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    Re: Carolina Quartet & Persimmon fittings

    James, what an incredible project! Great to hear about the L-5 in the mix. I especially love the use of persimmon, which as a true “American” ebony has always fascinated me. It has been used...
  2. Re: Carter Vintage Guitars is now Carter Vintage Exchange

    I got my Gilchrist from Christie who was wonderful throughout the process, and I too will always be grateful!
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    Re: Spruce-different species

    It’s probably most accurate to say that a piece of spruce sounds primarily like its density, stiffness, hardness etc. would indicate rather than its species. But there are physical generalizations...
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    Re: Spruce-different species

    Sunburst wrote: “There is so much variation from tree to tree that many of us hesitate to generalize about wood from specific countries, specific elevation or latitude. Two trees can grow within feet...
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    Re: Spruce-different species

    An important point to remember is that the “species” of European spruce—Picea abies—is a biological term. Thus Carpathian, German, Norwegian, Swiss etc. spruces are the same organism from a...
  6. Re: A Loar Story with Darren Nicholson: June 13, 1923 Gibson F-5

    Wonderful sounding mandolin!
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    Re: Mowry siblings, 13 years apart!

    The one-piece back on that archtop is unbelievable!
  8. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    JEStanek wrote: “For me best tone is a combination of how I hold the instrument, my technique, and the mix of strings and pick to get optimal tone.”
    It’s only human, of course, so many of us are...
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    Re: Question on "tiers" of instruments

    “A bad instrument will hold you back, a great one will pull you forward.”
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    Re: Steve Earle Interview

    Great photo of Daniel, Steve, and Steve. No talent shortage in that trio!
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    Re: "The Tree"

    John Hamlett wrote: “Last year a large osage orange tree washed up against the bridge in my driveway over the creek … Also hoping (but not too optimistically) that I might get a few guitar sets.”
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    Re: "The Tree"

    Just to add a little of my own experience with “The Tree” used on a small-bodied guitar with a spruce top. To begin with my bias: I had no special love for The Tree. I generally am not drawn to...
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    Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: TAMCO retirement.

    Hi Trevor, I was lucky enough to visit your shop in 2014 and Wow!—more terrific instruments assembled in one small room than I’d ever seen! I was born in Brighton but moved to the States in 1960,...
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    Re: Campanella Due

    That is simply a beautiful instrument! The Campanella violin aesthetic is wonderful and unique. Congrats!
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    Re: Volume vs Tone

    Further to UsuallyPickin—Your story on Mr. G is much like mine, I ordered one of his instruments from Carter’s not knowing much in advance, but the result has been amazing, a daily enriching...
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    Re: Volume vs Tone

    Hi James—That tale from the Asheville pub is terrific and so full of insight! I am always struck by how we as players can fall into asking the world of our instruments but correspondingly little...
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    Re: Help identify this wood

    I would have said Bocote
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    Re: John Lennon - Mandolinist?!?

    Yeah, still working on “All My Lovin’”! Then I plan to graduate to “This Boy”—even harder …
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    Re: Speed: Missed Notes and feeling

    Completely agree on Chris Thile—his mastery allows a ton of feeling to come through even on the fastest passages. For the rest of us mortals, playing at or (worse) beyond our speed abilities usually...
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    Re: Nmd

    Gchris—Say a word about what led up to you breaking your 40-year mandolin fast! —R.
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    Re: Amazing Nugget F5 at Carter's!

    Wow, the video. What clarity in that mandolin!
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    Another guess for Brazilian Tulipwood!
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    Re: Amazing Nugget F5 at Carter's!

    Yeah, it would be great if Carter’s put up a video. Although sometimes there’s a lot of cross-noise in their showroom. Tone, looks, & feel—they all go into the price of an instrument I think. ...
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    Re: Amazing Nugget F5 at Carter's!

    “Kinda funny but I compare this to those who collect stamps or coins”—yeah if this Nugget was a stamp it would be up there with The Inverted Jenny, at least if it was a left-handed build!
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    Re: Amazing Nugget F5 at Carter's!

    Personally, I think the Nugget at $27,500 and the Gilchrist at $16,000 and the Ellis $11,500 each well worth their asking price—maybe the latter two are even underpriced! But then I believe...
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