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  1. Re: Wound ball end strings put on backwards?

    Also, Mapes Strings, a long lived company, will sell you custom sets in whatever gauges you prefer and at decent prices.
  2. Re: Wound ball end strings put on backwards?

    I clip the just edges of the “ball” off until it just slips through the loop. Just use a small good quality diagonal nippers. Reminds me of Firesign Theater: Don’t Crush that Dwarf, Hand Me the...
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    Re: Is this a mandolin?

    Nah. The base is much wider. All the Fylde bridges are much more gracefully carved. In any case it is not original to the OP’s mandolin.
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    Re: Is this a mandolin?

    Here is the full size image of the bridge. There is definitely a black or ebonized base which does not look like a mandolin bridge. In fact the white saddle it is even angled on top of the ebony-like...
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    Re: RIP Barry Kratzer

    So very sorry to hear that from one of our community. Condolences to his family and friends.
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    Re: Carbon mandolins?

    Although the process is different I believe that CF instruments are just as labor intensive to produce as wooden ones. I think maxr plays a Lewis & Clarke violin so he knows the general price range. ...
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    Re: Need help to identify this

    One replier to the FB post said it would be worth $700-800 in excellent condition. I begged to differ... this looks like a budget model probably sold in wholesale lots to retailers.
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    Re: What kind of Mandolin

    Great minds run in the same gutter, Allen!
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    Re: Is this a mandolin?

    That bridge looks like it came from a guitar and is not proper to a mandolin. Yes, eastern Europe or Germany is possible origin or could have been built in Catania, Sicily, which was a hotbed of...
  10. Re: Right-handed fiddle player, left-handed mando player

    The only instrument which I lean to playing opposite the standard is jews harp. I fooled around with it in high school but never became a virtuoso. Now I follow a bunch of players on Youtube and I...
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    Re: Need help to identify this

    OP posted also on Facebook mandolin group. Here's one photo.

    197927
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    Re: New Carlo Aonzo Perfetto Mandolino

    Mille grazie, Martino! From Calace to Jethro Burns. The mandolin sounds wonderful.
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    Carlo Aonzo plays Cielo Stellato

    Carlo played this many years on his VHS performance tape. This is his recent recording of this lovely Calace piece.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHw3uUUwUeU
  14. Re: Right-handed fiddle player, left-handed mando player

    That is brilliant, Niles! There is nothing like getting completely out of your comfort zone. And the experience is also amazing to me, both that you stuck with it for enough time to learn much from...
  15. Re: Right-handed fiddle player, left-handed mando player

    It is interesting how the thread as migrated to a discussion of left-handed fiddling. The OP already plays fiddle right handed for some reason—maybe he was forced to do so as a child. In prior...
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    Re: Anyone else have no players near them?

    Daniel:
    I should have been clearer. I understand your not wanting to drive an hour each way on a regular basis but perhaps you could either attend a jam further away in order to meet folks who might...
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    Re: Anyone else have no players near them?

    I did a quick search and found this coffee house that has a monthly open mic: https://www.sentientbean.com/events/fcpc-open-mic-night-8e9a9-rj4nd-feh8e

    Then I did a search for bluegrass in...
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    Re: Orchestra

    Heady, octave mandolins in the Europe are usually called mandolas and what in North America we call mandola (tuned like a viola) is called alto mandola or even mandoliola.
  19. Re: Lyon & Healy model A - appreciated more every day

    I think mine is in the same era as yours, Tim. I will take mine out today and play it—it's been way too long. It's a later short-scale A pro labelled Washburn (not Lyon & Healy). Also, funny is that...
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    Re: What kind of Mandolin

    I love oddball mandolins but I was going to suggest you replace the banjo tuners. Actually, now that I look at the headstock it is probably way too narrow for any tuners except maybe Pegheds, Wittner...
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    Re: Odd Gibson A4 on eBay

    Here's some photos. I agree that refinish looks like Gibson maybe 50s or 60s.

    197889 197890
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    Re: rhythm problems when writing

    For historical purposes:
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    Re: Anyone else have no players near them?

    Daniel, I just checked the map and you and I are actually in the same situation. I am also retired and live one hour from New York City—it looks like you are 1 hour from Savannah. My closest music...
  24. Re: Right-handed fiddle player, left-handed mando player

    Very strange. Have you tried playing your fiddle lefty? I am not sure how you are used to stopping the strings for notes using the left hand on the fiddle but you would not do the same on the...
  25. Re: National Mandolin Tailpiece, repair or replace?

    Yes, that is what happened to mine. Cracked along the fold in the metal tailpiece.
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