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    OK, so let's say it happens. What will the F6 look like?
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    OK, so let's say it happens. What will the F6 look like?
    A Duffey Duck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray(T) View Post
    Come back in 20 years and remind us. ....... assuming the cafe and the interweb are still around and I, for one, expect to be in a wooden box by then.
    Think of it as your own custom hard shell case. As for F-5s I predict the good ones will be worth more than ever in 20 years.

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    The violin still has that frilly scroll above the pegbox. It's totally non-functional, and all the larger violin family instruments have it too, even the double bass! The violin family is the closest relative of our fretted versions in mandolin land. So if those instruments can keep their frilly scrolls through all this time, I think there's a good chance mandolins can too.

    It's going on 100 years now since the precursor designs from Orville Gibson introduced those curves, so that's a good start.
    But the double bass is not part of the violin family is it? Viol family?
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    Quote Originally Posted by grandcanyonminstrel View Post
    I'd love to see a world that progressed beyond F5 mandolins, dreadnoughts, Les Pauls, and strat / tele clones....but it ain't gonna happen!
    What do you mean by "progressed beyond"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Francis?

    But you are right, I spoke too soon.
    Sorry, Charles.

    That was a reference from the Bill Murray movie "Stripes." Meant humorously, not as a put-down.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN-aXzpQUdw
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    But the double bass is not part of the violin family is it? Viol family?
    Nitpicker!

    Technically true, but I think most people not intimately familiar with the history would call it part of the family. A cousin, at least.

    Thinking further on this, I can't recall any other instrument in the typical Western orchestra that has a strictly aesthetic feature like the violin family scroll. Well, maybe the pedal harp? Some of those have added decoration. All the other instruments in a modern orchestra have slimmed-down, functional designs. The fiddles are something of an anachronism, like our F5s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccravens View Post
    Sorry, Charles.

    That was a reference from the Bill Murray movie "Stripes." Meant humorously, not as a put-down.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN-aXzpQUdw
    I have used that line time and again when someone gets a bit “tuned up” over a comment, only a few seem to get the joke!
    What a great movie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Yooper View Post
    My prediction: In 20 years, the F5 will be passť.
    . So? In 20 years I will be passť !
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain------supposedly !

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    Quote Originally Posted by foldedpath View Post
    Nitpicker!

    Technically true, but I think most people not intimately familiar with the history would call it part of the family. A cousin, at least.

    Thinking further on this, I can't recall any other instrument in the typical Western orchestra that has a strictly aesthetic feature like the violin family scroll. Well, maybe the pedal harp? Some of those have added decoration. All the other instruments in a modern orchestra have slimmed-down, functional designs. The fiddles are something of an anachronism, like our F5s.
    Yes seems true. Maybe this is because on the stringed instruments the sound comes from a box -- that box could take different shapes and still get the sound. But it would (I expect) to change the shape or style of a clarinet or trumpet and still have it work right and sound right would be a real challenge? Except for percussion the strings are the simplest instruments in the orchestra? You could "fancy up" a piano too if you wanted to i guess?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie Daniel View Post
    You could "fancy up" a piano too if you wanted to i guess?
    Oh sure, dig this Victorian grand, a Bechsteinca 1853. See anything familiar?



    It doesn't explain why that kind of elaborate frills only survived on fiddle-family and mandolins, but they were sure into it back in the 1800's.

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    My friends an i were attending a bluegrass festival last summer and
    were commenting on the age of the crowd there on a friday evening.
    about to go on were the gibson bros. I would say the average age of the audience
    was such that about 80 %!of them will not be around in 20 yrs
    to enjoy listening to an F5 . Which led us to discuss why we think that is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by varmonter View Post
    My friends an i were attending a bluegrass festival last summer and
    were commenting on the age of the crowd there on a friday evening.
    about to go on were the gibson bros. I would say the average age of the audience
    was such that about 80 %!of them will not be around in 20 yrs
    to enjoy listening to an F5 . Which led us to discuss why we think that is...
    Very true. But the Gibson Brothers play their own style of "traditional" bluegrass? Attracting "grey heads"? There are many "jam", "Americana" and "Roots" bands these days that attract a much younger audience and generally have a F-5 in the mix? I did not give any examples of the bands because I did not want to get into which band is which genre?
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