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  1. Re: got a live one here folks, and he is coming in hot

    I’m just wondering whether installing the strap button caused the crack?
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    Re: mountable pickup - where ?

    Bear in mind that it’s not entirely down to where you stick it or what you stick it with. What you plug it into will have a major influence on how well it works.
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    Re: Humidity in Case vs Room

    Case but 32 doesn’t sound ridiculously low. Ideal is around 50. How accurately are you able to measure it?
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    Re: Mystery corrosion - anyone know why?

    Are you sure he “made” it for you? From your photo’ it appears to have the “Pat. Pending” stamp so it could well be a period one.
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    Re: Mystery corrosion - anyone know why?

    Yes, the Ibanez guard is sitting on a shelf and looks no different than when I took it off.
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    Re: Mystery corrosion - anyone know why?

    Not sure if there’s any truth in the view that it only happens on later models. There’s no problem with my ‘15A and my 24 Snakehead but I discovered it on my ‘76 Ibanez a couple of years ago. If it’s...
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    Re: Any Ideas of Make or value?

    No idea but, if you look carefully at the second photo’, the headstock does have a badge which says “Lithuania”.
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    Re: Octave mandolin strings

    Thanks David but there’s really no need. I’m quite happy with the Newtones; they’re manufactured just down the road from me and the strings are generally as cheap as anything else. That said, apart...
  9. Re: So nice to hear and see these guys playing together again.

    Pity we no longer have Kongar-ol Ondar as part of the Flecktones - he died in 2013. His vocal contributions were unforgetable.
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    Re: Octave mandolin strings

    My OM is slightly shorter at around 20.75” and also takes ball end strings. As I’ve said before, I use custom sets of Newtone strings - they’ll put together whatever you want. I don’t use octave...
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    Re: Has COVID affected your MAS?

    I’ve not bought anything since the plague started. Whether this is because my MAS has waned or that mandolin family instruments of any quality have been largely absent from the UK market is difficult...
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    Re: Tone Gard on a Northfield Big Mon

    Email Tony Pyres (at Tonegard).
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    Re: who might have built this?

    Ah! That encyclopaedia of mandolin knowlege - Facebook!
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    Re: The newest hot mandolin accessory!

    Definitely an accessory worth progressing - headstock scroll protectors. (You read it here first!)
  15. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    It’s always puzzled me as to why an old instrument in perfect condition can be worth considerably more than one in play-worn condition whereas somebody will pay far more for a brand new instrument in...
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    Re: String dampening

    If it’s foam, make sure it doesn’t contain vinyl. Vinyl plays havoc with nitrocelulose laquer.
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    Re: Looking at an early Kimble

    Both mine are from 2008. I thought the A5 was good; until I bought the F.
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    Re: Restoration of a Silvestri

    My first mandolin was a Silvestri. I bought it circa. 1970 but it was relegated to a wall hanger many years ago. I must say that, for the last 50 years, I have always assumed that the top was...
  19. Re: Looking for a Mandola and I need some advice.

    Unless youre the type, of person likely to buy, sell/trade instruments on a regular basis, Id suggest that you buy the best you can get your hands on. I have a friend who has spent a lifetime...
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    Re: Help identifying mandolin please

    Also no bowlback expert but it looks pretty typical Japanese export from the 1970s - very “Suzukiesque”.
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    Re: Fancy "Flatiron" Pancake?

    Not seen one of those models in these parts for 40 odd years but the wood on the back looks much better than I remember. Perhaps it was some sort of special/one off?
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    Re: Givson Urbashi mandolin on Ebay

    “Givson Santacruz”! Must try one of those, I’ve got three real ones!
  23. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    I remember touring the Moet & Chandon cellar in Epernais a few years ago. We were told that the majority of the Champagne they produced was not “Vintage”; i.e. that the bottles didn’t have dates on...
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    Re: Givson Urbashi mandolin on Ebay

    What’s the “1 pc 5 way Switch” all about?
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    Re: Fretless mandolin?

    Personally, I fail to see any musical value in the video. Whether the thing is even tuned like a mandolin is impossible to ascertain.
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