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  1. Re: Current pros looking to teach lessons during down time

    *raises paw*

    Celtic and bluegrass mandolin, right here! https://robinbullock.com/skype-lessons/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc7H25hCyYk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmIwr2Ecn4s
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    Thanks! The 1909 seemed best suited to Suite No. 3, since it's got the strongest bass of the three mandos - I think the other two might be sweeter overall but the low G string on that '09 just roars,...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    They vary, but the good ones really are amazing sounding. I own five (yeah, I know), and my favorites are a 1921 A and a 1920 A, followed closely by a 1909 A. The 1909 has a narrower fingerboard than...
  4. Re: What's Your Favorite Instrumental-Mandolin Album?

    A few faves of mine, some that have been mentioned and some that haven’t:

    Anything by Butch Baldassari (RIP), especially Cantabile, Music of O’Carolan, Appalachian Mandolin and Dulcimer, and...
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    Re: Love Bluegrass but....

    Butch Baldassari (RIP) used to say "There are plenty of guys who can play faster than I can...and I don't care."
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    (Here's a clearer photo using my phone) :grin:
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    Here's four of my five old Gibson A's (the fifth is in the shop at the moment)...

    Left to right: 1913 A1, 1909 A, 1920 A, 1921 A (at least that's what I think they all are, pending any corrected...
  8. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Not until Gibson stops threatening independent mandolin builders with legal action that they apparently have no right to pursue.

    That was the original topic of this thread, I believe, and...
  9. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Some more reading: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190716/11274742598/gibson-guitar-formalizes-hands-off-ip-enforcement-approach-with-authorized-partnership-program.shtml
    Interesting comment...
  10. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Well, that comment certainly comes out of nowhere. This looks like a conversation to me...did it cease to be a conversation in your eyes when I questioned your accuracy? Is it only a conversation...
  11. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    That's a bit more than a "detail," no? Bill Monroe (note spelling of name) bought Gibson F5 #73987, made in 1923 and signed by Lloyd Loar, around 1945, and as Jim says, used it as his primary...
  12. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Of course they are. I never said they weren't.



    We're agreed there too.



    You're not specifically talking about guitars or violins, no, but what you are doing is criticizing mandolin...
  13. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I know you did. That doesn't answer my question. What you're criticizing is the "lack of originality and creativity" of F5 builders, not any legal ramifications that might arise from building F5s...
  14. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Well, again: would you level the same criticism at makers of dreadnought guitars other than Martin, or at virtually every violin maker since Stradivari?

    I'm genuinely curious, because I'm really...
  15. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    That's as may be; they're still "counterfeit" Strats if Dean V's are "counterfeit" Gibsons.

    (Which of course is to say they're not - just seems like Gibson is doing exactly what they accuse Dean...
  16. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    And hideous ones at that.
  17. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Well said. And pretty much sums up the Gibson situation. (Well, other than the lawsuits.)
  18. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Interesting post here from a trademark lawyer: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/articles/features/dean_guitars_answer_seeks_to_de-tune_gibsons_trademark_claims-93487

    Excerpt:

    Armadillo...
  19. Thread: PA trip

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    Re: PA trip

    I'm playing at The Living Room At 35 East in Ardmore (Philly area) tomorrow night, and I'll have two '20s Gibson A's and a Sobell octave with me...does that count? :grin:
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  20. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Maybe we should put these folks on the case: https://www.deanandgibson.com/ :grin:
  21. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    To the best of my knowledge (not being a lawyer), Gibson doesn't have either patents or trademarks on either the F5 body shape or headstock shape. They do have a trademark on the overall F5 headstock...
  22. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Ooh, this should be good…

    https://guitar.com/news/dean-seeks-trademark-cancellation-against-gibson-alleges-dealer-interference/

    DEAN SEEKS TRADEMARK CANCELLATIONS AGAINST GIBSON, ALLEGES DEALER...
  23. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    That works both ways.
  24. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    No doubt, and that's probably what's kept Gibson in business at all in recent decades. :)
  25. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Maybe, but I can't help thinking that if I were about to drop five or six grand on a new electric guitar, I'd be doing a bit of research beforehand to inform my decision...and it only takes a few...
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