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    Re: "Refurbished Gibson"

    Thankfully I didn't have any coffee in my mouth when I clicked. You need to warn folks before posting things like this. Sheesh.
  2. Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Maybe it's perfect for roots music?

    Love the ad copy that refers to Taylor Swift as a bluegrass artist.
  3. 1935 Gibson and Kalamazoo side rim depth

    Have been spending a lot of time playing the Kalamazoo KM-21 (FON 132A) these past two weeks, including jams and a duet practice. Noticed that it seems to project fairly well for an instrument that...
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    Re: Geib Challenge case

    Yes. No idea what it stands for. But it's probably been on there enough that removing it would be too risky for the case.
  5. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    First started on piano as a child, then soon picked up acoustic bass in orchestra. That's all I played to high school when I got an electric bass. Played that until picking up acoustic guitar 30...
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    Re: favourite strings

    On most of my mandolins PB gets the tone I like. Will experiment with 80/20 or monel. Right now have Mangan monel light on the Kalamazoo. Also went back from FW to J74 for the Collings. Every time...
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    Geib Challenge case

    When I got the 1935 Kalamazoo recently, it had this case. Not sure if it's original to the instrument or not, but it definitely seems period correct. Have maybe seen this pattern before, but it's...
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    Re: Help needed - Kalamazoo KM-21

    For anyone keeping track, here are a few more photos. First is the sagging top. It's been stabilized, but it's pretty bad. As mentioned earlier, the studs were raised on the bridge so there is an...
  9. Re: Tip: Replacing Book Bindings with Spiral Bindings

    Ha! Good timing. Had been thinking of doing that to a couple of recently acquired tune books. Had done it a few years ago on some other books, but forgotten about it until recently.

    Yes, it can...
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    Re: Help needed - Kalamazoo KM-21

    Just a little follow up - after using a different bridge for a few days, put the stock one back on. But did move the threaded posts up a bit in the base. It looks a bit funny, but the Brazilian...
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    Re: First few bars at slower tempo?

    It's also something Martin Hayes has worked on over the past 20 years with Dennis Cahill. It sounds like it took them a while to get it to gel. But again, that's an individual player and his style,...
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    Re: Help needed - Kalamazoo KM-21

    Will - fitted (well, rough fitted) a normal bridge on last night. If nothing else, it plays in tune better. And it doesn't look as bad as the stock one. Didn't notice a sound difference and it's held...
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    Have mainly used the TPD 40 since they were first available. Originally on guitar, then on mandolin when I got serious about it. Still my go to pick. Recently started using a TD 35 on some mandolins....
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    Re: Help needed - Kalamazoo KM-21

    Been thinking about it. Have a spare that would work. Maybe look a little less silly too. Only worry is that a smaller footprint might cause more caving. The advantage of the stock one is it spreads...
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    Re: Help needed - Kalamazoo KM-21

    Okay,

    Here are a couple of pics. Not the greatest as it's indoors at night. Never have figured out how to get the color to compensate on my camera

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    FON is 132A which puts it...
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    Help needed - Kalamazoo KM-21

    Just picked up one as a beater. While looking around inside, discovered fabric reinforcing around the f holes.

    Someplace on this site is a photo of the inside of a KM-21. Can someone please post...
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    Re: Martin Style A Mandolin - EFW74?

    First off - very nice playing. Don't hear the E string as being weak in that recording. But you obviously do hear it, so if you are going to change strings I would try the Thomastik first. The...
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    Re: F4 Mandolin Copy

    I've played the Eastman F style oval holes. Not as big a fan of those as the A style ovals. But that's just my opinion. I'd still suggest finding a used 614 and seeing if you like it.

    Other than...
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    Will also toss in that it depends on the mandolin. A couple of mine prefer light strings. And a couple need to have mediums on it to sound best.

    Anyway, it's cheap enough to just try a set or two...
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    Re: Just got a Strad-o-lin as a gift...

    There might be a date stamp on the back near the center, also. That's where mine is.

    And I'm not sure about those tuners. They've either had the gears replaced and reinstalled backwards or they...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    That is about the going rate here in the Twin Cities from the major repair places. And that's not including a PLEK machine. There is one in town, but I don't know their repair prices.

    Some of it...
  22. Re: Question about late twenties Gibson A's

    Personally, I like the late '20's instruments. A 1927/29 A Jr was my first "good" instrument this time around. Love the sound of it. Some folks I respect consider it one of the better oval holes out...
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    Re: NMD Sawchyn Hobo Flat top

    Nice! Both the photos and video. Great playing. Like the tone. Beautiful looking and sounding instrument. Congrats!
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    Re: cheap external pickup

    Yeah, the JJB Mercato is a good bet. Have one on my A Jr. Don't plug in that often, but the sound is decent. At least when I run it through my Fishman Loudbox Mini.
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    Re: Stradolin Seeks Glue

    Thanks for the photos and links. I knew there was a thread showing neck joints, but couldn't search while at work today.
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