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  1. Re: Eastman oval-hole vs f-hole: Difference in access to upper fr

    The sale length of most ovals and Fs are actually the same. They are for Eastmans. As a result the bridge gets placed differently (as you can see), which also effects the tone.
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    Re: Two Kentucky KM950s that got away.

    Thanks, Bob. Three isn't enough? An F5, an A5 and an A4? Don't encourage me!
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    Re: Two Kentucky KM950s that got away.

    A follow up. Well sure enough another KM950 showed up on the Amazon.ca site. It listed at 1800 Canadian. After two or three weeks it went to 1300. I told myself that if it went below a thousand...
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    Re: "The Great Mandolins" postcards

    I like them too, Sue. The second set has sold. Guess I'll stick to historic pics of players.
  5. Re: Tear drop or pear-shaped A style--what's your preference?

    Nicely said, Jeff. I suppose I ought to give my own opinion (which, as Monty Python said, is my own. Well, that was 'theory' but same thing).

    I started the thread because over time my preference...
  6. Tear drop or pear-shaped A style--what's your preference?

    A somewhat trivial question, although not in terms of aesthetics.

    Some A style mandolins are in what's usually called a pear shape, after the old Gibsons. Modern examples: Heiden, Pomeroy,...
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    Bush Island Bounce

    Little tune I made up while on holiday.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKkjmEVwetY
  8. Re: The Slocan Ramblers ft John Reischman /// Stoney Creek

    What's not to love? Great playing all around.
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    Re: Regal tenor restoration

    I'm not an expert but I have done some minor repairs on three of them and fairly extensive on an octofone. I think taking off the back--which is much easier to do than the top and any scars are less...
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    Two Kentucky KM950s that got away.

    A while ago there was a thread about someone buying a KM1500 (I think) on the Canadian Amazon. Consider this a follow up.

    Now I'm all in favour of supporting real stores. My two good mandolins...
  11. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    By the way, I bought a TKL 4650 Tradition 1/2 size guitar gigbag for it. Fits perfectly. If you wanted more room for extra padding, something bigger would be needed but I'm very pleased.194884194885
  12. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    No, but I could see the end of the dowel (which had some sort of mesh glued on it) through the hole in the headblock and it just looked like it had never been tampered with.
  13. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Sue, the neck on it was fine. There are some external signs it may have had a neck reset but then I didn't see any signs on the inside, so it's a bit mysterious. Your improvements sound good. We...
  14. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Here's a quick video. Trying to decide on mandolin or guitar fingering.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U72byL5SeQM
  15. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Well, it's done. i forgot to take another photo before closing it up. Basically I removed one brace that was out of place and put in a new one under the bridge. I added a couple of light braces to...
  16. Very glad to see this here.

    Very glad to see this here.
  17. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Nice posts. Andrew J, I used Graham's book to build a flat top mandolin. Your bracing pattern looks good--and simple. I might consider altering things. It's not a Loar, after all.
  18. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Thought you might want to see. The back came off pretty easily and without damage; I think it may have been off before. The slight sag in the top disappeared. The brace under the bridge is missing,...
  19. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Nice, Andrew. Might be useful as I repair it.
  20. Re: Reeltime Travelers: Has Their First Album Vanished?

    I've seen Martha Scanlan perform.
  21. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Ok, just took a look. The lower brace is split at one end. Also, some previous attempt at repair has what looks like a tongue depressor glued under where the bridge is, perhaps hoping to reverse...
  22. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    This back was actually starting to come off anyway. And there were no problems. No pins. Just used a couple of hot knives/scrapers. Head and tail block are obviously a bit tricker. Best to go...
  23. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    I believe the shim is just a clumsy job, but there is a bit of sinking (just a bit) which makes me wonder if a brace has popped. The one I can see can be reached with one of my clamps so I won't...
  24. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Indeed, I'll replace the bridge. First I want to see whether or not I need to take the back off.
  25. Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins?

    Last week I picked up an Octofone. It's a shaded or sunburst top. Plays quite well but I can see there's a cracked top brace. (Current makeshift bridge was on it.) I can't find my dentist's mirror...
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