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    Default Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Case?

    The case came with my early 40's Stradolin and is probably the original case. The Stradolin's my favorite mandolin. I have an extra Mandolin Cafe sticker, my favorite place on the internet.

    Should I put the sticker on the case? My brother says no.

    Might it damage the case?

    Opinions, please

    BTW the case is in really good shape, except the handle is kind of worn.

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    Sue I personally don't like stickers on cases, and would never put one on a vintage case. There must be someplace you can put the cafe sticker, car?
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    Default Re: Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Cas

    The car is the other option.

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    It’s yours. You bought it. Do what you want. We’re not talking a Loar case here....

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    Your case !
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    Default Re: Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Cas

    Okay let me rephrase. Would you do it, and if not why?

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    I have a bunch of case stickers, only one of which is on a case. Here is where the rest reside:
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    Meh, it's just a case. I would and have stickers on all my cases, none are vintage however, although that wouldn't change my opinion unless the case was tweed, leather or another material that didn't work well with stickers. I like the, dont know how to put it, "traveling-poor-musician" look though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rieter View Post
    Okay let me rephrase. Would you do it, and if not why?
    I do not put stickers on vintage cases. While I have several vintage instrument and I don't particularly baby them in terms of play and travel, I do try to avoid alterations that are not clearly in the realm of repair and maintenance. I have lots of stickers on my Caltons. :-)
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    Default Re: Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Cas

    Oops. I just dug out that case and see that it actually has two stickers. It is for a mandolin banjo, so two are appropriate if any are. Right?
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    Can't bring myself to put any stickers on any case or car bumper. Car window is another thing as it could easily be removed without damage. Think I inherited that from my dad, long story. Would likely be turned off a purchase if it came with stickers, signatures or any other defacement!! My Cafe stickers have been changed to magnetic.

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    I plaster my cases with stickers. I even have iron on patches on my cloth cases, so it looks like stickers. So I am the wrong person to ask.

    The only question is the case being vintage. I believe that stickers can be removed and some product like GoJo will clean all the gunk off so a sticker is not permenent damage and when you sell the case it will should be fine.

    I like that stickers personalize something that give us pleasure. I put stickers on my thermos to remember all the cool places I have taken that thing. I know some youngsters who put stickers right on their guitars. I would not do that, but it comes from the same impulse.

    Don't forget, we are in this for the long hall so the stickers themselves will get old and be kind of vintage.

    Same reason I save all my old passports. They are not good for anything, but all the stamps inside remind me that I have been a few places and done a few things. That life has not always been like it is now, locked in our houses playing music to computer screens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    The only question is the case being vintage. I believe that stickers can be removed and some product like GoJo will clean all the gunk off so a sticker is not permenent damage and when you sell the case it will should be fine.
    That is the main question. I already have collected a few stickers on the Bada$$(TM) Chipboard Case that holds my Kentucky. And I don't plan on ever selling the Stradolin. Nonetheless, I'm somewhat hesitant to risk damage.

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    It can be tough to remove stickers without leaving some tell-tale signs that a sticker was there.

    But the bottom line is that if the covering is vinyl, it could probably be carefully removed later, but if the covering is the old fashioned material that was in common use through the mid to late 1940's, the sticker would probably take at least some of the old covering with it.

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    Default Re: Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Cas

    I'd say if its one of the rare Lifton cases for an F-5-no way, I would put a sticker on any of my Loar cases and 30's Loar style cases, well even rare shaped cases but hey its yours but "for how long as we all are just passing through-keep em original and sweet!"

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    If you ever might sell it then it is probably a good idea not too.

    As far as stickers in general, i put stickers on cases to make them identifiable. I do not plaster the cases with them but I have a few unique ones so if someone picked up my case and started to walk off with it I would see it across a room or parking lot. There have been a couple incidents where people I know had instruments walk out of open mic sessions. I have also started to pick up the wrong case before and stopped because the stickers were wrong.

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    Nope.

    Would you put a sticker on these?
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    No stickers. I put luggage tags on cases for differentiation, and sometimes a nylon snap closing dog collar around the smallest part as a visual reassurance that the case really is closed when I pick it up for travel.

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    I'm in camp "it's yours - do what you want".

    That said, as a kid tried expressing myself via my case and regretted it. There was a flimsy leather-ish skin on the whole thing that had started to peel. I removed it and painted an alto cleff on it. I got tired of strangers asking why I painted a B on my case if my name starts with H, so I changed it to a G cleff, then felt like I caved to the Violinriarchy and saved up for a case cover. And that was just a piece of crap case that started with flimsy leather-ish skin.

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    No stickers! Jacob, Post 18, might have a good idea for Scott though ... plastic Mandolin Cafe luggage tags. It's a bright logo and would be a cool way to have your address on the case.
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    If you're never going to sell it it doesn't matter.

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    I've got a modern double case with stickers all over but my vintage A & F cases are sticker free. I believe stickers could pull off material from a vintage case if removed. The best surface for stickers are your smooth fiberglass/carbon fiber or plastic cases.
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    Hank’s magnet idea made me think... stick the sticker on a magnet, stick a magnet on the inside of the case if there’s a spot with enough clearance and see if there’s enough attraction through the case to make the one on the outside stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDO View Post
    Hank’s magnet idea made me think... stick the sticker on a magnet, stick a magnet on the inside of the case if there’s a spot with enough clearance and see if there’s enough attraction through the case to make the one on the outside stick.
    Until it falls off hitting your precious mando from the inside and then scratches the top all up. I wouldn't recommend.

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    I would have liked to put the sticker from my favorite musical gathering on a certain case of mine. It didnīt work. The sticker didnīt stick. It sticks perfectly on my Presto case (from down under, a Calton type of case). So I have ruined my wonderful sticker. My answer therefore is: No do not try to stick a sticker on a vintage case. Stick it on a modern Calton/Presto/Pegasus kind of case (or on your car). Itīll last longer.
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