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    Re: Stradolin or copy?

    You can always tell real Strad-o-Lin’s by the segmented f holes. This one doesn’t have it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, there is an s shaped hole with a round one just above and below it.
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    Re: First repair - all advice welcome

    Since you are a beginner, by your own admission, you should do a lot more reading and studying before jumping in with both feet. You’ve already made an error using plastic wood I think. And once it’s...
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    Re: A Pointless Repair

    What is interesting to me is how thick the finish appears where the chipping is.
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    Re: Ibanez M522 top collapsing

    The gap you reference is normal. This is called an elevated fret board. A mandolin with this feature allows more of the top to vibrate. In the case of your Ibanez the elevation seems crudely...
  5. Re: Picking up an Ashbury mandolin in Vietnam

    I have read about a street in Ho Chi Minh City they call “Guitar Street”. There are over 30 luthiers within 500 yards of each other. Quality can range from miserable to top of the line. If the...
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    Re: Tarnished tuning machines

    Lisa, those tuners would not be silver plated. Not on a mandolin in this price bracket. Also, silver doesn’t tarnish green. My guess would be brass, chrome plated. If you want to try cleaning them...
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Crooksj, I think you nailed it!
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    I meant to say “truss rod” in post 12, not “true rod”. That’s spellcheck for ya.
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    Yes, a ‘34 would have a truss rod. But not a junior, which is what this is. Juniors never had a true rod AFAIK.
  10. Re: Gold Tone OM-800 vs Trinity College TM 325

    One problem with Trinity College octaves is the way they are strung. A lot of people just put on J80s because it’s the “standard” octave set. But the truth is, there is no standard. That set is...
  11. Re: Gold Tone OM-800 vs Trinity College TM 325

    The Gold Tone has laminated mahogany back and sides, while the Trinity College is solid maple back and sides. I would go for solid wood if I had a choice. Also, the TC has a short scale (20”) that...
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    Re: Mandolin or Octave Mandolin

    You could try going for an Eastman MDO-315. This is a carved top octave mandolin. They’re a little hard to find because at 699 they’re hard to beat for value, and they often sell out.
  13. Thread: Rag mandolins

    by multidon
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    Re: Rag mandolins

    Funny how one person’s “rough fit and finish” is another person’s “rustic charm”.

    Kind of reminds me of when I used to work at a piano store. One particular well known piano brand had plastic...
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    Re: Eastman MD514cs cantilever

    You made a great choice. My only recommendation is to get it properly set up, because I doubt that an e Bay instrument comes with one.
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    Re: Eastman MD514cs cantilever

    No need to feel disappointed. A 514 is a very nice instrument. The shorter neck oval hole has its own lovely tone. Yours is modeled after the Gibson F-2 and F-4 oval holes. Many consider those...
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    Re: Eastman MD514cs cantilever

    No, it’s not. In the Eastman line, all F hole instruments have a cantilevered fretboard, and all oval hole models have it right on the top. Additionally, oval hole models have a shorter 12 fret neck...
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    Re: 1930s? Salvador Ibanez neck joint

    That doesn’t look like any Spanish heel I’ve seen. In fact I can’t tell from the pictures what kind of joint that is. It looks like what passes for a neck block is slapped together out of cutoffs...
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    Re: Yes, another G String Buzz Thread

    You have to determine exactly where the buzz is coming from. Are you absolutely certain it’s coming from the tailpiece? If so, either it’s the tailpiece itself or sympathetic vibrations from the...
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    Re: Kentucky km-160

    Sometimes, the best you can do with those is to match the details to catalog pages, advertisements, or dealer spec sheets. Things like headstock inlay designs, fretboard extensions or lack thereof,...
  20. Re: Just got a new Kentucky 650. What to look for?

    There were at least 2 different iterations of the KM-650. It was the one made circa 2007-2008 that had the neck and truss rod issues. They discontinued that one the new version that they now make is...
  21. Re: F5's from $3000-5000 worth considering - Sept '19

    Even though they come up used rather infrequently, I would definitely consider a Stiver worthy of inclusion in this group.
  22. Thread: Harp guy?

    by multidon
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    Re: Harp guy?

    Are you kidding? Bring it brother! They talk all kinds of instruments here. Guitars, banjos, fiddles, bass fiddles, yadda yadda. It’s about time harp got some attention! I’m curious as to what harp...
  23. Thread: Harp guy?

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    Re: Harp guy?

    Again, it would be helpful to know what kind of pins we’re talking about. If they are non threaded and tapered they probably need to be removed and reseated. Those pins work by friction alone. If...
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    Re: IV kit description question

    Call International Violin and speak to Ken. He’ll be glad to tell you about it.
  25. Thread: Harp guy?

    by multidon
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    Re: Harp guy?

    Greg is correct that pedal harps are way more complex than folk harps (lever harps). Virginia Harp Center handles both kinds.

    You don’t mention the type of harp or what the problem is.

    Greg...
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