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    Re: Gibson inlays

    Gibson inlays were all GREAT and well cut by the same company for years and then they changed to a different company in the late 30's and they were a tad thick and very crude! I don't know the exact...
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    Re: Stuck in customs

    Well I recently received my Custom Apitius Rosine F-5 from Oliver-What a mandolin but DHL was a hassle, it was about 2 weeks in limbo-they lost the Lacy Act Form so Oliver had to fill it out again...
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    Re: Gibson F12

    The rare pre-war F-12's were expensive, only the F-5 cost more! Then the F-10 and the cheaper one was the F-7! The 10 and 12 had the same fancy inlays in the peg head and board and "Florida"...
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    Re: Gibson F12

    Not too many pre-war F-12's left original these days, I had a very nice 1935 all original but I recently swapped it! It was nothing special sounding but very nice looking and rare! I'd say there are...
  5. Re: Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Cas

    I'd say if its one of the rare Lifton cases for an F-5-no way, I would put a sticker on any of my Loar cases and 30's Loar style cases, well even rare shaped cases but hey its yours but "for how long...
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    Re: Cases for Lyon & Healy model A

    If you want the ultimate case for a L&H mandolin "NFI" but check out the one at Gryphon Strings! I owned that mandolin a few years ago! Its a long scale, in about perfect/mint shape and has a one...
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    Re: Gotoh Replacement Tuner Buttons

    There was a seller on evilbay that sold real pearl tuner buttons for around 75 bucks a set? I got a few sets awhile back?
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    Re: Ebony mandolin

    That looks great! The body shape reminds me of a flat top L&H, I've always had a soft spot for back and side wood like that! How hard was the sides to bend? I know some use my ultimate favorite...
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    Re: 1920's Gibson Tenor Banjo info

    I believe yours had a trap door back!! I'd get one and make that TB-4 "I think" whole again!
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    Re: Bluegrass Gospel

    My band is a local in my area, we hope to put out a CD soon, We are the Bluegrass Misfits! We do a load of churches in our area and we, well get her done! Even with the Virus we have got really...
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    Re: Go America!!!!

    Its still pretty KOOL man! I think I seen that one on evilbay long ago?
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    Re: Go America!!!!

    Ok who owns that sweet Flag Gibson? That is super sweet, I'd play her with serious pride!
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    Re: An original tune on a Sobell mandola

    Looks pretty big for a Dola? More Mando-Cello type isn't it? Pretty sweet regardless.
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    Re: 2020 Hlavaty A5 mandolin

    Very nice A model! Love the bound F-holes and the sweet fatty tone! Yep another builder that has it going on-way too many these days!
  15. Re: Looking for information on a Gibson mandolin

    Yeah buddy, a lot of guys love these so it would be an easy sale for you! What other goods do you have to post? enquiring minds want/need to know as yes we are all vintage mando geeks here at the TOP...
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    Well I'd buy if I could but just bought an Apitius Custom, I owe for a 24 TLute to Dola conversion, owe for my 1919 OO-18 that was rescued from the trash heap! Maybe a certain swap soon and a very...
  17. Re: rarest of rare in the classifieds, great instrument, super pr

    I looked at that Gal and thought she was beautiful! What is the price in US dollars? I sure don't need another mandolin but yeah man its a serious mental illness I have!
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    Re: Vintage 1972 Bean Blossom footage!

    This is such a neat old Video! Tony is playing the historic Clarence "Bone" Akira is in a shot with his "Duck", Lots of interesting things going on if ya really focus and know a bit of Grass history
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    Re: Mandola cases

    Out of the ones I scored I kept the Cedar Creek Dola case as that was perfect for my project, the original 20's Geib that came with my busted 2 TL to Dola convert just went bye, the NOS Weber Dola...
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    Re: Tortoise shell pick alternative

    Is Casein the stuff they used for some of the old buttons on tuning machines by chance? I used to love V-pick tremolo "just don't drop that at a night gig!" they sound pretty great, I liked the BChip...
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    Re: Tortoise shell pick alternative

    I've used the forbidden for years as I use very old pre CITIES material, its by far the best tone material. One can look on evilbay and find old antique pieces from busted old mirrors, tables, photo...
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    Re: Vintage 1972 Bean Blossom footage!

    Larrys F-5 was redone, not sure who but I'd guess Randy Wood! His also has a tree of life fret board inlay! His sounded like a pretty good ole mando!
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    Re: Vintage 1972 Bean Blossom footage!

    His Dad made it for him back in the late 60's I'd imagine as he got his Loar in 69, it fits on the bridge below the saddle and angles up as a type of wrist support so his hand would rest on that...
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    Re: Vintage 1972 Bean Blossom footage!

    That's my Great Uncle Dick Smith on banjo and Chris Stifel on guitar-a precursor to "The Country Store Band" They had a record in 1974 that's a goodun-you can listen to it on youtube!

    At the end...
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    Re: bridge question?

    I fit a full contact to all my keepers! I had a very old Gibson once and at the feet there were indentations-well after I fit a full contact the divots/little dents went bye, bye?
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