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    Re: gibson f-model mandolins

    There seems to be a consensus that the "pre-F-5L" F-5's from the mid-1960's to the mid-1970's represent a low point in Gibson's quality. Having never played a Dave Harvey-built F-model, I can only...
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    Re: Metal Mandolins

    I own two: an aluminum-bodied, wood-topped Merrill bowl-back from the early 1900's, and a steel-bodied National Triolian resonator instrument from the 1930's. Very different instruments, obviously. ...
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    Re: Stop Me Before I 'Dola 'Gain!

    Well, you need a carved-top mandola with f-holes, and you need a bowl-back. I love "pancakes" too, but I don't wanta buy an IHOP... Five Flatties seems sufficient.

    I have 'way too many...
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    Re: difference with ukulele

    Chase mandolin, as discussed in this adjacent thread, I believe.
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    Re: Resonators

    Regarding "decal-less" Regal or Dobro mandolins, I'd go by the design. Some of the Regals I know had f-holes, rather than the "screen holes," and there could be Dobro instruments with f-holes as...
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    Re: What is this part?

    I believe these are called "sleeve guards," which explains their intended function. They show up from time to time on vintage instruments, and are after-market additions.

    Please correct me if I'm...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Sue -- you sayin' you got a Mid-Mo mandola? OMG, I was playing mandolin for 10+ years before I bought my first 'dola. I foresee octave mandolin, mandocello, mandolin-banjo and even more in your...
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    Re: Stuck in customs

    Possible "urban legend" story: Gordon Lightfoot was touring in the US, had some guitar problems, got the guitar fixed while on tour, returned to Canada. Got busted by Canadian Customs for smuggling...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin (GDAE) vs Mandola (CGDA)

    I think octave mandolin is a good choice; [1] you use the same fingerings and chord shapes as mandolin (albeit dealing with a much longer scale, wider separated frets), and you already have two...
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    Re: New Mandolin Advice request

    Bernunzio's entire inventory isn't on their website; if you're considering a trip, give them a call first and see what they have. Dave Stutzman, just a bit west of Rochester, has a cheap Rogue, and...
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    Re: Any banjo experts out there?

    Yeah, my bad; as a banjoist I shoulda known better.



    Usually you can infer the presence or absence of a tone ring, by noting how the head folds over the edge of the rim. A tone ring typically...
  12. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    One thing I'd like to add, is that we'd be interested to hear how you navigate the triple A and E courses on the Ceccherini. Additional strings to increase volume was a frequent strategy of...
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    Re: Any banjo experts out there?

    What info's available from the pics you posted (IMHO anyway):

    1. It's a 4-string, tenor banjo, rather than a 5-string, which would be the type used in bluegrass. You can determine this by the...
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    Re: Looking for an F-Style mandola gig bag

    I have my Stahl mandola in a Cordoba tenor ukulele bag; it's not an F-style, but the bag might accommodate a scroll.

    Traded my Eastman MDA-615, so I can't try fitting it in the Cordoba bag; sorry!
  15. Thread: Tuning up

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    Re: Tuning up

    For some reason, no one seems to take exception to a picker using a capo on a mandola, octave mandolin, bouzouki, or mandocello.

    Yet, I'd assume that the same "you oughta learn to play melody and...
  16. Re: Washburn (Regal) Model 2427 Two-Point Flatback

    French and Spanish! Quite the polymath, eh?
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    Don't disagree; Martin's love for banjo and folk/bluegrass music goes 'way back, before he became a comedy superstar, Hollywood actor, author, screenwriter, playwright, Renaissance man –– he's just...
  18. Re: Should a Beginner use a Marco Rebora Mandolin?

    A "beginner" can learn on any properly adjusted mandolin. Which one you want to acquire, may to some extent depend on what type of music you want to play once you learn. The other issue, alluded to...
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    Speaking of unlikely people to "front" bluegrass bands, what about Up-and-Coming Bluegrass Banjo Superstar Steve Martin?
  20. Re: key of G: #G (0023) etc what does it mean?

    Well, the key of G is "one sharp" in the key signature, so that might be related.

    Key of D is "two sharps," so there should be a second #.

    Otherwise -- well, give us a link to the thread you're...
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    Re: Is my new mando trash?

    Check out OP's 180 hate-love turn-around.

    And all because of a Cumberland bridge.
  22. Re: Old, quite unique flatback. Does anyone know anything about

    Is that "PAT'D OCT 26" stamped on it? Would argue for US manufacture, I guess.
  23. Re: Any clues as to the maker of this banjo-mandolin?

    I've never seen a resonator mandolin-banjo with the tailpiece attached to the resonator, rather than to the shell of the banjo itself. Concur with the hypothesis that a probably "trade" instrument...
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    Re: Vintage 1970s epiphone mm-70

    Here are the MM-70 specs from UsedPrice:


    Body Size F-Style
    Top Wood Solid Spruce
    Back Maple - Fiddleback
    Sides Maple - Figured
    Neck Wood Maple - Figured
    Frets 29, Nickel, Silver
    # of...
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    Re: Guitar Center

    Guitar Center's just the brick-and-mortar branch of Musician's Friend, really. So, why would you go to a "physical" store when you can access a larger, more diverse inventory from what's basically...
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