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    Re: Loar’s Loar!

    I played that Loar for a minute when I took Siminoff’s F5 building class in the summer of 2015. I'd never played one before, so I didn’t have a sufficient base of experience to judge it among other...
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    Re: Bickford Mandolin Method

    Here, you can get Vols. 1 & 2 in a Carl Fischer edition for $375, PLUS you get a free vintage Kay mandolin!

    https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/msg/d/burbank-vintage-mandolin/6966196337.html
  3. Re: Praise for the contoured and rectangular Ameritage cases

    Austin Clark ships his instruments in Amertiage contoured cases and that's how I came into mine. They're neither sexy nor waterproof, but for essential internal protection I'm convinced they offer...
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    Re: Mother of Pearl buttons for Gotoh tuners

    Three-year old thread, but thanks for the tip about teflon plumbers tape. Wouldn't have occurred to me, and really does the job. I had a pearl button on a Gotoh tuner break in two recently while...
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    Yup! Though could lightning possibly strike twice?
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    Re: Hilary Hahn: Hearing her live

    I saw her perform the same piece at a Prairie Home Companion performance a couple years ago in Pasadena, CA, not long after Chris Thile took over hosting, and it was absolutely breathtaking....
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Gilchrist F5

    Thanks Shaun. Love his singing too!
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    Re: New Kelley A model violin style

    So pleased to see another fine builder working in this style! As to bracing, my understanding and experience is that (all else equal) tonebars will provide a more focused and projective sound, while...
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    Re: Beware EVOs

    Thinking I might've misspoke—could've been stainless steel Collings didn't care for.
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    Re: Beware EVOs

    As far as I know you won't find EVO on Collings mandolins, reputedly because Bill Collings thought it kills tone. So there's one premium builder who disliked the material. I don't recall whether I...
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    When I saw the announcement I thought about the original vs. Waterloo question too, but imagined the Collings-built instrument would smoke the original in terms of build quality, sound, and...
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    Re: Who makes custom strings?

    Gabriel Tenorio here in East L.A. can make pretty much any string you can dream up. I've stood beside him at his winder and watched. It's fascinating. Heckuva great guy, too.

    https://www.thegts.co
  13. Re: Lacey Act Example Form -- HOW TO -- shipping to the US

    Reviving this thread to give a HUGE shoutout to Brian for posting this Lacey Act compliance information. In a panic to bring in a pricey, used mandolin from the UK to California, this was the only...
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    Re: 1996 Gilchrist price list

    I wonder if these prices were in Australian Dollars? If so, if I'm doing the math right, an F model would've been more like US $8,000. Still, weep worthy either way.
  15. Re: Anyone Know where I can find a used Gilchrist

    Didn't sell in the first pass, but was relisted and sold a couple days later. Looked it up in the Gilchrist archive and note it was built in a batch of instruments alongside F models for Ricky Skaggs...
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    Re: Mandolin missing 46 years

    A quick look at Spann reveals the only FON with "4091" in it to be in the 1940-1945 range, and it's a 1941 F-5, but with a "G" prefix, not "Y". In the Serial Number chapter, however, Spann shows...
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    Re: Bach Cello Suites

    Sounds familiar. After "mastering" (in major air quotes) the first suite, I was crazy enough to jump to the sixth. But I started with the Gavottes, which are pretty straightforward. Then I went to...
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    Re: Eastman Octave

    I bought the EJ-72s through Amazon in September 2017. Don't recall any trouble with the strings being long enough. Might've been on the cusp, but they certainly worked out great.
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    Re: Campanella Due

    PS - if you search back to 2008 you can find Joe Cleary's original post from when he finished that one and was about to take it to a show or festival!
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    Re: Campanella Due

    Glad to know what became of it. Got zero reply after two messages to the seller. Congrats!
  21. Re: Article: Weber Mandolins Winter NAMM Yellowstone Celebration

    Woo hoo! Guess I can never say "I never win anything" again!

    Now let's see, F14...that's like 9 better than F5, right?!?

    Many thanks, Scott, and to Mandolin Cafe and Weber Mandolins!

    Totally...
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    Re: Eastman Octave

    I ended up selling the Eastman octave in favor of a boutique build. Great instrument, though! Had I kept it I likely would've gone with the Rubners. I don't recall the source but was able to confirm...
  23. Re: Condolences on the passing of Rebecca Harvell Ellis

    So sorry, Tom. Best wishes to you and the family.
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    Re: New pickmaker (new to me)

    Those thicknesses: 1.5-5mm?!
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    Re: Eastman Octave

    Was thinking about the Rubners too. Which set did you choose, and did they drop right in? All screw holes line up? Thanks.
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