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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    Thanks everyone, for the helpful insights. (Especially James, for the purple/yellow mammoth ivory chop info!). It sounds like tradition for mother-of-pearl nuts may be a good part of it, but...
  2. Re: How to Open a Vintage Guitar Store in Seven Easy Steps

    Great story! Walter is a natural writer and an astute observer of the music business. It’s a gripping account even though at the end it is easy to see how Walter and Christie succeeded—they did what...
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    Hi Mike—You make a persuasive case that ANY F-5 mandolin is in some sense a “Loar copy” because the F-5 itself originated in the Loar era. So that it is perhaps one end of a spectrum, and toward the...
  4. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    Mike, just listened to the clip on your Gil and that mandolin simply could not sound better to my ears! Fat mids, massive clarity up the neck, huge power. Wow!
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    Re: Why so many glossy finish mandos?

    Good to remember there’s a whole lot of territory between a high gloss and satin finish. Sweet spot for me is a somewhere between the two that brings depth to the wood but not so bright it hurts the...
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    Re: Speed

    With all due respect to contrary opinions expressed here, I think that atsunrise’s tremelo video is dead-on. It recognizes that we tend to increase right-hand speed not linearly but by doubling (or...
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    Re: Why "The"?

    I think as others have alluded, it’s a choice for emphasis. I think back in the day of Orville Gibson, it was an effort to make Gibson sound a little grander. The pinnacle. It’s a type of usage...
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    Re: No to cookie cutter mandolins

    I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about precisely this question. In one respect, working with as many different materials and designs as possible will give you a broader understanding of mandolin...
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    Re: Mandolin of MAS Destruction?

    Back in 2011, I played a Gilchrist for the first time, and a friend asked me how it compared to my then-current instrument. I told him: louder, more even, clearer trebles, fuller bass, easier to...
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    Re: Gilchrist Archtops

    What a fabulous recording! For anyone interested, here's the link: http://www.gilchristmandolins.com/274
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    Re: Gilchrist Archtops

    Dear Jim Fox, great to see your post on here. I am sure you will not remember, but about 12 years ago you were kind enough to take my phone call about Steve Gilchrist's archtops, as I was thinking...
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    Re: Tone bar vs X braced

    The tone-bar versus x-braced difference seems to be an "all other things being equal" kind of difference--although things are rarely equal, certainly not across builders or different wood...
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    Re: Gilchrist Archtops

    And Billy, your Gilchrist story is far from too allegorical. I'm guessing that was one of Steve's early archtops, quite possibly a 17" as he built a few of those back then. I think he exclusively...
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    Re: Hole type ?

    Yes, there is quite a pronounced tonal difference between oval-hole and f-hole mandolins, but it derives in large part from the fact that the oval hole is situated right in the middle of the...
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    Re: Monteleone Grand Artist

    Beautiful melody!
  16. Re: reflections - Thile at the Kennedy Center

    I was there too and completely concur. Some of the Punch Brothers' material was unbelievable, and I'm With Her was, as Thile noted, angelic harmonies. Their rendition of John Hiatt's 'Crossing...
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    Re: Upgrade regret?

    I've owned basically four instruments, each an "upgrade" from the prior, and I've never regretted a single one. I was ready to replace the first after just a couple of years, the next after four,...
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    Re: Science of Sound?

    This topic has generated a surprising amount of pushback--surprising because it appears to strike a nerve no one knew existed; also since it is undeniable that wood's physical properties change over...
  19. Re: How do you justify a high end mandolin? Or do you?

    Hi Chris--2 Cents from a guitar player: not talented, played for decades, had a very good instrument, but after my name finally came up on Steve Gilchrist's list for an archtop, I waited a bit longer...
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    Re: "Opening Up With Time"

    So there are two questions here: the first is whether an instrument's tone changes significantly over time, and the second is, if so, what are the physics behind those changes?

    With respect to the...
  21. Re: How a mandolin changes with age? New vs middle age

    Hi K0k0peli--You asked:

    * How do various instrument-making woods change?
    * What are the changes of woods in different environments, different humidities, different chemistries?
    * Can these...
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    Re: Can you talk me off the MAS ledge?

    I think it's fine to wait. But as a guitar player (potential disqualification) I've noted a couple things as I've gone through the process of acquiring--and then moving beyond--several fine...
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