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    Re: Very thin fretboard on a bowlback

    I agree with my colleagues above. If all else fails replace the fretboard with a reasonably thick one, refret, and shim up the bridge if necessary.
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    Re: My banjo killer (is not a mandolin)

    I have been getting more and more into playing that way on fiddle or mandolin. Part of it comes from playing in gatherings with multiple fiddles. I can usually Sue’s out tunes I never heard but more...
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    Re: Italian folk music on mando

    Hey Simon: Thanks for posting. Lots of interesting tunes to explore. Did you put that together yourself?
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    Re: Help with my MAS!

    Some more info might help any of us to give you advice. First, what are you playing right now and what donít you like about it? Second, what is your price range. Third, you might tell us your general...
  5. Re: Holding on to your personal Holy Grail mandolin

    My first line: My black A2 snakehead which I have had for more than 40 years; Brentrup A4C; Campanella A5; Embergher N.3; Washburn Style A. Those are the ones I grab for first depending on the genre...
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    Re: Vintage Identification

    I also found some iron on hardwood veneer that works very nicely to raise the action of a bridge and allows it to follow the slight curved contour of the top. This is one type and they have other...
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    Re: Where to donate a couple old mandos?

    Here's one place but I assume you would have to ship it to NY City: https://musican.org/instrument-donations/

    An international org: https://globalmusicproject.org/MIDP.html

    Another:...
  8. Re: Never Returned (Stolen) Brilliantone Mandocello

    Not that this makes any difference but these Leland instruments were listed in my 1912 Lyon & Healy catalog so are older than 1930s. I donít think they made them that late.

    I am hoping someone...
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    Re: My banjo killer (is not a mandolin)

    The main advantage of any fiddle is that you play it closer to your ears than other instruments. I always find it harder to play anything but a fiddle or my National RM-1 at a large jam. Usually I...
  10. Re: How does it work when people are playing together?

    That guitar player might have just returned from Weiser or similar. I met a phenomenal contest style fiddle years ago but we could not really play together. In some ways OT is closer to bluegrass.
  11. Re: Graham Caldersmith on guitar and violin acoustics

    For us non-down-underers: The Caldersmith Papers: Writings on Guitar and Violin Acoustics https://a.co/d/2a9qVgm
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    Re: F4 design evolution/solutions

    This is an interesting thread that will require deeper reading on my part. The OP’s quote interests me. First Gibson did contribute to make F-5s though the design seemed to go downhill over the...
  13. Re: How long does it take to get over fumble fingers?

    Good advice all around. I would add to find one or two folks to get together and play on a regular basis. Jams are fine but the tempos are usually too fast for beginners and not geared for them.
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    Re: Trying to get info on my mandolins

    Jerry: Can you post some more photos of your grandmother’s mandolin. That one is interesting.
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    Re: Trying to get info on my mandolins

    That Gibson is an A model Century mandolin which along with the L-Century guitars were built in the 1930s to commemorate the 1933 Chicago Century of Progress Exposition. The other one I can’t ID....
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    Re: Double-sided, double-necked violin

    I had a Turnover uke. I agree 100% with Allen. I would rather have an apple turnover.
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    Re: Building a violin... easier?

    Heron-Allen's bio: http://www.heronallensociety.co.uk/Heron-Allen.Edward.htm

    A true character of his times:
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    Re: New five course mandocello

    I can’t imagine how someone can play a 25” scale instrument with mandolin fingering unless they have huge hands or to use that fingering on the upper frets.

    I played briefly or actually held the...
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    Re: Vintage Fender Mandocaster on SGW

    I don't know why one of you jomokes here doesn't upload a few photos for when SGW pulls them. Do I have to do everything here?

    BTW I did find on Pinterest a similar-looking one here:...
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    Re: Embergher Instruments best period

    Moby75: Just curious... what year is your 5bis? Please share your photos etc. and your experience when restored.
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    Re: Identify a Tater Bug Mandolin

    Or a bridge that functions similarly to a zero fret, i.e., one part raises the strings and the other separates them properly.
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    Re: Violin shape Mandolin

    Bowed zithers usually had small nails on the back so they could transfer sound when playing on the table like other styles of zithers. I can’t quite tell but I don’t see that on this one. My guess is...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Pickguard and headstock shape resembles American Conservatory and other L&H lines. That is a good bet among the Chicago suppliers.
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    Re: Identify a Tater Bug Mandolin

    I sold all my Riccas to another MCer a few years ago. I think the mandolin biz was overtaken by the profitability of the piano biz at least by the turn of the last century which is about when LR...
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    Re: Identify a Tater Bug Mandolin

    Methinks the bridge is by some reptilian dentist from yesteryear and that the real saddle is the white part and the rest is merely using the non-BB bridge to raise the action over the soundboard.
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