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    Re: Information on Vega "Little Wonder"

    It is fairly common for today’s mandolin banjo player to install only four strings on their eight string instrument because the four string variety are so very hard to find. The results are about the...
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    Re: Information on Vega "Little Wonder"

    According to this table published on Banjohangout.org your Vega serial number dates to 1919. I’m sorry I no longer know the author as the link I saved does not seem to be valid. Maybe someone can...
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    Re: Information on Vega "Little Wonder"

    Vega made five levels of Mandolin Banjos, as pointed out above your Little Wonder was the second level and the first with a metal tonering. Here they are are in ascending order. Each of these styles...
  4. Re: TGG 10 - John Lawlor Variations on: Take Me Out to the Ball G

    John does a fine rendition and great variations of the chorus.

    Have any of you heard the full song including the verses?

    For your enjoyment here is Edward Meeker’s recording done for Edison on...
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    Here are some photos of the Schmick banjo that support my theory that the OP’s banjo was built along these lines. Note the removable banjo pot assembly with tension hoop and also the presence on the...
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    Your grandfather’s mandolin banjo shares many of the design features of the Lyric banjo which was patented by William Schmick in 1916. The patent describes a deep well wooden resonator (such as...
  7. Re: Gibson Inc. Gibson Brings Out New Tenor-Lute, 1924

    For convenience and permanency sake here is the full article.

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    Re: circa 1919 Gibson H1 Mandola questions

    The Gibson pickguard side clamps show up regularly on the auction sites and Reverb, just keep your eyes open. Steven Gilchrist used to list an exact replica on his website for $180 but I just checked...
  9. Gibson Inc. Gibson Brings Out New Tenor-Lute, 1924

    Some interesting reading and historical perspective about the intended purpose for this unusual instrument.

    Here is the announcement in the September 27, 1924 issue of Music Trade Review about the...
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    Re: Little help identifying Gibson A

    Hello Al,

    This is a style A, it is likely from the late teens. If you can see the factory order number (FON) stamped inside on the neckblock we can help you date it with the help of the research...
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    Re: Half Past Four

    John, The best of luck with your son’s scholarship application!

    Half Past Four is a very popular old time fiddle tune. The composition is usually attributed to fiddler Ed Haley.
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  12. Re: Removing a Pickguard from a 1921 H4 Mandola?

    If the goal is just to secure the guard I would recommend not trying to remove the pins from the side of the fingerboard because you risk breaking the guard. Better to let a professional remove it if...
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    Re: Jos Rogers Jr Mandolin Wurlitzer

    Allen, I agree there are many similarities with the Vega brand but that may be because Vega set many of the standards. Notice that it has a fewer number of bracket hooks than your Vega Little Wonder....
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    Re: 1923 Gibson K-5 Mandocello

    Phil, a great find and a fine restoration, congratulations! I look forward to more photos and a visit.
    Here is a full set of 5 series instruments, maybe that is your K5 in the front right.
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  15. Re: Working on tremelos. Good trick or am I cheating myself?

    Here is a good tutorial on tremolo technique that some of you might find useful.

    The instructor uses a metronome to define the division of the pick strokes to prevent the tremolo from becoming a...
  16. Re: Guitar-maker Gibson Brands files for bankruptcy

    This notice from the AP appeared in today’s Washington Post.

    Gibson guitar maker files for bankruptcy.

    
The maker of the Gibson guitar is filing for bankruptcy protection after wrestling for...
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    Re: Flatiron Pancakes:  How many models?

    This old Flatiron catalog should answer the OP’s question about the available models.

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    Mark
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    Re: Exercises for artificial harmonics

    Here is Siegel’s explanation of the technique.
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    Re: Exercises for artificial harmonics

    There are three pages devoted to natural (open string) and artificial (fretted string) harmonics in Samuel Sigel’s book titled “Siegel’s Special Mandolin Studies” published in 1901. Included is an...
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    Re: Vintage Case handles

    Thanks John and everyone for the kind words about the replacement handles, the response has been very good. I tried for years to locate decent handles for my vintage cases and am very excited to be...
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    Re: Right Hand Planting vs. Free Floating

    Banjoboy, you might enjoy reading the descriptions in the old Bickford Mandolin method, in the early pages it covers pick grip and right hand technique. The advice is to never plant your pinkie on...
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    Snakehead Peghead Repair by Marc Glickman

    A friend was heartsick when his Snakehead A slipped from the strap and crashed to the floor and the peghead split wide open!

    Some of you may enjoy seeing the photos of its journey back to...
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    Re: Lara's Theme

    This article claims that Edgar Stanistreet of Philadelphia was the uncredited balalaika player on the Dr Zhivago soundtrack.

    http://dbut.net/edgar/pages/allfrets.htm

    Obviously, more research is...
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    Re: Gibson duo - F4 and H4

    Two new additions to the Mark Lynch Collection just back from the luthier where they both received some gentle set-up adjustments. Tobin, thanks for the mandola string recommendations. The H4 was...
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    Re: Large Thumbwheels?

    I just measured an original Gibson adjustable bridge. The thread size, as others have said, is (US) number 5 by 40 threads per inch. This appears on the US National Coarse Thread series table as 5...
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