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    Default If you always wanted one of those sunfish style mandolins

    If you always wanted one of those sunfish style mandolins there is one that is currently on eBay and over-priced in my opinion. It is here.

    We've seen a few here over the years. You can see them here.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: If you always wanted one of those sunfish style mandolins

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    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    There's a mandolin for everyone. That one is just not for me :D

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    Yo Mike, I beat you to it by about nine hours.
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...rtist-Mandolin

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    Missed it, follow the link in my post if you want to see the others that have been here.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I love the case.

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    Wow. I can honestly say I have never seen one more like that.
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    I would love to have a modern maker make a non-all birch one that probably sounds good. I love oddballs, as you all know. And I bet this one would sound quite funky and to my liking. OTOH... take a look at that top—someone must have loved it and played the son of a birch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    ... take a look at that top—someone must have loved it and played the son of a birch.
    Random hippie sanding? Or chewing, maybe.

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    i howled with laughter when i first saw that one. but it is the grand daddy of the ratcliffe el toroClick image for larger version. 

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    A Two-pointer on steroids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ollaimh View Post
    i howled with laughter when i first saw that one. but it is the grand daddy of the ratcliffe el toroClick image for larger version. 

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    Looking at the two I can't help but see the early Simpsons (Tracey Ullman Show) and the tamed down later Simpsons drawing. Brash and then smoothed out and less likely to offend.

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    Thanks Mike, now how do I get that image out of my head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyV View Post
    Looking at the two I can't help but see the early Simpsons (Tracey Ullman Show) and the tamed down later Simpsons drawing. Brash and then smoothed out and less likely to offend.
    yes a sunfish after plastic surgery

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    If I wanted a "fish" mandolin, it would be one Bill Bussman designed some years ago. His instruments are legend, even the conventional ones.

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    a local country music mini star asked a lutheir friend of mine to make him a lobster shaped guitar. (we are on canada's east coast where we have much better lobster than maine lobster--the colder the water the better the taste). so my lutheir friend said, if you pay me i'll make it. look up frasier newcome and his lobster guitar.

    the body isn't very big to accomodate the lobster claws and tail, but with the pick up and plugged in it doesn't matter for the local novelty crowd.

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    Default Re: If you always wanted one of those sunfish style mandolins

    A little Duck-esque

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    Heard that bussguy makes an entire family of fishy instruments, musta just scaled up from mandolin. Appropriate only for marina gigs, IMHO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldwave maker View Post
    Heard that bussguy makes an entire family of fishy instruments, musta just scaled up from mandolin. Appropriate only for marina gigs, IMHO!
    I've heard he makes some cheesy instruments as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ollaimh View Post
    (we are on canada's east coast where we have much better lobster than maine lobster--the colder the water the better the taste).
    There are some that might take exception to the belief that the crawlers taste better a few miles to the north!

    'course, as a confirmed vegetarian, I have no dogfish in this fight!
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    Default Re: If you always wanted one of those sunfish style mandolins

    I'm still debating with myself as to whether or not I like the fish bass - but, I suppose that if I saw it hanging in the pawn shop for $100, I'd buy it . . . .

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    If you ever see that one in a pawn shop that cheap and you decide to pass on it please send me the location
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldwave maker View Post
    Heard that bussguy makes an entire family of fishy instruments, musta just scaled up from mandolin. Appropriate only for marina gigs, IMHO!
    Wait! I don’t recall Bussguy making a fish-do- lin or did he?
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    ha, you think that's fishyClick image for larger version. 

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