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    It depends on who you use for comparison. One of my friends recently bought quite a few Victorian guitar tuning machines from someone who had acquired them gratis as part of a bulk purchase from Reuben Reubens. Reuben who died last year may have owned the biggest personal banjo collection in the world. This little film from 1979 was made when he was ready to break the 600 barrier. I think he got up to about 900 when he sold them all to a Japanese institution or collector. His wife appears pretty relaxed about the collection, well she was at that point! Anyway, it is good to see somebody that makes one feel a bit of a non-starter, and it is always great to see a really eccentric character.

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    Looks like many a mandolinist's vision of hell!

    That said, quite a charming piece. And yes, a true eccentric.
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    He says you "have to spend two hours in the evening and practice." He's right about that - it took me roughly two hours to learn to play the banjo (get fluent with the bum-ditty). Maybe he hates banjo music?

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    Thanks for posting this. I always love to read about people who make me look so moderate in this area.
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    Looks like John Bernunzio got at least 100 of them...

    https://bernunzio.com/johns-corner-a...s%20in%20Japan.

    The rest going to a Japanese collector.
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    That was an interesting article by John Bernunzio. I read somewhere that Reuben began collecting electric motors- I think his father was an electrical engineer- before he became a pirate! Interesting, that he went on to kitchen appliances from banjos!

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    If I may address the question as posed in the title, apart from its fine attention-getting service - no. I suppose I could get rid of the two MandoBirds, as the Ryder has rendered them completely useless. I doubt they'd fetch enough to make the effort of selling worthwhile, so I have spares. And even though I have all the mandolins I need, I still have a hankering for this or that. I think I really want just one that will do everything I want, and just haven't found it yet. So I tell myself. Regarding the type of instrument that's the main focus here ... yes. I have one mandolin-banjo that has been left in the shop for 25 years or more, and that's still too many.
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    No, I'm usually short one

    But it is on order
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