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    Hey guys,

    Newish mando player here. Been playing guitar for years and thought I'd dive into mandolin after failing miserably at bowing on the violin, played intermittently on a Washburn for a few years then played an octave mandolin at a guitar festival up in Tacoma this spring and got hooked. Picked up a Weber octave a few weeks back and can't put it down.

    Around the same time I was absentmindedly perusing Goodwill's auction site for any cool antique instruments and came upon a late 1800's Vega mandolin, haven't had a chance to restring and play it yet, but she is a beauty.

    Anyway, hello to all, looking forward to really digging into the mandolin going forward.


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    Be Wild Zach Wilson's Avatar
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    Welcome to the Cafe!

    Those Weber Octave mandos are really sweet!

    I like in Auburn, Wa and attend the Kent BG jams every now and then. One is happening Nov. 17th. You're welcome to come! I'll have my Weber.

    Zach

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    The Vega is a beauty - welcome aboard, and enjoy!
    I recently finished a new homemade 4-song EP of original solo acoustic songs; (sorry, no mandolin content this time). If you are interested in a FREE copy, feel free to send me your address via Private Message, and I will be glad to send you one. Trust me, it will be worth the price!


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    Very nice looking Vega. That case is also worth a shout out.

    Don't put anything heavier than "light" strings on it. Maybe even ultra lights. I have a lesser model of almost as old vintage and it does sound nice. I am sure yours will sound at least as sweet.
    New to mando? Click this link -->Newbies to join us at the Newbies Social Group.

    Just send an email to rob.meldrum@gmail.com with "mandolin setup" in the subject line and he will email you a copy of his ebook for free (free to all mandolincafe members).

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    Well, you're in for a lot of fun. Way to go.

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    Registered User Randi Gormley's Avatar
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    Welcome to the café and the mandolin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HonketyHank View Post
    Very nice looking Vega. That case is also worth a shout out.

    Don't put anything heavier than "light" strings on it. Maybe even ultra lights. I have a lesser model of almost as old vintage and it does sound nice. I am sure yours will sound at least as sweet.
    Thanks! The case is unfortunately coming apart at the seams all over the place, but it's a pretty cool piece all the same. Debating on trying to put a bandaid on it, or possibly pulling the hardware and rebuilding a case.

    Threw a set of lights on it Saturday night and everything held up fine. The frets past the neck joint wont play due to the warping, but down low it plays great and has an awesome tone and volume. Checked on it today and it seemed stable, so I'm debating on trying to have my luthier try to address the warping, or just leave it as is and let it be.

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