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    Re: Gifted mandolin

    I'd love to spend a few hours with the people who come up with these designs, and give them to the Vietnamese cottage-industry workers who build them.

    "Hey, why don't we make a mandolin that has a...
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    Re: Help Identifying Galiano Guitar

    Egmond made Vega guitars for export to the US in the 1970's; they had stars inlaid into their headstocks, and I believe were distributed through Martin dealers, since Martin had bought the "Vega"...
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    Re: S.S. Stewart

    After Samuel Stewart died (1898), his trademark got passed around a few times; also, his sons' names got put on a variety of instruments. I briefly owned a "Fred Stewart" tenor banjo that looked...
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    Re: Acoustic Engineer

    Differentiates from "electrical engineer," in that you don't have to plug him/her in.
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    Well, I have two, both from the 1930's: a National Triolian steel-bodied with a "biscuit" bridge set-up, and a Dobro with "spider" bridge construction. Totally different construction and sound, but...
  6. Thread: Octofone

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    Re: Octofone

    I think it depends, to some extent, on what you're using the Octofone for. I basically use mine for chord accompaniment, when I want a non-guitar voice, more widely spaced intervals in first...
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    Re: Help Identifying Mandolin

    Hmm...last week? Can't tell ya what day, though...
  8. Re: My only Mandolin's nut got damaged, what is my best option?

    And, by the way, another argument for putting the mandolin in its case when not being played. I know, I know, convenience -- I wanta just pick it up and play it whenever the idea hits me -- it's...
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    Re: Is this too junky (ebay find lol)

    You can get a decently playable mandolin somewhat near your price range: Rover RM-50 solid top mandolin $149. If you want a mandola or an octave mandolin, not much available, even used, for less...
  10. Thread: Octofone

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    Re: Octofone

    Me too.
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    Re: Charlie Monroe's Mandolin players

    On the other hand, when Curly Seckler played mandolin with Charlie Monroe, Monroe listed him as "Smilin' Bill" so that -- in Seckler's opinion, as expressed in his biography Foggy Mountain Troubadour...
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    Re: Happy 100th Birthday 1920 Martin Style A

    My 1919 Style A says "hi" to its younger sibling.
  13. Re: “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    We mandolin-freaks have our own perspective, our own particularistic focus, and our own standards of what constitutes an "industry," and what it takes to "rock it."

    Did Fender, Gibson, Yamaha, C F...
  14. Thread: Octofone

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    Re: Octofone

    Link

    About 4X what I paid for mine, but mine needed a headstock re-repair, neck reset, carbon fiber rod installed in neck, and new ebony fingerboard -- so it ended up around $500 when everything...
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    Re: Pre NAMM discussion

    Hey -- ain't no "c" in Shmergel.

    I should know.
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    [1] I play ±200 jobs per year, about two-thirds solo gigs at seniors' facilities. These generally involve guitar, banjo, ukulele and harmonica, with other instruments such as English-system...
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    I've been working since 1991 with Bonnie Abrams, a singer-songwriter who does a good deal of Jewish material. For awhile we were in a klezmer band, then had a trio with a fiddler called Love &...
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    I've been playing a recently-acquired Stahl 19-teens mandola a lot recently; I've played a Sobell instrument tuned CGDA for years in a Celtic band, and also for accompaniment on klezmer/Jewish...
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    Re: Damaged Martin 2-20 ( I think)

    You might want to review this current thread in the Builders & Repair forum regarding a couple of Martin 2-15's with collapsed or collapsing tops. Some good info there, but also a discouraging tone...
  20. Re: Information on quality of the ARBOR f style Mandolin requeste

    A bit of Googling on the "Arbor" brand label revealed (unsubstantiated, so don't take it as gospel) information that "Arbor guitars were founded in 1984 in Osaka, Japan by an ex-Ibanez president and...
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    Yeah, glad I've avoided the pedal harp (actually, any harp) and the hammered dulcimer. Hard enough to carry a guitar, banjo, ukulele and concertina -- with the guitar gig bag's pockets stuffed with...
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    Re: An interesting accessory...

    Ya know, they sell real banjo mutes. Pete Seeger, in his long-standing How To Play the Five-String Banjo instruction book, advocated stuffing a diaper between the head and dowel stick.

    And you...
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    Re: Can you help me identify?

    However, making it sound like the Dixie Chicks won't be easy...
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    Re: 3 Point F-4 Torch and Wire

    Yeah, but not at that price. Lotsa restoration needed, and final result tone-and-playability-wise unknown. Not $5.5K+ worth, IMHO.
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    Well, my approach is [1] gig bags with straps, so I can have one strapped to my back, one in each hand (maybe two if they're small), and [B] several trips.

    Most of my small-potatoes seniors' gigs,...
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