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    Re: Gibson catalogs

    That is a good link and the Fender section had some older catalogs as well.

    Another good source of downloadable older catalogs from Gibson and other makers are at acousticmusic.org.
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    Re: Antique store bowl find

    Most likely made by or for Lyon & Healy as a wholesale item. Looks pretty decent.

    This type of bridge would work but more than likely you will have to cut it down some for the proper height....
  3. Re: Seeking vintage tenor guitar neck for a project

    My friend Joel happened on this D'Angelico tenor neck years ago and IIRC eventually built a body for it. Dave, if only you could find another one.
  4. Re: Concert of Swedish folk music with bouzouki and mandobass

    They introduce a tune and it sounded like they said Tchaikovsky but it was "Squirrel Hunter" at 19:20.
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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    FWIW these days learning remotely via video can allow you to find the best teachers who can give you feedback on technique. Even one lesson might give you the path to take to improve your playing....
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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    I agree with Martin Ohrt's approach. In fact, in your practice I would suggest not looking at the fretboard. A goal to get to is to get the muscles in your fretting hand to the point where they know...
  7. Re: Good mandolin choice for woman with small hands

    I agree with those who mention above that the standard chop chords prescribed by bluegrass players is not mandatory unless you are playing bluegrass. The OP did not mention those chords nor did she...
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    Re: Gibson trapdoor

    A friend of mine had a Vegaphone Professional tenor banjo with the Elton lights in it. Here's a photo. Yes, it is possible that some folks did use them on stage but with the electrical systems in...
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    Re: Which strings for a 1915 bowlback?

    Siruiz: it would help us to help you if you posted some photos of your mandolin here. Some older instruments have tailpieces with only 4 posts but you can put two strings on each post. Also you can...
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    Re: Finding Parts for Banjolin

    Very interesting. I believe that this is the same material, Nomex, that is used in a honeycomb formation to create light but strong classical guitars tops.

    As for the use om banjo heads, it is...
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    Re: de Meglio e Figli0

    As far as I know, this may be the only new case for bowlback mandolins available in US: Viking bowlback case.

    Eastman cases used to be available in this country but no longer. And there was a...
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    Re: Gibson trapdoor

    Actually the banjo lights were not for stage use but were used to dry out the skin heads they used back then. They didn’t have plastic heads in the twenties. I have seen the armatures which would...
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    Re: Finding Parts for Banjolin

    I have one of those Weymann style 25 mandolin banjo which i bought decades ago. The original head was skin and I had to replace it with another skin head. Other than skin I don't know of any...
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    Re: de Meglio e Figli0

    Ntone: Where are you located? That would help locate a case. These are not too easy to find.
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    Re: Ever seen a glass Mando?

    Paul Glasse needs one. :)
  16. Re: Question you’ve all answered a million times

    Aside from set up, a $100 dollar mandolin will no doubt be made of all laminated woods which never sound as good as solid ones, especially the tops. You can get a solid top instrument for less than...
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    Re: Biehl Mandolin advise please

    Thanks, Graham. I have seen at least one mandolinetto with a Biehl label. I have to check my files.
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    Re: Gibson trapdoor

    I met and hung out with John Pearse a few times in the 1980s (yes that guy whose name is on the strings etc.) he was a phenomenal guitarist and I heard him play some hot ragtime tunes on his GB-5...
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    Re: Biehl Mandolin advise please

    Tracey:

    Tony Biehl was a mandolin maker from Davenport, Iowa, circa 1894-1904. Here's probably the most information you can find on this maker at this link from 2009: Rare Biehl Guitars were made...
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    Re: Kentucky Waltz

    Certainly soulful playing by one of the world's best mandolinists. Hey that guitar player is not so shabby either. :)
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    Re: Fiddle Tune (and more)

    The site is subheaded: "Transcriptions and audio files of over 600 traditional fiddle tunes from old recordings, festivals, jams and workshops - notated by John Lamancusa" I did notice that when...
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    Re: Fingering Technique

    I believe there is a “correct” way to play chromatic runs as dictated by violin or mandolin methods but I wouldn’t know offhand what those methods would indicate though I could look.
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    Re: Another backroom find

    At least you now know what the fretboard inlays should look like. I love the tailpiece covers—they sort of look like later Lyon & Healy carved flatbacks but I have never seen an Edwin bowlback of...
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    Re: Fiddle Tune (and more)

    Ranald: I would not jump to the conclusion that those names are the composers of the tunes. It is more likely that the owner of this site put those names on the tunes, and is just referring to...
  25. Re: 1963 Pasquale Pecoraro Roman Embergher-Style Bowlback Mandoli

    Embergher Cetra-Madami oddball. Madami was a teacher who convinced Embergher to make these. I have never seen one in person and am not enamored by the aesthetic even though I do love oddness and I...
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