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    Re: Gibson F5-L 1991, what do i need to know

    Yes, Finnish player Heikki Lahti was ready to sell his car for a 1981 F5L that he liked. Was able to get it by other means and it was his main instrument for the rest of his life.
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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    Cafe classifieds, mail order from a brick and mortar store, and eBay for the latest.
  3. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    Spend almost all my time on mandolin. Will play OM or guitar if a show is coming up that needs that instead.

    Haven't touched the uke's in about 4 years and recently gave away most of my spare uke...
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    Re: Walnut Back and Sides Spruce Flat Top Tone

    Walnut will sound a bit darker than maple. Not as dark as mahogany, IMO. Have owned a Big Muddy mandolin with walnut back and sides and a couple of guitars with that combo in the past. Moved on them...
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    Re: Why play Mandolin?

    Because I have to.

    Longer version - after having a major personal/musical change, felt it was time to go in a new direction than just playing guitar. Fell in with a Finnish-American music group...
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    Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    Might have a truss rod from the factory. The replaced tuners are modern spaced.
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    Re: Northfield Recurve Case

    Wonder if it might replace the Airloom Deluxe which is currently out of stock on the Northfield website.

    Sort of strange as Northfield usually announces things like that on social media.

    A few...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson A4

    Looking at the first photo, looks like the other one is sticking out too. Wonder if they are replacement screws or if the saddle is not original to the base?

    Either way, you should have a trained...
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    Re: The newest hot mandolin accessory!

    Would probably use one for jams and shows in winter. Cute little hat.

    Having grown up here in Minnesota it doesn't bother me that much. I do consider the Dakotas, northern Montana and Alaska worse...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    Would occasionally hear "bull fiddle" back when I played bass through high school.

    If I hadn't destroyed my grip strength keyboarding for a living might still play bass. Then again, I wouldn't...
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    Re: Has COVID affected your MAS?

    Have really gone through instruments the last two years. Both buying and selling. Have a history of doing this, so can't say it's just pandemic related.

    It has resulted in less instruments at...
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    Re: Pick Review for an Apollo Casein 1.4mm

    Olaf,

    Am surprised if Michael wouldn't make you Wegen picks without grip holes. Early on, that was the only way to purchase them if I remember correctly. Then enough of us on the flatpick-l list...
  13. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    The 1910 A I had was a combination of "beat to cr@p" and "mojo" with the dowled headstock and other funky repairs. Ended up moving that one along but, like a lot of others, still miss it. Was a good...
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    Re: Thomastiks on a Northfield Calhoun?

    Am thinking it should work. As you have surmised, it would probably drive the top less resulting in less volume. You may also have to slightly loosen the truss rod to get proper neck relief.
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  15. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    Yes. But none of my instruments are worth that much money. Now, I would not take the Northfield to play outdoors in below zero (F) weather. That's the job of the Strad-O-Lin. (Unless MAS hits hard...
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    Re: Givson Urbashi mandolin on Ebay

    "Toon wood". Enough said. Thanks. This one made my day.
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    Re: What style am I hearing in my head?

    Am lucky in that there is a great local (to me) band that does a lot of this style of music, Cafe Accordion Orchestra.

    Here's a tune with Eric Mohring on mandolin -
    https://youtu.be/nwXY0II9-Mo
  18. Thread: Vintage?

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    Re: Vintage?

    Not sure whether the rising prices of older "starter" instruments is from a rising tide lifts all boats, or just nostalgia, real or imagined. Even with a good setup, a lot of old instruments are not...
  19. Re: Can you use a Tone-Gard with an armrest?

    Yes, you can. Have that setup on my Northfield and my Eastman octave.
  20. Re: What's up with all the 1915 Gibsons on Reverb?

    My numbers did include the 24 Briggs Specials in 1915. There were none in 1920 and no Ditson instruments were listed.

    The other sellers are discussed inthe Richard Johnson & Dick Boak book...
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    Re: John DeJulio Scrolled C.1915 Mandolin

    To my eye it looks more like a copy of a Gibson Style O guitar more than an F mandolin copy.
  22. Re: What's up with all the 1915 Gibsons on Reverb?

    Going by the blue cover Longworth book (Third Edition) in 1915 Martin made approximately 145 bowback mandolins and 157 flatback models.
    In 1920, which was the peak year, they made 1201 flatback...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    No.

    Since getting serious about mandolin the focus has been on Finnish and other Nordic music, "Upper Midwest" style, a touch of old-time and more recently Quebecois music. There are also some...
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    Re: Even the cafe is biased towards f's

    Claire - Clair de Lune (or as Victor Borge so aptly put it "English translation - Clear da Saloon").
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    Re: Ready to upgrade mandolin - need advice!

    I think Allen has the right idea in the Eastman with an added pickup. Have liked the ones I've been able to play. And it would be within the budget.

    As an alternative, the Kentucky KM-505 is very...
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