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    Re: Strings Question

    Curt Mangan: https://www.curtmangan.com/monel-mandolin-light-10-36/
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    Re: Bass Builder Undertakes Mandola Build

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    Re: an aesthetic question

    Was Jordan marketing Gibson mandolins back then?
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    Re: my eastman G string sounds dull?

    The dangerous answer is that you might have good ears. I’ve often felt that the quality of tone on the G course is one of the most noticeable differences between even a good entry level mandolin and...
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    Re: Is this an A-2Z?

    Ask for the serial number and FON. There are some mandolins that I suspect started their life in a batch of A2-z’s before some type of blemish appeared requiring a blacktop to cover it. I only...
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    Re: Mowry siblings, 13 years apart!

    Were you tempted to order a GBOM?
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    Re: First Purchase Recommendation

    This one: https://themandolinstore.com/product/lafferty-a-style-mandolin-2012/
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    Re: Hogan mandolin

    You can always ask Adrian directly: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/members/8557-HoGo
  9. Re: Andy Statman and Jake Eddy in State College, PA

    Almost ;)

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    Re: Best Beginner Mandolin on a Budget?

    I agree that while a Stradolin is (or at least was) good value for a vintage instrument, it wouldn’t be my first thought for a starter. My alternative suggestion would be a flattop, such as a Big...
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    Re: Well MAS has got me bad!!!!

    My experience has taught me two things:

    1) At a certain level, playability uber alles. The MT was the first instrument I owned that did not limit me in any way and became the benchmark against...
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    Re: Another Original Tune

    Don’s inspiration might be implied by the tune’s title. :whistling:
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    Re: Girouard Mandolins

    I just wanted to bump this thread as the one at TME has been drawing so much deserved attention:

    https://themusicemporium.com/products/girouard-griffith-tribute-a5
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    Re: Question on "tiers" of instruments

    The only exception Id add is that there are instruments, often custom ordered, that would not otherwise exist in nature and turn up used as deals in the classifieds. They need to be bought new (if...
  15. Re: New Mandolin day! Help IDing vintage Gibson mandolin

    I’d estimate a ~1927 build and ~1929-30 delivery based on comps in the archives. Somebody with a copy of Spann’s guide handy might be able to dial it in more precisely.
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    Re: NMD and Intro

    No oval?
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    Re: Should a beginner buy electric mandolin?

    19 consecutive posts to a thread has to be some kind of record.
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    Re: block inlay patterns

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    Re: Yay or nay to a strap button

    I have never added a strap button to a mandolin that lacked one (including a 1924 Gibson A snakehead) or removed a strap button from a mandolin that had one.
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    Re: Mandolins with radiused fretboards

    The only other brand I can think of is J Bovier. I believe this model to have a radiused board.
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  21. Re: Gorgeous F4 with Virzi at Retrofret in Brooklyn

    Of course. Im just speaking of (and not for) some builders whose opinions I respect on such matters.

    Here is a video that has been posted repeatedly on the subject:

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  22. Re: Gorgeous F4 with Virzi at Retrofret in Brooklyn

    There are those who think that a Virzi adds to ovals and subtracts from f-holes.
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    Re: What is "Alpine Maple"

    Maybe. My guess would be an empty term meaning that the spruce is sourced cheaply somewhere on Earth, which happens to have mountains.
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    Re: Breaking into Mandola...by mandolin?

    This one might be even better:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/185545#185545
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    Re: Derrington signed A5l MasterModel?

    They exist, but they aren't coming from Gibson.
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