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  1. Re: Plating on a Lyon & Healy Model A tailpiece

    I would assume that originality of original hardware is nearly as important as an original finish on a vintage instrument. A new or as new tailpiece just wouldn't look right on a vintage piece.
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    A Pearl of Great Price A-4

    I had found myself in possession of several instruments that I was mildly dissatisfied and/or bored with. Looking at the Carter Vintage website, I spied something which caught my attention; a 1920...
  3. Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    A fellow up here in the mountains invented a concoction he calls a banjammer which has a a dulcimer neck coupled to a little drum. In the hands of a skilled player it just sounds bad, but with a...
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    Once in a Lifetime Mandolin Find

    Some weeks ago I happened to snag a 1929 Martin Style 20 which had been floating around GCs in the NYC area for some time. After the price had been greatly reduced, I decided to bite and take a...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I retrieved the Style 20 from Bob. He did a fine job! Gone are the gnawed down bar frets (it played almost as a "fretless mandolin) replaced by much higher banjo sized T frets. Bob made it look as...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I have a reprint of the Martin String Instruments catalog from 1929. The Style 20 mandolin was the only carved mandolin and most expensive mandolin in the lineup, at $75. The small catalog displays...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I am astounded at the quality of this piece. I can see why this came from what was called the Golden Age. This sample is so clean that it looks to have been made 5 years ago. Perfectly straight...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    Martin Style 20 1929
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I picked the mandolin up today at GC in case I took an immediate dislike and decided on an immediate return. Aside from the rather shabby soft shell it came in, the mandolin itself was in remarkable...
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    Re: Distressed MD-315

    Set the mandolin up this morning. Replaced strings with set set of 74s. Filed the nut slots to my liking. Removed the arm rest. I don't like arm rests on anything, including guitars and banjos....
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    Re: Distressed MD-315

    Chris, I think I remember yours in classified. Do you live in Yellow Springs? My son lives down the road near Stevenson covered bridge. I get up there every now and again when we're not having a...
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    Re: Crittern Adventures

    I know how to spell cittern. My spell check, who is a sorry know it all, doesn't.
  13. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I saw an as new Eastman MDA-815 sitting on a wall at GC. I had never tried playing a mandola, but knew I could take it back if we didn't bond. I didn't take it back. After two years it has become a...
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    Re: Mando Search Bummer

    Today I discovered the mando which might end my search. A brand spanking new Eastman MD-305!

    Why this entry level model? Well, it's got everything I need. Sounds great for what I need in old...
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    Mando Search Bummer

    Last month I said goodbye to an old friend, a Lafferty LA-2 oval hole A model built by Paul Schneider. It was such a pretty mando; pretty woods, pretty carving,, nice woody bass. But such a plinky...
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    New to me Breedlove Premier 00

    I finally decided to sell off my 1994 Flatiron Performer A. It was as good a bluegrass style mandolin as one could hope for, except for the skinny, narrow neck and the fact that I only occasionally...
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    Re: The Lafferty Mandolin Road Test

    I picked up a Lafferty La-2 oval hole in nearly new condition some time ago at a great price. It's a wonderful mandolin. A great player and a great woody sound which reminds of a great old Gibble...
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    Flatiron Love

    Some months ago I purchased a 1994 Flatiron Performer A. When I bought it, the mandolin was in generally fine shape except for some flaking of the gloss topcoat on the back of the neck, a little bit...
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    Re: Eastman Truss Rods

    Thanks for the responses. The reason I have seen more than my share of these issues is that I am a repairman and people bring their issues to me. I don't get to see all the good ones!

    I think I...
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    Re: Flatiron Performer A vs Kentucky Km 900

    Another thing, I don't play bluegrass. I'm into old time, fiddle tunes, Celtic, and contra dance. I listened to a 900 & 950 on The Mandolin Store website, but question whether that sound is what I...
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    Re: Need a #2 mandolin

    I went with the Flatiron. Although I was intrigued with the Gibson, I was afraid that it needed to much work to set it up properly to even determine it's sound potential; truss rod adjustment,...
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