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    Re: Pollman mandolin banjo

    I have one of those, marked "mandoline banjo"; a flat-back mandola body with a five-string banjo neck. Similar to what Gold Tone now sells as a "banjola," but theirs has modern geared pegs. The...
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    Re: banjo-mandolin with oak leaf

    Lotsa close-up pics of the instrument in this YouTube vid. Doesn't look like any Vega I've ever seen; I'm guessing a "trade" instrument made for a particular distributor or music store. I have a...
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    Re: Interesting bowlback on ebay

    A display piece if I've ever seen one! Interesting that it seems to be post-WWII; seems quite ornate for that period...?
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    Re: banjo-mandolin with oak leaf

    The mention of "oak leaf inlays" in Vega banjo descriptions, seems to refer to fingerboard inlays in their more expensive models -- which our two Little Wonders are not. I've never seen a higher...
  5. Re: Mandolinists RIOTING over unfair String License fee

    And the world was spared another source of quavering, nasal whining, at something near accurate pitch -- just my opinion...

    Has anyone ever heard the French reed instrument the bombarde? Now,...
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    Re: banjo-mandolin with oak leaf

    Some higher-end Vega banjos had oak leaf inlays on the fingerboard, but they were nearly uniformly ID'ed on the dowel stick, with model and serial number. I see a mention of oak leaf inlays on old...
  7. Re: Mandolinists RIOTING over unfair String License fee

    I knew there was a reason I never took up hammered dulcimer -- but I do have several Autoharps -- looks like I'll owe Uncle Sam a bunch...

    So, that means we all need to buy accordions, whistles,...
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    Re: You never know who plays mando....

    Check this current thread.
  9. Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    As I posted in the "Playing Live" thread, I'm down 21 (oops, now 22) performance gigs for the months of March and April, losing around $1.6K in revenue. Haven't been playing my mandolin, or other...
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    Re: I Miss Playing Live!

    "Progress" report: 21 gigs canceled to date, loss of revenue slightly over $1.4K I'm not counting on anything all through April, but I'm waiting to get notification from the different venues.
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  11. Re: For members that make a living in the music business

    I heard about the provisions in the $2B "stimulus" bill that would make self-employed workers -- musicians too! -- eligible for unemployment benefits. I'm out about $1K in canceled gigs, but since...
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    Re: Mando flatiron buying advice.

    Three months?! After talking about "herd immunity," apparently PM Boris J is getting super-serious about curve flattening. Wonder if it's related to his own health situation?

    Here, we flirt with...
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    Re: Does this octave mandolin...

    I remember, at a long-ago Fox Hollow Festival, a rather large man onstage played a rather small mandolin. One of my companions remarked that you could see the player on every side of his instrument...
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    Re: old Flatiron, old guy, some thoughts

    There's a prejudice that "newer is better." Flatirons were well-made from the start, and their "original equipment" pretty much stands the test of time (I have an '83 or so Flatiron 3K OM that still...
  15. Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    Posted about this on this current thread, so not too much to add. My music calendar after March 11 was wiped clean; there are early-to-mid-April jobs that are likely to be scrubbed as well. ...
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    Re: G. Bauer Bowl Back Mandolin Project

    One of my local dealers just e-mailed me that, due to the coronavirus situation, he's closed his store for in-person business, but is conducting sales by phone and internet, and "looking for repair...
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    Re: Eric Weissberg

    Ever since New Dimensions In Banjo & Bluegrass came out in the '60's, Weissberg (a Julliard grad, who was formerly in the Tarriers and an early version of the Greenbriar Boys) has been a major...
  18. Re: 1923 Lloyd Loar Previously Owned by Joe Val For Sale

    OMG -- Joe Val, then with the Charles River Valley Boys, is probably the reason I play the mandolin (other than "inheriting" a Gibson A-1 from my grandfather's attic). I watched him many a time at...
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    Re: Feeling Octave Mando

    1. I concur with the recommendation to peruse the CBOM (Cittern, Bouzouki, Octave Mandolin) Forum.

    2. Think hard about your decision to buy an F-model (scroll, points, f-holes) OM. Weber makes...
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    Re: Vega cylinderback info

    Here's an old (2004) thread that might help.
  21. Re: I want to hear more about the story behind this one...

    I remember an anecdote, heard long ago, about repairs to the internal braces of a Gibson acoustic guitar, which had come loose after an enraged spouse had urinated into it, to punish her unfaithful...
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    Re: Just bought my first mandolin!

    A $2K mandolin should sound better than a $6-700 one. When I worked for an instrument dealer decades ago, he'd caution customers not to compare instruments they could afford, with those beyond their...
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    Re: I Miss Playing Live!

    Ten plus/minus gigs canceled so far, no weekly sing-arounds or jams. Minor excursion to NYCity and Long Island, for a couple Irish Immigration jobs, wiped out. New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)...
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    Re: 1913 A1 thoughts

    I found my first mandolin, a 1917 Gibson "pumpkin top" A-1, in the attic of the house where my grandfather and great-aunt lived in Pike NY. We were clearing the house out to put it on the market; he...
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    Re: Just bought my first mandolin!

    Belle -- whatever happened to the Eastman MD805 you were checking out? That struck me as a pretty good deal, price-wise.
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