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    Re: Estate sale find in Ohio -- maybe

    Mike Longworth tells an interesting story about the “rounded corners” in his book “Martin Guitars a History”. I’m not sure if he puts a date on it but, for those who haven’t heard it, apparently, the...
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    I remember the brass nut fad that rcc56 mentions. People did it because they thought it increased sustain. Frets magazine investigated it and concluded that it was true but it was down to the...
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    My understanding was that strings tend to bind less on MoP nuts but I can’t remember where I heard it.
  4. Re: Help identifying the Gibson Mando in this YouTube performance

    I assume that’s also a very young looking Paul Brady playing his Yamaha FG-180 - those wre the days!
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    Re: Converting 8-stringed guitars to mando cellos

    Tried it on the desktop - yes it's the Martin HD-7; not a true 7 string but has an octave on the "G" - link just doesn't seem to work in an iPad.

    I appreciate that you'd also have to do something...
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    Re: Converting 8-stringed guitars to mando cellos

    That Martin link tales me to a Gretch, Mike! I assume you don’t mean the one with the extra octave string on the G?

    I too don’t remember seeing an 8 string guitar in the UK though. I believe my...
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    Re: This Gibson legit?

    There was a Gibson F in exactly that colour for sale in Paris (the real “French” one) a couple of years ago. It was attributed to Dave Harvey so it possibly sounded OK.

    Edit- it was actually 4...
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    Re: F style strap recommendation...

    Noticed your avatar. You could start with a dog lead if you can find one long enough!
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    Re: ID help for this mystery machine please

    Probably 1940s or 1950s and made somewhere in Europe.

    Next!
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    Re: Buy without trying

    It’s actually no worse than getting yiur favourite luthier to build your dream mandolin for you.
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    Re: Sobell Banjola in the classifieds

    There you go then - s’pose I should have checked. I even have the CD and he only lives 15 miles down the road from me!
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    Re: Sobell Banjola in the classifieds

    I get the feeling that if one was any use, Martin Simpson would have had/used one.
  13. Re: Gibson opposes Collings' headstock trademark registration, ci

    I forgot to mention that (chocolate aside). My Santa Cruz “F” is just like the Collings. Or is it just like the Gibson or pehaps Gibson is also thinking of registering the letter “F” next!
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    Re: Strap Recommendation for A-style

    I never did understand why they make straps with buckles; they’re designed to scratch any instrument they’re attached to. I suppose it depends on how much of a cheapskate you are. There’s a firm in...
  15. Re: Gibson opposes Collings' headstock trademark registration, ci

    It doesn’t have to be as simple as a headstock shape. In Germany - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53510219
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    Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    I’ve always had much the same opinion about neck ties - a totally superfluous accessory which I pretty much avoided throughout my professional life. Ties are pretty much compulsory in certain circles...
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    Re: Help with Identification from Poor Picture

    No, they all sound pretty bad!
  18. Re: Hello All. I'm new here, first post. Loving the mandolin.

    Welcom to the forum!

    Don’t worry about the Eastman, it’s probably a much better instrument than most people here started on and should serve you well into your addiction.
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    Re: yamaha mandolins

    That begs the question of what they used the label on back in the 30s? Presumably it wasn’t on their pianos. Finding an earlier label on something later doesn’t bother me as much as finding a later...
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    Re: NMD Late 70's Ibanez 524?

    I suppose I should get mine out and play it occasionally but, alas, its only one of many! Mine no longer has the original case - did a straight swap for a Calton many years ago (the full story is on...
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    Re: NMD Late 70's Ibanez 524?

    Keep an eye on the faux. Turtle/celluloid - I took the pickguard off my old Ibanez a couple of years ago as it was deteriorating/gassing off.

    Apart from the handle, that looks like the original...
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    Re: Help with case color

    Back in the last century, an old mate of mine ordered a black Calton but when it arrived his wife wouldn’t have it in the house as she thought it looke like a baby’s coffin. I got a ‘phone call...
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    Re: yamaha mandolins

    Julius Caesar syndrome - “They came, they posted, they never came back.”
  24. Re: Playing a collings - what would an "upgrade" really get me?

    Does mandolin A sound better than mandolin B? It’s entirely a matter of opinion and all you can really say is that they’re likely to sound different.
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    Re: Convert Grover 309N Tuners to Worm Under?

    Not all snakeheads had worm under tuners.
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