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  1. Thread: Blue Chips

    by Jim Hilburn
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    Blue Chips

    So since the 2019 Winfield festival I've bought $105 worth of blue chip picks. 3 of them. Now 2 of them are lost, either in someone else's pocket who was at Midwinter or somewhere in the grass in...
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    Re: Professional Mando Names

    I named my #15 "The Penetrator". You could stand outside one of those tight closed jams and chop and heads would turn.
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    Re: problem with an ebony fret board

    Hope this wasn't already mentioned but I think it was Dan Erlewine who suggested putting some masking tape along each side of the fret and if it does chip it will hold it in the right place to glue...
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    Re: Old Wave Mandoins & Bill Bussmann

    I was afraid some adult supervision had shown up.
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    Re: Trip to Nashville

    I'm starting to feel like such a tourist. But if I get to see Val Storey it will all be worth it.
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    Re: Trip to Nashville

    Didn't Gruhn's used to be in downtown?
    We plan to stay at the Fairfield in the Gulch because it's walking distance to Station Inn and Carter's. Still pricey but less than most of the downtown...
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    Re: Trip to Nashville

    Nashville Guitar Show at Williamson County AgExpo in Franklin, off I-65. March 28-29.
    Run by Amigos which also does Arlington Tx., It looks like its as big from the photos I've seen. I went to...
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    Re: Trip to Nashville

    Where do Brent Mason and Guthrie Trapp and guys like that play? I'll crawl on my knees for that kind of action. And great steel. all about that.
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    Re: Trip to Nashville

    Thanks, Mike.
    Amazing how much you can learn from Youtube. There's some video of the Sunday jam and also what a Saturday night downtown is like. Not my scene.
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    Trip to Nashville

    The videos of Carl Jackson and New Monday at the Station Inn first got me interested in a visit, but then when I saw they were having the guitar show in Franklin that was enough to make me start...
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    Re: Info on ome mandolins

    I got back into reading these Ome threads and see I never answered the last question.
    This is the Willys I sold to get the Ome. An Iphone photo of a snapshot.
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    Re: What's The One That Got Away?

    Told this one before but in 1975 I heard Ome banjos in Boulder had begun making mandolins. Went out there and they had #1 which was an all black F and #2 was a sunburst A with a very plain maple...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    The plans are sold through Elderly Music.
  14. Re: Making Head block for F5. " the old fashioned way"

    I can't imagine attacking an F without a bandsaw.
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    The A2Z I mentioned had amazingly been in the same family since it was bought new. However it was bought new in India by an aunt of the owner who was a missionary there. It ended up in Boulder under...
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    One problem with older instruments that had been stored under the bed was celluloid off-gassing when confined to a case. very unstable stuff. I had an A2Z come in once and the case looked like a fire...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    One thing I know, I don't have any natural talent in B.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I don't know, but I'm seeing the bottom of the recurve under the tailpiece as being at least half way up in the center of the TP. But the other giveaway is how the recurve narrows along the sides to...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I saw the Tucker in the classifieds and shared it with Jacob Hagerty who is beginning to build some nice mandolins. It is an extreme example of one way to do the recurve. But watching and listening...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    The older oval mandolins did have an inlayed maple stiffener to help re-enforce them. These days it's easy to get and install a carbon fiber re-enforcement.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Concerning the reference to the Stew-Mac print, I learned the hard way that those grads are way too heavy. They show 1/4" in the center which is what you might find on an archtop guitar.
    Adrian...
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    Re: Traditional Bridge w/ piezo

    Fishman uses a really cheap Chinese bridge for theirs. I actually retrofitted one of their saddles to a Cumberland base before.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    There's a lot of talk about thicknesses and that's very important, but to me the actual shaping of the plates is the key. It seems that many new builders don't get the recurve right. It isn't a...
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    Re: Chris Thile's first mandolin

    I was just wondering what the Gibson was that he is holding on his first album Leading Off. I would guess it was a Flatiron era but never have known. The album was from '94.
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    Re: Sarah Jarosz playing a Nugget Mandolin

    I've always thought I drove Mike out of Colorado because I was always dropping by to bug him about how to build mandolins. Dorenac, I might have seen your mandolin on the bench.
    That Eldora shop...
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