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    Re: A visit to Ludwig Mandolins

    His name is Ludewig. It was probably your auto correct.
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    Re: Gig bag for mandola?

    The Gold Tone Irish Tenor gig bag seems pretty close. Made for a 14 inch pot, it would be almost perfect for body length, and only a bit shy of 2 inches large across. 3 inches too long at 32 but the...
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    Re: C F Martin mandolin

    Please don’t just hang it on the wall! That baby deserves to be played. And Brazilian rosewood to boot! The above string recommendations are good except I would stick to 34 for the G. The Martin...
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    Re: Coming unglued-several issues

    Stew Mac sells a nice material called Tortoloid. I believe it is casein based. No flammability or degradation issues, and available in a variety of patterns. It’s a little thinner than you want,...
  5. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    In that price range I would add a Stiver F. New his go for around 6000 I think and his workmanship puts him in a class with builders who charge twice as much and more. NFI.
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    Re: Happy 100th Birthday 1920 Martin Style A

    My 1974 Style A says “ Happy Birthday Grandpa”!
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    Re: Breedlove american FO thoughts

    I used to own one. I sold it and I still regret it. Really nice instrument. When they stopped making them they were going for 1700 new, so I’d say 1000 sounds reasonable for excellent condition.
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    Re: Weber Redesign results

    In my humble opinion, instrument “sound” (tone, quality, volume) is simply too complex and subject to too many different factors to be able to pin down a difference onto one thing, like a neck joint....
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    Re: Flatiron 1N neck joint?

    Why not just ask Bruce Weber? I’m sure he would share that information. That said, if their like all of his other instrument designs, I would suspect a glued mortise and tenon with bolts. Are there...
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    Re: Mandolin for absolute newbie

    The Denver is not an instrument Id recommend, being made most likely of white wood laminate. The Epiphone would be much better. It probably has a solid top at least, with the rest being laminate. An...
  11. Thread: Attic find

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    Re: Attic find

    I don’t know who made it, but here are some general observations. It is not a high quality instrument. On bowlbacks, a small number of very large staves, like yours, denotes a beginners inexpensive...
  12. Re: Hard cases for Eastman mandola and octave mandolin?

    Dennis at The Mandolin Store sells a case that is not a perfect fit but he thinks it’s close enough for the octave. I think it’s a TKL tenor banjo case. It might have a little slop but you could...
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    Re: Question about Finish Chipping

    No. Not normal. Were they there when you bought it? Or did they develop? Finishes unfortunately are usually not covered in warranties.

    Probably, a good luthier could do a drop fill and get you...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    I am curious about why they directed you to Wind Gap. Thats a pretty long drive for you. Acoustic Music Works in Pittsburgh is a Collings dealer, and I know Lou Stiver used to do some of their...
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    Re: Stradolin or copy?

    You can always tell real Strad-o-Lin’s by the segmented f holes. This one doesn’t have it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, there is an s shaped hole with a round one just above and below it.
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    Re: First repair - all advice welcome

    Since you are a beginner, by your own admission, you should do a lot more reading and studying before jumping in with both feet. You’ve already made an error using plastic wood I think. And once it’s...
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    Re: A Pointless Repair

    What is interesting to me is how thick the finish appears where the chipping is.
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    Re: Ibanez M522 top collapsing

    The gap you reference is normal. This is called an elevated fret board. A mandolin with this feature allows more of the top to vibrate. In the case of your Ibanez the elevation seems crudely...
  19. Re: Picking up an Ashbury mandolin in Vietnam

    I have read about a street in Ho Chi Minh City they call “Guitar Street”. There are over 30 luthiers within 500 yards of each other. Quality can range from miserable to top of the line. If the...
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    Re: Tarnished tuning machines

    Lisa, those tuners would not be silver plated. Not on a mandolin in this price bracket. Also, silver doesn’t tarnish green. My guess would be brass, chrome plated. If you want to try cleaning them...
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Crooksj, I think you nailed it!
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    I meant to say “truss rod” in post 12, not “true rod”. That’s spellcheck for ya.
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    Yes, a ‘34 would have a truss rod. But not a junior, which is what this is. Juniors never had a true rod AFAIK.
  24. Re: Gold Tone OM-800 vs Trinity College TM 325

    One problem with Trinity College octaves is the way they are strung. A lot of people just put on J80s because it’s the “standard” octave set. But the truth is, there is no standard. That set is...
  25. Re: Gold Tone OM-800 vs Trinity College TM 325

    The Gold Tone has laminated mahogany back and sides, while the Trinity College is solid maple back and sides. I would go for solid wood if I had a choice. Also, the TC has a short scale (20”) that...
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