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    Re: Did Bill Collings Sign All Or Some?

    There might also be a few Collings out there without a signature. Owned a D1 that didn't have one. This was during the early years and he sometimes was too busy to sign. Or at least that's what the...
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    Re: Did Bill Collings Sign All Or Some?

    That's cool if he did. Here's something else, can't guarantee you will find signatures, but if you take an inspection mirror and light and look down near the end pin block there may be 2 or 3...
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    Re: Chris Thile's new pick

    Agreed. My mentor uses Dunlop nylon heavy. In my hands they sound bad. Like a cheap nylon pick. With him they are perfect. He likes my BC, but is afraid of losing it. (FWIW, I am now trying Ultex .73...
  4. Re: Article: New Music from Marla Fibish - The Bright Hollow Fog

    Just ordered today.
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    Re: Sold my Collings and got a Pava

    Have played a number of Eastman mandolins over the years. To me, the necks feel rounder than the Collings. The latter has a V shape, but not as pronounced as either my 1935 Gibson or Kalamazoo. It's...
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    Re: New Mandolin Day

    Congrats. The few of the KM-27x series I've played have all been nice instruments. Excellent sound and playability. Plus, I like the fact Kentucky is making a long neck oval hole instrument.
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    Re: Sold my Collings and got a Pava

    It's never worth keeping an instrument that doesn't work for you. No matter how nice it may be. Went through that many times on guitars over the years. For me, the Collings neck shape works. And the...
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    Re: Light vs. Medium vs. Heavy Picks

    Just me, but have been moving more towards lighter picks for mandolin (and guitar). And sometimes different picks for different instruments. A Ultex .73 sounds too scratchy to my ears on my Collings....
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    Re: Monel strings

    Been using them on both my Gibson (Mangan medium) and Kalamazoo (Mangan lights). So far like them on the Gibson better. Maybe it's the deeper body and mahogany back and sides on the Kalamazoo but it...
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    Re: Quick Gibson A set up question

    Yes, nuts can be cut too high. Had to lower the A string slots on my Kalamazoo. Noticeable difference.

    FWIW, I run my A Jr. with 1/16" on the G and slightly less on the E. But mine also has a...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    On page 18 of the same book it states - "Celluloid mandolin picks were available by the turn of the century. Back porch pickers could order them for ten cents a dozen out of the 1907 Sears...
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    Re: 1940 Gibson ...Nut size info needed

    They should be right around 1 1/8" wide. That's the number often given. My two 1935 Gibson made instruments are closer to 1 3/16". So just slightly wider. These were hand carved necks, so every one...
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    Re: 1909 A4 Gibson Factory Revamped

    Not a bad job. Wonder if it was like my old 1910 where the pear wood center strip of the neck rotted away. Looks like someone drilled through the headstock for the tuner screws though. Oops.

    I've...
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    Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    Some pre 1911 Gibson mandolins have wider (and thicker) necks. The 1910 I had didn't, but my band mate has one with a very wide neck. So there is some variation.

    My 1935 Kalamazoo has a nut width...
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    Re: Need advice on selling Flatiron mandolin

    Two questions - what color is the mandolin (natural, cherry, brown) and does it have a truss rod? Am wondering if the DC means "dark cherry" or "dark chocolate". Pictures would definitely help.
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  16. Re: Hiscox Mandolin Case with Colorado Case on eBay

    Agreed. Heavy. But what a good deal. (FWIW, it's sold.) Glad someone got it. It's another thing I was watching but don't need.
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Don't worry too much about it. When I got restarted on mandolin, really wanted the oval hole sound. Now, a couple of years later, most of my playing is on f hole instruments. Still love the oval...
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    Thank you

    To whomever purchased the Flatiron Festival A with pickup from the Guitar Center in Fort Worth, thanks. That one was starting to really pull at me. And I don't need another instrument. You got a...
  19. Re: Eastman vs Eastman vs Breedlove vs “budget” vintage vs ?????

    My $.02 - the Eastman 605 is a good instrument. Better tuners than on the 305. And the pickup is nice. Should be a Schertler Reso-Coil with the XLR jack. And the hardshell case is a nice one.
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    Re: New Eastman 615

    Very cool. Love the look of the block inlays.
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    Re: Kalamazoos and a Waterloo

    These are a lot more musical.
  22. Re: Looking for Schottis Fran Mulang sheet music

    Nice. Yes, that does sound familiar. Thanks.
  23. Re: Help with year on my Kentucky mandolin serial number

    Sorry I can't help on the serial number, but the KM-180S was a model designation back in the 1990's. My 1993 Mandolin Brothers catalog lists it. Mahogany back and sides, sunburst top. Solid spruce...
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    Re: 2 Laplant mandolins with new EVO frets

    Very nice recording. And, yes, Lloyd is a great person. As well as being one of the best builders out there.
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    Re: NMD....Eastman MD305

    Congrats! Nice mandolin. At least it has side dots. Three of my vintage mandolins don't.
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