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  1. Thread: Wood ID

    by Charles E.
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    Re: Wood ID

    Whatever it is , it looks nice. Good find and good luck with your builds.
  2. Thread: Wood ID

    by sunburst
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    Re: Wood ID

    In the 40s I would suspect Swietenia macrophylla, but it could be Swietenia mahagoni.

    I typed that before the pictures loaded so now I'm not so sure. The grain looks a little prominent to be one...
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    Re: RIP Arthur Stern

    The Stern Studios family is deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Arthur Issac Stern who passed peacefully on September 22, 2021. His impressive 45-year career as an architectural glass and...
  4. Another D'Aquisto inspired art-deco mandolin

    The second of the Jimmy D'Aquisto inspired mandolins, This one of Sitka and Tasmanian Blackheart sassafras.

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    Re: Bevel on a mandolin

    This is the solution
    Weber tailpiece
    196552
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    Re: Bevel on a mandolin

    Not really a bevel but Rigels are well known for their comfortable sides.
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    Re: Gibson A-4, Teens vs 20s

    I’ve always thought that the snakehead was just a recognizable visual cue signaling other developments (adjustable bridge, adjustable truss rod, more narrow neck, profile, etc.) favored by modern...
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    Re: CITES Question

    It's like watching dealers at Bluegrass festivals sell picks made from material that not be named.
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    Re: Arch fingerboard for F4

    Yes, there are two ways to do this, and you can't have them both-- either you can have it done right, or have it done cheap. You have to choose.

    Although prices will vary somewhat depending on...
  10. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    1. Builds 2 - 12 I spent a lot of time re-working the measurements from Roger's Book with Hogo's Loar drawings.
    2. Spent a lot of time at festivals handing mandos to players and watching what they...
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    Re: CITES Question

    There should not be any CITES issues. However, there may be other issues. if the mandolin has a declared value of over $2000 US, then the receiver will need to fill out and lodge a Lacey Act form. ...
  12. Re: Drop in Tuner Replacement? Advice needed

    Ask Bruce Weber. Montanalutherie.com
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    Re: Crazy Catania Creation!

    Nothing has changed. There are still folks Who are blinded by the glitz vs. impressed by the tone.
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Bass

    Seller is dreaming. My Stahl Larson brothers mando-bass was $4K, and I thought it was pricey.
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Bass

    I had one many years ago. Not the ideal bass instrument. Buy one if you like the oddity or collect. Better off with a decent upright bass. Better tone and projection.
  16. Thread: Griffith Loar

    by Glassweb
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    Re: Griffith Loar

    The late, great Tut Taylor once offered this mandolin (for purchase) to a friend of mine... many moons ago this was. The price? $2,500!
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Inspiring work, Graham. Beautiful figuring in the timbers too.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    The next two mandolins, or at least a mandolin and a mandola, on the bench. The mandolin is the second of the D'Aquisto inspired art-deco madels, this one made from Sitka and Blackheart sassafras. No...
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    Re: Griffith Loar

    Played it one year at IBMA my favorite Loar !
    If I could have any mandolin that’s the one
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    Re: Griffith Loar

    I got to spend an afternoon with The Griffith Loar a few years ago. Still have VHS video somewhere. It remains my favorite looking and sounding of all mandolins.
  21. Thread: Griffith Loar

    by EvanElk
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    Re: Griffith Loar

    I do - And I think of it more as caretaking Ella... and I've been trying to get her into lots of different talented hands for playing and recording. Bruce and I launched a recording project right...
  22. Thread: Griffith Loar

    by EvanElk
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    Griffith Loar

    Got to play the Griffith Loar last night. Not too bad 196226
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    A guitar bodied mandocello

    A recently strung up mandocello. 27"/68.5cm string length. 15"/38cm wide body, 4"/10cm deep at the tail, 3.5"/8.8cm deep at the neck join. Sitka spruce soundboard with hybridX/lattice bracing,...
  24. Re: seeking advice/connection to builder to re-top an F5

    I've re-topped a few mandolins, Gibson and Martin, and even with the name/brand-inflated market value of those instruments I was sure to let the owners know that they were spending more money than...
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    Re: Quality control on Waverly tuners

    I was wondering when you were going to chime in James. Spot on as always.
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