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  1. Re: Article: Progressive Melodies for Mandocello: 40 Studies for

    One tip about using the online version--The design of the Kindle Reader software is that you have to set the screen width to "maximum' -- it's in the KR font control. If not, the staves will appear...
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    Re: Strings for a K-1 Mandocello

    As I recall there was a recent thread where a D'Addario representative said they might be reconsidering their string gauges for mandocello. Hoping we'll hear news about that; I suspect we need...
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    Re: Unknown Suzuki bowlback (MR-300)

    I think the 70s-era Suzukis are more often the good ones. I've had a few, among the ones I tend to collect for students. I've heard about bent necks, but am thinking that's likely because of the...
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    Re: Pettine Method copyright?

    Yes, and also there is a new edition, with full English translation, of the Calace method -- by Catarina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall. Here is the Mandolin Cafe article:...
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    Re: 1902 Martin Bowlback mandolin

    Seems to me that premium American bowlbacks are regularly going over $1k. As I recall, Carter's sold a 1902 Martin Style 6A for $1100, not too long ago. That's a higher model, although less...
  6. Shouldn't be too long until the print-on-demand...

    Shouldn't be too long until the print-on-demand version is ready; maybe another week! Meanwhile, the online version is available, for those who prefer to use it on their devices. I prefer a print...
  7. Re: Article: Progressive Melodies for Mandocello: 40 Studies for

    This book is designed for use on any computer, using the free Amazon Kindle Reader software.
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    Re: Suzuki Mandolin

    I think of these as solid, entry-level instruments. I have had several, since I like to collect good instruments for students. Good materials, good workmanship. Yes, heavily built, but that's typical...
  9. Re: mando in $300 price range for Italian songs

    If the purpose is to sing Italian songs, I'd get an Italian-style instrument. There are some dealers who have vintage instruments in that price range and are reliable in terms of quality. Try...
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    Re: pandini owners

    Very few of those here in the USA, since Sr. G. Pandini speaks no English. I went to his workshop in Ferrara and met with him, and played several. High quality instruments, obviously, and I've seen...
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    Re: Bowlback 101

    Yes, but that doesn't necessarily reflect demand for bowlbacks: not so long ago you could go into your average store in northern Italy (and I assume this is a typical experience across Europe), and...
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    Re: Bowlback 101

    That link went to Musikalia, which was recently taken over by Alda Leone, daughter of Musikalia's founder, Alfio, and it appears there's been a lot of change there. I haven't seen the higher end of...
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    Re: Bowlback 101

    It's not always easy to find a good bowlback, but here are some ideas:

    DEALERS: There are very few who sell good vintage bowlbacks, and even fewer who have the capacity to do quality...
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    Re: Classical Mandolin Dealers

    German-style mandolins are available over at Trekel.
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    Re: Mandolin music library

    I'm confident it's only a matter of time until things turn around. There's a lot of interest at Berklee in "roots music" (actually, the ensemble I taught there from 2000-2014 had an official "roots"...
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    Re: Mandolin music library

    Thanks for the idea, Joe. I taught one of those ensembles for 15 years, through the Berklee Ensemble Department, so I have a good collection of ideas that worked for me. You may also find some of my...
  17. Re: New Player / Question about bowlback mandolins

    I've played a few of these, in Italy. Haven't seen them here in the USA. The ones I saw were good, solid, well-made instruments, and the Calace name might give you some resale value. But here in the...
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    Re: Vinaccia - 1908 - Value?

    I think it has a lot to do with the reputation of the seller. There are well-regarded Italian luthiers who sell fully-restored mandolins of this type for several times that sum. Then there are...
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    Re: Mandolin music library

    I've been looking into this for years. What's really needed is an academic home for the American mandolin -- a university or college with the resources and interest to take on the cataloging and...
  20. Re: Need help in identifying an old bolwback mandolin

    I suspect the bridge position is in correct for intonation, and the reason for the extra-high bridge is a sinking top. Can't tell from this photo angle. Bridge is way too heavy; if it was mine I'd...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    As to the counterfeiting issue, my Italian luthier friends say it's a real problem with Calace and Vinaccia in particular. Not that anyone necessarily sets out to make fake Calace mandolins, but...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    Originally, I believe those would most likely have been ivory. But anything is possible.
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    Re: Lyon and Healy, Washburn????

    Agree, and didn't mean to disparage lightly-built instruments in general. As you point out, the design is key. My most recent instrument is a tiny little mandolino Bresciano by Lorenzo Lippi, and...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy, Washburn????

    I am the proud owner of Jim's "Harpist" mandolin in post #6, above. I payed roughly 2-1/2 percent of the eBay asking price, which is probably more like its actual market value. Agree with Jim, this...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    The eBay Calace I'm seeing, closest to the one we're discussing, is this one at 1600 Euros. I notice that's the middle of the range, which varies roughly from 20% to 200% of that price. That's a huge...
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