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    Re: Larger frets for 1920 Gibson A-4

    If you play classical mando in the upper registers, you may wish you had the old thin frets for more precise notation. A or F style
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    Re: In the Mood

    That was fantastic. There is not enough 30s and 40s music out there in Mandoland. I hope to hear others of the Plucked Persuasion dip into the rich catalog of that era. Most of those artists and...
  3. Re: Unexpected things/benefits about playing mandolin

    Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God
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    Re: First song to learn on mandolin

    A simple tune, but one appropriate for these last several months, would be the first tune I learned from my father over 60 years ago: The Chinese Breakdown.
  5. Re: The dreaded black A2Z question. With a possible answer...

    My "A" snakehead with A2Z trimmings. Note the black trim internal to the white binding on the bass side (which is obscured where the black face finish is intact)
  6. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Camptown by Joe Craven (1995). To say he is a multi-instrumentalist would be an understatement
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    Re: Another Ashokan and Turkey in the Straw

    The 'black line' I referred to is also binding material on mine. Bad choice of words.
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    Re: Another Ashokan and Turkey in the Straw

    Nice playing. Fantastic sound. Does your snake have a thin black line along the inner margin of the white top binding? It looks like it does. There has been a thread recently stating that the inner...
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    Re: Louisville Pickers?

    What part of town? Might be interested
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    RIP Uncle Willie K

    Willie K, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and singer, died last night at his home in Maui at age 59, following a two year struggle with small-cell lung cancer. If you were lucky enough to have seen...
  11. Re: Mike Marshall's Virtual Mandolin Orchestra

    That is right up there with the old global rendition of 'Stand By Me' starting in Jackson Square in NOLA.
    Ought to create some sort of Grammy for that
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    Re: Lester 'Road Hog' Moran

    I don't know how many times I have seen that clip with Ralph Emery. Always makes me laugh. But my absolute favorite skit concerned Buford, the barber, who could not be there that night because he had...
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    Lester 'Road Hog' Moran

    Harold Reid, or Lester 'Road Hog' Moran, died on Friday April 24 at the age of 80. His was the deep bass voice of the Statler Brothers on many albums, and, memorably, the leader of the Cadillac...
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    Re: Mandolin Crossword Puzzle

    Scott Many thanks for the x-word effort. Rarely do two of my obsessions-mando and crossword puzzles-become united into one such pleasurable exercise. In the name of Will Shortz I plead for another!...
  15. Re: ETSU Mandolin Orchestra - Remote recording

    Very nicely done. The Louisville Mandolin Orchestra occasionally throws in a tango. Voicing of a mando orchestra suits a tango, to a 'T'.
  16. Re: The dreaded black A2Z question. With a possible answer...

    Herr yogiZ. I have a blackface snakehead identical to the one you show (minus a few 'beauty marks'). The FON is 11999. The sn is 79212. According to Spann it was made in late 1923 "with a batch of...
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    Re: Gibson F5's from the 70's

    I have a '75 F5 that I bought 30+ years ago. It was a dog. No volume to speak of, dull tone, but it looked OK from a distance. I had my luthier do a frame-off, rotisserie restoration. Back removed,...
  18. Re: Has Anyone Received Stimulus Check? (Possible Mandolin Conten

    I am retired, and I have my money safely invested in the stock market! Only government checks I get are Social Security (aka 'the Sosh'). So things are pretty good. I even found out that my local...
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    Re: Royal Box Waltz

    Get "John Hartford's Mammoth Collection of Fiddle Tunes". You will find the Royal Box Waltz on page 82.
    Great book, by the way.
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    Re: 1913 A1 thoughts

    My 1913 F-2 made it through the 'White Lady' unscathed. My grandfather dodged the bullet by being discharged from training camp in 1917, because of degenerative disease in his knee. Sent back to...
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    Re: When You First . . .

    That would have to be my father, beginning over 60 years ago. He got his mando in the mid '30s from 'Monkey Wards'. I started fooling around with it after listening to his playing, mostly OTM....
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    Re: 75 Gibson F-5

    hook2010
    I may have misplayed the personal message activity. Unfortunately my luthier friend is leaving town for a rural spot and not taking on such projects.
    Sorry if I unnecessarily got your...
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    Re: 75 Gibson F-5

    I have a '75 F5 which I purchased over 30 years ago. It had a dull sound with no projection, regardless of what strings I used, or how hard
    I played. But it was structurally sound, and attractive...
  24. Re: 1923 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    The label is well preserved, and there is only the basic "A". Just like Hester Prynne. I am only the third owner, and I knew the earlier owners.
    It was sold out of Miles Music Store in Knoxville...
  25. Re: 1923 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    I have an A, FON 11999. Blackface, with bound top and back, and inlaid headstock The Gibson. It is an unusually loud and rich mando,
    and seems worthy of more than a humble, simple A designation....
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