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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    I once owned a Heiden A that had that same gorgeous figuring across the entire top (the same swirly figuring in the OP’s photos, not the figuring shown in the bear-claw & the silking photos). As I...
  2. Re: Praise for the contoured and rectangular Ameritage cases

    My Mowry Guitar-Body Octave Mandolin came in a contoured Ameritage case. GREAT case in terms of both appearance and protection--very well made (with classy materials) inside and out. I just weighed...
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    Re: Flatiron Performer 1995/1996 volume?

    Like it almost always is, the matter comes down to the individual instrument. Fifteen/twenty years ago there was a really hot band from Montana making the rounds here in the Northwest. When I first...
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    Re: Instrument Appraisals

    Back to actual appraisals, I have had mandolin appraisals from both Gruhn in Nashville and Greg Boyd's (Montana). Both were "remote", whereby I sent photos and descriptive information only. As I...
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    Re: New mandolin for an old man

    Man, I just now jumped onto the Mandolin-Cafe website before heading to bed, as I often do, and saw: “New mandolin for an old man”. My first thought was that this was a “want ad” (someone wanting to...
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    Re: Wow, what a flip!

    Just to underscore the dramatic increase, you also can mathematically express this as "the new price being 243% of the original price"--the hoped-for "profit" being 143%. Like buying a used car for...
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    Re: Northfield Airloom Recurve review

    I have had a Recurve “Natural” (non-fabric) for almost a year. I got it because I was tired of lugging the Calton case around, but will always keep the Calton for those times that I need a lot of...
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    Re: Short-neck oval A models?

    Over the last fifteen years or thereabouts, I have owned two short-necked oval-hole mandolins by Peter Coombe. Peter has a great amount of experience, and specific experience and experimenting on...
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    Re: radius fretboard why?

    Try this: Put the mandolin aside for a minute (i.e. anywhere other than in your hands). Now, relax your left hand, and then bring the hand “up”, more-or-less even with your eyes, so that you are...
  10. Re: Beginner Seeking Advice - Guitar or Octave Mandolin?

    Based on my experience of having played mandolin "continuously" for about 25 years (after a bunch of violin years) and purchasing a Mowry guitar-bodied OM a couple of months ago...and also owning...
  11. Thread: Ricky Jay

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    Re: Ricky Jay

    I hope that I do not speak for many others in saying that prior to reading this post, I had not heard of Ricky Jay. Upon reading the above posts, I did a quick web search on "Ricky Jay", and spent...
  12. Thread: Best case

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    Re: Best case

    I have had Caltons, and both Pegasus A and F cases. I did not like the Pegasus F, but the Pegasus A is my all-time favorite case (smaller and lighter than either Calton or Pegasus F...or Hoffee and...
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    Re: considering an oval hole mandolin

    Re. Charles E comments above: I have been fortunate in having had several really nice mandolins over the years, including two Heiden f-hole A mandolins and several Gilchrist mandolins. I agree with...
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    Re: Covered 2nd strings

    FWIW, the DAD Flattop strings are completely different from the Thomastik flat-wound strings. Entirely different sound--I would not consider "mixing" them at one time on the same instrument. Not...
  15. Re: Video of drive through old mansion area with music.

    Very nice, Mikko--you obviously have a great amount of experienced talent. Very enjoyable. Thanks.
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    Re: New Northfield Case Is A Winner!

    My Northfield "natural" arrived earlier today. Without question, the natural is not nearly as protective as my old Calton case, which the natural is replacing. But my gosh...the natural is so much...
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    Re: Mandolin setups in Victoria, BC?

    Neil Russell used to live there (I heard he moved off the island)-- neilscelticcross@shaw.ca

    If Neil has moved, and if the above address is still good, then Neil can advise you. If the above...
  18. Re: Can a 17" scale really play octave mandolin?

    I had an Octave Mandolin with a 17-5/8" scale, specifically constructed as an OM, --"Celtic Cross", I think the brand was (maker out of Vancouver BC, but can't remember his name offhand). The maker...
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    Re: ‘Sweet Spots’ between the Frets?

    Practice your scales (and arpeggios...but first and foremost, the scales)
  20. Re: A-Style Strap Question - Tying On Under the Fretboard Extensi

    144157

    Been on thus for years.
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    Re: Sorry. Just can't help myself sometime.

    Begs the question: Would you rather have 1,000 Alulus ("Aluli?) or one single unadorned Lloyd Loar?
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    Re: Slowing down You Tube video?

    I'm in a hurry and don't/won't have time to read the posts above to see whether or not this has been resolved to the OP's (and others') satisfaction. But if not, then if you open Youtube from Google...
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    Re: 13" A style mandolin

    Jeez Haney, I don't know if you have the cash to pick up the 13"-scale mandolin that Jim Garber points to above, but I can guarantee you that the above-mentioned Newell will sound significantly...
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    Re: 1998 Gavin Baird A4

    Over the years I have had a Gavin Baird F5 and F4 (oval)--both wonderful instruments, each with one-of-a-kind tone (2002 and 2004 as I recall). I had different reasons for letting both go; in a...
  25. Re: R. L. Givens #533 Neck Repair - recommendations?

    I believe that 533 would put you in 1990-1991 (the year should be on the label). At any rate, in the last year/s of his life (I think that he passed away in early 1993) Bob Givens was putting hidden...
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