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  1. Re: Gibson snakehead Jrs vs other snakeheads

    I was the second owner of a Snake head Jr. I purchased it from the original owner around 1987 in Napa , Calif for the princely sum of $400.It was in in excellent plus condition and included the...
  2. Re: Article: New Music from Mike Compton & Norman Blake: Gallop T

    CD and book ordered. My compliments for the respectful usage of a spiral binding.
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    Yes,

    The age of your spruce top would be the total of the lines center to rim.

    How old the tree was is another matter.
  4. Re: Mandolin players who bought or have played a Waterloo Mandoli

    I, too, played the Kalamazoo flat-top at Gryphon in September.

    Well made, decent sound and playability.

    Could not bond with the open pore body.

    I think it was the finest $900 mandolin I...
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    Re: Gryphon is 50

    I have been a customer over 30 years.

    Though I have since moved to Oregon I visited Gryphon 2 weeks ago. Excellent inventory, good folks. Had a chat with Michael Simmons about a newly inventoried...
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    Re: Fender Tele Tenor at NAMM

    Marketing ploy.

    Likely will be re-released with an increased price.

    Just my suspicious nature.
  7. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Excellent !
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    Re: Is this a good deal?

    Yes, TAB.
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    Re: Should I pay for damage caused?

    Jeff,

    Agreed unless the instrument was carelessly parked.
    In which case the owner has some responsibility/liability.
  10. Re: Article: D'Addario Announces Launch of D'Addario X Mandolin S

    XT Mandolin Strings are listed by two of my favorite on-line dealers at $12.99. None available locally as yet.

    This seems to be a very good deal given the description.

    Anxious to try them.,...
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    Re: if you could build your own madolin.

    I prefer A styles, double pointer models as well.
    "F" hole preferred, oval ok were I to select an American currently favored instrument

    However, I have been exploring the Seiffert flat top...
  12. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    5 mandolins at one time, 2 currently, 53 total

    And since you did not ask I won't mention :

    Guitars 7 currently, over 100 total
    Banjos zero currently, 14 total
    Button accordeons 3...
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    Yes.
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    Re: Removing the Florida extension

    One person's "rude" is another person's reasonable and obvious query.
    "Blunt" perhaps, but nothing personal as my observation, and further response, indicated factual, general information.

    Just...
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    Re: New Kelley A model violin style

    Some mandolins have style, this one has class.
    Well done !
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    Re: Removing the Florida extension

    If you don't play above the 6th fret... why not scoop from the 7th and be done with it.

    Oh, that would be limiting? So is removing the extension for many players (currently and historically) who...
  17. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Gibson's corporate objective, by my observation, was, and is, to increase the value of the stock/shares.
    Guitars are simply the vehicle by which they are doing this. They could just as well be...
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    Re: Loar-period A-Jrs.

    My Jr was made Dec 22, 1922. Very fine instrument.

    Bought in excellent minus condition with original case for $400 in Napa, Calf. in 1984. Seller was the grand daughter of the original owner who...
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    Re: Remove Frets & Scoop

    I do not recall Jethro having played any mandolins that were emasculated.
  20. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Curleigh fries ?
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    Re: Remove Frets & Scoop

    Fully fretted, always.

    I find it curious that the affectation of removing frets and scooping hasn't hit the guitar world but seems to be prevalent with mandolin and banjo (frailing/clawhammer)
    ...
  22. Re: Looking for info on this Washburn A style

    I had two similar vintage ( late 70s.. early 80s.) both made in Japan.
    One was Jethro Burns model F style. The other I got from Chet Atkins.. a two point custom made for Jethro Burns.
    I bought the...
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    Re: Intentionally Imperfect Tuning

    A couple of cents makes sense.
  24. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    And the reason Mandolin Bros. dumped Taylor.
  25. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    In the last years of Gibson banjo production, they did not "make banjos", they assembled them from parts supplied by others.
    Necks, fingerboards, shells, tone rings, resonators, metal bits including...
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