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    Re: Music Store Etiquette

    Remove any clothing likely to mark tye back of an instrument (e.g. zippers)
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    Re: Need help identifying date of my F2

    The lable shows evidence of it having been sprayed over - as far as I’m aware, all labels were inserted after instruments were finished and they should show no evidence of being sprayed over. What I...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    To set the record straight, Ivan died on 10th October 2019.
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    Equating bribery to tipping just about proves my point.
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    Re: Ernie Ball Earthwood?

    Looking at the photos on David’s link, I can see why they sound better than the rest of the herd. They look like something out of a mariaci band! Nevr seen one; I don’t think they ever made it to the...
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    Re: UK Breedlove on Ebay - ?

    To correct my last post, I’ve just rescued my beater from the identical case to which the o/p is looking at and the label actually says “Breedlove Guitar Company, Tumalo, OR” - which, according to...
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    I think you’ll find that that is called bribery.

    As I said in my first post, the tipping “rules” depend where about in the world the service is provided but, personally, the expectation of a tip...
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    Re: UK Breedlove on Ebay - ?

    I’ve always assumed that if it says “Breedlove, Bend, Oregon” on the label it must be a US made one so I’d start by checking the label.

    My beater is one of their “Black Gold” models and that...
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    Poll: Re: Poll - Gold vs Silver

    Itís like asking an Englishman whether he would like tea or coffee. It depends how I feel at the time Iím asked; so I wonít be voting.
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    It’s demeaning and I would no more think of tipping a luthier than I would my dentist or the doctor who gave me the covid jab the other week.

    People in the UK still tend to tip restaurant staff...
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    Re: Need help identifying Gibson Loar era mandolin

    Why bind the back and not the top?
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    Re: Virzi inquiry - Models offered? Tonal effect?

    Oh no they don’t !!!!
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    Re: Virzi inquiry - Models offered? Tonal effect?

    They mute any sympathetic vibrations of those parts of the strings between bridge and tailpiece and, occasionally, nut ant tuners. The A2Z has them but the A4 doesn’t.

    This has been discussed...
  14. Re: Eastman MD 305 unbox - thanks all, I'm a satisfied customer.

    If you order direct (as I did) don’t forget to factor in VAT and the £8 Royal Mail commission. I don’t think ordering 1 will take you above the duty threshold.
  15. Re: New Eastman 305 - how long to play in, does tuning change?

    Not been to Eagle for a while; just down the road from here althought there are a couple of big hills in the way.
  16. Re: New Eastman 305 - how long to play in, does tuning change?

    Difficult to find in the UK? I know at least two places which clam to have them in stock - one even has a left handed model!

    That said, it’s impossible to tell how long it will take to “play in”....
  17. Re: Could anyone give me some info on this mandolin please?

    I appreciate that and I don’t think you’ve broken any rules but the mere mention might encourage others to stray into forbidden territory.
  18. Re: Could anyone give me some info on this mandolin please?

    These crop up regularly. In terms of value, you might like to watch this -...
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    Re: Room humidifiers and distilled water

    Does it get humid during the summer? Could you make use of a de-humidifier? Save and bottle the water from that to use in the humidifier during the dry season. (Fortunately humidity isn’t a big issue...
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    Re: Dating a Gibson A by FON

    11102, 3 and 4 are shown in Spann’s guide as 1918.
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    I donít have them on any of my guitars either! Iím sure thereís a psychological explanation here; you buy a relatively expensive piece of kit and then youíre persuaded to buy some sort of accessory...
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    I appreciate that nobody sells them in the UK but you could get hold of one if you wanted to and it suggests to me that nobody has seen the need. The varnish on my GBOM does have a sweat mark so it...
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    Re: please help

    Looking at the head, it looks to me as if somebody has glued something on it and then peeled it off again. Of course it’s possible that your Grandpa bought it in the 70s when he shouldn’t, sneaked it...
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    Re: Early Gibson A4 - Different Inlays?

    It looks re-finished to me. If it is from 1918, the tuners have been changed from worm under to worm over - Gibson did this circa. 1924. The fretboard inlays look more 1970s than teens and twenties.
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    Re: Curious about mandola nomenclature

    Iíd agree that itís confusing but, to me, the terms mandolin, mandola, mandocello and mandobass are direct equivalents of the violin, viola, violoncello and bass and, therefore correctly named. Iím...
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