50s Stradolin: solid or laminate?

    Folowing the link provided by the original poster... photo #3 out of five, seems to show a laminated top, if you look at the exposed edge in the segmented sound hole.

    With it in hand you'd know in...
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    Hey there. Did anyone watch most or all of the TWO helpful videos in posts 16 and 17? Curious to hear if you find a difference in emphasis that goes beyond simply 'learn the melody'.

    Also, I'll...
  5. Beautiful photos. Well done all around!

    Beautiful photos. Well done all around!
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    You may find this useful. Made for the Cafe a while back.


    https://youtu.be/KIOTCubijZE
  7. Re: RIP Gene Shay - Philadelphia Folk Music Legend

    Yes. The organizers of the Philly Folk Fest, apologized for announcing that Gene had passed on Wednesday (he was in hospice care at the time) beginning with the words, 'always the practical...
  8. RIP Gene Shay - Philadelphia Folk Music Legend

    I'm sorry to report the passing of Gene Shay, longtime MC of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and 'the dean' of Folk Radio, of complications from COVID19. He influenced a ton of musicians and made the...
  9. Re: Article: Sierra Hull in Concert at Old Town School of Folk Mu

    Nicely done! Only slightly jealous... ;-)
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    Re: Chris Thile's new pick

    I may as well put in a word for my 2013 interview with Thile for the Cafe. Like the big gear nerds we are, we got distracted by talk of picks and strings. And I never was able to schedule part II of...
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    Re: Richter Patent Tuners

    How nice to see this thread revived!
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    Grant, Thanks for sharing your story, and in such a sensitive and articulate way. I won't try and tell you how to feel about it, and I suspect that you know full well that you're not alone - even in...
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    Re: How Chris Thile spends his sunday

    Chris has been a part of the mandolin landscape so long, that it's hard to realize that he's just now coming to the broader public's attention as a significant entertainer, cultural presence,...
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    Re: Damaged Martin 2-20 ( I think)

    I would think this is fatal for the top. Not repairable in any normal sense of the word. I imagine that the bids are for the case, and to a lesser extent, parts.
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    Re: Gibson snakehead Jrs vs other snakeheads

    I agree, and I've not been able to find any consistent generalization about tone in relation to grain width of quartered wood. I'm not saying that some experienced builder would not, just that I have...
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    Re: Gibson snakehead Jrs vs other snakeheads

    I think that the lack of an adjustable truss rod is more of a factor in any tonal difference between the Jr and the higher models of that period. I do not remember offhand whether there is any...
  17. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    I'd have loved to see the finish shop at the L&H factory. If you've seen one in fine condition, it's obvious that their varnishing skills were somewhere beyond Gibson's. Just fantastic staining,...
  18. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    Not such a bad deal. Owner could sell the tailpiece, original case, and finger rest for $500. And with a few days of skillful labor have one of the finest oval hole mandolins ever made at a cash...
  19. Re: Gibson Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model - My New Mandolin

    The story of the DMMs is here in the Cafe’s forums along with some skepticism but also info from the luthiers closest to the project. You’ll need to search for posts from Charlie Derrington and Big...
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    Re: Loar’s Loar!

    Before getting too worked up over the cost of a 'golden era' F-5, it's worth remembering that there are many thousands of violin family instruments (and even bows) in that price range and above. It's...
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    Loar’s Loar!

    Posted on FB: “Roger has decided it’s time to sell his Gibson Loar mandolin. This was Lloyd Loar’s personal F5 dated Feb 18, 1924. It has a flowerpot inlay and a Virzi Tone Producer. Roger got it...
  22. Re: Gibson Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model - My New Mandolin

    I’ve played or stood next to half a dozen DMM or Skaggs DMMs. And every one has been a bluegrass hoss.
  23. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    Nice info. And a very nice instrument deserving of repair. I suppose that with the back off, the end block could be reglued, cracks repaired, broken rib rejoined. It would take some doing, that’s for...
  24. Re: Live From Here - Is There a Better Music Show ANYWHERE?

    And they just tweeted that it will remain available on YouTube all week! Until afternoon of November 30 I believe. That is fantastic news.

    American Tune (the second great performance on LFH) and...
  25. Re: Live From Here - Is There a Better Music Show ANYWHERE?

    Lovin’ the live feed. Here’s Thile w the Big Pancake!

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    and here comes Paul Simon!

    ...and now Baby Baby w Anaïs Mitchell! ��
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