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    Re: Trio of mandolins seen on facebook

    I believe that is DRGM which is a German manufacturing association I think.
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    Re: Planning a road trip

    Certainly a useful thread fo the general public here and even with advice for nudist mandolins G’s, but I have a feeling the OP forgot about this thread altogether and the trip he/she took is long...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    An Antonio Tsai mandolin offered at an inflated price: https://www.ebay.com/itm/8-String-Canadian-Spruce-Mandolin-with-Mother-of-Pearl-Inlay-/163291300329
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    It is a pain to post pics on my phone but take a look at this auction. Looks like the top has lots of warpage and the non-original bridge is positioned so the strings are lower. Will this ever okay...
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    Re: Trio of mandolins seen on facebook

    I think all German-made. Left is a Wappen-style. I like the modernistic Halloween look of the one on the right.
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    Re: New (to me) mandolute

    An interesting approach was some experimentation by Red Henry on mandolin bridges based on Violin bridges: https://www.murphymethod.com/index.cfm?event=pages.content&contentId=87
  7. Re: The Ernst: 1920's attempt at more volume

    Yes! The Mario Maccaferri designed Selmer grande bouche had an internal sound reflector mounted on the back. However I think Django preferred the petit bouche for soloing and his rhythm guys played...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Bass

    I probably mentioned this years ago in other threads but when I joined the NY Mandolin Orchestra in the 1980s the bass player there played a balalaika 3string contrabass. I asked him why he didn’t...
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    No clucking, Mick. I am just fascinated by experimentation in music, successful or not. It is amazing how many variations of this theme. That is also why I am interested in patents. My fiddles are...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Bass

    Yes!!! My experience exactly. Rarely played my MB but the upright got me into five bands, a few of which I didn’t even wa t to play with. Hah!
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    Unless you can find a Norwegian case company that makes such a thing I would guess you would have to go custom for this. I was going to suggest that if you found a double violin case with an...
  12. Re: The Ernst: 1920's attempt at more volume

    Not so novel. I had a late 19th century Violin with an internal double sound board. Martin built the model America guitars with a secondary body. For this category we can also include the modern...
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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.
  14. Re: please help identify my Grandmother's mandolin

    Decorative like flowers, stars, moons, vines, etc.
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Bass

    Usually tuned to same as string bass: E, A, D, G
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    Re: Multi-bug Puglisi?

    I agree with Mick that it is not a Puglisi. I think the tailpiece is one of those German ones, for what they us worth. Other than that, looks a bit clunky to me. Is the workmanship decent or so-so?
  17. Re: please help identify my Grandmother's mandolin

    Could be a decent player but I agree with my colleagues. Few bowlbacks are worth considerable money. This is a lower-end factory instrument so enjoy its history in Your family.
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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.
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    Here ya go: https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/176253#176253
  20. Re: Gibson MB-4 Trapdoor Banjo mandolin info request

    I realized a while ago that a banjo needs a lot less downward tension to drive the thin drum head than a carved or even flattish wooden one. Hence the light strings work better.
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    Not necessarily light tenor banjo strings. Just but two sets of regular CGDA tuned tenor banjo strings. Those gauges are probably just about right for an MB. I have a small-headed (7") Weymann style...
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    Re: Vega roundback mandolins

    I call him wonderful Eugene!
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I think that these are Japanese prices for overseas instruments. Maybe they can sell them over there for that. For a US buyer it makes little sense.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    That is amazing, Charley. I guess there are similarities between instrument building and boat making. Neither should let water inside.
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    Re: Ugliest F-4 ever?

    It is very interesting to me that many of the best artists who try to portray a violin do a bad job of getting the proper proportions. I imagine if F-model mandolins were more popular they would have...
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