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  1. Re: Need Help Identifying Grandfather's Mandolin

    I'd say "yes," basically. The action can be adjusted, but in my (limited) experience these "faux resonator" mandolins weigh a ton and never sound that good. A decent student-level mandolin might be...
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    Re: Gibson mandolin hope to find info

    Gibson A-40's are on the market for $800 to over $1K. Not saying what this one's worth, but second the motion to get it professionally appraised.
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    Re: 1980s Gagliano mandolins?

    Thread on another Gagliano mandolin. Consensus seems to be a German brand, trade quality. A pic would assist in analysis, but if "had" is past tense, and you don't have it now, we'll gladly shoot...
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    Re: "Super" Brand Ovation Mandocello

    Working from memory only, I think these were Asian "knock-offs" of the Ovations, generally sold on eBay. Price was very "reasonable," meaning "low," and I can only opine that sometimes you get what...
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    Re: Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin

    I take Mike E's point, but "not spend a fortune" doesn't necessarily mean "spend 50 bucks."

    Is $250 too much? The Rover RM-50 is all solid woods, heat-pressed, seems a decent starter instrument. ...
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    Re: Back to f-holes?

    Nah, just honored to have contributed a useful (IMHO, anyway) phrase and concept to our ongoing discussions of "what mandolin should I buy?"

    For those unfamiliar, I was reacting to the threads...
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    Re: ‘Beach’ mandolin

    My "beach" -- and folk club sing-around, street festival busking, camping, "throw it in the back of the car, there may be music" -- and, actually occasional performance and recording -- mandolin was...
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    Re: Best Bluegrass Band Single Microphone?

    Aha! Which may partially explain why I, the "Mr. Cheapo" of sound reinforcement, have been getting quite passable results out of MXL 990's in small-room, low-volume applications.

    I hesitate to...
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    Yeah, finding an "insertable" banjo "pot" of the Schmick variety is pretty unlikely. Construction of the Schmick, as shown in Mark's pics, is really similar to what you've got.
  10. Re: Does it look like a good entry-level mandolin [new player her

    Concur with the last three posts. Specs that say "spruce top" or "select spruce top" = plywood, as opposed to "solid spruce top." Solid wood's significantly better.

    Don't get sidetracked by the...
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    My "starter" mandolin was a 'teens Gibson A-1 found in my grandfather's attic. So a lucky break for me, though I had to have a huge top crack, "repaired" in the past with adhesive tape (!), glued. ...
  12. Re: Does it look like a good entry-level mandolin [new player her

    "Alabama" is an Asian-made brand sold in Canada. If this listing is correct, it's all solid woods, spruce top and mahogany back and sides, heat-pressed and not carved ("carved" is better, but many...
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    Well: the look of the "cut-out" in the top, rough-edged as it is, suggests that the instrument may have originally had a solid wooden top which was cut out to install a skin head. The head may have...
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    Duplicate post.
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    Re: Scrolltastic 30s Oddball Mandolin

    Hah! Good guess! Definitely some design resemblance.

    We've had discussions of "oval-hole" vs. "f-hole" instruments; now we should add "pin-hole" to the discussion, I guess.
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    A weird one all right. As Mike E opines, the slotted headstock and the very unusual -- and possibly just marginally functional -- tailpiece seem to argue against US manufacture.

    What's really odd...
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    Re: Jam etiquette

    Thirteen-year break between Posts #32 and #33. Record or near-record?
  18. Re: This old Merle Travis song has the most amazing mandolin play

    Here's an on-line discussion that supports the "speeded-up studio recording" theory.

    Travis was reportedly influenced by the guitar studio work of Les Paul around the same time (late '40's).
  19. Re: Who was the first American mandolin manufacturer?

    Luthiers have been building instruments in Paracho, Mexico, reportedly since the 1700's. Possibly could have made some mandolins...? I'm not sure that's what we're looking for as an "American...
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    Re: Long term band

    I formed Flint Hill Folk to play at the Genesee Country Village "restoration" (actually, all the buildings were relocated on the site) in 1976, and we're still going, with a slew of personnel changes...
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    Re: German 12 string guitar info needed

    Need a "full frontal" pic of the instrument, plus a shot of the entire back, and a close-up rear of the headstock showing the tuners.

    The pickguard resembles the on on this Framus six-string, so...
  22. Re: Clues to mystery banjo mandolin - Oscar Schmidt?

    Bruno was/is a distributor, not a manufacturer. They put their label on instruments from a variety of suppliers.
  23. Re: Skagg's former Gilchrist F-5 for sale - NFI

    Think the seller will get $27.5K for it? That's substantial, even for a Gilchrist.
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    Re: Possible year/make

    Looks sorta like this one, attributed to Angelo Mannello. Mannello made some very ornate instruments; a brief Google search will show some on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The use of...
  25. Thread: Gold tone

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    Re: Gold tone

    I've purchased several Gold Tone instruments, all in the banjo family -- Cripple Creek Mini travel banjo, banjola, cello banjo (4 string). I also have a long-neck banjo hardshell case and a gig bag...
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