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    Re: Red Valley Mandolin - Out On The Ocean

    NICE!

    Several years ago in Maine, I picked up a lovely CD of lighthouse-inspired tunes on a variety of folk instruments, of course including mandolin! It's by John Mock, who apparently has done a...
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    Re: Buy without trying

    Glad that someone said it!

    In the '90s and '00s, when eBay wasn't quite so dreaded, I had consistent "good luck" by asking questions whether or not I actually had any. If the seller responded...
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    Re: diminished value from a repair?

    Reading into the above responses, it seems like simply stating ...


    ... can have different meanings to different folks. Photos or a more detailed description might help.
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    Prior to the lawyer/provenance comments, my first thought was to be impressed that Gibson might care about their own history!
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    Five of us spreas around a back deck about once a week for the past 2 months, since the weather's been warm enough. Instigated by the local library inviting us to do an on-line concert of Italian...
  6. Re: STOLEN!! Martin HD28 mint condition and Gibson F5 L mandolin

    Yes! 20 years ago, my Florida sister-in-law took photos of her stolen jewelry to every pawn shop and police depatment in the county. She got 'em back.
  7. Re: Tenor Guitar Question: Convert an old guitar or pull the pick

    Specific to neck narrowing, no. But since you claim "New York, NY", there should be tons of options. My first thought is to try RetroFret and/or Brooklyn Lutherie. When I worked in downtown,...
  8. Re: Tenor Guitar Question: Convert an old guitar or pull the pick

    I'm no tenor expert but, having messed w/ lots of electric guitars, my first thought is "what's the worst that can happen?" Sort of meaning: try small steps at a time before making each bigger...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Model A rebuild or for parts

    Whoa! You folks don't watch enough car restoration on cable. "Chasing Classic Cars" is one of the better ones; you'll soon find that the buyer's premium on some of them would buy most any mandolin...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Bridge Question

    That's typical of arch-top instruments w/ "floating" bridge, that need some sort of tailpiece to attach the string ends to. Flat-top instruments (mando or guitar) most often either have holes w/...
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    Re: Identify help

    It could become reasonably playable with some work but, other than as a hobby project, such work could cost more than its market value.

    - Mostly, the bridge is both uncompensated and (despite...
  12. Re: 1957 Fender Mandocaster Fingerboard Cleanup?

    Maybe someone already went at it with files or sandpaper?
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    At 73 (wife a few years older but looks 50-ish!), there are SO many comments I could make about my luck thus far, but I'll hold it to just two:

    1) As a long-time whitewater kayaker and...
  14. Re: Autumn Leaves - Mandolin Chord Melody [Tab]

    What a great thread and great playing... THANKS to all!
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    Re: Centerfold/Push It medley

    HEY!! Who gave you permission to have that much fun?
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    Re: Why do people do this?

    This thread reminds of just how much I miss Stan Jay, Mandolin Brother's wordsmith of the highest order. Always accurate, always descriptive-even-when-overdescriptive, often heart-warming, never a...
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    Re: scale lengths

    Required? Nah, but it certainly couldn't hurt! I'm just the current caretaker, as it actually belongs to the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra, out here in the suburbs of NYC and Newark, NJ.

    Our...
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    Re: scale lengths

    If it helps, the Gibson mando-bass in our guest bedroom measures 21.25" from nut to 12th fret, for an "official" scale length of 42.5". Actual string length is marginally longer due to compensation...
  19. Re: Buying my first Mandolin- Equipment questions

    And how high the strings are above the 1st fret. Nut slots often need to be filed, just one area where Rob Meldrum's free e-book, noted above, is most helpful.

    BTW, most fretted instruments come...
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    FWIW, a truth in roots-oriented music (and maybe most western music, for all I know!), is that the chord-based melody tones most often occur on the stronger beats (for example 1 & 3, or maybe 1 2 3...
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    Re: 10-15 Minute Theory Practice

    I clicked on the "View Only" button and got: "You must be logged into a Google account to request access from the owner." So there's that!
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    Re: "Brain Flatulence" when playing

    Do realize the added pressure of playing a different type of music, with players of probably differing background and/or expectations. It might not seem intimidating at first, but can be.

    After...
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    Re: Slot tuners Stiffness Problem

    Everything you need to know, thanks to the late Cafe member Paul Hostetter. This treatise has saved probably thousands of us from big mistakes:
    http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html
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    Re: Time Sensitive: Your opinions needed ASAP

    I've flown 6-8 times, domestically and to Mexico, with a backpack and A-style hard case, ALMOST never a question asked. The one time it was, the attendant saw the 3-raquet (padded + insulated)...
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    Re: Is this Washburn worth anything?

    A note of caution (from an amateur):
    The photo w/ ruler shows, IMHO, a lot of neck relief, enough to be an issue regardless of bridge height. Mandolins normally have barely perceptable relief (far...
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