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  1. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    I think that the .080" wire came in because a large number of people found it easier to play, started asking for it, and the manufacturers actually paid attention to them.

    I find it amusing that...
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    Re: 1906 Gibson F-4 "tree of life" mandolin

    I was tempted by the Reverb instrument when it was at Gryphon. But I had taken the pledge. The cracked heel made it easier to resist.

    I prefer a dot fingerboard to a tree-of-life-- the tree can...
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    Re: 1906 Gibson F-4 "tree of life" mandolin

    Is it a fair market price?
    I suppose it depends on your point of view.

    It is a rare version of an F-4, but to me, the answer is no, and I think 3 point torch and wire F-4's are very attractive....
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    Re: Plating on a Lyon & Healy Model A tailpiece

    I have one here that is clearly nickel plated brass, despite what the sales literature might have stated. There is a small flake of plating missing, and I can clearly see the brass.

    Stretching the...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo - early??

    This is indeed one of the earliest Gibson banjos of any kind. The combination of the bound "open book" peghead with fleur-de-lis and inlaid logo, bound neck and heel, and the double bound rim...
  6. Thread: Fret Size

    by rcc56
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    Re: Fret Size

    Well, I look at it this way: I've installed 3 or 4 lbs. of .080" wire in mandolins over the years, and so far, not one customer has complained to me that they didn't like it.
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    Re: Gibson BANJO. NMC

    If it is in good original condition, I believe it should still bring in the neighborhood of $3000, perhaps more if it's in extra fine shape, at an established retail vintage store; but I don't know...
  8. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    For the record, Stew-Mac makes an .053" wide wire. It has been available for many years. The .037" height is a little less than what I consider to be optimal, but it works well enough. The part...
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    Re: Plating on a Lyon & Healy Model A tailpiece

    We generally avoid re-plating these days. The current vintage market considers it to be an undesirable practice.

    The last time I cleaned up a badly tarnished tailpiece, I used rottenstone and oil...
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    Re: Vega model 207 cyl. back. what's it worth?

    Yeah, there was also a famous high-priced American store that survived on similar hype when they really should have gone out of business.
    They did finally go under a few years ago. I regularly see...
  11. Re: Campanella, Red Diamond, Northfield, Collings experience

    My guess is that if more folks spent more time using their hands and ears when shopping for an instrument, instead of focusing on names, specs, or a particular look; there would be a lot less...
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    Re: Vega model 207 cyl. back. what's it worth?

    And therein lies one of the problems with putting a dollar value on an instrument.
    What is the buying/selling medium?

    Ebay selling prices are often a fraction of those at established retail...
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    Re: Vega model 207 cyl. back. what's it worth?

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    Re: Vega model 207 cyl. back. what's it worth?

    I believe that your mandolin is a model 202. A 207 would have pearl trim and other fancy appointments, and figured maple back and sides.
    It looks like the top on yours has been over-varnished,...
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    Re: impulse purchase - non-mando

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    Re: impulse purchase - non-mando

    Yeah, but don't forget the bass player's dilemma:

    "It's always the bass player's fault."

    I am, by the way, a retired jazz bassist who paid off my house with my bull fiddle.
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    Re: A4, A5, F4, F5--what do the numbers mean?

    At least some of the A-Century mandolins had flat backs, and also some of the early A-00's.
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    Re: For real? $58.00 Gibson Master Model F5???

    I hear about these scams about once every week or two. One good reason that I avoid ebay. Yes, sometimes a bargain price can be found, but the risk can be high; not only due to scams, but also...
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    Re: A4, A5, F4, F5--what do the numbers mean?

    The numbers refer to the appointments.

    A styles Junior, [plain] A, A-1, A-2, A-3, and A-4 all have oval holes, and the amount of trim increases in order from Junior [no trim to speak of] to A-4...
  20. Thread: Not a Gibson

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    Re: Not a Gibson

    Perhaps the builder signed it somewhere inside, maybe on the top or on the neck block. Take a look with a light and a mirror.

    In the '70's and '80's, it was common for the handful of hand...
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    Re: Help identify this

    It is what is called a "zither" banjo. It has an unusually short scale for a 4 string banjo. A very rough guess is that it was made in the 1910's.
    I believe that many of these were of European...
  22. Re: Lyon & Healy Style A, B, C fretboard - all radiused?

    L & H style C, #420. Very gently radiused board, original frets.
    L & H style B, #837. Radiused board. I can not comment on the degree of radius, the instrument was sold many years ago.
  23. Re: Lyon & Healy Style A, B, C fretboard - all radiused?

    The Lyon & Healy carved mandolins varied in specifications over the years. I have seen quite a few, but I don't recall if any had flat boards. I think it would be more likely to see a flat board on...
  24. Re: Do you know anyone who has fixed sunken Vega tops?

    You can pm me if you wish.

    If you can post a picture of how distorted the top is, it would be helpful. And a picture of the inside, if possible, would be very useful.

    I have some Vega...
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    It never hurts to err on the side of caution when you're doing an unfamiliar job.
    As your skills grow, you will get a better sense of when to go easy and when to dig in.
    Lutherie is an unforgiving...
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