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  1. Re: Dogal strings, Anyone tried them out and could comment?

    I use the Dogal Calace strings, R92b, on a couple quality bowlbacks as well as a Lyon & Healy A. I like them, they last forever, but for the first month or so they are very "toothy" - rough surfaced,...
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    Re: This must be a joke

    The backstory - it was accidentally sat on by Keith Richards, hence the mojo value.
  3. Thread: Suzuki Mandolin

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    Re: Suzuki Mandolin

    I agree that they are imitations of the Calace mandolins that so influenced Japan's mandolin culture. However, they do not sound like Calace instruments.

    Some players feel that Suzuki mandolins...
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    Re: Info on this old bowlback?

    Oh, I don't know - I don't seem to have a problem with this.




    Of course, if you're looking for accuracy, that may be another matter.
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    Re: Info on this old bowlback?

    The headstock and maybe neck profile look vaguely Roman; Emberghers have a similar headstock, as do some Central European mandolins. The bowl is reminiscent of a higher-end Calace I've seen, but it's...
  6. Thread: Bowlback 101

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    Re: Bowlback 101

    I've had no experience with Eastman bowlbacks. I would note that American instruments noticeably differ from the Italian instruments of the same period in their sonic qualities, and not infrequently...
  7. Thread: Make of Mandolin

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    Re: Make of Mandolin

    The four-post endplate is generally indicative of an older instrument.
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    Re: Monteleone style mandolin

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-Monteleone-style-Mandolin/293211442374?hash=item4444c38cc6:g:dD0AAOSwTmRdbU8J
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    Re: Travel and humidity

    For what it's worth, high-end violin cases are often silk-lined, with a silk pad covering the instrument. My understanding is that the silk fabric acts as a buffer; it absorbs/adds moisture to the...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy Style C with planed fretboard

    I'm not sure, but the bridge doesn't look original to me, the peghead is not one I've seen before, and IIRC the tailpiece may not be original either. The fretboard is ugly.

    If it was my decision...
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    Re: Best Way to Clean and Old Mandolin

    Saliva, Q-tips and soft cloth. The enzymes in saliva help dissolve the crud, the viscosity keeps it from going where you don't want it. I've used this method on a number of grotty violins with great...
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    Re: My new very thick unknown mandolin -what is it?

    My first impression was Mexican, only because I've had a Mexican Spanish-style guitar with similar deep body. They seem to like boomy soundboxes - like requinto guitars.
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    Re: Cleaning up an old bowl back

    Extra light strings are essential. Regular mando strings will destroy a bowlback in short order. GHS A240 are reasonably priced and available from places like JustStrings if you can't fin them...
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    Re: How do you clean your mandolin?

    I've very seldom had to clean a mandolin. A little fretboard oil maybe once a year, wipe in lightly, wipe off with soft cloth or paper towel. The instrument doesn't really get dirty.

    On the other...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Style C

    Looking at my L&H, I don't see how an endpin could be installed without a course of JimG's "reptile dentistry" - there's no room, with the L&H tailpiece.

    Congrats on the purchase; IMO these are...
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    Re: Arthritis pain relief

    Hot paraffin can be useful for arthritic hands. Basically your hands are coated with (reasonably) hot wax, which remains in place and continues to apply heat to the area; when it cools off, peel it...
  17. Thread: Bowl back info

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    Re: Bowl back info

    Bridge looks huge. Usually it is on the other side of the cant (bend) in the soundboard. Unable to tell if it was placed there due to neck issues. Old rusty tuners and stringplate. A hundred dollars...
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    Re: Found this old mando in a bookstore

    Despite the 13/16th fret marker issue, it looks like a real bargain. Decent arch, nice volute, looks like the maker had some inkling of what he was doing. Tuner buttons look a little cheesy, but as...
  19. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Your points are spot on.

    I would, however, take exception to the statement regarding innovative shapes. There are few instruments that can claim greater variety of shapes than mandolins. In fact,...
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    Re: Bring down humidity in the guitars storage

    Ruling out air conditioning, dehumidifier, and relocation, your choices are rapidly diminishing.

    If you have or can obtain a reasonably priced, reasonably airtight case, you could try keeping your...
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    Re: Bring down humidity in the guitars storage

    Air conditioning or dehumidifier. Downside to dehumidifier is that it needs to be emptied of the water it collects, also it heats the area it is located in.

    There are dessicants one can use but...
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    First mando was a new pawnshop Czech bowlback that was overpriced at $29.00. I played it for a year or so, until the cheap brass frets were worn out. It wasn't worth re-fretting, alas.

    I went to...
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    Re: Scrolltastic 30s Oddball Mandolin

    There's no weirdness like mandolin weirdness, for sheer scope and breadth of vision . . . however astigmatic it may be.
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    A good part of the "point" of the instrument is variety. Limiting oneself to one mandolin means cutting oneself off from other sonic/cultural experiences.

    I also doubt that a good mandolinist...
  25. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I would hold that it is especially hard for mandolin-makers.

    For good or ill, the vast bulk of mandolins (still very much a niche instrument) in this country are Gibsons, or instruments in the...
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