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    Quote Originally Posted by nmiller View Post
    And argued in post 13.
    We don't pay attention to Allen unless he's offering to buy us sandwiches.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    We don't pay attention to Allen unless he's offering to buy us sandwiches.
    And when have I ever done that?

    I merely comment on others' sandwich choices.

    I stick to DiBella's "Godfather" subs, myself. With oil dressing, sweet peppers, black olives, tomatoes, and Provolone cheese. On a sesame roll.

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    Default Re: Jos Rogers Jr Mandolin Wurlitzer

    Quote Originally Posted by 66BookMom View Post
    I have it! Thanks so much for helping out a mando mom! It is really cool. The seller said it belonged to her grandfather who bought it at a rummage sale in the 40s.
    There is quite a bit of (mostly) good-natured ribbing of the banjo-mandolin to be found. But they are actually quite fun little instruments. Good for kind of raucous old-timey/ragtimey music:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-BqHli5sc8

    Also try it for uptempo Irish (and other) tunes:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YK8R9MwYgE

    Enjoy!
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    Well said Jesse, fun with a capital F!
    The mandolin banjo is great for Ragtime and Oldtime and can add a nice defining rhythm in large fiddle jams where the rhythm can often become muddy. It is not well suited to bluegrass which is I suspect our largest group of members.

    I love that Jackson Stomp!

    Here is a modern recording of The Three Arrows playing Tico Tico at the Mt Airy (NC) festival in 2016.
    Notice that her mandolin banjo is strung with just four strings.

    https://youtu.be/8LZeB8cMLEo

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesserules View Post
    Also try it for uptempo Irish (and other) tunes:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YK8R9MwYgE

    Enjoy!
    I love this! Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkELynch View Post

    Here is a modern recording of The Three Arrows playing Tico Tico at the Mt Airy (NC) festival in 2016.
    Notice that her mandolin banjo is strung with just four strings.

    https://youtu.be/8LZeB8cMLEo

    Mark
    Thank you. I like this too. I like both four strings and eight strings!

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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/-/292673142...2047675.l10137
    (The link may not work, but ended at $322)

    This one just ended nicely priced. And I really don't care about selling it at all, I'm just happy to have it and to feel good about the purchase. Thanks again everyone!

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    Default Re: Jos Rogers Jr Mandolin Wurlitzer

    I'm accustomed to being in the minority here, but $200 seems like an entirely reasonable price to me. Maybe even a good price. There's a lot of interest in mandolin these days, and people are interested in learning more about pre-bluegrass mandolin styles and other ways of playing the mandolin. It wasn't that long ago that every conversation about a non-F5 mandolin began with "it's not much good for bluegrass, but. . . ." By now I'll bet a lot more people will understand that this instrument could be just the right sound for early blues, ragtime, and string band music. And new instruments never really have quite that same sound.

    Financial interest disclosure: I have a big pile of vintage bowlback mandolins, worth not very much -- and once more people figure out how great these are, I'm going to sell all my instruments and buy an island in the south pacific.
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    Default Re: Jos Rogers Jr Mandolin Wurlitzer

    Quote Originally Posted by August Watters View Post
    ...Financial interest disclosure: I have a big pile of vintage bowlback mandolins, worth not very much -- and once more people figure out how great these are, I'm going to sell all my instruments and buy an island in the south pacific.
    I'm pulling for you.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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