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  1. Re: Loar 520E, Kentucky 630, Loar 590E or Eastman 315

    There could very well be new KM-630's in stores that just haven't been sold yet, but the company's web site no longer lists it.
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  2. Re: Loar 520E, Kentucky 630, Loar 590E or Eastman 315

    First, you have my sympathy... I'd hate to be in a position where I had to mail-order an acoustic instrument and couldn't try it out first. There are always little differences between one instrument...
  3. Re: Gibson snakehead Jrs vs other snakeheads

    Yeah, that last acknowledgement is the problem. Everyone's opinions will be different because they're all extrapolating from different data.

    Someone once said (I read it here on MandoCafe, so it...
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    Re: Advice on how to learn sheet music?

    This is something you learn by doing. The more you try to sight-read, the better you'll get at it. The goal, ultimately, is not to read notes one at a time and play them, but to see whole chords and...
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    Re: Best Armrest

    The only mandolin armrest I've used is the one from Cumberland Acoustics, and I'm happy with it. Installation was simple; it protects my '23 A-jr from my arm rubbing against it; and I don't find it...
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone pick

    Dunlop Primetones are among my favorite picks (particularly the Triangle and Standard shapes at 1.5 or 2mm), along with Dunlop Big Stubby 3mm in Lexan (purple) and Wegen M250.
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Pick

    It's not just the thickness of the pick, it's the material and the shape as well. A 3mm Dunlop Big Stubby made of nylon sounds different than the same pick made of lexan (Dunlop makes both). And...
  8. Re: Where does the strap go on a Strad-o-lin (no end button)?

    My Gibson A-jr doesn't have a strap button either, so I just play sitting down. I actually prefer that anyway, since sitting makes it easier to not rest the back of the instrument against my torso...
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Pick

    Interesting thoughts. My own experience has taught me that lack of pointiness actually makes for smoother tremolo. A thick, stuff, rounded, beveled pick like a Wegen M250 makes fast, controlled...
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    Re: New picks - Flow, Wegen, Primetones

    I've been favoring the Dunlop Big Stubby (Lexan, 3mm) lately for the brilliant tone I get from it, but I also like the Primetone 1.5mmm Triangle (512P1.5) and 2mm Standard (510P2.0). The Wegen TF140...
  11. Re: Forty progressive studies for the mandoline, Op. 50 - G Hucke

    This PDF is better than the one on Goodin's site. The images are in better focus and the contrast is higher. It also appears to be a newer printing than Goodin's, judging from the price change (2...
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    Re: Thick Picks?

    11.85" would be truly remarkable (not to mention unusable), but that one is actually 11.85mm. :) It would be interesting to try one of those, but I think 3mm is about my limit.
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    Re: Thick Picks?

    I've always used thin celluloid picks on guitar (around .6mm) and somewhat thicker ones on bass guitar (around 1mm) but for mandolin I prefer much stiffer picks made of different materials, typically...
  14. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    The one on the left looks like a Gibson A-something snakehead to me. The other one definitely isn't a Gibson, though I don't know what it is.
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    There's nothing wrong with using any pick you like. The Fenders are fine, but Dunlop Primetone and Big Stubby are also quite nice. And there's always Wegen if you feel like splurging; I like the...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    My '23 snakehead A-Jr is the best-sounding mandolin I've ever come across. There really is something special about those early '20s instruments. I recently played a 1907 Gibson H-1 mandola, but while...
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    This thread seems incredibly confused. The OP asked about "round-core" strings but most of the responses talk about flatwound strings. Isn't the shape of the core separate from the type of winding...
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    Re: 1940s Gibson A-50

    The explanation of the -44 part of the FON being the position of the instrument in the batch is in Spann's book.
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    Re: 1940s Gibson A-50

    That number is not a serial number, it's a factory order number (FON). The serial number would be printed on a sticker attached to the back of the instrument on the inside, while the FON was...
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    Re: Gibson A Oval Tuning Machines

    I have those tuners from Stewmac on my 1923 A-Jr. They work well and look right. I still have the original tuners in the case, but they don't work too well anymore.
  21. Re: man I need a good tuner foot pedal model. not clip on

    For my electric guitar and bass setups, I use TC Electronics' Polytune Mini. Works really well, very accurate.
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    Re: Loar-period A-Jrs.

    I believe the snakeheads were made only from 1922 through 1924 or '25, and A-Jr's were all Sheraton Brown.
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    Re: string gauges

    Related question: Does the lack of a truss rod in low-end vintage Gibsons (such as my '23 A-Jr) make lighter strings preferable to reduce tension on the neck? Or are their solid necks strong enough...
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    I started on a Kentucky KM-630. Not a bad instrument at all, but I recently upgraded to a vintage Gibson, a 1923 snakehead A-Jr. It wasn't really a question of being "ready" to upgrade; I just liked...
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    Re: Takamine mandolin

    I've never heard anyone say it in any other way than "tah-kah-MEE-nee".

    I own two Takamine acoustics: a 1975 F-385 (12-string) and a 1998 F-370SS (6-string). Both are really good, but the F-370SS...
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