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  1. Thread: please help

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    Re: please help

    I've seen a picture or two of your shelving, Mike. Very impressive. Actually inspired a (uh, slightly smaller) unit of my own.

    Mick
  2. Re: Mandolins with violin-style construction are nothing new...

    This caught my eye, too, Jim. The top must be very strong to not have distorted with the bridge bearing so close to the F holes.

    Here's a Waldo for the sake of comparison, however different. ...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Here it is, once again, for posteriority.

    Mick
  4. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    Maybe we could pitch in and ship John over here for awhile? ;) We could load him down with work. (And beer, maybe?)

    Mick
  5. Re: Some Thoughts on Vintage Gibson and Martin Oval Holes

    Yes. Sort of.

    Mick
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    Re: What is my Grandfathers Mandolin worth?

    While some continue to use the colloquial name of "reverse scroll" the Encyclopedia Mandolica cites the proper name for this style mandolin as "Papa Smurf".

    Mick
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    Re: Substantial sale at Bernunzio's

    Joe, when you get the Vinaccia back all set up and ready to go, would you mind checking back in? Such a beautiful maple bowl on that mandolin.
    I play a Vinaccia from this era and it's always great...
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    Re: Italian mandolin

    I posted some photos of another (similar, but nicer) Valente in your other post, Patti. Maybe Mike can merge these two?

    Definitely a Roman style mandolin with the slope fretboard and bridge....
  9. Re: Some Thoughts on Vintage Gibson and Martin Oval Holes

    Fair play to you, George.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I also have the good fortune to have Gibson and Martin oval hole mandolins from this era and enjoy them both for all that they offer.
    Play on in...
  10. Re: Seeking info about an italian mandolin made by raffaele valen

    Hello, Patti....a lot of questions there and I'm not sure if I can answer many of them for you...but Valente certainly made some very nice mandolins, if the example I have in my files is any...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    Yes, I've seen DeMegio-ish La Foleys, Jim, and others with somewhat odd floating pickguards. Seems like another British make (JE Dallas?) sometimes used a similar approach to the oddly shaped...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    If you look closer, I think you'll find that it closely resembles the shape of a fromage with a few small nibbles.
    Or a map of the Acquitaine region.
    One more reason to suspect a French...
  13. Re: Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Cas

    Whenever I think about sticking something on a mando or accordion case I think about this photo from a Ry Cooder album I listened to relentlessly in my youth.

    Atta Issacs and his BudMan sticker on...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    Has it really been April since we've had a flatback of note?

    This handsome mandolin from George La Foley crossed my radar this morning.

    I've never played one, but appreciate this mandolin's...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Right you are. Once you dig into the Club system, you can really understand why folks thought it was a good idea to begin with.

    I play PA as well, but really dig the diatonic boxes for their...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Well....I played and played with it as a "Club" and got to the point where I thought: "What's the point?" and de clubbed and flipped a reed to get myself a G# where I wanted it. Along with the...
  17. Re: Looking for Biographies about Mandolin players

    Well....I can't recommend enough our friend Sheri Mignano's book "Mandolins Like Salami" about the mandolin culture and players in early 1900s San Francisco.
    Sheri is a great storyteller and there...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Sounds like you've peeked into our living room....:whistling: The boxes do stack up.

    I know our friend Sheri doesn't think much of them, but I do tend to like Hohner boxes. The $$/sound value...
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    Re: Østbu 12-string mandolin from Norway

    From the site:
    ".... Henry was a lumberjack and carpenter, and made the first guitar as a gift to his wife Dagny...."

    Mick
  20. Re: Great quote about instruments from Gordon Lightfoot

    Well put, Bob. I feel that way about horns, too. I enjoy sitting close in a small jazz bar and hearing and feeling the honk.

    I recall being in tiny bars in NO and the air pressure from the...
  21. Re: Review: Carlo Mazzaccara Lucia bowlback mandolin

    Well put, Eug. Sometimes less is, indeed, more.

    Sometimes more is, indeed, more. Puglisi and Cristofaro are the ones, to my eye, who can go over the top (way over the top) and keep an 'organic...
  22. Re: Interesting picture of WW1 Russian mandolin / mandriola

    Beautiful summer day!

    Mick
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    Re: Reverse Scroll Regal in the UK

    I don't know the correct translation into English, but the technical term for these mandolins is "Papa Smurf".

    Mick
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    Re: Made in Chicago Museum Site

    That image caught my eye, too, Mike, for a couple reasons. I zoomed in and in to try and figure out those jigs at the foot of the workbench which look like they are for gluing the tops onto...
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    Re: Made in Chicago Museum Site

    No worries about duplication, Jim. This material is worth linking and relinking as websites come and go. Some of the images on this site show up also on a footnote link from the Made in Chicago...
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