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    Re: Easy strap lock

    A bootlace around under the tailpiece and through a strap hole is great insurance!!
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    (There are neater ways to do it than I've shown.)
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    Re: Easy strap lock

    I used to watch Jonny Cash take that D45? Martin and give it a swing toward his back. It would make me cringe. I was taught to NEVER trust the strap, strap lock or not. If an instrument is around my...
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    Re: Ellis F5 Fern at Gryphon

    CW, Your assesment is right in line with what I experience between my own Ellis and Northfield. My Ellis is a "Tradition" with a torrified top. The Traditions are modeled after David Grisman's Loar...
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    Re: Ellis F5 Fern at Gryphon

    Thanks for the info and pics!
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    Re: Found a great luthier in the Bay Area

    Good to know. There's some good luthier/techs in SF, especially south of Market but they're in kinda sketchy neighborhoods

    (Just to name names: Gary Brawer that everybody knows, SF guitarworks,...
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    Re: Virzi "Tone destroyer"

    Thanks CWRoyds I never read that Mandozine article before. Very interesting. I agree with what Tony said as in what the Virzi does to the lows and highs on the F-5 Loar signed mandolins, at least on...
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    Re: Mando Fret work in SF/Marin?

    Rob Sherman, in the city of Napa. (robertshermanguitars.com)
    Mike Marshall likes him and Rob did good work for me, so there you go.
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    Re: Mando Fret work in SF/Marin?

    Lewis Santer - he has his own shop in the Oakland but also works out of SF Guitarworks over on Potrero between 16th and 17th.
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    Re: Mando Fret work in SF/Marin?

    That Northfield A 5 Artist is as good a reason as any to drive to Gryphon. But it would be dangerous, as you would play it then have a week or two for MAS to rot your brain before going back to pick...
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    Re: Mando Fret work in SF/Marin?

    That would be my first inclination. Second would be a drive to Gryphon.
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    Re: Mando Fret work in SF/Marin?

    Call Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon.
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    Re: What can I expect in quality from upgrade?

    You guys are all awesome. Thank you very much for the responses and the feedback. I am definitely going to bring my current mandolin with me and try them side-by-side just so I can really compare the...
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    Re: Mycowood

    Sounds like a piece of ship.
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    Re: Mycowood

    Even better if you can get some shipworm damage...
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    Re: Interesting Loar copy on eBay

    Once again, in 69-70 Gibson was aquired by Norlin. In 70, they quit making Epiphones in Kalamazoo and farmed them out to Aria in Japan. Mostly guitars but mandolins also.Aria had the actual...
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    Re: Worst scroll of the last century?

    That is the Radio Six mandola from Harry West's shop in Statesville ... it appears on page 3 or 4 of this here thread. It looks as though the West family have given up trying to sell it, and just...
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    Re: The Baroque Theorbo

    I enjoy playing oud for this reason - it's a sound we don't get from our other (modern) stringed instruments.
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    Re: Liza Jane

    Just learned this one myself... good work!
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    Eric and James at Schoenberg are great guys and I love visiting their shop. I've played -- and attended -- a few concerts there, too. Super intimate, house-concert vibe, and the instrument-browsing...
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    Re: Visit to Schoenberg guitars, Tiberon, Ca

    I was quite happy with the work of Paul Hostetter http://www.lutherie.net who did work on the above mentioned L-5 for me.
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    Re: Visit to Schoenberg guitars, Tiberon, Ca

    For repairs, I’m very happy with Lewis Santer in Emeryville.
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    Re: Visit to Schoenberg guitars, Tiberon, Ca

    Gryphon is about as good a repair shop as there is. If it's vintage you may get Frank Ford himself to do the work. I imagine Schoenberg would be good too.
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    Re: Visit to Schoenberg guitars, Tiberon, Ca

    Sylvan in Santa Cruz is also a good store. Weber, Pava, Girouard, and Ellis, plus the odd local luthier mandolin. Eastman dealer too.

    Then there's Steve Swan for vintage Gibson guitars and lots...
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    Re: Visit to Schoenberg guitars, Tiberon, Ca

    That store is still on my list. Probably an hour and a half away. I did walk by once, but I had my then six month old grandaughter with me while her mom was playing a gig. She wasn't happy about it....
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    KOOL! That Gil F-5 was mine for quite awhile, a 1982. I really want to play the old re-grad F-5, F-10 and the 28 Fern!
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