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    Re: Mandolin music library

    I'm confident it's only a matter of time until things turn around. There's a lot of interest at Berklee in "roots music" (actually, the ensemble I taught there from 2000-2014 had an official "roots"...
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    Re: Mandolin music library

    Thanks for the idea, Joe. I taught one of those ensembles for 15 years, through the Berklee Ensemble Department, so I have a good collection of ideas that worked for me. You may also find some of my...
  3. Re: New Player / Question about bowlback mandolins

    I've played a few of these, in Italy. Haven't seen them here in the USA. The ones I saw were good, solid, well-made instruments, and the Calace name might give you some resale value. But here in the...
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    Re: Vinaccia - 1908 - Value?

    I think it has a lot to do with the reputation of the seller. There are well-regarded Italian luthiers who sell fully-restored mandolins of this type for several times that sum. Then there are...
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    Re: Mandolin music library

    I've been looking into this for years. What's really needed is an academic home for the American mandolin -- a university or college with the resources and interest to take on the cataloging and...
  6. Re: Need help in identifying an old bolwback mandolin

    I suspect the bridge position is in correct for intonation, and the reason for the extra-high bridge is a sinking top. Can't tell from this photo angle. Bridge is way too heavy; if it was mine I'd...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    As to the counterfeiting issue, my Italian luthier friends say it's a real problem with Calace and Vinaccia in particular. Not that anyone necessarily sets out to make fake Calace mandolins, but...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    Originally, I believe those would most likely have been ivory. But anything is possible.
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    Re: Lyon and Healy, Washburn????

    Agree, and didn't mean to disparage lightly-built instruments in general. As you point out, the design is key. My most recent instrument is a tiny little mandolino Bresciano by Lorenzo Lippi, and...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy, Washburn????

    I am the proud owner of Jim's "Harpist" mandolin in post #6, above. I payed roughly 2-1/2 percent of the eBay asking price, which is probably more like its actual market value. Agree with Jim, this...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    The eBay Calace I'm seeing, closest to the one we're discussing, is this one at 1600 Euros. I notice that's the middle of the range, which varies roughly from 20% to 200% of that price. That's a huge...
  12. Re: Student Model Mandola for classroom?

    Agree, the Hora is probably a solid choice for young students. A step up from there might be the flat tenor mandola from Musikalia -- made in Sicily.

    NFI, of course.
  13. Re: Question about string gauge vs tension and 'soft' brands

    String tension also depends on construction and materials. A string with thicker core (and thinner winding) can give you higher tension. The materials also matter: In the case of the Dogal Calace...
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    Re: First classical mandolin...

    I too played all styles of music on F- and A-style instruments for years. At some point I realized I needed to get an Italian bowlback, to understand the Italian romantic style better. I never went...
  15. Re: Loop-end strings with 'sheaths' for 1895 Bowl-back Mandolin

    I've purchased quite a few old mandolins with those fuzzy sheaths on the string ends -- I think they were designed to reduce breakage. Today's strings are better-made, so no need for the string...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    Yes, and we need an extra-light set too, for vintage bowlbacks. (perhaps .0095 - 013 - 021 - 030) There's nothing like that on the market (other than the GHS A240, but they're phosphor bronze, not...
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    Re: short scale mandolin

    Shorter scale mandolins are great for making chord work easier -- even for people who don't have small hands. Lots of vintage mandolins -- not just bowlbacks -- have a shorter scale. 13-7/8" is...
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    Re: Wrist or arm

    True, but I don't think sobaba is off the mark. The technique described above sounds very similar to some classical mandolin technique in use today. Also sounds similar to what's described in the...
  19. Re: 2 antique Mandolins, one Very unique . Looking for info .

    The narrow one looks like a pocket mandolin -- said to be used by gondoliers. Usually they're full-scale, despite being narrow, and sound at normal pitch (unlike the piccolo mandolin, which is...
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    Re: Lebeda

    I met Jiri Lebeda several times in those busy years, and visited his house once outside Prague. Even bought an archtop jazz guitar, which he'd made as a sample. He told me that he had other builders...
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    Re: Bruno bowlback mandola

    I got this one, and it arrived today, all in good shape. Heavy playing wear, but solid condition and no real damage.

    First impressions: good instrument, standard turn-of-century tenor mandola,...
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    Re: Trying again

    Lovely instrument! Thanks for the update.
  23. Re: Advice on strings for antique bowl back?

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    I do wonder about the sound though...Never heard a mandolin stringed with banjo strings, I think. If anyone has a sound clip that would be nice.
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    There's no...
  24. Re: Advice on strings for antique bowl back?

    Brilliant, thanks! Or, the "single loop end strings" section on juststrings.com has nickel-would and plain steel strings in the right gauges.
  25. Re: Advice on strings for antique bowl back?

    When old mandolins start being played again is when they're most vulnerable to cracks. So please make sure it's been well-humidified before putting any string tension. I also wouldn't play it until...
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