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  1. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Well, Gibson has not enforced its supposedly "trademarked" design for the F5 mandolin model (f-holes, carved body shape, 2 points, scroll, curlicue headstock, etc.) in almost a full century....
  2. Thread: Alec Finn RIP

    by kmmando
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    Re: Alec Finn RIP

    I have now added a load more images of Alec Finn if anyone is interested.

    http://www.kevinmacleod.co.uk/alec-finn

    cheers Kevin
  3. Re: Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    You know, Brian generally thinks of himself as a fiddle player, but for me, he's actually one of the best bouzouki players of that generation - a feller who really understood the percussive role the...
  4. Re: Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    Looks like a young version of Brian McNeill to me...

    Nigel
    http://www.nkforsterguitars.com
  5. Thread: 1970s Sobell

    by lklose
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    Re: 1970s Sobell

    Reminds me of the story and video of Bill Frisell on the Fretboard Journal web site. Bill recovered his first good jazz guitar, a Gibson ES 175 with some custom features, many years after he sold it...
  6. Thread: 1970s Sobell

    by liestman
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    Re: 1970s Sobell

    Roger I believe Stefan pegged mine as 1977. Same label as your zouk.
  7. Re: Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    My "I think we figured 1977" Sobell Mandolin with blue Vader-Shag case. It's my baby!
    I replaced the tuners in the mid 80s and the case handle a few years ago, all else is original.

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  8. Thread: 1970s Sobell

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    Re: 1970s Sobell

    The top damage is a fairly common ailment amongst older Sobell citterns. Stefan changed the design to stop this happening - it's a pretty simple fix.

    Skip (Stefan's son) is only a few years older...
  9. Re: Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    Here's a photo of my band Innisfree with me holding the Sobell Martin Simpson brought over, and that I purchased around 1985. 20 1/4 inch scale, now tuned as a mandola.




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  10. Thread: 1970s Sobell

    by liestman
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    Re: 1970s Sobell

    Same label as my mandolin. Apparently his son was making the tailpieces back then. I would love to hear your once it gets fixed up!
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    Re: 1970s Sobell

    Pretty sure I remember you playing this, Roger. Its been awhile. Cool story you got it back.
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    Not Sure What this is....

    OK I built it but not sure what to call it..

    It is a Gibson L-0 six string body shape but about 10mm deeper with a arm bevel and 4 nylon strings tuned as a Cello CGDA.. Not a Mando Cello, not a...
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    Re: St Louis Tionól April 21st

    Hi Roger, Are you going to be around on Sunday at all? We have a big family function on Saturday and I can't make any of it that day. If you'll be around let me know, you are certainly welcome to...
  14. Re: Slippery Greek zoukies - a crude but workable "solution"

    And that's why you are having trouble and wonder why the Greeks came up with and "abominably difficult to hold" instrument.

    You need to hold it the way a Greek does.
    ...
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    Re: Liam O'Flynn (Planxty) RIP

    He was the entire reason I took up uilleann piping, which now profoundly affects how I play mandolin in Irish trad. A huge loss.
  16. Re: Looking to commission an electric bouzouki (GDAD)

    Awesome! I was looking at GD Armstrong the first time I wanted to get an electric bouzouki years ago, and I'm glad that you've reminded me of him now.

    Also, just wanted to say that Dragon Reels...
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    Re: New Herb Taylor tenor guitar

    I've been listening to the tenor guitar videos on Herb's site. The video that I like best is of Roger playing #178. I believe it's the combination of that guitar's tone and the open C tuning. I just...
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    A Flock of Brocks....

    Visited my friend Fletcher Brock and his new kitten Tilly the other day, and out of the cases came these....my my....
    Quartersawn Eastern maple back and sides, Engelmann spruce tops, all of 'em......
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    Re: New Herb Taylor tenor guitar

    I just reread this thread because I'm in discussions with Herb about building me another tenor. I love #205 that Herb built for me, but I'm thinking about something very different. So far, a longer...
  20. Re: What album comes to mind when you read "Irish Bouzouki"?

    I came to Irish music late, so I started with Dervish (and Michael Holmes) and then started working sideways and backwards towards Planxty and the Bothy Band. I started moving forward with Roger...
  21. Re: What album comes to mind when you read "Irish Bouzouki"?

    My my, certainly no one single instrument sums it all up! I would probably need to list at least 10...



    As a teenager, The Pogues were my methadone from plain angsty punk to cerebral, angry...
  22. Re: Pete Strickler Irish tenor guitar album

    Very cool Pete. Yep, I remember Roger's bouzouki, and I have a nice pic of it since I have his tutorial from Hal Leonard. :)
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    Re: Pete Strickler Irish tenor guitar album

    Mike (K), you should try living 5 minutes from Herb. It makes life difficult sometimes when the instrument acquisition syndrome kicks in!

    Mike (A), that's one of the cool things about Herb. ...
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    Re: It's official - ZOUK!

    Roger, I agree with you that trying to get everyone on board with calling an Irish bouzouki a long scale OM is not desirable, practical, or possible after so many years. That is what I call it too....
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    Re: It's official - ZOUK!

    Ah, mate, you caught me!

    "I am not sure DavidKOS why you have such a bee in your bonnet about the term Irish Bouzouki"

    Why - because I secretly wish that it was Greek music that got so popular...
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