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    Re: Deterioration due to closed case

    sblock, thanks for the clarification. If the pickguard hasn't deteriorated before now, you say, we can take for granted that it is stable. If deterioration due to "not just right" original...
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    At age five, I felt old during the first day of kindergarten. At age eleven, I felt old as I threw folded newspapers on to porches as a new paperboy. At age seventeen, I felt old as I crept up the...
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    Re: MAD Mix A5 Carbon fiber Mandolins

    Not every day and not well, but I play #40. Got this from the Cafe classifieds about a year ago. I was warned by the seller that the neck would be a bit chunky, and, indeed, it is that. While this...
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    Re: Deterioration due to closed case

    Thanks for all of this 100% useful information. I received the 1917 A4 this afternoon via FedEx and I have to say that I've never seen an A4 in finer condition or played one that sounded as...
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    Deterioration due to closed case

    I'm about to receive via FedEx a 1917 Gibson A4. The pictures in the classifieds made it appear to be in great shape. What I'm concerned about is whether or not I should store it in its case. This...
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    Re: A Year With Calace?

    I'd certainly subscribe to either the Leone or the Munier year. As for which to do, my initial thought is that you might garner new subscribers with Leone: it would be a different period, style, and...
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    Re: Northfield Calhoun

    I played one briefly in the Northfield tent at last year's Grey Fox Festival. I was impressed. The build seemed light but solid, the tone unexpectedly pleasant, and playability evident. I was...
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    With a red face I have to report that I did manage to order from the Galli site. Can't say why this was so problematic for me?!?! In any case, I think I'll take Jim up on his suggestion to make my...
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    Right. Leenen inspired me to try the Galli picks. I couldn't find them (online) for sale in the US. After some initial trouble I managed to register on the Galli site, but when I tried to order the...
  10. Re: Gibson F4 serial # 12756, 1911: question about FON

    Wow! Thanks, folks. What eyes you have! Next time I lose my Bluechip I'll know who to invite to dinner ...

    Joe
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    Re: From Violin to Mandolin - Questions

    Indeed, Phil.Woodhull, I was just in communication with a violinist who, like the OP, has become interested in the mandolin. I mentioned to him that I am a mandolinist who has just begun violin...
  12. Poll: Re: Poll: do use use a bevel edge or round edge pick?

    Not to put too fine a point on it, so to speak, but people have "pick collections" which include all manner of pointedness, weights, bevels, materials, etc. Why? Because of the many variables that...
  13. Re: comparison: Ellis A5, Northfield F5 Artist VIE, Collings MF5

    Thanks for this. Each of the instruments sounded better than the others in particular pieces. Comparisons like this are invaluable to someone like me who does not live in an area affording the...
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    Re: Gertrud Tröster - Jiro Nakano - Calace

    If you are interested in more Calace recordings, I posted this on this forum a few weeks ago:

    A while ago I started a project to create a Calace discography. I've completed it as far as I'm...
  15. Re: Gibson F4 serial # 12756, 1911: question about FON

    Hmmm, maybe I've answered my question. I just looked at Spann's Guide and see that there were 4-digit FONs for F4s in 1911 for which the first two digits were "15". So if this F4 is in that same...
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    Grey Fox cancelled

    No surprise, but I won't see you at Grey Fox this year. Refunds at the website. I did the refund clicks this morning and my credit card noted the refund almost immediately.

    Joe
  17. Gibson F4 serial # 12756, 1911: question about FON

    As the result of a question in a different forum, I've gotten curious about the FON in my F4. I've never looked for this until now. What I find is this:

    186051

    I don't find a FON number...
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    Re: A Year With Calace?

    I began this about two weeks ago. Ironically, I found that Florian's first lesson was precisely at the piece I had currently reached working through the Calace method myself. How could I not join...
  19. Re: Once A Week Jethro Burns Mandolin Playing Discussion

    Though I wouldn't be able to add much to the discussion, I would appreciate being able to lurk and learn. I'm free whenever you decide to do this.

    Joe
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    Re: Classical Mando Video Sessions

    I'm so glad I can't play nearly well enough to approach Ysaye! It makes hearing a performance like this so very, very wonderful! Thanks.

    Joe
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    Re: Calace labels

    The recent discussion about Calace mandolins started by Tim Logan got me thinking a bit about my own. Having seen Calace labels on Cafe postings from time to time, I had never seen one as "simple"...
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    Re: Mandolin Crossword Puzzle

    First crossword I've done in decades. Don't think this will start a habit, but it was lots of fun. Thanks.
  23. Re: What did we play on Mandolins 100 years ago in the USA?

    Thanks, Mark, for point to the underutilized Library of Congress. I go to the Library every Friday (past few weeks excepted) to volunteer cataloging mandolin sheet music from the 1890-1920 heyday. ...
  24. Re: Thile's Fingering- Bach's B minor Partita, BWV 1002: II. Doub

    If I had a medal to give you, it would be made of gold. Thanks!

    Joe
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    Calace Discography project

    A while ago I started a project to create a Calace discography. I've completed it as far as I'm willing to take it for now. It includes 170 tracks found on items in Amazon (U.S. and international...
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