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    Re: Is this a mandolin?

    Built in Europe probably sometime between WW1 and WW2. ..... next!
  2. Re: Interesting: Vintage 1937 Gibson/Kalamaz guitar-bodied Mandoc

    So who screwed on the nameplate .........?
  3. Re: Interesting: Vintage 1937 Gibson/Kalamaz guitar-bodied Mandoc

    Hmmm.... I wonder what’s underneath the nameplate?
  4. Re: Right-handed fiddle player, left-handed mando player

    Being an orchestral instrument with a firmly established progression in the classical world, I suspect left handed fiddles are something which has never been seriously considered. (I did see a left...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Probably because mandolin playing and lutherie are more of an art than a science. Would you rather play a Loyd Loar or a $100 pac-rim mandolin? The difference in sound is purely anecdotal.
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    Re: What kind of Mandolin

    So does a tennis racket! It’s not really pointy enough to remind me of a balalaika.
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    Re: What kind of Mandolin

    Too many strings!
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    Re: Top deflection under saddle?

    Tell that to the luthiers who built them!
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    Re: Sanding sharp bridge edge

    All mine have become rounded over time but I suspect sandpaper would do the job quicker and be easier on the hand.
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    Re: Breedlove tailpiece replacement

    I used to use a capo until I discovered the technique of winding the string round the tuner post two or three times, poking the end through the hole and tuning it up to pitch. All I need is a blob of...
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    Re: Top deflection under saddle?

    The necks on all my mandolins have zero relief and I’m sure most people would have theirs set up the same way. I’ve never heard of an adjustable bridge winding itself down - it’s hard enough to lower...
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    Re: Top deflection under saddle?

    By “deflection of the top” are you looking at the gap under the bass side of the bridge?

    As for ”correct amount of relief”, on a mandolin, that should be “none”, or as near as.
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    Re: Breedlove tailpiece replacement

    If you don’t like stringing the Breedlove, you should try re-stringing a National RM-1!

    I was always taught that good design was a balance of ergonomics, aesthetics and economics. Unfortunately,...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Many years ago, during the brass nut guitar fad, the then Frets magazine ran an experiment and concluded that brass nuts did increase the on a guitar but that this was simply down to added weight on...
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    Re: Desk clamp hanger?

    Thanks John, mine is obviously the posh version as it came in a leather pouch! I bought it from the “manufacturer” at a guitar show in Leicester. He had the new version (presumably like yours)...
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    Re: Long Scale Gibson Banjo question...

    This any use? - https://banjonews.com/2014-03/the_seeger_long_neck_americas_third_banjo.html
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    Re: Desk clamp hanger?

    Which version do you have John? I bought mine from the chap that originally produced them (probably 10/15 years ago) but I was aware that he had an alternative design available even then.

    The one...
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    Re: Desk clamp hanger?

    Mine certainly is but, looking at their farcetube page, the design does seem to have changed over the years.
  19. Re: Cheap beater mandolins that play, for leaving in the car etc?

    Trouble with cheapo instruments is that, if you’re used to something much better, you won’t want to play them. I used to take my ‘24 Snakehead but now I either take a Breedlove or a Fylde away in the...
  20. Re: Dave Gregory Octave Mandolin - Price Advice

    Presumably this one - https://www.eaglemusicshop.com/prod/All-Mandolin-Family/used-dave-gregory-electro-octave-mandola-calton-case.htm - although it says 1999.

    The ones in Rob’s link sound pretty...
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    Re: Can you identify this brand logo?

    No, but the headstock shape suggests that its a Kay.
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    Re: Desk clamp hanger?

    I don’t see why they shouldn’t hold an electric mandolin providing you sufficiently wang up the screw beneath the table. I suppose they’re really intended for guitars where the base is on the floor...
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    Re: Desk clamp hanger?

    Had one for years and they’re readily available in the UK - try googling “Pub Prop”.

    They work well on tables/desktops with square edges but some pubs in the UK can have fancy tables with bevelled...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    The word “biscuit” actually originates from the French for “twice cooked (or baked)”. Perhaps the price the seller is seeking is somewhat “half baked”?
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    Re: Trying to identify an old pick

    I know they do them, I just don’t own one and I’ve never seen one. Personally, it wouldn’t bother me whether they were black or white.

    As for the up/down strokes, it depends whether you’re using...
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