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  1. Ken Cartwright loses home in Oregon fires

    Got a text a few minutes ago from a friend in Orgeon, then checked Ken's Facebook page. Very sorry to hear the news that he has lost his home in the Oregon fires.

    Ken, for those of you that don't...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    There are interior signs that it is not an original item, aside from freely posting my work on the internet.
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Is anyone bothered by this?
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Ummm...there was only one Loar A5...so yep.

    Violin makers have been copying Strads and Guarneri's for hundreds of years...it's a tribute......you get it or you don't....unless a builder passes it...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Not at all. Make a Vessel copy for us to see your work.
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Go ahead. But first you’d have to be willing to sell your F models for $485. That’s about the same ratio one pays for one of mine compared to a Loar. A $485 Vessel copy would likely increase my sales...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Personally, I don't think the human race will be here even 100 years from now. So go ahead... buy or sell your signed Lloyd Loar F5 while there's still time!
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Well I've said it before and I'll say it again, Loar signed F-5's, and all the other Loar family of instruments are the first of basically the greatness of stringed instrument building since the...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    That is another thing. Almost every old classic violin from the 1700s has been taken apart and worked over numerous times and the value keeps going up anyway -- not sure why repairs to a mandolin...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Why would that be so? It has been at least 2 generations already since the first Gibson Loar signed F-5s were made in 1922. The prices did not drop like a rock they have gone up dramatically --...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    I liken the Lloyd Loars to paintings by the Old Masters. You know they are old, you know the artist, there are only so many of them, and they hold a lot of meaning in the art world. Sure, you can get...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    I think a million is probably optimistic. I'm thinking $500-700k. Maybe $250-300K for Reischman's.
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    I forgot about bill halsey's builds! That is one ultra fine looking f-5, i'd love to play that baby! His craftsmenship is perfect. I don't believe i've ever even heard one of his builds. Wasn't he a...
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    I believe my Halsey to be the closest to a Loar that I have played. My old DMM prototype was a close 2nd...
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    All F-5 mandolins are built in respect to Loar F-5's as Loar F-5's were the first made, most all are built on that platform but only a few could be considered exact replicas or tributes! I've heard...
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    My new Apitius build

    I made a decision to go with a new Apitius build, it’s scheduled to begin construction in March, 2021. I am going with the Grand Classic design with a couple of unique choices that Oliver has never...
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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    From the few,3,Loars I have played and the one '29 Fern,I reckon I would prefer a mid to late 20's Fern as my Holy Grail mando. (With a 1" plus a hair nut.)

    Just a generalization.

    Those...
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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    Thanks Andy B, That is a pretty good one, but all are different, I've only ever been lucky enough to stroke a handful of Loar F-5's, including mine. A load of 20's-late 30's F-5's also, But if I had...
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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    In response to William, I played the Mavian Loar when Bob had it. Itís the nicest sounding Loar I have played (and I have played some very nice ones). When it appeared at Carterís I told my wife...
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    Re: Cliff Sargent mandolin

    Thought I would share a picture of my Cliff Sargent Loar copy to this thread. It is one great mandolin.179058
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Hi folks - Thanks for all your messages. I more or less decided today that i'll get back to my weight training regime,just to see if that might help to ease my breathing by stretching my chest wall....
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    1996 Gilchrist price list

    Read 'em and weep
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    Re: High End mandolin cases... and theft

    If you are really worried, you can get one of those GPS trackers that they have for locating your dog. Hide it in the case when you are going into a situation where you think the instrument might be...
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    Re: Gibson A 50 for $7500

    He'll tell his wife, "honey, I tried to sell it!"
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    Luthier Paul Hostetter has passed away

    It is with great sadness that I bring the news that luthier and Cafe member Paul Hostetter has passed away.

    Paul's well known site www.lutherie.net has helped many of us repair and understand the...
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