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  1. Out of solidarity we will observe Blackout Tuesday

    Since inception this site has attempted to serve as an oasis, a respite from the rest of the world, a place to relax, let down and get away from a lot of complicated news, hot button topics, and many...
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    Re: Social Distancing

    Reasoning statistically, we probably won't all be here; I do hope that the drastic measures that we are taking (I hope we are!) will limit the damage to as few people as possible. We're up to 11...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    UPDATE:
    Thank you to all who replied to this thread. I was not aware of the CMSA or the legacy of Alison Stephens. I am very excited to be able to say that Chapman University's guitar program has...
  4. Re: Who was the first American mandolin manufacturer?

    :mandosmiley::mandosmiley::mandosmiley:

    I'm pleased to announce my investigation about the first American-made mandolin.
    Thanks to the enormous support from many friends and a tremendous amount...
  5. Re: Who was the first American mandolin manufacturer?

    I'm very very close to publishing my definitive history on the first American-made mandolin. I'm excited with a sense of trepidation! I think it will help future scholars to continue in the search...
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    Strad-O-Lin Catalog Pages

    I probably posted some of these on various threads over the years but figured I should put them in the photo section of the SOL Social Group.

    These are from some catalog pages from various...
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    Re: My prim tamburitza arrived

    Sorry to add so long after the OP.

    1993 Tamburitza Hall of Famer - Walt Naglich sells tamburitza strings: naglichstrings@aol.com or you can call him @ 724-838-7615

    Tamburitza Luthier as well. ...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi folks - This is more or less due to a prompt by Trevor at TAMCO UK,whom,apparently has been fielding a few enquiries about my current health. As much of a gentleman & & all round nice guy that...
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    Regal Octophone - vintage photo

    Every so often I buy a vintage photo and I found this one the other day. The image of the boy in his new looking but oversized hat and coat (perhaps bought large to grow into?) makes it worth having...
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    I built a colascione!

    https://i.imgur.com/kONXmxa.jpg

    A colascione for a customer in Italy (or as I've been calling it, the giraffe lute!)

    For the unfamiliar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colascione
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    1939 A-type found in Kenya

    Hello.

    I am an American living in the arid highlands of Kenya. Today, I was given an old no-name A-type mandolin finished in black. The glue had dried out so the body is literally coming apart at...
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    Five Hymns for Fingerpicking GDAD Bouzouki

    Songs: Ejhle, oltář; Zdráva buď, Panno Maria; Ó Srdce Páně nejsvětější; Na své tváře padáme; Hořké muky


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lvKFCC5wCI
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    I always look at instruments for their pro-rated cost/hr entertainment, if I think about the cost at all. Your Collings MT2, if sold today, cost you about $6/hr of entertainment if you played it 10...
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    Re: In praise of Allan Alexander

    Particularly for Seter, but maybe others as well...
    The first book/CD sets I purchased (and love) were: Mandolin Music for Medieval Faires, Mandolin Music for Renaissance Faires, and Celtic Music...
  15. Re: Mandolin sighting in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois

    Nothing drives up the value of a home more than a mandolin on the wall. You can see the exact opposite effect with a banjo
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    Re: Walmart Mandolins on Clearance!

    OK, so this puppy has arrived, boxed well, shipped from a distribution center in New Jersey via FedEx. The box it arrived in was a clean Chinese labeled shipping box. Inside that box was the...
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    Re: Lefties Who Play Righty?

    The truth of the matter is, like everything else we tend to argue about, there is no right and wrong way for a lefty to play.it depends on the individual. There was a banjo player some miles down the...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson? Mandolin Identification

    It looks like a possibly Regal-made (Chicago) budget mandolin (originally) converted to a four-string. I think the person who did the work re-topped it with some oak flooring, plugged 4 of the 8...
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    Re: Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    I usually wouldn't go to a piano store just to look and play, as I have a very nice Young Chang grand. But, there is a store in Denver that carries Bosendorfers, and I stop there whenever I'm in...
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    Re: illegible parlor guitar label

    I haven't posted in forever (it's not personal, I love MC and miss it, but am too busy most of the time) -- but saw that there was some traffic heading to my blog and followed the breadcrumbs -- so...
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    NMD: Shiro ca. 1965

    After a long transit, the Shiro has arrived. I'm impressed. The new '74s are settling in as we speak.

    The volume doesn't rival my Eastman 515. Otherwise, this instrument has a sweet voice. It is...
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    Re: Webers Hippies vs. Pre Hippie

    I was Pre Hippie in the late 50s , not yet a teenager..
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    Re: Namm 2019

    This is Adrian Bagale of Northfield. We are in the midst of our annual high powered business meeting having the best meal of NAMM, year #3 at this joint and as usual, the line was out the door on a...
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    Re: Namm 2019

    Quick visit with uber talented archtop guitar builder Maegan Wells who has branched lightly into a few mandolins. This was her first satin finish mandolin and it was a real work of art, as are her...
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    Modern/Irish Cittern

    Built this instrument for a commission. It's going to Brazil.

    https://i.imgur.com/KB4bVSV.jpg
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