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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I meant no harm. I just meant to clarify that it's not some secret handshake society of Shieks

    Oddball stuff needs to be one offs. We do usually have an F4 or F7 although they don't meet the...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Well, Bill, that's a bit schmaltzy, I run the Loar Fest portion of the Banjothon event. The entire event is not advertised and is by word of mouth for numerous reasons which we will not discuss. It...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I recommend no. It's original to the mandolin. Removal was tried on an unsigned currently for sale. End result is "finish has been messed with"
  4. Cool mandolins at Schoenberg in Tiburon, Ca

    Hey All,

    Stopped by Schoenberg in Tiburon, Ca today to play some mandolins.
    They had an amazing assortment hanging up, as usual. (See photos).

    They had a Dudenbostel, a Giacomel, a...
  5. Think a full moon on Friday the 13 is scary?

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  6. Finally did it! 1895 C.A.Kisslinger BowlBack Mandolin restored

    If you search back...way back (2013)... you may find a thread with me begging for help to identify an old bowlback mandolin. Well, with your help and some research I finally got to identify and date...
  7. Thread: 1918 f4

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    1918 f4

    Here are some photos of an F4 I got a few months back. Also included is a rare case I just got from a Café member

    I apologize for the orientation stuff, it's an iPhone. Maybe Scott will be nice...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I fully believe that Gibson started overspraying all instruments that left the factory at some point around early 1925. I believe this happened in conjunction with the change to a soft lacquer...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Charlie Derrington would call this "slip-matched", if I'm not mistaken. The matter actually appears somewhere earlier in this thread.
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    Re: Valuing a Gibson by Dr Lori

    No, you don’t, she’s not as well versed as she seems to think she is.
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Those backs were likely cut from the same board something like 6" wide 3/4" thick twice as long as mandolin cur in half and glue together. If the figure is consistent along the board some folks may...
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    True - but if you cannot easily play the instrument, it's hard to get any tone at all.

    Plus, the music itself is more important than a specific tone - really timbre, since a tone is also a pitch...
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    I agree ! Whether we are talking about play ability of the instrument , type and brand of pick, choice of strings or the instrument we have is mainly for our ears as the audience will not have a...
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    Re: Hilary Hahn: Hearing her live

    There have been improvising violinists as long as there have been violins. When two different violinists play a given concerto, they may play all the same notes, but there are still differences in...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Sorry, fumble fingered response I think.
    What I meant to say is that they are not so much “mismatched” as much as “casually imperfect” there are several examples of that.
    I seem to remember...
  16. Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    This is how the frets are supposed to line up
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  17. Re: F5's from $3000-5000 worth considering - Sept '19

    Even though they come up used rather infrequently, I would definitely consider a Stiver worthy of inclusion in this group.
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    Makes that original '23 headstock overlay look like a steal at $37K.
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    Re: f-hole/oval/hybrid question

    You could do an x-brace. Tone bar bracing is not feasible because of the oval hole- you need something to reinforce the cross grain right beneath the oval hole and the bridge. These old oval hole...
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    Re: f-hole/oval/hybrid question

    One single transverse brace below the soundhole.
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    If instruments do not "open up," then why are the older ones so sought after for their sound (even electric guitars)? Age and play-time bring some kind of mojo to a guitar, mandolin, violin, etc. ...
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    Re: Potential USA Recesssion?

    Recession, sickness, and other kinds of misfortune are always possibilities. Buy what's within your reach and pay reasonable prices, and you will be happy and might even be able to make back what you...
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    With Monroe having had the F5 sent back for so many replacement fingerboards, I would say he let them know up front don't put them ugly as block inlays in mine cause that ain't no part of nothin' on...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    :popcorn:
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    Re: Great New Váňa H-5 Mandola

    Miroslav "Mira" Vana is a researcher, an acoustic engineer in the best sense of the word who has spent incredible amount of time on research of the Lloyd Loar sound and construction as well as on...
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