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  1. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    I watched a local bluegrass band play a good few times with a Lebeda F5 and every time I could never hear the mandolin properly. A few years before, I had actually put the mandolin player in touch...
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    Re: Gibson sound

    I've had hundreds of mandolins through my hands in the last 50 years and I don't think there is a Gibson sound. Certainly not in F-hole mandolins. If I hear an old recording, Say Red Rector or Dave...
  3. Re: Now HERE's a mandolinist's worst nightmare:

    My nearest to 'mandolin mightmare'' happened at King Cross Station, London around 1980. I had my prized possession at the time, a 1932 black Gibson A and sat it next to me on the platform seat. I...
  4. Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    I saw it and thought that the shape was wrong for Gibson in 1986. I reckoned that shape came in much later. Headstock looked almost acceptable but body shape definately looked wrong. The listing...
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    Re: Anyone heard of Flite?

    Hi Tony. Got it today. I pride myself in being able to get the very best out of any acoustic instrument but you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear. There are no issues with the mandolin....
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    Re: Radiotone Double Chamber Mandolin

    I've handled a couple and whilst they looked attractive, that's where it ended for me. Very poor sound and more of a novelty. I know someone who has one and it also needs a repair. The double top...
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    Re: Old Gibson A mandolin copy?

    Looks like Terada or similar 1970s made in Japan. New strings takes it to 37 plus postage no doubt so 45. Buying unseen could be a waste of 45 but may well be fine and no great risk.

    These...
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    Re: Anyone heard of Flite?

    Ok Tony. I'll try to remember to post it on the forum. Just hoping the neck is Ok etc. Looks like it had a pick up as the lead is there but couldn't see if the pick up was actually in the case. Pick...
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    Re: Anyone heard of Flite?

    Hi. I just bought it unseen in Carlisle auction. Wondered if you could tell me anything more about it. I expect to get it next Thursday.

    Many thanks

    Jimmy Powells
    Northumberland.
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    Re: Prettiest Peghead Inlays Ever

    Torch every time or an abbreviated Fern without the leaves etc around the truss rod cover is my taste. This Old Wave F4 inlay is definitely elaborate maybe but I don't see it as pretty, although each...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Think of all the millions of people who have wonderful pianos at home. They don't take them outside to play but they still buy them so same applied to mandolin. Simple as that. It's just the...
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    Re: Northfield 4.0 Reviewed

    My mate and I both have a 2016 Big Mon. They are different which is a little odd really. Mine has a chunkier neck which I totally love. Mine also has ivoroid colour neck and headstock binding and his...
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    Re: Mandolins for 6k and under?

    A USED Northfield Big Mon will be a whole lot of mandolin and very much within your budget.
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    Although there were thousands of old Gibsons (and quite a few Martins) with non adjustable bridges and players accepted them I think for anyone who is an experienced mandolin player and appreciates...
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    Re: Fingerboard Extensions

    In reply to Jim Hilburn's comment, yes Classical players are probably the only ones who require the 24 frets. That must have been a real sickener after making the mandolin.

    One thing that did...
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    Re: Fingerboard Extensions

    Hi William. It is maybe down to plectrum technique but I certainly hear it and find it very irritating. I've had many old F4s and when I pick one up I notice immediately. Maybe some people don't have...
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    Fingerboard Extensions

    I wonder if in time, new builders will gradually stop putting on extended fingerboard extensions. I know a lot of them do but many don't. When I see a newish mandolin with fairly long extension,...
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    Re: New mandolin for an old man

    I would buy the Savannah SA 120 and get new machine heads. Over the last 10 years I've had a good dozen of these through my hands and with maybe just a couple of exceptions, they have all sounded as...
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    Re: Takamine mandolin

    I know of one that exists although I have not seen it and it is not currently for sale.

    I suspect it was a prototype and the story I got from a totally dependable source was that the Fender Rep...
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    Re: 1996 Gilchrist price list

    Reserve was not met. I believe it was 6000. It then went on an after sale bid for 2 days. A friend and I put a bid in at 6500 but it went for 8500. These prices have 25% auction fees/vat to be...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    Robin Hall and Jimmy McGregor in the 1960s playing 'fitba' crazy' with a Gibson F4 was implanted into my mind. I just loved the shape of the F4 as well as the bright sound. The Edinburgh folk scene...
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    Re: Intonation

    I often find that on the NUT, the slots are not deep enough and the same usually applies to the bridge top. You juts have to get that right without taking the slots down too deep. If the D is correct...
  23. Re: Any clues about this British-made mandolin?

    Eccleshall made electric mandolins. Possibility? The Ecclehall name was always in full so probably not.
  24. Re: If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    A friend of mine had a 1927 F5 was as good as it gets. Truly fabulous mandolin.

    A 1917 F4 just when they started to do sunburst instead of plain shaded top is the most beautiful mandolin so hard...
  25. Re: How much does a Northfield actually cost to make?

    The latest Northfield at what seems a high price is just an option to have their most elite mandolin in every way. You can still buy a Northfield F5 which will be a fraction of that cost. Most...
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