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  1. Re: How important is having the original hardshell case?

    When a vintage mandolin has that original case and has continued to be stored in that case, it does help add to that "vintage" smell. Put it in a new case and you will loose some of that smell.
  2. Re: $59,000 Reward for Missing Gibson Shipping Ledger

    $59K? yeah, that's up there for some obscure paper work. How many pages? 59? That's $1000 per page. Also noted they were offering rewards for "any" original documents pre 1970. Now that could...
  3. Thread: Gibson A-5

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    Re: Gibson A-5

    post your serial no. here and we will date if for you free of charge.
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    Re: Gibson F4...1924....1925...??

    Gruhn not only uses Spann's book for reference, he also uses Spann himself for reference as his office is just down the hall from Gruhn.
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    Re: Gibson F5 custom 1966 help advice

    I have looked at this one pretty good in the photos. It's got that either/or serial no. of being either a 1966 or a 1969. Without an actual dated receipt to go with it, my gut feeling on this one...
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    I can understand the Loar copies, but it's those Loar fakes that get me upset. Early builders (names withheld to protect IDs) would use the Gibson logo, fake Gibson labels, with fake Loar signature...
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    Re: C E Ward Mandolin

    Ward made a lot of mandolins from late 60s until he died in 2009. A good friend of mine, and former bandmate, he was well known for his A5, F5 style mandolins and pre war Gibson banjo conversions...
  8. Re: The dreaded black A2Z question. With a possible answer...

    I don't see how you could misread that label. It's an A2-Z on a cloudy day.
  9. Re: Ricky Skaggs and Dailey and Vincent Saturday Night Opry

    It was good to see them together. And good to see the Opry live back on TV. This Circle channel has been doing some great documentaries. Don't miss the ones on Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs. ...
  10. Re: Gibson snakehead mandolins, seek info on variants

    Snake owners can tell you they are in a league all to themselves. No doubt Bill Monroe like his old mid 20's Snake A model. He bought it used and used it from 1931 until he traded it in on his new...
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    Re: Legal Zoom Mandolin Commercial

    I just saw the bogus mandolin shop commercial today, so it's still running a year later. So Tom Ellis owns up to it being his shop and knew all about it, but my question is why not just use Tom...
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    Re: Sam Bush playing something other than Hoss?

    Like many of us on the cafe, Sam Bush does suffer from M.A.S. After reading these posts, he seems to have it worse than I first thought.
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    It should be noted that since the Gibson F5 was introduced in 1922 it has always been a "custom" ordered model. A dealer would have to order one based on someone putting a deposit down at the...
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    Re: 1920's Gibson Tenor Banjo info

    yeap, early 1925 TB-3. It had the full floating ball bearing tone tube and a trap door. The list price in 1925 was $115.
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Gibson is very much still building and selling mandolins. I have toured factory recently and I was most impressed by the process still being done as it was under the supervision of Charlie...
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    Re: Is this Gibson A-5 model familiar to anyone?

    yeap, the old 70's lumpy scroll (some call them the mickey mouse ears model). This A5 replaced the previous A5 which had the 2 points on it with the red cherryburst finish. Even in great minty...
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    Re: Recommendation for an electric?

    My favorite electric is the Gibson EM200 Florentine from the mid 50's to late 60's. Hard to beat that old sound with the P90 pickup.
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    for sure the Garcia photo Fern is not a Loar Fern. The inlay's position puts it in late 20's to early 30's. I'd say it's likely that one is out there and who has it don't know this previous owner. ...
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    Re: Kay mandolin identification

    I don't recall seeing kays with serial nos. or FON. Usually only the model style like K-XX So this looks to me to be the date the original owner got it and he put that date in there. So 1948 it...
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    Re: Chris Thile's Loars

    More than one Loar? That's insane, but there are quite a few out there that are seriously inflicted with M.A.S. I suspected early on Thile has a mild case of M.A.S. The famous multi Loar owners...
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    Re: Ibanez Buyer beware

    yes, it should be a 2 piece solid wood top.
  22. Po Boys gettin' it on in 2020

    Po Boys gettin' it on in 2020
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    Agree. Many collectibles are going up, up, up. One area I have noticed is old Universal monster movie poster from the 30's. I've seen some priced more than this Loar and it's just an old piece of...
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    Re: 1967 Gibson F-5 Custom

    If all original and date is correct than $4000 is a good price.
  25. Thread: Loarfest 2020

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    Re: Loarfest 2020

    That worn one was brought for display in loving memory of Dempsey Young. It was his Hutto Gibson Copy F5. This year saw David Harvey set up two tables with his private collection along with...
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