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  1. Re: Buying myself my first mandolin for my 30th. Need help

    I looked at it a few days ago; not marked "sold" at that time.
  2. Re: Buying myself my first mandolin for my 30th. Need help

    Not me. I hope the OP broke down and made the call.
  3. Re: Buying myself my first mandolin for my 30th. Need help

    Buy the fluted bowlback, before I do. I need no more mandolins, but it looks great, and the price is remarkably reasonable for what it is.
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    Re: buying first mando without playing?

    Yep. Always aim for a better instrument than you think you can afford. You will rise to the occasion musically, and it will delay any regret that you didn't get something better.
  5. Thread: Informal Poll

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    Re: Informal Poll

    I was four grand short of a Loar when I bought my F4, and I never caught up.

    However, I enjoy the instruments I have. It would be interesting to own a Gil or Monteleone just for the experience,...
  6. Re: Buying myself my first mandolin for my 30th. Need help

    Personally, I'd go for the bowl.

    It's a far cry from a modern mass-produced instrument, the bling is not extreme, the fluted ribs generally go along with higher-quality.

    I assume you'd get a...
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    Re: Vinaccia vs Embergher vsCalace Video

    Having instruments from the same ateliers myself, I was pleased to hear that the characteristic tonalities were similar across the board. The Vinaccia's treble seemed a bit more pronounced than in my...
  8. Re: Buying myself my first mandolin for my 30th. Need help

    Italy is the home of the bowlback mandolin, and they are well suited for classical play. Their 13" scale makes long stretches considerably more comfortable than the 14" instruments you've mentioned. ...
  9. Thread: Informal Poll

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    Re: Informal Poll

    None at $10K, but there are a few I'd go for in the 20K range. Gilchrist, Monteleone come immediately to mind.
  10. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    Martin used to permit their workers to build an instrument for their own use; perhaps L&H might have been persuaded. Of course, an employee might have merely yaken the opportunity, alone with some...
  11. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    I have no example of a style B at hand, but I wonder if the sides might have been taken from stock. There are some interesting features that caught my eye; I especially like the headstock overlay,...
  12. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    The top of the instrument under discussion is not carved. This was a gross misrepresentation by the seller, and the price is way beyond reasonable for what has been received. It's certainly not a L&H...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    If what you want a Gibson for is that old vintage sound, why not just get a nice old one? All the Boomers are dying like flies, or selling off their collections, so it's not like they can't be had....
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    Re: Another old bowlback here. What is it?

    A little pressure near the crack will show whether the wood is moving relative to the other side of the crack. Be gentle.

    The crack near the neck is the more serious issue; when strung up to...
  15. Re: Gibson snakehead mandolins, seek info on variants

    I recall Gruhn's Guide to have been helpful. Haven't looked at it in a while.

    The charm of the snakehead was to have the strings/tuning posts more in line with the grooves in the nut; the other...
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    Re: What is it? UK auction.

    Certainly cheerfully weird. A hundred pounds for the object is about the top of its market, but it does have a certain odd charm. I wonder if it's actually playale; if so, it would be worth the price...
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    Re: Another old bowlback here. What is it?

    You don't want to glue down the bridge!

    It looks to be a turn of the century instrument, judging by the 4-post tailpiece. It seems to be in remarkably decent condition overall. Regarding cracks,...
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    Re: is an arm rest a benefit to technique ?

    Arm rests may benefit the mandolin more than the player's technique. Saves wear and sweat damage on the finish. I've found that the radius on an arm rest makes playing for extended periods less rough...
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    Re: C F Martin mandolin

    The picture of the back of the instrument seems to show a line on the back of the neck, running from the treble side near the body, across the neck up toward the tuners on the bass side. I hope it's...
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    Re: Another "view" issue

    Yeah, browser issues. I was using Pale Moon, a Firefox add on, until a month ago, when it made a mess of my hotmail. So I switched back to Firefox, which eliminated the hotmail problem, but brought...
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    Another "view" issue

    Recently I've had no success in viewing the site without having to slide the bar at the bottom of the screen to the right. When I view the screen, it cuts off such that everything to the right of the...
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    Re: proper bowlback mandolins?

    I seem to be unable to edit my earlier post; it may be attributable to the same phenomenon that had me write about ornate and restrained De Meglios, which are in fact made by Ceccherini. I'm sure I...
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    Re: Gourd mandolin on Shop Goodwill

    Very cool, in its way, and well worth the price. You gonna go for it?
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    Re: proper bowlback mandolins?

    I have a lot of experience with bowlbacks, though my exposure to modern ones is limited to a late 20th century Suzuki (Don't get one of those), a modern Greek bowlbac (proper, but built quite...
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    Re: Hoffee vs new Calton vs Pegasus vs ?

    I have a Calton for a Lyon & Healy; fit is perfect. I have a Pegasus for Gibson F4 mandolin. Both cases are quite protective, pretty heavy, and more or less shaped, so storage is limited. A...
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