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    2020 tribute Vessel A model

    <Using this space solely for the purpose of entertaining and accepting offers for sale of instruments violates Forum posting guidelines. This will need to be sold elsewhere on the internet.>

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    Re: Value of a good restorer

    Adrian, you are completely wrong. Well restored top cracks do not reduce the value 50%. That is absolute rubbish. This violin has been appraised at a price over 10X what a cheap German violin is...
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    Re: Value of a good restorer

    Thank you everyone.
    I forgot to add a little about the violins history. The previous owner, Harry Clapperton, worked for the White Star Line company. He was a violinist on their ship the Adriatic....
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    Re: Value of a good restorer

    Just about finished with this incredible violin. Brought to me about 10 months ago. Here are a few shots of before, during and after. Very challenging but very worth it. Built in Tourney Belgium in...
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    Re: Reverb Gibson 2 Point

    Don’t blame me. At least I tell you all when I make a fake! ��
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    That’s the best comment so far
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    To Bill McCalls statement, yes of course I sell them. I do charge more as they are a ton more work and they always include some vintage hardware. Those things get expensive. Having Loar tailpiece...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Thank you Scott. I think allowing these kinds of discussions actually increases our knowledge about these fine details. Expertise in the violin field has improved by huge leaps since the internet....
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    There are interior signs that it is not an original item, aside from freely posting my work on the internet.
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Is anyone bothered by this?
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Not at all. Make a Vessel copy for us to see your work.
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Go ahead. But first you’d have to be willing to sell your F models for $485. That’s about the same ratio one pays for one of mine compared to a Loar. A $485 Vessel copy would likely increase my sales...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    I wish I was a better player, but I’ll see what I can do.
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Well I still get tons of interest in my copies. I get orders for both and will continue making both types as long as there is interest.
    Much like making a Strad violin copy or a del Gesu copy, one...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Maybe you could start a Mike Black thread.
    I’m sure he’d appreciate the attention. It always feels good when people share what they own or enjoy playing.
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    I have a form from the first mandolin I ever made in 1992. It was from a 1918 A4. I also had measured an early snakehead years ago and had a template for that. I have a hand scribbled list of...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Bill, yes I was going to have a killer booth this year. The octave and this A5 and another F5. Maybe next year. Miss it a lot.
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    J.Condino
    Trust me, I’d love to make the drive. I’ve been told by several great players that it is their favorite Loar they’ve ever played.
    I don’t know the owner so it’s not so easy.
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Thanks everyone. There’s always so much to learn when you try to copy something. It’s an exercise that improves your ability to see something. Looking and seeing are two different things. The...
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    New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Here is my latest. Not an exact Griffith copy, as I have not seen the original. But more of a concept instrument of the possible existence of a second Loar signed A5.
    Pic guard by Darryl Wolfe,...
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    Coming from the violin world, a copyist is only a copyist if they are able to make instruments look like the real article. That’s not to say we all don’t make Stradivari patterns or models. That is...
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    Had to share, no real mandolin content

    Corona boredom
    Look what my Words with friends letters spelled! Only we would can get a chuckle out of it!
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    I’m not sure how anyone can say that the pic with Garcia is a 30’s mandolin. All we can see for sure is that it’s a fern.
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    I have spoken to two former members of the Hart Valley Drifters and Worth Handley did in fact own a Loar. It’s been confirmed to my satisfaction. I just got off the phone with his son 5 minutes ago....
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    This is 20.5” and has PLENTY of sustain and volume. There’s no exact recipe for either of these factors. This one happens to work. I joined the neck to the body at the 13th fret, like Gibson...
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