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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Hey Jim, I think maybe the luthier's-builders at Gibson took extra time on this one? Or just luck the binding turned out-or it was bound after the Virzi installation? Thats the only thing that makes...
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    Re: New/old Mandriola.

    That is very KOOL! I love the oddities.
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Hendrik beat me to it, yep what he said:) I don't know when the Virzi was an option as I have no old catalogs. Someone sent me a great link where all the old Gibson catalogs are on the web but I...
  4. Re: Blues Mandolin - Big Boss Man - John Hamlett Mandolin (!)

    John's a killer builder-luthier! Awesome look and sound right there:cool:
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Well Lloyd was an advocate for the Virzi, so I'm sure he helped sell them "does anybody know off hand how much a Virzi would cost to your Loar bill back then?" The Loar 5's I've seen with Virzi added...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I was just curious if the Virzi was installed first then the back put on, or the mandolin completed then the back sawn off and the Virzi installed "that's retrofitted" My Dec. 1st 24 was completed...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Hey Jim, I was in contact with Ely's son's a few months ago about their Dads Loar. They sent me pix of the body joints to see if it was born with a Virzi or retrofitted. I couldn't tell from the...
  8. Re: Have you ever seen anything like this?

    I must say that was awesome! Loved that instrument demo. On the first tune, that piece on the top is odd, I wonder if it has a bar of metal on the underside to get that sound?
  9. Re: Cost of sending a mandolin from US to EU?

    Last September I sent an old F-5 to Germany and want to say it was a little under 200 bucks?
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    Re: Ron Cole-Prayers Please!

    He'll be in my thoughts and prayers as well! Cancer is awful, its taken a load of my family members, my Ma is a two rare type cancer survivor, but all the treatments really ruined her. Since last...
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    Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    I've seen a load of basket cases in my time and that puppy really fits the mucho ugly bill man! WoW that Virzi is hideous!
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    Re: Gibson H2 mandola at Guitar Center

    It looks wrong to me, so I'd say it was refinished.
  13. Re: Sourcing Custom Trapeze Tailpieces (Archtop Guitar Style)

    Contact archtop.com, I believe they can get you what ya need or point you in the right direction.
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    Re: 1913 Gibson Mando Parts Value?

    Hi Bob, I'd say the tuners are worth 400-500, the tailpiece assembly 175-200, the guard 150-if no rot. Hopefully I'm correct on the pricing to help you out. Maybe get some other quotes and then put...
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    Re: Happy Birthday - Dan Beimborn

    Happy B-day Dan!
  16. Re: New restrictions on pearl and abalone into Canada

    I recently got a hefty tax bill in the mail from the "import fee tax office" from receiving my Apitius Custom Oliver built and sent me, what well over a year ago!
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    Re: A Loar on Craigslist? Yes sir!

    At first look from the one photo, it looks the part to me but yes more pix and info needed! If all original 85K is a great price!
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    Re: Full Contact Bridge?

    I always fit my keepers with a full contact base, I like it as it does lighten the bridge load and if you have an old mandolin or the like after time from the base feet pressing on the top, it'll...
  19. Re: Help identifying Vintage Oriole Mandolin

    Looks like a supertone or the like-Chicago made more than likely as they made 1000's during the depression era under different names.
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    Re: Game Changer - Vintage Gibson Mandolin

    Thats what I mean in old posts-what one person dislikes the other loves! Very Kool, one must go with what they're into, there are loads of GREAT deals out there on the Golden Age pre-1920's Gibson A...
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    Re: Game Changer - Vintage Gibson Mandolin

    I'm lusting for a Virzi K-4 Mandocello or the like-anybody, anybody, did I say anybody: cool: Gibson mandolins from the teens thru the 30's-the cheaper ones and plain Jane A's are serious tone...
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    Re: Best prices Gibson F5

    Anything that David Harvey has had his hands on at Gibson would be IT! I personally believe under David; Gibson makes the best mandolins since the Loar heyday. Thats my opinion anyway, not everyone...
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    Re: Best prices Gibson F5

    If I was looking for a newer Gibson that one of a kind A-5 from 1996 that was just posted would be it! NFI at all, but she has a great look and with an Addy top, bound F-holes, fancy inlays. I'd go...
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    Re: Phoenix Neoclassical owners

    Neck angle from the pix looks good-your bridge base has serious meat brother, I'd fit that baby down! There appears way too much wood on the base? Thats what I would do.
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    Re: Red Allen and Frank Wakefield

    The Kitchen Tapes is fabulous in my mind anyway! Great duo right there! I somehow found a CD maybe from Dawg's site? It has some old records on it and Dawg plays on one of them. Sorry I don't recall...
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