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    Re: Crossrock Mandolin Cases

    First, a Crossrock is not constructed to survive commercial airline baggage handling. Carry your K4 in a nice gig bag. Keep the warmest, non-threatening smile on your face as you calmly explain to...
  2. Re: A body, spruce top, mahogany b&s, round sound hole

    A mis-typing of "elevated"?
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Of course, everyone knows, the descriptor "vintage" when applied to US made musical instruments, means pre-1970. It does not change with the passing of years like the term "antique", but rather...
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    Re: Epiphone Windsor in the classifieds

    Pretty sad looking instrument...if this was inspired by the F5, they did not try very hard (and I, too, am a huge fan of pre-Gibson Epiphones). Cannot recall where I heard this (maybe Grisman??), but...
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    Re: Tale of the Burgin and the Phoenix

    I always wondered how folks executed a "trade" situation from a classified ad. Having no notion of possible satisfactory logistics, I always specify NO TRADES in my for sale ads. This rarely stops...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    I applaud your efforts if only for the improvement over the "blotchy" finish!
  7. Re: Good Tone - How long does it actually take?

    Yeah, you must be speaking of Ellen Carlson. Are you limited, transportationally? The Music Emporium in Lexington, Ma. (781-860-0049) has a roster of teachers (or if they no longer do, they can...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    I wonder, of those with contempt for "artificially" relic'd instruments...if you played such an instrument that met every other personal criteria, both sonically and ergonomically, would you utterly...
  9. Re: Good Tone - How long does it actually take?

    Are you taking lessons from an advanced-level player? If no, why not? In New England, there are a sh*t-ton of great mandolinists.
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    I stayed busy enough without filing fret ends and repairing cracks...I had important stuff to do like changing customers strings...
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    Re: Pretty skinny picks

    Decimal points and zeros have been the downfall (usually financially) of many...
  12. Re: Just tried a Blue Chip pick on my mandolin

    I got one when they first came out because they were advertised as being wear resistant...within a month I put a rough edge on it, just like I did with cheap plastic picks. Then one night I was...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Playing an instrument live weekly for 10+ years should produce some visible wear, but everyone's physical chemistry is different...I was married to a musician who could kill a brand new set of...
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    Re: Paul Hathway Octave Mandolin

    Yes and there is currently one of them listed in the Classifieds here
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    Re: Herschel Sizemore passes

    He is a player that caught my attention early on in my mandolin life mostly because of his distinctive name...then I heard him and he became a hero
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    I have found "Grandpa's 1942 Gibson guitar in the attic" with seven cracks in the top and back and fret ends protruding from the edge of the cupped fretboard. Excessive dryness can cause damage and...
  17. Re: Remined of yet another cool thing about Frank Solivan

    "Strong fingers" or no, always advisable to first drop the pitch by at least the amount that increasing the bridge height will raise it. Minor adjustment of the tilt on a violin-type bridge...no...
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    I live in New England and do not bother about the summer/high humidity, but endeavor to maintain 50% RH through the winter. When considering my instrument's health, I go by what I as a human can...
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    Re: Pandemic based inflation

    Signed Gibson 1922-24 F5s seem to be at a long-time low...buy now!
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    Re: Recording King RA-998

    And a good piece of information to note! I attempted to string mine up to pitch, and the resistance made me reach for a measuring device to make this discovery. I ended up going with just slightly...
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    Re: Andy Statman and the Eddys

    Statman has been a mandolin hero of mine since the 1970s and always a startling and innovative trail blazer! We saw him and the Eddys do a backyard house concert in Maine, along with maybe a dozen...
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    Re: Campanella Mandolin

    I would surely have the edges looking ragged and chewed on one of these splendid looking instruments in no time. I seem to require a protective barrier of ivoriod binding between the edges of my...
  23. Re: A Loar Story with Darren Nicholson: June 13, 1923 Gibson F-5

    Others may speak with more authority, but it is my understanding is that LL was not a luthier (even though Nicholson erroneously refers to him as such in his video), and had no "hands-on" part in the...
  24. Re: Watchhouse (formerly Mandolin Orange) has new duo recording

    We saw an Andrew Marlin Band show (without her) earlier this year and then saw "Watchhouse" this summer...the latter seemed much like the former, with the addition of Emily mostly as rhythm guitarist...
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    Re: Andy Statman's Opry debut

    I was at that Maine backyard concert. Young Eddy had just graduated from high school two days prior. Statman was fabulous!
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