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  1. Thread: New Hamlett A

    by dorenac
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    Re: New Hamlett A

    Here is the headstock ambigram from my new Hamlett #40. Also a couple pictures(poor quality) of the mandolin itself.174910174911174912174913

    Click on the images twice and it displays upright. ...
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    Re: Would appreciate some opinions please.

    There's a nice Hamlett A5 (NFI) in the classifieds right now and would be a real steal.
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    Re: How Long is Long Enough

    Yesterday the wait ended and I must say it turned out a happy ending. A new custom made bridge saddle, with a new set of strings, and this mandolin is sounding like her old self. Loud, clear, warm...
  4. Thread: New Hamlett A

    by dorenac
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    Re: New Hamlett A

    Still working on getting photos of #40 as soon as the weather breaks. In the mean time John's sense of design and detail is also very nice. I've always liked the headstock shape of his A models. ...
  5. Thread: New Hamlett A

    by dorenac
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    New Hamlett A

    A few years back I posted having acquired a John Hamlett F5 mandolin. And I swooned over it and recommended to anyone looking for a builder that John should be included for consideration. Well I now...
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    Re: How Long is Long Enough

    As of the end of this week still no bridge and no communication from my builder. I will be buying another mandolin which should be in next week. John Hamlett a.k.a. Sunburst has an A model...
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    More Than I Expected

    Well last week I did it and am very pleased that I did. There was a Circle Strings tenor guitar in the classifieds. I pulled the trigger and got it last weekend. I had heard and read very good...
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    Re: New bridge saddle

    This instrument was built in 1979 and I believe I might be its 3rd owner. I don't care to mention the name as it's irrelevant and I don't want it to reflect on the builder. Suffice it to say it's a...
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    Re: Glue for F-5 Bone Point Protector

    I used a CA glue to very carefully reglue a point protector. Cleaned a residue adhesive from the initial gluing first. Worked fine.
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    Re: Apitius or Collings?

    Just another opinion. One of the best sounding mandolins I've heard among many is the Apitius that belongs/belonged? to Pete Frostic, formerly of Old School Freight Train. As I say I don't know if...
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    Re: Jacob Reuven and Kermans!

    I have a friend who just donated his Kerman back to Jacob Rueven about 2 weeks ago on visit to New Hampshire. This friend living in Virginia went to Israel years ago to meet, visit, and purchase...
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    Re: Mandolin of MAS Destruction?

    Going on almost a year now I went through the same "soul searching" when I found a Nugget for sale. I pulled the trigger and have never regretted it. If you can do it comfortably and you have...
  13. Thread: What the

    by dorenac
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    Re: What the

    My wife and I are both acoustic music enthusiasts. She likes chamber music--dislikes roots and bluegrass music which I love. But somewhere all our musical tastes influence one another. The end...
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    Re: "Floating" right hand

    So yesterday I tried the rubber band around the fingers method and there was an improvement in tone. Not sure I can get used to fiddling with the rubber bands wrapped around my fingers. But the...
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    Re: Warmest tone from Blue Chip pick?

    After much experimentation I have been using a CT55 with no bevel and find it works well for both rounder, warmer and easier attack. I also use a TAD60 with no bevel sometimes as well. Both sound...
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    Shameless Plug for Vernon Hughes

    A few months back I got my life time mandolin, a 1979 Nugget. The first half dozen frets needed to be replaced and so I asked for help on the Cafe finding a luthier close by. Vernon Hughes in...
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    Re: Mandolin Mondays #36 - Brejeiro

    David's Mandolin Mondays has become a real treat that I look forward to every week. He's a very talented up and coming mandolin player. Keep it up David and thanks!!!
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    Re: 3 Good GBOM'S--Comparisons

    Using Bill Bussman's suggestion for gauges I used TI's: .013, .023, .033,.047. I don't like the "sparkly" brite sound that many OM players enjoy. These TI's offer a warm, round, soft tone which...
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    Re: Denver, Boulder, Ft Collins

    There's also Victor Guitars on S. Broadway in Denver. I believe he used to be the head luthier at Olde Towne Pickin Parlor at one time.
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    Lightweight GBOM case

    Just recently I acquired a new GBOM. It came with a nice, not fancy, tweed hard case. I would like to find a lighter weight foam type case, not gig bag. The Travelite TL-60 is the one I've been...
  21. Thread: The Next Step?

    by dorenac
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    Re: The Next Step?

    There is a lot of good advice and good food for thought here. Thanks a lot folks. Whether I will make a "pilgrimage" so to speak somewhere to play a big offering would require time I don't have...
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    Re: Pat Metheny's double-neck and then some...

    Search Pat Metheny on youtube, "Are You Going With Me" live concert in Montreal and you can hear him start the tune with this guitar. Cool!!!
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    Re: I am in love - Gibson F5-G

    A friend, I regularly jam with, has wanted to find a F mandolin made by the same builder as mine. Then one day one of these mandolins came available. Problem was he didn't have all the cash needed....
  24. Thread: Good Taste

    by dorenac
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    Re: Good Taste

    Shawn Lane of Blue Highway is one of those players, too. For that matter that entire band works because they all are more committed to the overall sound than how any individual comes across. Also...
  25. Thread: Good Taste

    by dorenac
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    Good Taste

    Have been thinking this over for a while and I hope others will offer some thoughts. Being an older wannabe musician I've realized I'll never be a "hot rod" mandolin player. That is, I won't burn...
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