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  1. Thread: Stiver stories

    by GProulx
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    Re: Stiver stories

    Just took in an old Stiver F5 from 97', and boy oh boy...

    I was always a bit interested, but I was playing RD, Gilchrist, Ellis, Kimble, Master Model, Etc...So without ever even trying a Stiver I...
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    Harvey Master Models...

    I'm wondering if there are any owners of current master models, and if so, how do you like them?

    How do they stack up against the master models of the early 2000's?

    What's the ballpark price...
  3. Re: Found my Bluechip pick after about 3 months M.I.A

    Glad you found your pick!

    I had tried several Bluechip picks and never really loved them until I tried a rounded bevel(no speed bevel). Now I have a hard time switching to anything else....CT55...
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    Re: Why should I use an armrest?

    I've played with and without. Bottom line for me, it neither helps nor hurts. The one thing you should know is that for me, once I played for a few weeks with the armrest, it took some getting used...
  5. Re: Why did you choose the mandolin over another instrument?

    I had played guitar for almost 20 years when I first picked up a mandolin. I was really into fiddle tunes and started getting fairly proficient at them on the guitar. I noticed that the mandolin...
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    Re: Hansen F5 just finished!

    It's around 6 months old at this point. I've played the heck out of it daily and it's already turning into a bit of a beast. Put simply, I don't miss my Gilchrist or Reischman voiced Red Diamond,...
  7. Re: Requesting recommendation for setup help near Brunswick, Main

    http://www.mgaguitars.com/2017/8/1/1l64cstx6an85fra5tl599b1jev37k

    I'd give Matt a call. He's a great guy and super talented. He works in South Portland in John Slobod's (circa guitars) shop. ...
  8. Thread: Blue Chip Pick

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    Re: Blue Chip Pick

    I have a couple BC picks and while I like them, I seem to always fall back on the Wegen mandolin picks (the rounded ones).
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    Re: The Search Continues... Part 2

    Larry, Do you own a Brentrup? Would love to see a photo!
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    Re: Hansen F5 just finished!

    Haven't played Bibey's, but I can tell you I've A/B'd mine with some pretty heavy hitters and the Hansen has more than held it's own.
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    Re: Hansen F5 just finished! Sound clip added 8/27

    Maybe a touch wider (if that), nothing substantial. Mine was in the same batch as Bibey's. I believe there were 4 total in the batch and mine was the only one that had sugar maple back and sides....
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    Re: The Search Continues... Part 2

    Sblock...Why do you care so much if this guy buys a bunch of Mandolin's? I'm honestly just curious.
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    Re: Hansen F5 just finished!

    Give a try now...I think I had it uploaded as private on YouTube
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    Re: Hansen F5 just finished! Sound clip added 8/27

    Loving this mandolin. I've been meaning to get a sound sample up and finally got around to it (hopefully the link works!)

    I've got to say it...I've owned/played mandolins from some of the...
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    Re: Hansen F5 just finished!

    I'll try to get a sound clip up in the next week or so...
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    Hansen F5 just finished!

    Thought I'd post a few photos of this new F5 that I just received from Hugh Hansen in Nashville. Obviously it's still new so it's tough to compare it to instruments that have been played in for...
  17. Thread: Volume

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    Re: Volume

    This is the correct answer!
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    Re: Hugh Hansen F5 build in progress

    Bindings scraped!


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    Re: Hugh Hansen F5 build in progress

    It IS killing me a bit. I'm going a bit crazy to be honest!
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    Hugh Hansen F5 build in progress

    I just wanted to post a couple photos of my Hugh Hansen F5 that's nearing completion. He's just building the main body of the finish and will be scraping the binding in a couple weeks.

    I also had...
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    Re: X bracing vs Tone bars

    I was starting to think I was going bonkers...I tend to agree completely with all this^^
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    Re: X bracing vs Tone bars

    I honestly wasn't going to write anything back to you, but I just went to the classifieds and the first ad I looked at described a Gibson F9 as DRY and powerful in tone. I'm starting to think that...
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    Re: X bracing vs Tone bars

    I was just trying to explain my opinion as best I could although it may not be the easiest subject to delve into while not in the same room with a bunch of mandolins. Patronizing folks from behind a...
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    Re: X bracing vs Tone bars

    Less dry=more overtones
    tighter=more focused

    In the previous post i meant that the tone bar stuff was drier sounding with more midrange.
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    Re: X bracing vs Tone bars

    I don't conclude that. I think X braced mandolins typically have a more open and lively sounding bass(not more) and a less dry, less midrange honk. I think of the bass on a tone bar braced mandolin...
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