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  1. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    In that price range I would add a Stiver F. New his go for around 6000 I think and his workmanship puts him in a class with builders who charge twice as much and more. NFI.
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    Re: Happy 100th Birthday 1920 Martin Style A

    My 1974 Style A says “ Happy Birthday Grandpa”!
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    Re: Breedlove american FO thoughts

    I used to own one. I sold it and I still regret it. Really nice instrument. When they stopped making them they were going for 1700 new, so I’d say 1000 sounds reasonable for excellent condition.
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    Re: Weber Redesign results

    In my humble opinion, instrument “sound” (tone, quality, volume) is simply too complex and subject to too many different factors to be able to pin down a difference onto one thing, like a neck joint....
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    Re: Flatiron 1N neck joint?

    Why not just ask Bruce Weber? I’m sure he would share that information. That said, if their like all of his other instrument designs, I would suspect a glued mortise and tenon with bolts. Are there...
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    Re: Mandolin for absolute newbie

    The Denver is not an instrument Iíd recommend, being made most likely of white wood laminate. The Epiphone would be much better. It probably has a solid top at least, with the rest being laminate. An...
  7. Thread: Attic find

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    Re: Attic find

    I don’t know who made it, but here are some general observations. It is not a high quality instrument. On bowlbacks, a small number of very large staves, like yours, denotes a beginners inexpensive...
  8. Re: Hard cases for Eastman mandola and octave mandolin?

    Dennis at The Mandolin Store sells a case that is not a perfect fit but he thinks it’s close enough for the octave. I think it’s a TKL tenor banjo case. It might have a little slop but you could...
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    Re: Question about Finish Chipping

    No. Not normal. Were they there when you bought it? Or did they develop? Finishes unfortunately are usually not covered in warranties.

    Probably, a good luthier could do a drop fill and get you...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    I am curious about why they directed you to Wind Gap. Thatís a pretty long drive for you. Acoustic Music Works in Pittsburgh is a Collings dealer, and I know Lou Stiver used to do some of their...
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    Re: Stradolin or copy?

    You can always tell real Strad-o-Lin’s by the segmented f holes. This one doesn’t have it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, there is an s shaped hole with a round one just above and below it.
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    Re: First repair - all advice welcome

    Since you are a beginner, by your own admission, you should do a lot more reading and studying before jumping in with both feet. You’ve already made an error using plastic wood I think. And once it’s...
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    Re: A Pointless Repair

    What is interesting to me is how thick the finish appears where the chipping is.
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    Re: Ibanez M522 top collapsing

    The gap you reference is normal. This is called an elevated fret board. A mandolin with this feature allows more of the top to vibrate. In the case of your Ibanez the elevation seems crudely...
  15. Re: Picking up an Ashbury mandolin in Vietnam

    I have read about a street in Ho Chi Minh City they call “Guitar Street”. There are over 30 luthiers within 500 yards of each other. Quality can range from miserable to top of the line. If the...
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    Re: Tarnished tuning machines

    Lisa, those tuners would not be silver plated. Not on a mandolin in this price bracket. Also, silver doesn’t tarnish green. My guess would be brass, chrome plated. If you want to try cleaning them...
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Crooksj, I think you nailed it!
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    I meant to say “truss rod” in post 12, not “true rod”. That’s spellcheck for ya.
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    Yes, a ‘34 would have a truss rod. But not a junior, which is what this is. Juniors never had a true rod AFAIK.
  20. Re: Gold Tone OM-800 vs Trinity College TM 325

    One problem with Trinity College octaves is the way they are strung. A lot of people just put on J80s because it’s the “standard” octave set. But the truth is, there is no standard. That set is...
  21. Re: Gold Tone OM-800 vs Trinity College TM 325

    The Gold Tone has laminated mahogany back and sides, while the Trinity College is solid maple back and sides. I would go for solid wood if I had a choice. Also, the TC has a short scale (20”) that...
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    Re: Mandolin or Octave Mandolin

    You could try going for an Eastman MDO-315. This is a carved top octave mandolin. They’re a little hard to find because at 699 they’re hard to beat for value, and they often sell out.
  23. Thread: Rag mandolins

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    Re: Rag mandolins

    Funny how one person’s “rough fit and finish” is another person’s “rustic charm”.

    Kind of reminds me of when I used to work at a piano store. One particular well known piano brand had plastic...
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    Re: Eastman MD514cs cantilever

    You made a great choice. My only recommendation is to get it properly set up, because I doubt that an e Bay instrument comes with one.
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    Re: Eastman MD514cs cantilever

    No need to feel disappointed. A 514 is a very nice instrument. The shorter neck oval hole has its own lovely tone. Yours is modeled after the Gibson F-2 and F-4 oval holes. Many consider those...
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