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  1. Thread: upgrade thoughts

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    Re: upgrade thoughts

    Yes, instruments of the same make and model can vary considerably in tone and projection.

    In your budget, you can add Gibson oval hole A's to your list. Some are brighter than others, some are...
  2. Thread: What do you see?

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    Re: What do you see?

    Upon a second look at your picture, what appears to be an irregularity in the wood or finish directly in front of the bridge base is merely a reflection of the bridge top and the adjusting wheels. ...
  3. Thread: What do you see?

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    Re: What do you see?

    There is an irregularity in front of the bridge.
    It might be only in the finish, it might be in the wood.
    Finish damage in this area is not uncommon.
    Call them and ask.
    Or if you're not...
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    Vega Cylinder Back in rosewood.

    We don't see these in rosewood very often.

    http://bfstrings.com/store/p74/Vega_Cylinder-Back_Mandolin.html


    I have no connection with the store and have not seen the instrument in person.
    ...
  5. Thread: The Mando Boys

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    Re: The Mando Boys

    I spoke to him today. He is hanging in there. He is able to walk short distances with the help of a walker, and is picking out tunes on the piano with his right hand.
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    I wouldn't mind seeing some pictures of Scot's bowlback mandolin, including one of the label. And a couple of his Stahl flat-back also.

    I also would like to see a clear picture of the purfling on...
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    The majority of Larson mandolins have the distinctive semi-triangular body shape. Despite design variations, all that I have seen have a peghead with radiused sides and without a concave curve at...
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    Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

    There are other reasons for letting an instrument go, especially for a person who is over 80 years old.

    And in my personal experience, I've never kept an instrument that I disliked for more than a...
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    Real Larson:
    http://www.sprucetreemusic.com/product/muarer-style-15-mandolin-c-1910
    This is a very plain model. Note the rather triangular body, although they also used other patterns.

    There's...
  10. Thread: knot in top

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    Re: knot in top

    You could drill it out, hide glue a piece of violin soundpost spruce in it [paying attention to the grain], sunburst the top, and nobody will ever know it's there until you point it out to them.
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    Re: Is this a real Larson?

    No.
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    Re: Confusing Gibson Flatiron

    Gibson serial numbers . . . [sigh]

    From what I've read, there were at least two numbering systems for Gibson Flatirons made in the US. And they are both different than the system used on Gibson...
  13. Re: Shocking revelation! Lyon & Healy Style C on eBay

    If it finds its way into the hands of someone with enough skill, that instrument can be repaired well enough that the cracks will not be very noticeable.
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    Re: Ivoroid picguard material

    You could call Axiom and see if they will sell a smaller length.

    Or, Rothko and Frost sells it. They offer it in sheets 1.5 mm x 100 mm x 200 mm, which works out to .060" thick by just under 4" x...
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    Re: Damage to Loar A5???

    "Must 'a been sperits." [Jim, in Huck Finn]
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    F-4 owned by Norman Blake

    Thought y'all might like to know:

    An F-4 owned by Norman Blake is available at Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments.
    http://gregboyd.com/product/1917-gibson-f-4-mandolin/

    A little history-- I...
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    Re: Damage to Loar A5???

    Possibilities:

    1. Wear from something in the case.
    2. Tut [or somebody else] wanted to find out what the finish was and scraped some off. The perpetrator might have been under the influence...
  18. Thread: Mystery Mandolin

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    Re: Mystery Mandolin

    Possibly Regal-- I've seen a similar peghead shape on some Regal Octofones.
    It is not a Gibson product.

    Whatever it is, it looks like a well made instrument.
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    Re: Is this a refinished top?

    "Is this a refinished top?" . . . I would say yes.

    If you magnify the closeup of the scroll/fingerboard picture on the musicgoround link, you can see remnants of the original finish and other...
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    Re: SKB Case for 1918 Gibson A Mandolin?

    I can't say for sure about the two cases you have mentioned, but a Guardian CG-020 MA should fit.
  21. Re: Gibson Master Model A9 vs Vintage Gibson A9 (1930s)

    These mandolins are very different from each other in design and construction, and are going to sound very different.

    Strum a few chords and play a few notes or a couple of scales on both...
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    Re: Thor's Hammer, many thanks

    I was at Gruhn's today and played Paul Newson's most recent mandolin. A real delight, a bit warmer than the others I've played. I liked it as well or better than some instruments that cost...
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    Re: What strings for Gibson F4 (1911)?

    I generally string 'teens F-4's 10 1/2 - 14 - 24 - 38 or 40. I generally prefer nickel or 80-20 bronze for these instruments. I make up my own sets.

    If you want a pre-packaged set, D'addario EJ...
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    Re: 3 Point F-4 Torch and Wire

    This is a fairly late 3 pointer, circa 1910. The finish appears to have been applied circa 1914 to 1919. It would be nice to see a picture of the back.
    The rectangular case is a true rarity for...
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    Re: Vega Cylinder Back model numbers?

    If I recall correctly:

    202: Mahogany back and sides, simple top border.
    203: Maple or rosewood back and sides, simple top border.
    205: Flame maple or rosewood back and sides, diagonal...
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