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    Re: Gibson trapdoor

    Mike, I think you're generally right, but I'm pretty sure some of the banjoists "lit up" their instruments during performances. My long-time musical partner Bob bought a '20's Gibson Grenada tenor...
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    Re: Another backroom find

    Hope none of the employees get mugged...
  3. Re: Mandolin batch in the latest Skinner auction, incl. THREE Shu

    This whole thread is sliding down the Schutt...
  4. Re: why are some chords for guitar not listed in chord books for

    Wow, there's a name I haven't heard in years...loved her when she was with Trapezoid, I believe.
  5. Re: looking for nylon string instrument 4 strings tuned in 5ths,

    I have a Gold Tone CEB-4 cello banjo. Marcy Marxer (she's a real sweetheart, by the way) model, tuned like a mandocello with nylon strings in 5ths, CGDA.

    Don't know if you'd want to go that low,...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    Hey guys, "ham sandwich." Before suggesting umpty other models, let's address the OP's question: Eastman MD504 vs. Kentucky KM-272, OK?

    Both quality mandolins for the price. Eastman perhaps a...
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    Re: Another backroom find

    That's what bosses generally say, when they don't have to do the work themselves -- but can assign the "fun project" to some poor schlep who has to figure out how to do it.

    I can't bring myself to...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Tips

    Even males with larger hands find some octave mandolin chords difficult; the wide separation of the frets makes it a much different instrument from the standard mandolin.

    As you work on chording,...
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    Somewhat altered and borrowed from Pete Seeger (last verse):



    I prefer the "eat a good breakfast," as Seeger sang, to "walk up the stairs." If you saw me in person, you'd realize how much I...
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    Well, my shorthand approach for freygish, which is a Yiddish-ism for Phrygian, is to take a standard minor scale, and play in the "5" chord of that scale. Example: playing in the key of D, but using...
  11. Re: Flatiron Serial Number and Value? (Made in U.S.?)

    Some have termed the new imports "Flatasians" -- no ethnic disparagement intended, though.
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    Re: 5-String mandolin?

    It's a five-course, ten-string mandolin, often called a mandriola. These are not too uncommon, and I'm not surprised that it's German-made. In the US, Oscar Schmidt Co. in New Jersey made a fair...
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    Re: What is it? Cumbus? Banjolin?

    The slotted headstock and the wide resonator flanges strongly suggest European design; the "cloud" tailpiece could be European or American. I haven't seen US instruments without brackets to adjust...
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    Think this parody comes from Garrison Keillor:

    Come gather 'round people wherever you roam,
    It's time we were looking for a good nursing home,
    And accept it that soon you'll be living alone,...
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    Re: Dylan on bluegrass in the New York Times

    Sure has "been done":
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    Today I'm younger than I'll ever be again. And I surpassed my "personal best" for consecutive days lived!

    Interviewer to Woody Allen: "Mr. Allen, would you like to achieve immortality through...
  17. Re: APM cancels Live From Here amid other layoffs and cuts

    So are live radio music/variety broadcasts going the way of the woolly mammoth? They depend on live audiences, impossible to assemble in Pandemic-Land, and underwriter funding, also very competitive...
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    Re: Refinishing a nice mandolin

    2 worth:

    Swap out tuners, tailpiece and truss rod cover, but keep the originals, so that when/if you sell or trade it, you can let the next owner put the originals back on.

    If you must have...
  19. Re: Introduction and my new to me Gibson Fern

    So how'd the Fern end up in Tokyo? What's the "back story?"
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    Re: Jimmy Capps

    A nice little polka instrumental at Larry's Country Diner, a much underrated if cornpone music show:
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    Re: Stahl Bowlback Mandolin

    OK, as a "burn victim" of fiery discussions of what is and what ain't "Larson Brothers," are we all agreed that the seller's claim is justified? It looks valid to me, but I've been scolded before......
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    Re: Why do people do this?

    Well, if you post good clear pics of the instrument, what verbiage you use to describe its condition is sorta beside the point. Your "excellent" may be my "God-awful, barely hanging together," but...
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    Re: Advice on a Good Beginner Mandolin

    The Kentucky KM-150 mandolin sells new at Hobgoblin for 469, well above your budget target; you may be able to find a used one for under 300 with some shopping.

    The Asbury AM-150 at 249 has at...
  24. Re: Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (The Delmore Brothers)

    New Lost City Ramblers (with mandolin):



    From their 40 Years of Concert Performances album set.
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    Re: Pearl top Martin

    Per Longworth's book, Martin made 394 Style C's between 1914 and 1934 (the last one in maple). Rara avis indeed.
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