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  1. Re: New blacktop mandolin in WRC and Tawhai (NZ Red Beech

    Very nice, Davy. Nice modern design and I love the way the woods look. What would be the equivalent to the back wood in North American woods?
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    Re: An evening with the Martin harp mandolin

    Thanks, Polly for those wonderful image and info. I see some Weyman bowlback mandolins there which makes sense since the college was in PA and so was Weymann and Martin. Here are the photos, in case...
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    Re: Italian Bowl back case

    Probably more Rhode Island-esque. :)
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    Re: String comparison forthcoming...

    Thomastiks on the L&H— never liked them on any other mandolin. Dogal Calace Round sounds on bowlbacks mostly.
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    Re: Five String Madness

    Maybe time to measure again... some discrepancy here? "Measure twice, cut once." You first talk about a 2" range and you took the shorter scale down and inch and the larger one down two inches. Or...
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    Re: String comparison forthcoming...

    I have been using NBs on practically all my fretted instruments, mandolins and guitars. I don't use them on my Lyon & Healy or any of my bowlbacks. I loved the Monels but find the NB a wee bit...
  7. Re: President Garfield's Hornpipe - Writing a variation to the me

    I like the swing variation in the A part and the B part goes everywhere: cross-picking, minor key, etc. Very cool. Nice to see that you are are not afraid of B-flat. I have been digging lots of...
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    Re: Italian Bowl back case

    Here are my Vega style 3 next to one of my Vega Pettine models:

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    Re: Coloratura for solo mandolin (2020)

    Doesn’t look like a vintage snakehead unless it was refinished and f’bd replaced.

    It actually looks like a Kentucky KM-272.

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    Re: Italian Bowl back case

    The problem is that bowlbacks are proportioned differently. For instance IIRC Calaces are fairly large around the midriff whereas Emberghers are slimmer in general. But even those made by the same...
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    Re: Ant. Mossimo bowl back mandolin

    Ah, yes, Monzino. They made many mandolins in their shop in Milan. Often labelled either "A. Monzino e Garlandini" or "A. Monzino e Figli". They also made flat-back mandolins of unusual design.
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    Re: Coloratura for solo mandolin (2020)

    Lovely playing and beautiful composition? I love how it "sings" and flows. Very nice sounding mandolin. Who is the maker? Thanks so much for sharing.
  13. Re: The merciless camera (recording ourselves as a reality check)

    Yes! There are thousands of headless musicians out there, especially fretted instrument players. The fiddlers can't make a video without seeing their faces unless they crop unbearably close. In...
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    Re: A Pearl of Great Price A-4

    Ah, collector mania! At one point in my earlier mando-life I had one of watch including the mandobass. All were black except the MB which was brown. Sold everything but my A- snakehead. Good luck in...
  15. Re: Stan Jay, Pioneer of Vintage Instrument Fame Fighting For His

    Andy played that black snakehead for decades since I knew him back in the 1970s. I think he has played the Kimble maybe for the last decade or so. He could play a tennis racket with old strings a d...
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    Re: "Accapella App" type video software?

    Looks like a decent guide to how it works here:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC2RyVhnqlE
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    Re: Minuscule mandolin on eBay UK

    Exceptionally cute but I wonder whether it will actually play or sound like much. I guess you can get a sense by putting a capo on the 10th or 11th, maybe 12th fret of a regular mandolin. You may...
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    Re: Pretty odd, not so pretty

    Agreed. Pretty much on all the Washburn line mandolins, rarely ever on the reverse-scroll mandolins. Here is fancy one from a top-of-the-line Washurn style 85 bowlback from the 1890s.

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    Re: Adapting violin music for mandolin

    Such nice pieces. Thanks for reminding me of their existence. That Barenreiter Verlag urtext edition mentioned by the OP I believe is the same one available for free download on IMSLP on this page...
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    Re: A Pearl of Great Price A-4

    I, too, have de-accessed the instruments that didn't please me. But in terms of mandolins i have my inner circle and pick up those in cycle. The "old man" is my 23 A2 snakehead which I have had about...
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    Re: Pretty odd, not so pretty

    Yes, very common budget guitar as NickR notes made by Regal and sold under a bunch of labels or no label at all. Here is the design patent by Frank Kordick in 1914.
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    More on wabi sabi: just an attitude that in the journey to perfection we can still appreciate the imperfections along the way. A wonderful outlook on life in general—it is all good.
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    I am convinced that perfection is a process not a final goal, more the getting there than the arrival. I am also fascinated by the Japanese concept of wabi sabi, which, believe it or not, I first...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    Hmmmm... possibly Thomas Edison or Emily Dickinson?
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    Re: Anyone Recognize This Octave Mando?

    I recognize the logo. And the description from this store page above told me who made it.


    From video:
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