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  1. Re: August Watters - two books arrived today

    Already own book 1... New Solos arrived a couple days ago.
    Hope I'll have time to look through it later today.
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    "Givens is/was an important builder, but I see no justification for the prices that people seem to want for them..."

    I have owned a new custom A-3 built for me by Givens hinself, and owned a mint...
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    Re: A real Gibson A two point?

    That is , at best, a cartoon.
  4. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    You asked.

    Hideous and unsound structurally.

    There is so much good wood available, difficult to understand why this would be used.
  5. Re: Something unique: Phoenix Custom 'Blue Mahoe'

    Always admired his work. This mandolin is a true original, just like Rolfe.

    Thanks for posting this.
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    Re: James Tailpiece Opinions

    The James is far superior to the Allen/Monteleone (sp) in my opinion.
  7. Re: More on August Watters’ Exploring Classical Mandolin

    Agreed.
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    Re: GIROUARD F4 Delivered Today !!!

    The F4 Girouard is Beautiful. I am envious. !

    Just my personal take,...
    Port Orford Cedar (a true cypress and not a cedar) is one of the finer top woods I have used, especially in flat top...
  9. Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    I neverhave time on my hands".
    My days are filled 6:00 AM to 10:Pm every day of the week.

    I am currently in the final steps of remodeling my house and renovating my property with the objective of...
  10. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Diatonic button accordeons. ( no, NOT piano accordeons, never)
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    I talked with Les, he says that operator skill is extremely important, as is the set-up and blade type, but adds that the fence does, in fact, make a difference.
    Not only did/does he cut for his own...
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    Thanks for the reply.

    I watched this video by Les Stansell, guitar/uke maker in Oregon.

    I called him today and he is still using the same set up and very pleased with it.

    About $700.
    ...
  13. Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.
  14. Re: Gibson snakehead Jrs vs other snakeheads

    I was the second owner of a Snake head Jr. I purchased it from the original owner around 1987 in Napa , Calif for the princely sum of $400.It was in in excellent plus condition and included the...
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    Re: Should I pay for damage caused?

    Jeff,

    Agreed unless the instrument was carelessly parked.
    In which case the owner has some responsibility/liability.
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    Re: Removing the Florida extension

    One person's "rude" is another person's reasonable and obvious query.
    "Blunt" perhaps, but nothing personal as my observation, and further response, indicated factual, general information.

    Just...
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    Re: New Kelley A model violin style

    Some mandolins have style, this one has class.
    Well done !
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    Re: Removing the Florida extension

    If you don't play above the 6th fret... why not scoop from the 7th and be done with it.

    Oh, that would be limiting? So is removing the extension for many players (currently and historically) who...
  19. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Gibson's corporate objective, by my observation, was, and is, to increase the value of the stock/shares.
    Guitars are simply the vehicle by which they are doing this. They could just as well be...
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    Re: Remove Frets & Scoop

    I do not recall Jethro having played any mandolins that were emasculated.
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    Re: Remove Frets & Scoop

    Fully fretted, always.

    I find it curious that the affectation of removing frets and scooping hasn't hit the guitar world but seems to be prevalent with mandolin and banjo (frailing/clawhammer)
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    Re: Intentionally Imperfect Tuning

    A couple of cents makes sense.
  23. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    And the reason Mandolin Bros. dumped Taylor.
  24. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Long ago I deemed Marc Agnesi irrelevant.

    Gibson has proved to me, once again, that making excellent products at fair prices is not a priority in the corporate philosophy.
    And though I have...
  25. Re: If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    A Seiffert bowl back made by Seiffert, not his apprentices.
    A Pierre Lajugee.
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