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    Re: What is this? Gibson-ish Mandolin

    .... and I’m sure the buyer will be very happy with it (for now).
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    The trouble with perfection is that it can make the end result seem bland. In a similar way, modern recording techniques tend to seek perfection whereas many live recordings have greater character.
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    Re: What is this? Gibson-ish Mandolin

    Currently says “sold”.
  4. Re: Buffing Out Marks in Nitrocellulose Finish?

    I think it’s likely that the “some sort of plastic” is vinyl. It’s common knowlege that vinyl plays havoc with nitro. finishes and it occasionally came in things like cheap straps and convenient...
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    Re: George Harrison's fretless guitar

    If anyone's still interested, it was originally over-valued and sold for £237,562 including the auction house's charges. I'll let somebody else work out what the hammer price was - clearly too much!
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    Re: Old ibanez mandolin

    I bought my 524 in 1976; yes they were a small fortune but it was the best that was available in the UK at the time and it was perfectly set up straight out of the box (I knew the bloke in the shop...
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    Re: Old ibanez mandolin

    The 513 was actually a two pointer with a maple back - http://s93105080.onlinehome.us/Ibanez-Catalogs/catalog/1976-6/06.jpg - but the 512 I mentioned -...
  8. Re: Help..problem with strap and looking for ideas.

    £4.55 + £8.00 shipping to the UK! Apare from the “Fender” logo, swing top bottle washers are identical. The shop I bought mine from has them in stock for £0.20 each and a packet of 10 wouldn’t cost...
  9. Re: Help..problem with strap and looking for ideas.

    Assuming the endpin isn’t going to pop out, you can buy the d’Addario gismos as Lucas suggests but there is a far more enjoyable solution - Grolsch bottle stopper washers; i.e. you drink the beer,...
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    Re: Clifford Essex Flat Back Mandolin 1920s?

    Ah! “Johnny Roadhouse Music” - better known as the Manchester branch of “Hobgoblin”. A popular place (in non-covid times) for traditional instruments in this part of the world and, nowadays,...
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    Re: What is this amazing-looking instrument?

    Fortunately, I’m told that you can buy strings with loops on both ends nowadays. It’s called progress!
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    Re: Old ibanez mandolin

    One of their cheaper models. Probably a derivative of their 512 model from 1976 although I suspect that your particular one could be later.

    If you’ve the inclination, you might like to wade...
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    Re: 1906 Gibson F-4 "tree of life" mandolin

    More likely to appeal to somebody who’d rather look at it than play it.
  14. Re: on Reverb: When a scroll isn't a scroll, or is it?

    Just wondering when it was built - can’t find any reference to in the usual sources. Don’t remember seeing one before.
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    Re: What is this amazing-looking instrument?

    You need a “alicate para torcer cordas“. It’s one instrument I’ve so far resisted, I can reccoment listening to the Fado music of “Mariza” - a bit like bluegrass with more chords!
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    Re: Eastman 305 strap button--friction fitted?

    Which is presumably why Collings glue them in :mad:
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    Re: Learn to shred on this, or sell it?

    Clearly something special insofar as it appears to also have a case - an extremely rare beast!
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    Re: Octave Mandolin -

    As Nevin has said, the position of the bridge isn’t negotiable - it should be just as far from the 12th fret as is the nut. Some players rest a finger on the top of their instrument SE of the sound...
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    Re: Kimble two point reviews?

    Intrigued as to why somebody would have owned seven Kimbles? I assume you don’t still own seven of them (I only have two) but what was wrong with the ones you no longer own?
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    Re: Social Groups?

    Thanks Mandophyte, I was just about to say that. Go to “Learn/Listen > Social Groups” and the groups you are a member of are listed on the left hand side.

    I don’t think anything has changed, it’s...
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    Re: Social Groups?

    Not much use then given that the groups I’m a member of seem to get fewer than a single post every year. I’m not talking “obscure” groups here; I’m a member of the Collings, octave mandolins and...
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    Re: Snakehead vs. Paddlehead

    yes!
  23. Re: Information on this army/navy flat top with no tag

    I think “asymmetric” is being kind! I think Stewmac produced kits for these so it could be one of those.
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    Social Groups?

    Can someone please explain what constitutes “activity” within a social group?

    The front page of the group includes a date when the “Last Activity” took place. I’d expect this to be when someone...
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    Re: Anyone seen this one before?

    Definitely not the light on it - it looks like some sort of shim. There’s no problem with a shim as long as it’s a solid piece of wood but that looks to be soething like felt which will kill the...
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