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  1. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Makes me happy that the only corporate instruments I own (and I own quite a few instruments) are Fender and Godin.
  2. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    What sblock said above... Fender did not protect its copyrights to the Telecaster and Stratocaster designs and so lost the right to do so. Rickenbacker, on the other hand, has done their due...
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    Re: Capo problem/question

    I use the Planet Waves Tri-Action. Moves easily while playing and is adjustable.

    http://daddario.com/pwProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=4115&productid=612
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    Re: Shubb Capo Issues

    Or just pull the rubber sleeve off and straighten the steel core in a vise. Works like a charm. Also make sure your fretboard really is flat before you do.
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    Re: French Folk / Fiddle Tunes

    Here's some of the best:

    https://www.you
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy3LMXJ7bdE&t=30stube.com/watch?v=wy3LMXJ7bdE&t=30s
  6. Re: OM string difference between a 23.5" scale and a 21.5" scale

    Online string tension calculator is your friend ;-)

    http://www.bangzero.org/stringtension/
  7. Thread: Reel picking

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    Re: Reel picking

    I always suggest practicing ornaments separate from tunes in exercises. My favorite is doing triplets in scales in thirds.
  8. Re: Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    Wow! That is a beauty.
  9. Re: Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    Is that a 10 string mando? mandola?
  10. Re: Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    Bing! We have a winner! :-)
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    Re: Tommy Peoples RIP

    I had the great honor of accompanying Tommy for a week's worth of gigs in New Mexico back in 2004. I'll never forget the experience of sitting next to him, his music exploding off his fiddle like...
  12. Re: Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    Anyone recognize the fella playing my Sobell in the 2nd photo above? (ca. 1983)
  13. Re: Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    Here is John Renbourn's Sobell that sold at auction after he died a few years ago:

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  14. Thread: 1970s Sobell

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    Re: 1970s Sobell

    Hello John,

    I have had four Sobells (three citterns, one mando), three Stephen Owsley Smiths (two 10 string zouks, one mando), 3 Herb Taylors (two zouks and one tenor guitar), as well as a bunch...
  15. Thread: Marga's Moment

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    Re: Marga's Moment

    Try picking "down-up" "down-up" "down-up-down" in each measure (and make sure the first downbeat in each measure is another downstroke):

    down-up down-up down-up-down
    1 2 1 2 1 ...
  16. Thread: 1970s Sobell

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    Re: 1970s Sobell

    John - what year is your mando?

    Yes, we could each drive 4 hours and meet halfway.
  17. Thread: 1970s Sobell

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    Re: 1970s Sobell

    Follow-up: this instrument is now with a master builder in TN for repair. Should have it on a couple of months.
  18. Re: Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    1986 Sobell (my 3rd and last)

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    1984 Sobella mando

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  20. Re: Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    Here's a couple of photos of the 2nd Sobell I had. This one made around 1980:

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  21. Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    I posted some photos of my '78 Sobell in another thread and am really curious what other 70s-early 80s era Sobells or Abnetts (was Joe Foley building then?) instruments might be out there.
  22. Thread: 1970s Sobell

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    Re: 1970s Sobell

    Might be, John. Don't remember the first time I met you but I think the first time I was at NTIF with Scartaglen was after I'd sold this one.
  23. Re: Best string set/gauges for Trinity College Bouzouki?

    No, those CFAD strings will not work for octave mandolin tuning (why don't you try bouzouki tuning? It's a bouzouki, after all ;-)

    Did you buy it new? If so then the strings that are on it will...
  24. Thread: 1970s Sobell

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    Re: 1970s Sobell

    Specs:
    19" scale
    Maple back and sides and peghead overlay
    Cedar top
    Mahogany neck
    Ebony fretboard
    Body width: 13.5"
    length: 15.5" to end of heel
    depth: 3.25" at heel
    ...
  25. Thread: 1970s Sobell

    by zoukboy
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    1970s Sobell

    This is a 1978 Sobell cittern that was the first zoukoid instrument I owned, purchased second hand from Gerald Trimble in 1981 (and sold a couple of years later when I bought another Sobell 2nd hand...
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