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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: 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.
  3. 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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    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...
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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!...
  8. 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: 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

    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...
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    Re: Late 30s Regal/Wards F hole archtop

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    Here is my father with his 30s F style Chicago mando, circa 1935. He paid $25 for it through M-W catalog. Reverse scroll looks similar to the one shown in the catalog photo above
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    Re: Late 30s Regal/Wards F hole archtop

    Thanks for posting about this mando NickR. I too have one of these treasures. My father bought it from Monkey Ward in the mid30s, for the reported price of $25. I started playing on it in the late...
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    Re: 1977 Gibson F-5 Questions

    I have a '75 F5 that I purchased almost 30 years ago. It was a real dog. Quiet and dull. Had my luthier revoice it and install real tone bars (rather than the #2 pencils it was born with). The top...
  15. Re: Gibson F-5 Lloyd Loar Signed December 1, 1924 Mandolin

    May I add my $.02? I am not a professional musician or builder, but I have played a Feb 18, 1924 Loar for the last 17 years. It does not have a Virzi, and never had one, contrary to some of what I...
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    Re: How Long?

    "I have decided to live forever, or die in the attempt"
    Kurt Vonnegut
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    Re: open and closed loar peghead inlays

    Yes. The loops of the 'G'and the 'b' are not completely closed. This is not addressed specifically in Spann's excellent book, hence my innocent inquiry.
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    Re: Mandolin Concerts of Note

    Everyone a Gibsonian! On Sunday May 18, at 3:00 pm, the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra will offer a concert at St. Raphael CC in Louisville KY.
    Every member of the orchestra will be playing a vintage...
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