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    Re: Griffith Loar

    There was an old ad floating around from the Mandolin Brothers monthly newspaper that had it priced around $7500 in the late '70s.

    I believe there was a brief period of a few days maybe a half...
  2. Re: The elusive Stelling 2-lump mandolin. Behold the glory!!

    Kim once told me that he made approx. 200 F5s for Stelling. He carved every one by hand and never wanted to make another again; hence the production "K" model they developed for his own company. "K"...
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    Re: Name that wood

    tonewood
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    Re: Griffith Loar

    You own Ella?

    I have fond memories of playing that mandolin in John's kitchen / workshop back when we were neighbors....
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    Re: Griffith Loar

    Nice!

    I've played it a few times and taken a boatload of measurements when the former owner had it.

    It is my favorite Loar, out of approx. 40+ that I've played.;)

    Sometime we need to get...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Sneak preview of a new Condino Brazilian rosewood & red spruce mandolin w/ tuning machines by Nicolo Alessi:
  7. Re: seeking advice/connection to builder to re-top an F5

    I can't foresee anyone willing to take this on. Student instruments are just that- learning situations for you to develop. Anyone who has the skillset to do this correctly will realize that there are...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    $#@% yes!!!!!!
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    Re: Quality control on Waverly tuners

    Do any of you grumpy old geezers actually use them for tuning your mandolin or just yelling at kidz to get off your lawn?

    If you are not satisfied with the Waverly, then buy from Nicolo Alessi.
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  10. Re: Bridge placement for correct intonation

    ......And then sit down and play it for several hours so see what a stretch that 32" G will be on your hands. Even as a double bass player for several decades, there is no way I could play a CBOM...
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    Re: Weird nut on Planet tuners

    It would be a bummer to destroy or scratch up anything on a vintage instrument from impatience and stubborn improvisation over buying an $11 socket......;)
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    Re: Distortion on mandolin

    I run my mandolin through a pedalboard on a regular basis. I may not have a gig use for it, but it makes for some fun afternoons here. If you are using an electric style pickup, start with a tube...
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    Re: Weird nut on Planet tuners

    Spanner socket.
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    Re: Go Bar question?

    If you are in a basement shop with exposed rafters, there is no reason to build a big fancy contraption. Just make your "bars" out of scrap hardwoods and spring them off the ceiling. I have about 100...
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    Re: Gal

    They also host what I believe is easily the best instrument building related convention anywhere in the world!
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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    Some half deaf old geezers lack the ability to tell any difference in the setup and sound and complain that everything is a "Whole lotta' nuthin", while others have very very good hearing and can...
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    "Tonewood" ;)
  18. Re: Article: Weber Announces Pause in Mandolin Manufacturing

    From a sales standpoint, the domestic mandolin market is measured in tens of thousands of units per year while the domestic guitar market sales are measured in millions of units per year. That is a...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    Well....they've been making upright bass necks for 400+ years with at least a gigantic 42" string length and occasionally in the 44"+ range with an average of approximately 300 lbs of tension. Nobody...
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    Re: Amazing Nugget F5 at Carter's!

    Guilty.

    I bought a Zenith Stratosphere in 1984 as a college freshman at Goodwill for $15 in good working condition. Brought it home, threw all of the old tubes & junk in the trash, and made a...
  21. Re: Article: Weber Announces Pause in Mandolin Manufacturing

    This is incorrect.

    When I worked for Kim Breedlove, I "built" 2 1/2 mandolins per day before lunch, while getting constantly verbally abused that I was too slow, earning $7 per hour. The guitars...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    A new Brazilian rosewood Condino dreadnought headstock + snakewood button Waverly tuners.
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    Re: Dual action truss rod install

    Well... I don't forge the raw materials. I buy commercially available rod stock & then thread, mill & manipulate it into all of the specs I want. 'Been doing that for about six + years now and will...
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    Re: Nugget Tailpiece on Flat-Top

    The longer afterlength also seems to add a bit more harmonic complexity and overtones if unmuted.
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    In the 132 mandolins that I've built, I've only had one with a neck issue. It had a Siminoff style truss rod with the right angle bend that broke at the bend- just like 99% of bicycle spokes brake at...
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