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    Ome mandolins

    Ome made their first mandolins in the spring of 1975. I bought #2 "A" model directly at the shop. The first 4 were made by Mike Kemnitzer. He also cut some inlays for future use that were similar to...
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    I said hawksbill but I think I meant eaglebeak.
    Here's one I'm familiar with. After studying this subject for years one thing I've noticed about good looking scrolls is that the opening doesn't get...
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    The reason there's a point in the florida transition started with the oval mandolins. It was to blend the FB to the soundhole and was carried over to the F5.
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    To me the best scrolls were always the teens mandolins. No quick bends, just perfect flow.
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    Yeah, it always seemed to me the earliest Derrington mandolins before the turn of the century had the best looking scrolls.
  6. Re: Mando wall hanger at Paulís Coffee and Tea in CO

    Pauls had a long-standing Saturday afternoon bluegrass jam until Covid shut it down.
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    Re: Top carves

    Here's a Loar photo that somewhat shows what I mean.
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    Re: Top carves

    If you have a recurve that drops steeply from the side and then steeply up toward the apex, making a trench so to speak, there is no chance for that to be flexible like a very slight drop and then an...
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    Re: Quality control on Waverly tuners

    They should have lost a little of their price along with the cachet.
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    Re: Chris Thile - 10 representative tracks.

    Shadow Ridge is still my favorite mandolin track of all time.
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    Re: Top carves

    I'm a broken record about plate shape, but how the recurve is shaped and how steep the climb to the apex is has a huge amount to do with tone, as much or more than thicknesses. I learned this the...
  12. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    I probably shouldn't have said anything but since I did I've just keep going.
    To me, and I was a custom builder, I'm no different than anyone else selling a mandolin that's hanging on a wall except...
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    Re: Suitable for a neck?

    Here's an example of what you end up with.
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    Re: Suitable for a neck?

    I drew this diagram of how I used slab boards to get what I call a quartersawn neck that has long straight grain on the side of the neck instead of what I call "baseball bat flatsawn grain. Maybe...
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    Re: 61 F5 at Carters

    Besides being popular in the south bluegrass also became popular on northern campuses. Guys like the Charles River Valley Boys, Grisman and Wernick were all exposed this way.
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    Re: 61 F5 at Carters

    This era is very interesting to me. Did Gibson build mandolins expecting they would sell or were they only building orders that came in? They were clearly busy in other area's, primarily electric...
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    Re: Gibson F5

    How many F-5L's were made from when they were introduced till Norlin sold the company? My guess is very few and had little impact on the market.
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    Re: Amazing Nugget F5 at Carter's!

    Seems Carter's hasn't been doing as many video's during Covid so there's no Youtube's I'm aware of but my guess is they didn't come up with that number because it's pretty.
  19. Re: the Lloyd Loar F5s: in the 1920s and today

    Daniel, great post. Many people who have come to the mandolin in the last 10-20 years are largely unaware of this history and must assume there were always lots of mandolin choices in music stores. ...
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    Re: Amazing Nugget F5 at Carter's!

    Mike has a thing about perfection.
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    Re: F Style Mandolins

    I had downloaded this shot for another thread, but this would be one of the earliest F models made by Orville before there was a Gibson company.
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    Re: Oval A

    I haven't heard it in over 10 years but yes, it was to my ears really like a blend of the two styles.
    This was a custom order. I really never wanted to make an oval. To me there are plenty of...
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    Re: Oval A

    This is the one I made.
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    Re: Oval A

    The fingerboard on the top is how Orville's original mandolins were made. Over time Gibson company changed the design to the mid teen ovals we are most familiar with, mainly to make production easier...
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    Re: Crossrock Mandolin Cases

    Think about what Bill Monroe's mandolin must have gone through over the years in what by todays standards was not a great case. In 1980 I flew with my first mandolin in a really bad faux Loar case...
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