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  1. Re: Hard cases for Eastman mandola and octave mandolin?

    Eastman mandolas used to come with a violin-style hard case; I owned an MDA615 for a few years, since traded in, and it had one of those rectangular, cloth-covered, latch-and-zipper cases with an...
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    Re: River mandolin

    "River" doesn't pop up as a brand for mandolins, banjos or guitars.

    Any chance it could be "Rover," a well-known brand of Asian-import instruments? Jus' askin'....
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    Re: Need advice

    Could be a very decent instrument, in the mid-priced-import range.

    Some people try to remove country-of-origin labels from imports when putting them on the used market. The label has "C F Martin"...
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    Re: B & J Serenader Resonator Mandolin 1930s

    I have a B & J Victoria bowl-back -- family heirloom -- that's pretty obviously a L & H Washburn with a different label. Nice little mando, once I had the top crack repaired.

    B & J were...
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    Re: Gibson A1 (requesting information)

    OK, how do you know?
  6. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    I'd subscribe to a video channel with 24/7 pix of Ms. Parton.

    But that's just me.
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    Re: Need advice

    Martin started up the Sigma brand of instruments, originally in Japan, 1970, and had Sigma guitars and mandolins made in various Asian countries until 2007. The Wikipedia article on Sigma, which is...
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    Re: B & J Serenader Resonator Mandolin 1930s

    Right you are -- that'll teach me to rely on my aged memory.
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    Re: 1910 Mandolin

    OP started this thread in the "General Information" forum. Additional pix posted there.

    Threads could usefully be merged, but I'm not sure in which forum...
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    Re: B & J Serenader Resonator Mandolin 1930s

    B & J is Bugeleisen & Jensen, big-time distributors, not manufacturers. "Serenader" was one of their common pre-WII nameplates. This one (which sold, by the way) is IMHO a regular wooden mandolin...
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    Re: Lyon an Healy?

    JR Rickard, friend of mine, worked at a local thrift store, the Opportunity Shop, which was run (I think) by the American Association of University Women local chapter. He was a folkie, played in a...
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    Re: "Refurbished Gibson"

    Listing's been revised to take out "Gibson" -- which might mean no deception was intended, the seller just thought Hummingbird = Gibson and, when told otherwise, corrected the ad.

    On the other...
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    Re: Gibson "F-3"

    Saw him in Cambridge MA in 1965; band was called Banana & the Trolls. He had one of those little troll kewpie dolls on the headstock of his guitar.
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    Re: Disappointment

    Now if the wood could speak, it'd say, "Thank you, Ranger Bob!"
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    Re: Resonator mandolin repair

    I have a Dobro mandolin, '30's vintage, that needed and got a neck re-set right after I acquired it. My repair tech, Dave Stutzman of Stutzman's Guitar Center in Rochester, said that the neck block...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    tonydxn, let me suggest that you might want to discuss your project with Bernie Lehmann here in Rochester. He made me a fan-fret, five-course mandolin/dola that came out very well. Like you, he...
  17. Re: Add pick-up and strap to old Gibson C-1

    Thanx for the correction. I wasn't sure, Googled some C-1 pix, and saw what looked like an end pin in one of the shots..

    Could have been an aftermarket installation, or maybe, since the pic was a...
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    Re: We Honor Your Service

    I'm of an age to remember when the experience of military service was much more widespread among the (male) US population. I was drafted in the fall of 1965, served two years in an infantry company...
  19. Re: Add pick-up and strap to old Gibson C-1

    If you don't want to mic the mandolin, there are stick-on piezo pickups that don't involve drilling into it. Here's a Schatten for $140, though you may find you'd like to add an additional pre-amp....
  20. Thread: Framus

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    Re: Framus

    OK guys, check [a] the original date of this thread, and [b] Post #12, which summarizes the history of Sass and the Framus since 2009. Sass doesn't own it any more, its whereabouts are unknown, and...
  21. Re: Pono UL4-10 baritone uke/tenor guitar - intonation issues

    Intonation can vary with the diameter and composition of the strings you use. If the instrument's designed to be tuned one way, and you put different strings on it and tune it differently, you may...
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    Re: What's taking you so long in there?

    Remembering a long-ago 60 Minutes interview with Whoopi Goldberg, where she told the interviewer she was learning to play the hammered dulcimer (really!). Ms. Goldberg said she'd set up the dulcimer...
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    Re: Loar LM110A Mandolin Question

    "Whole house" humidifiers and dehumidifiers definitely have their roles, but it's important to check humidity levels in the place where the instrument's kept -- even within its case, if practicable. ...
  24. Re: 1939 Regal Custom Mandolin- Carved Top- Two Point- Oval Hole

    When I do most of my solo gigs, two of the three instruments I take are Regals: an eight string tenor ukulele ("taropatch") from the 1930's, and a flat-head resonator banjo, also '30's, with an...
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    Re: Suzuki Mandolin

    You got a deal. Can't go wrong for $50.
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