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  1. Re: on Reverb: When a scroll isn't a scroll, or is it?

    Or the "lump scroll," one of Gibson's less inspired ideas -- the F-model silhouette without all that expensive actual hand-work. At least this one pays a little respect to an actual scroll, by...
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    Re: 1906 Gibson F-4 "tree of life" mandolin

    "Fair market price" is what some buyer will pay for it.

    Not many 3-point F'4's listed as for sale that I could find, and none near the asking price for this one. To be fair, none as nice as this...
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    Re: What is this amazing-looking instrument?

    Looks like a Portuguese guitar (or guittar)
    to me:



    Can't vouch for all the historical facts in the video, but some useful info.

    On the other hand, it's smaller than the instrument in the...
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    Re: Il Globo mandolin

    More than a half-dozen Il Globo mandolins currently listed on the internet, almost all bowl-backs and almost all in the UK (although one from British Columbia where the seller's asking $1.1K for...
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    Re: An evening with the Martin harp mandolin

    I agree it's not a part of the tailpiece; it's not attached, and it doesn't seem to have a way to attach it. It somewhat resembles the Lyon & Healy "lyre" tailpiece covers, though not exactly. ...
  6. Re: A4, A5, F4, F5--what do the numbers mean?

    And the Florentine Controversy marches on!

    1928 Gibson Florentine tenor guitar, with all the Venetian fretboard inlays, rhinestones all over the headstock, etc., etc.

    Gibson Florentine Les...
  7. Re: Looking for a Sweet Sounding Roundneck Resonator Guitar

    I tried one of the Johnson Chinese-made brass-bodied tricones. Had it for a year, and swapped it. I wouldn't go there, though it was a decently made guitar.

    One of the most interesting resonator...
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    Re: Ecuadorian Bandolin

    I'd contact Joe Todaro at WorldFrets in Landsdowne PA and see if he has any suggestions.
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    Re: Merrill Aluminium Mandolin

    I have a fancier Merrill, also purchased on eBay perhaps 20 years ago or so; think I got it for $150.

    Merrill instruments were manufactured by the Aluminum Musical Instrument Co., which Neil...
  10. Re: A4, A5, F4, F5--what do the numbers mean?

    Mike, right about the banjo, but wrong that it was "the only thing" called "Florentine." For no apparent reason Gibson called its EM-200 electric solid-body mandolin, introduced in 1954,...
  11. Re: A4, A5, F4, F5--what do the numbers mean?

    Gibson listing above omits "LG," which was assigned to some smaller acoustic guitar models. I once heard it was for "ladies' guitar," but that might be just a rationalization by those crazed...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    One of the many dumb decisions by Gibson over the years, was not patenting/trademarking the "F" silhouette -- which they surely could have done. How many gazillion F-models have been churned out by...
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    Re: impulse purchase - non-mando

    Quoting from the OP, Post #6:



    I have known several bass players who have said they took to bass because they felt overshadowed by better players on "lead" instruments in jams, but noticed that...
  14. Re: We've said it before, we'll say it again.

    So's Sydney, Australia, I guess...
  15. Re: A4, A5, F4, F5--what do the numbers mean?

    There are also Gibson "A" mandolins with f-holes, the A-40 and A-50 being the most common. The A-50 had a solid, carved back; the A-40's back was laminated. There were also A-0 and A-00 mandolins...
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    Re: impulse purchase - non-mando

    1. Bass players always seem to be in demand.

    2. Many of them claim to have taken up bass after being frustrated in learning a "lead" instrument. This, of course, doesn't apply to "lead" bassists....
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    Re: Eddie Van Halen RIP

    Regarding Van Halen's smoking habit (Post #8): listening to a morning "talk" show (Rover's Morning Glory, if you must know), I heard him quoted that his throat cancer was not due to smoking (although...
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    Re: Snakehead vs. Paddlehead

    And I'm thinking Beldar and Prymatt (or Ackroyd and Curtin, if you prefer):
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    Re: An evening with the Martin harp mandolin

    Well, I haven't seen Jess since I started this thread. He worked in the band Miller's Wheel with fiddler Kit Fallon, and I have contact info for her, so if someone's trying unsuccessfully to reach...
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    Re: Help identify this

    Almost all the English zither banjos I've seen have had slotted headstocks. Not saying this isn't one; the pot/resonator assembly surely looks like that of a zither banjo. The inlay pattern is...
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    Re: Not a Gibson

    Hey bgmandolin, step back a few feet and take pics of the entire instrument, front & back, not just vignettes of sections. Will make ID-ing it much easier.
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    Re: Eddie Van Halen RIP

    I remember when Guitar Player and other instrument-oriented pubs covered Van Halen 24/7. When we make a list of influential instrumentalists, he'll rank in the same stratum as Hendrix, Reinhardt and...
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    Re: Native American With Mando-Banjo

    "Then He-Who-Makes-A-Racket was exiled from his tribe, and wandered alone into the desert, where he was rescued by an itinerant jug band, and passed the rest of his days in Memphis."

    -- Chronicles...
  24. Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    My pick for "offensive weapon" is the bombarde:



    Oboe on diatonic steroids!
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    Re: Old Ironsides

    Original Country Gentlemen banjoist Bill Emerson is credited with founding Country Current.
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