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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Not all of us -- even long-time Cafe members who, as they say, have "many years of absence" from this forum -- are as au courant with the current mandolin market, and G's role in it, as those who go...
  2. Two interesting instruments at Bernunzio's

    First, let me once again state that I am not shilling for John Bernunzio; strictly no financial interest (well, he's been known to give me a "good customer" discount on strings and Stetson hats, but...
  3. Re: If you think changing strings on a mandolin is a pain...

    I have a Zimmermann 5-bar Autoharp from C F Zimmermann's original Philadelphia shop (i can tell because the bars have red felt on them). It's a Model 2 3/4, manufactured about 1885, and it has its...
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    Re: New Washburn 'Timeless' F-5

    Everyone should buy and play a mandolin they like. Tastes differ -- and so do individual instruments, even the same models from the same builder.

    Having said that, there are generally accepted...
  5. Re: Is this Gibson A-5 model familiar to anyone?

    Looks just like the one I have, with the "stars & moons" cover plate, except mine has the round "screen holes" in the upper bout, rather than f-holes. Fun instrument!
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    Re: Richter Patent Tuners

    Looks like a "pocket" mandolin. German made?
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Modifying OP post to "Gibson isn't making many mandolins any more." Fair summary of the situation.

    I hear the new ones are first-rate -- when and if you can find one.
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    Re: Boston/Cambridge Music Stores?

    If you don't have a car in Boston, there's apparently a MBTA #62 bus from the Alewife subway station (Red Line subway northern terminus) that goes down the part of Mass Ave where the Music Emporium's...
  9. Re: Funny reference to Bluegrass in mystery novel

    Banjo player smiles. Audience? Maybe, maybe not...
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    Re: Northeastern Bluegrass festival

    If I'm likely to run into a jam going to or from the stage area, I have instrument(s) with me, generally more than just a mandolin (also guitar, Dobro, banjo, whatever I can carry in gig bags.
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    Well -- when my stuff goes on sale, it'll be brokered by some established dealer, and I'll be glad to pay his/her commission to avoid the hassle of selling instruments myself. I've held on to some...
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    Re: Tyler Mountain Strings

    "Tyler Mountain" was a brand label for imported Asian instruments, once very common on eBay. The name apparently belongs to a couple of FL music store operators, according to their website, and...
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    Re: Gourd-backed mandolin

    Oh, but I like this one! Not enough to bid on it, but I like it.
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    Re: A little help with a new toy, please

    Here's one at Fred Oster's Vintage Instruments in Philly. He says "Lyon & Healy" and he's quite the expert, so I'd go with that.

    His isn't nice as yours; you've got alternating maple and mahogany...
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    Re: Source for left-handed mandolins

    If you have to have a "lefty" F-model, you may have to settle for falling in "intense like" rather than love. A-models can be easily converted to left-handed playing, but the asymmetric F-model, not...
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    Re: Northeastern Bluegrass festival

    Pickin' In the Pasture -- Aug. 20-23 -- is a decent midsize festival in Lodi NY, between two of the Finger Lakes, Seneca and Cayuga. Those who've attended from Rochester speak highly of it.
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    Well, I've got 'em all, from Weber "piccolo" mandolin to mando-bass (ya know, I've gotta update my signature some time; doesn't reflect recent acquisitions and trade-ins). More than a dozen...
  18. Re: Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    Could the butterfly be a decal, rather than an inlaid pickguard? I'm uncertain after looking at the pics.
  19. Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    Music festivals in your region that have a vendors' area -- even the smaller ones -- can get your instruments in front of the "music public." I've seen a lot of interest generated, business cards...
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    Re: This Repurposing Thing Has Gone Too Far

    Wanna be "repurposed?" Sign up as an organ donor -- or donate your "remains" to your local med school for students' use.
  21. Re: On eBay, 2007 Eastman MD615 with "some" wear

    Some Eastmans of that vintage had a very soft finish, that wore away rapidly. I owned a MDA615 mandola from around that time period, that I played outdoors in hot direct sunlight a few weeks after I...
  22. Re: Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    Seller thinks it's "1950's"; I'd add 50 years to its age...
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    Re: Used Gibsons

    At the price point of the mandolins OP mentions, the owners expect their instruments to be absolutely exceptional, "just what I wanted," lifetime "keepers."

    But musicians being what they are, some...
  24. Re: Please help to identify this mandolin?

    Headstock looks Suzuki-esque, rest of the instrument not so much. Beats me.
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    Re: Professional Mando Names

    I think we name most toilets "John." Or "Jon" -- dunno which.
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